All dogs four (4) months or older must be licensed.In addition to the Dog License Application, you must obtain a form from your Veterinarian that includes the following rabies information:
§Date of vaccination, expiration date, brand name and lot number
§If dog has been spayed or neutered, this information must also be submitted.
§For Guide Dogs, Hearing Dogs, Police Work Dogs, War Dogs, or Service Dogs, provide form for Fee Exemption.
All dogs must be licensed in the locality where you currently live.Licenses are renewed annually.Dog License fees vary.
You must apply in person and have a Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s I.D. Card.Fees vary.
You must apply in person and have the following information:
Driver’s License or Non-Driver’s I.D. Card
Hunting Education Certificate
Bowhunting Education Certificate (if applicable)
If you cannot find your original education certificate(s),
a previous Hunting License which has Education Certification
Handicapped Parking Permit
The New York State Department of Motor Vehicles has recently revised the requirements to obtain a Parking Permit.Please note that these regulations also apply to renewals of both permanent and temporary permits.
You must obtain an “Application For License Plates or Parking Permit For Persons With Severe Disabilities” Form MV-664.1.This form can be obtained through the Town Clerk’s Office, or you can download it from this website under “FormCenter”.Our office only issues the Parking Permits.If you are applying for the License Plates, the completed form must be brought to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
Part 1 is to be completed by the applicant.Part 2 is to be completed by your physician.
In addition to the application, we need the nine-digit identification code from your Driver’s License, or Non-Driver’s Identification Card.If you do not have either of these, we will need you to sign a Non-Driver Affidavit.
What Are The Requirements For A Marriage License?
- A Marriage License must be obtained at least twenty-four 24) hours before the ceremony. It is then valid for sixty (60) days.
- Both parties must be present and provide the below items as identification. Please note: These are the only forms of identification we will accept. No exceptions!
An Original Birth Certificate or Certified Copy. Certificate must be in English.
Plus (1) of the below items:
Valid Driver’s License
Valid Motor Vehicle Non-Driver’s I.D. Card
- If either person is under the age of eighteen (18), a parental consent form is necessary. Please contact our office for further information.
- If it is not the first marriage, did the previous marriage(s) end in divorce or death?
For all marriages that ended in divorce, you must present the Final Decree (or Judgment) of Divorce(s). These papers must be in English.
If the marriage ended in death, you must know the exact date of death.
- There is a forty-dollar ($40.00) charge, payable in either cash or check.
The Town Clerk’s Office issues Marriage Licenses between the hours of 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., Monday - Friday. In addition, we are usually open on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. (Please call 914-993-1500 [option 5] to confirm.)
HOME OCCUPATION-- Any use customarily conducted entirely within a dwelling and carried on only by the residents thereof, which use is clearly incidental and secondary to the use of the dwelling for dwelling purposes, does not change the character thereof, does not have any exterior evidence of such secondary use, other than a permitted nameplate, and does not involve merchandising, trade, commercial repair or service, manufacturing or processing or the exchanging of commodities by sale. Any business enterprise or activity which shall require a license of the county or state shall be deemed not to be a home occupation.(§ 285-5 ? Definitions)
Regulations for Home Occupation
§285-36C. Home occupations, where permitted in single-family detached dwellings, shall comply with the following:
(1)Said home occupations shall be conducted by members of the family residing on the premises.
(2)Said home occupation shall be incidental and subordinate to the residential use and shall not occupy more than 50% of the area of one floor of the principal building. No home occupation shall be conducted in an accessory building or outside of the principal building.
(3)In no manner shall the appearance of the building be altered or shall the occupation within the residence be conducted in a manner that would cause the premises to differ from its residential character, either by the use of colors, materials, construction, lighting, size or the emission of sounds, noises or vibrations. No display of products shall be visible from the street, and no stock in trade shall be kept on the premises.
(4)The home occupation shall not increase the vehicular traffic flow by more than one additional vehicle at a time and shall not involve the use or outdoor storage of commercial vehicles for delivery of materials to and from the premises.
(5)No home occupation shall create noise, dust, vibration, odor, smoke, electrical interference, fire hazard or any other hazard or nuisance to any greater extent or more frequent extent than that usually experienced in the district under circumstances wherein no home occupation were to exist.
(6)Home occupations shall in no event be deemed to include animal hospitals, kennels, barbershops, beauty parlors, clinics or hospitals, dancing schools, mortuaries, nursery schools or day-care centers, clubs, auto repair shops, television and radio repair shops, restaurants, tourist homes, rooming houses or boardinghouses and uses similar to those listed above.
§285-38 Home occupation
Two (2), in addition to that which is required for the residential use (two (2) per dwelling unit)
Can I have a Professional Office in a single or multi-family residence?
A Building Permit is required for the use of a professional office in a single or multi family residence, including a site plan showing required parking and landscaping, a floor plan detailing the layout of professional office and a copy of the professional?s New YorkState license.
PROFESSIONAL OFFICE-- An office for a person who practices an occupation in which some department of science or learning is applied to the affairs of others, either advising or guiding them, or otherwise serving their interests or welfare in the practice of an art founded on such knowledge. The word "professional" implies attainments in knowledge, as distinguished from mere skill, and the application of such knowledge to serve others. A professional license issued by the State of New York or validated membership in a national professional organization may be considered sufficient, but not necessary, to establish the status of a professional person. (§ 285-5 ? Definitions)
§285-38 Professional office in a residence three (3) per office or two (2) for each professional maintaining office hours for consultation, whichever is greater, in addition to that required for the residential use (two (2) per dwelling unit)
§285-38H(2)Landscape strips with a minimum width of 10 feet shall be provided along all property lines of multifamily and nonresidential uses except as required in § 285-40A(4) of this chapter. Landscape strips with a minimum width of five feet shall be provided between any additional parking spaces required by this chapter for home occupations and professional offices in residence and all property lines of such uses except as required in § 285-40A(4) of this chapter. Such landscape strips shall comply with the following minimum standards as well as all applicable requirements set forth elsewhere in this chapter:
(a)Said landscape strips shall include evergreen planting and other landscaping of such type, height, spacing and arrangement as, in the judgment of the Planning Board, will effectively screen the activity of the lot from the neighboring uses.
(b)Unless specifically required elsewhere in this chapter, a wall or fence of location, height, design and materials approved by the Planning Board may be substituted for part or all of the required landscape strips.
(c)Where the existing topography and/or existing landscaping provides adequate screening, the Planning Board may waive or modify the planting and/or landscape requirements of this chapter.
Regulations for Professional Office in a Single-Family
§285-36D.Professional offices in single-family detached residences, where permitted, shall comply with the following:
(1)Said office shall be conducted by a professional residing on the premises. Not more than two nonresident assistants shall be employed by any such professional resident.
(2)Said office shall be incidental and subordinate to the residential use of the building and shall not occupy more than 50% of the area of the ground floor of the principal building. No office shall be conducted in an accessory building.
(3)In no manner shall the appearance of the building be altered or shall the office within the residence be conducted in a manner that would cause the premises to differ from its residential character, either by the use of colors, materials, construction, lighting, sizes or the emission of sounds, noises or vibrations.
(4)The professional office shall not increase the vehicular traffic flow by more than one additional vehicle at a time and shall not involve the use or outdoor storage of commercial vehicles for delivery of materials to and from the premises.
(5)No professional office shall create noise, dust, vibration, odor, smoke, electrical interference, fire hazard or any other hazard or nuisance to any greater extent or more frequent extent than that usually experienced in the district under circumstances wherein no professional office were to exist.
Regulations for Professional Office in a Multi-Family Residence
§285-36E.Professional offices in multifamily dwellings, where permitted, shall comply with the following:
(1)Professional offices in multifamily dwellings shall be limited to the ground floor. For purposes of this subsection only, the words "ground floor" shall mean the first floor of residential use.
(2)In no manner shall the exterior appearance of the residential unit or the common areas of the building be altered, nor shall the office within the residence be conducted in such a manner that would cause the premises to differ from the residential character of the building or the appearance of other residential units in the building.
(3)No professional office in a multifamily building shall exceed in size the largest unit used for residential purposes.
(4)No professional office shall create noise, dust, vibration, odor, smoke, electrical interference, fire hazard or any other hazard or nuisance in excess of that usually experienced in the district under circumstances wherein no professional office were to exist.
(5)All professional offices must register with the Building Department and obtain a permit from the Building Inspector. All existing offices as of the date of this Subsection E shall have one calendar year to register and obtain said permit.
(6)Professional offices in multifamily buildings established prior to the effective date of this subsection shall not be held to regulations more restrictive than those in effect at which time said offices were constructed, except that said offices shall be required to comply with the registration provisions with the Building Department per Subsection E(5) above.
How do I handle Asbestos?
Should I be Concerned About Asbestos if I Live in an Older Home?
Yes, any home built before or in the 1980s is likely to contain asbestos
Where Can Asbestos be Found in Older Homes?
Many types of building products and insulation materials used in homes contained asbestos. Some common products that may contain asbestos and have the potential to release fibers include resilient floor tiles, door gaskets, roofing shingles, textured paint, walls, and ceilings. If asbestos is suspected within the home, t
he first step is to call a licensed professional abatement contractor and have the suspicious material tested. If testing is too expensive, treat the material as if it contains asbestos. Do not attempt to remove the asbestos-containing materials by yourself.
Why Should I be Concerned About Asbestos in My Home?
Excessive amounts of exposure to asbestos are known to cause asbestosis, lung cancer, and mesothelioma cancer.
Mesothelioma is a type of cancer that develops in the mesothelial cells found in the body. Pleural mesothelioma, the most common type of mesothelioma cancer, develops in the mesothelial lining of the lungs. Due to an extended latency period, mesothelioma treatment often results in palliative measures rather than curative.
Asbestos Uses and Dangers
The naturally occurring mineral asbestos was widely used in a variety of building components. This unique mineral acts as a superb fire retardant, is resistant to heat and rot, and performs as an excellent insulator. Due to these qualities, producers of construction materials mixed asbestos into paints, glues, cements, fiberboard, insulation, roofing, siding, flooring, and paper in order to enrich such building materials with asbestos’ advantageous characteristics.
Asbestos pipe insulation
Asbestos cement roofing shingles
Thankfully, as long as asbestos fibers remain bound in these materials, it does not present a serious health hazard. However, when asbestos
-containing materials are damaged or disturbed, toxic fibers can be released into the air. These microscopic asbestos fibers are easily inhaled and it is extremely difficult for the body to expel them. In fact, exposure to asbestos can cause a variety of illnesses, such as lung cancer, asbestosis, and mesothelioma, a rare form of cancer that affects the body’s mesothelial linings of the lungs, heart, and abdomen. Asbestos is also known to cause gastrointestinal cancer and has been linked to colon cancer as well. Typically, these diseases do not exhibit symptoms for 15 to 50 years after initial exposure, making them especially difficult to diagnose.
Where to Spot and How to Avoid Asbestos
Since most structures built before the 1980s contain asbestos, it is important to know the common places to find asbestos in order to spot and avoid exposure. Spotting asbestos products that are not clearly labeled is practically impossible with the human eye, so testing is the only way to know if a product contains asbestos. Make sure not to sample the product yourself, which comes with the risk of releasing asbestos fibers into the air. Rather, hire a professional to take a sample for testing. Some possible sources of asbestos in homes include the following:
Tile and sheet vinyl flooring (adhesives applied in flooring also contained asbestos)
Roofing materials, such as tiles, felt, and adhesives
Textured plaster used in acoustical ceiling treatment (and decoratively along walls and ceilings)
Sheet products: millboard, rollboard, and others
Joint compounds and plaster used to patch holes and seams
Insulation: including wall insulation, pipe covering, electrical tape and wadding, and in stoves and furnaces
Hire a Professional
There are a variety of professionals available for asbestos abatement. Whether you want to remove the asbestos
-containing materials completely, or choose to cover them in some way, a licensed professional offers safety and security, as removing asbestos on your own is exceptionally hazardous. Professionals can perform air quality tests before, during, and after the remediation process. Air monitoring can be particularly reassuring if your family or employees are present during the abatement.
Professional asbestos abatement
For more resources on asbestos, the various forms of asbestos cancer, and other illnesses caused by asbestos exposure, please click on the links below
Do I need a building permit? Building permits are required for all construction projects including but not limited to: additions, alterations/repairs, siding, brick facades, kitchen remodeling (cabinetry), new driveways, driveway enlargements, patios, new decks or repair of existing decks, and walls over four feet in height. It is always recommended to call the Building Department before you begin your project to determine what forms/plans are required. 914-993-1561
Section 285-44 of the Zoning Ordinance states:
No building or structure in any district shall be erected, reconstructed or restored, structurally altered or used without a building permit.
A structure is defined in Section 285-5 of the Zoning Ordinance as: STRUCTURE [Amended 7-8-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987] A. Anything which is constructed or erected which requires a location on the land or attachment to something having such location, including but not limited to the following: (1) Signs or billboards. (2) Fences over six feet in height in a front or side yard and fences over eight feet in height in a rear yard. (3) Walls other than those less than four feet high. (4) Antenna(s), except functional receive-only antenna(s) having a net exposure less than two square feet in the vertical plane and no dimension in the horizontal or vertical plane that exceeds 96 inches, attached directly to a masonry chimney, penthouse or rooftop mechanical appurtenance on a pole no longer than eight feet in length. For the purpose of this chapter, a functional satellite dish antenna having a maximum diameter no greater than 18 inches that does not exceed the maximum permissible exposure limits in Table VIEN shall not be considered a structure. [Amended 8-13-1996 by L.L. No. 7-1996; 4-29-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997; 3-24-1999 by L.L. No. 3-1999] (5) Pergolas, porches, patios, decks, outdoor bins, tool sheds, carports, equipment and storage buildings or sheds, swimming pools, swimming pool filter pads, tennis courts, doghouses or sheds. [Amended 8-13-1996 by L.L. No. 7-1996; 4-29-1997 by L.L. No. 6-1997] (6) Tents, lunch wagons, trailers, dining cars or similar structures on wheels or other supports used for business or living purposes.
B. A building permit shall be required prior to the construction or erection of any structure.
C. All buildings are structures. For the purposes of setback requirements, classification of buildings as "principal" or "accessory" shall be controlling. STRUCTURE, MINOR ACCESSORY -- A building no larger than 150 square feet in area and no more than 10 feet in height, and customarily found accessory to dwelling units, including playhouses, tree houses, storage sheds, and greenhouses. [Added 6-11-2003 by L.L. No. 5-2003] STRUCTURE, TEMPORARY -- One erected, constructed or placed upon the premises, to exist there for a brief or temporary duration of time, not exceeding one year. All other structures shall be deemed and considered permanent for the purpose of this chapter.
Do I need a building permit to install a fence?
No. Fences can be installed without a building permit as long as the proposed fence meets the following regulations:
285-40C(5) - Except as provided elsewhere in this chapter, the yard requirements of this chapter shall not be deemed to prohibit any otherwise lawful fence or wall, provided that in any one-family residence district, no fence or wall shall exceed six feet in height in any front or side yard nor eight feet in height in any rear yard. [Amended 7-8-1987 by L.L. No. 3-1987]
Note: Corner lots Maximum fence height = 30 inches (corner side and front) - except if fence is located 20 feet in from the corner/front property lines.
Further, you must call Planning Department at 993-1505 prior to installation of the fence to assure compliance with Wetlands regulations.
Do I need a permit to abandon/remove an oil storage tank? Yes. All tank abandonment/removals require a tank removal permit. You may download the tank removal permit application.
Do I need a permit to install a shed? Yes. You will need to first obtain a Wetlands Clearance from the Planning Department and Steep Slopes Clearance from the Engineering Department. Once you have received those approvals, you may proceed with a Building Permit Application. You will need to provide a copy of the schematic of the shed (or hand draw, to scale) and a copy of the survey showing the shed drawn on the survey with distances to the rear and side property lines.
Only one shed is allowed per single-family unit and is restricted to the rear yard.
A shed cannot exceed 150 square feet and cannot be higher than 10 feet. If the shed is 100 square feet or less, it must be located a minimum of 3 feet from the property line, sheds over 100 square feet but less than 150 square feet must be located 5 feet from the rear and side property lines.
Do I need a permit to replace my driveway? If you are simply repaving an existing driveway, no permit is required. If you plan to enlarge or reconfigure the driveway a building permit is required.
Please note that repaving, enlargement/reconfiguration of driveways may require a curb cut permit and a permit to work in the right-of way may be required from the Department of Public Works. Please contact DPW to determine what permits are required (914-993-1574).
Do I need a permit to replace my roof?
A building permit is required for the addition or replacement of roof shingles. A detailed list of materials that are to be used is required with the submission. Alterations to roof structure require a building permit with drawings prepared by a New York State licensed design professional.
Do I need to file Wetlands and Steep Slopes Clearance Forms? If your proposed project requires any exterior work, Steep Slopes and Wetlands Clearance Forms must be submitted to the Engineering Department and the Planning Department respectively, and both must be approved prior to submission of your building permit application.
How long does it take to get the plans reviewed by the Building Department? Normally, one to four weeks depending onthe work load.
Please include your name, e-mail or mailing address along with the address of the complaint and the nature of the complaint. An inspector will be assigned your case and the results of the inspection will be posted on the website under the 'Complaints' Section.
How do I make a "NO HEAT/HOT WATER" Complaint
If you are renting an apartment or home or are working in an area and have no heat or think the heat is below what is required, you may contact the Jon Farrell Housing Inspector at
New York State Property Maintenance Code 602.3 Heat supply.
Every owner and operator of any building who rents, leases or lets one or more dwelling unit, rooming unit, dormitory or guestroom on terms, either expressed or implied, to furnish heat to the occupants thereof shall supply heat during the period from September 15th to May 31st to maintain a temperature of not less than 68°F (20°C) in all habitable rooms, bathrooms and toilet rooms.
Exception: When the outdoor temperature is below the winter outdoor design temperature for the locality, maintenance of the minimum room temperature shall not be required, provided that the heating system is operating at its full design capacity. The winter design dry-bulb temperature for the locality shall be as indicated in the Energy Conservation Construction Code of New York State .
602.4 Occupiable work spaces.
Indoor occupiable work spaces shall be supplied with heat during the period from September 15th to May 31st to maintain a temperature of not less than 65°F (18°C) during the period the spaces are occupied.
1. Processing, storage and operation areas that require cooling or special temperature conditions.
2. Areas in which persons are primarily engaged in vigorous physical activities.
What can I do about mold?
For information on how to clean, manage and prevent mold growth, please visit the New York State Department of Environmental Protection's Website at http://www.epa.gov/
The Department of Community Development and Conservation cannot answer whether a property is subdividable or not. That decision is made by the Planning Board. Planning Division staff can provide background information on the property such as if it has ever been before the Planning Board in the past, if it is generally steep or wet, etc. A property owner should hire their own professional to investigate a property for potential subdivision. Planning staff cannot recommend engineers or architects but a property owner may review past Planning Board files for examples of firms that do work in the Town of Greenburgh.
How do wetlands help improve water quality? Pollutants entering natural wetlands are treated by a variety of physical, chemical and biological processes. The following processes filter out pollutants before they reach other waterbodies: -Settling of sediment and other pollutants -Breakdown of pollutants into harmless substances -Plant uptake
What are Wetlands? Wetlands are areas of saturated soil which may flood or pond (especially in winter), and support specific plants and animals.
Why are natural wetlands beneficial? Wetlands provide a variety of ecological, social and aesthetic benefits such as: -Protecting water quality by removing nutrients and chemical contaminants -Controlling flood waters -Serving as essential plant, fish and wildlife habitats -Recharging ground and surface waters -Providing open space and recreational opportunities
Why are wetlands being protected and created? As a means of mitigating wetland losses. It is hoped that these practices can offset the annual loss of natural wetlands due to development activities.
What do Buffers Do? Buffers filter surface and subsurface stormwater flows before they enter a wetland, watercourse or body of water, reducing the amount of pollutants entering these systems. Naturally vegetated buffers can significantly reduce the water quality impacts of development. These buffers, around watercourses and wetlands, are one of the most practical and cost effective pollution prevention and ecosystem protection measures.
Why are Buffers necessary? Riparian (streamside) and wetland buffers do the following:
-Naturally vegetated buffers filter out excessive nutrients and other nonpoint source pollutants in runoff, before they reach streams, lakes, wetlands and embankments. -Moderate runoff and stream temperatures -Control the velocity, quantity and quality of stream flows -Enhance wildlife habitat and diversity -Stabilize streambanks and reduce channel erosion -Provide leaf litter as food for animals at the base of the food chain -Reduce nitrogen from shallow groundwater flows to streams -Reduce potential formation of fish migration barriers -Enhance recreational opportunities -Increase property values
Zoning Board of Appeals
Do I need an attorney to present my case to the board? The presence of any attorney is not required. An applicant may present his/her own case if he/she wishes. In many instances, particularly in more complicated cases, applicants have chosen to be represented by a professional, such as an attorney, a planning consultant, an architect, or a contractor, well versed in zoning matters. Sometimes an applicant will choose a relative or friend to represent him/her. This choice is entirely up to the applicant.
How can I best prepare myself for an appearance before the zoning board? The best preparation for a Zoning Board appearance is to attend a hearing before your own hearing is scheduled. By listening to the presentations and the questions asked by the Board, you will get a sense of the workings of the Board.
A Zoning Board Hearing, while quasi-judicial in nature, is still relatively informal. The Board goes out of its way not to be intimidating. After all, the members of the Board are all volunteers, and are your neighbors.
If I am seeking a zoning variance, should I present evidence of support from my neighbors? In all zoning cases, the Board schedules a hearing and notices of the hearing are sent to all neighbors within a 250-foot radius of the property. These neighbors may or may not choose to appear. However, the Board always welcomes the opinions of neighbors who may be affected by zoning variance. Therefore, while not required, support of such neighbors can be helpful to an applicant's case.If a supporting neighbor does not choose to appear, a letter indicating support for an application may be submitted as evidence, but should be submitted not less than ten (10) days prior to the scheduled Hearing.
In cases where a variance is sought for a construction project, what supporting evidence must I submit to describe the project? All applicants are required to submit transparencies for projecting the proposed plans on the wall of the Meeting Room. In addition, oral presentations are helpful to describe plans. In addition, drawings and photographs that show what the property will look like both before and after any planned construction will be helpful. Specific dimensions are required to describe the size of additions, decks, patios or other features. Where the slope of the lot is important to the location of any construction, an adequate description of the degree of slope and its location should be presented. Applicants are encouraged to have professionally prepared plans.
When and where are zoning hearings held? Regularly scheduled Hearings are typically held on the 3rd Thursday of each month, at the Greenburgh Town Hall, with additional special meetings scheduled as required. Meetings start at 8:00 P.M. No Hearing of an individual case can start after 10:30 P.M., unless specifically permitted by the Board, which occurs only in unusual circumstances.
When should I submit supporting evidence? All applicants are encouraged to state their reasons for seeking relief and supportive evidence in writing. As stated in the accompanying Board Rules of Procedure, all written evidences must where possible, be submitted not less than then (10) days before the scheduled Hearing on their applications.
How does the Town of Greenburgh get its water supply? There's a terrific article from the NY Times, written by Emily S. Rueb and illustrated by Josh Cochran that explains how the NYC water supply works. The Town of Greenburgh receives all of its water from the NYC watersupply. Click on the link below and be prepared to be amazed at the incredible engineering work and quality controls that enable a safe and reliable flow of water to our community: http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2016/03/24/nyregion/how-nyc-gets-its-water-new-york-101.html?_r=0
If the NY Times link has problems, please Click Here
How do I know the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1 water is safe to drink? In accordance with State regulations, the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1 provides an annual report describing the quality of your drinking water. The report provides an overview of the prior year's water quality. Included are details about where your water comes from, what it contains, and how it compares to State standards.
To view the full 2015 report Click Here
If you have any questions about these reports or your drinking water, please contact Charles Martins, Chief Water Treatment Plant Operator at (914) 989-1900. The Westchester County Health Department, Bureau of Environmental Quality has regulatory jurisdiction over the District and their phone number is (914) 813-5000.
What is the source of water for the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1? The District purchases all of its water from the City of New York, Department of Environmental Protection. The water comes from the City of New York's Catskill and Delaware aqueducts. This "surface" water originates in protected watershed areas 120 miles northwest of Greenburgh in the Catskill Mountains after which it travels through a New York City owned system.
Is Fluoride added to the water provided by the Town of Greenburgh Consolidated Water District No. 1? Yes, our system is one of the many drinking water systems in New York State that provides drinking water with a controlled, low level of fluoride for consumer dental health protection. Fluoride is added to your water by the New York City DEP — Bureau of Water Supply before it is delivered to us. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, fluoride is very effective in preventing cavities when present in drinking water at an optimal range of 0.7 to 1.2 mg/L. New York City DEP target dose of fluoride is 0.8 mg/L.
Do we need to avoid wasting water? Yes, we all need to do our part to avoid wasting water. Water conservation does not have to mean suffering or inconvenience. It does mean making the most efficient use of the supply available. Water conservation means changing our habits permanently - being aware of water and thinking how much we can save every time we water the lawn, turn on a faucet, push the button to start a dish or clothes-washer, or flush a toilet. Conserving water all the time means there is less likely to be no water during droughts and every gallon of water you avoid consuming directly impacts your water bill.
What are some ways which water may be wasted?
Water Wasted In Your Toilet:
A trickling toilet can waste 30 gallons per day (gpd).
A leaking toilet can waste 250 gpd.
A constantly running toilet can waste 4,000 gpd.
Water Wasted In Your Tub, Shower, or Sink:
A faucet with a slow drip can waste 36 gpd.
A faucet with a steady drip can waste 180 gpd.
A half open faucet can waste 1,620 gpd.
A fully opened faucet can waste 3,600 gpd.
Saving Water Outdoors:
Use a self-closing nozzle on your hose when watering your lawn or plants.
For landscaped areas, buy plants that need little watering.
Sweep, rather than use water, to clean sidewalks and driveways.
Saving Water in Your Bathroom:
When buying a new toilet, consider purchasing a water-saving High-Efficiency Toilet (HET) for better flushing.
If you have a toilet made before 1992 that uses more than 1.6 gallons per flush, place a plastic bottle filled with water in your toilet tank to save ½ gallon per flush (and remember to flush only when necessary).
Replace defective parts of your toilet (such as a flapper or refill valve) to eliminate leaks.
Turn off the water supply to your toilet, if you’re going on a long vacation.
Discard sanitary items in the wastebasket to avoid clogging your toilet.
Take short showers instead of baths; save 5-7 gallons a minute with an old showerhead; save 2-2.5 gallons a minute with a water-saving showerhead.
If you are taking a bath, fill the tub halfway to save 10-15 gallons.
Avoid running the water while brushing your teeth, shaving, or washing your hands; save 2-3 gallons a minute.
Saving Water in Your Kitchen and Laundry:
Only use the dishwasher and washing machine when you have a full load. Save more by using a short cycle.
When selecting a new washing machine or dishwasher, purchase an Energy Star-certified model; it uses 20-25 gallons per load vs. a standard model, which uses 45-55 gallons per load.
Install faucet aerators to save water and reduce flow rates by one gallon a minute.
Instead of running water while washing dishes, which uses 2-3 gallons a minute, fill a basin to wash and rinse dishes and use only 10 gallons.
Wash fruits and vegetables in a pre-filled bowl, not under running water.
Adult Softball Leagues Frequently asked questions for the Town of Greenburgh Adult Softball Leagues Is there a resident requirement to join a league? Because the taxpayers of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh help underwrite our programs there is a residency requirement for all of our leagues. Because there are multiple communities that are part of the Town of Greenburgh there are 2 classifications of teams. They are Resident and Town teams and their definitions are described below. Recognizing that there are many businesses that are in the Town of Greenburgh we have also made exceptions as described below Resident teamsmust be comprised of 10 players whose primary residence (domicile) is in unincorporated Town of Greenburgh and who can show a valid UniCard, plus up to four Town of Greenburgh residents. Town teamsmust be comprised of 10 players whose primary residence (domicile) is within the Town of Greenburgh, including the six surrounding villages (Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington and Tarrytown) you may also have up to 4 non-residents. Business teams (Co-ed & Men’s Rec.) The business must be located within the unincorporated town or the surrounding 6 villages and all rostered players must be full time employees which will be verified by the Personnel Director of you company. Please note that teams must conform to one of the descriptions listed above and not a combination (i.e.Town and Business) How much does it cost to join a league? – Because we have 2 different types of teams there are 2 different rates. For the most recent rate please see the document entitled Rates/Fees for the most current calendar year in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. How do teams register? – Please see the document entitled Softball Registration Process in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. Briefly each league has a maximum number of teams that can be accommodated for each league based on several factors. Once it has been determined how many teams will be returning from the previous year new teams will be permitted to join on a first come first pay basis. All teams are registered intact. What are the different leagues we offer? – For a full description of each of our leagues please see the document entitled Adult Softball League Descriptions in the section for our adult softball program. Briefly the current leagues we offer are: Men’s 55 and over, Men’s 40 and over, Men’s Recreation League and our Co-ed League. How can individuals join a team? - All of our teams register intact but occasionally a resident will express a desire to get back into playing softball and is interested in joining a team. When we receive inquires from individuals, their name and basic playing experience is requested via e-mail and distributed via e-mail to the managers participating in the desired league. If a manager is in need of a player, they will then contact the individual. Residency/participation requirements and restrictions will determine if a person is eligible to join a team. Individuals can leave their name, address, contact information and brief player experience by either calling 693-8985 ext. 153 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org . Managers of registered teams in the determined league will be sent the individuals data and instructed to contact them if interested. Can non-residents join a team? – As stated above our leagues are residency based however if team is either a Town or Business type team there is an allowance for a minimal number of non-residents to play on a team. The process would be the same as outlined directly above. When do the leagues start and finish play? – All leagues start in mid April and, depending on the number of teams, are usually scheduled to complete their season between late July and early August barring rainouts or other unforeseen issues. Playoffs begin immediately following the conclusion of the season. Rain makeup’s are scheduled based on field availability and predetermined dates as specified at our annual league meetings (usually early March). Makeups might be scheduled on nights other than the regularly scheduled night. Occasional weekend games may be scheduled if there are excessive makeups. What night and time would my league play? - Men’s 55 and over play Monday and Thursday evenings, Men’s 40 and over play Wednesday evenings, Men’s Recreation League plays on Monday evenings and our Co-ed League plays on Tuesday evenings. Games are played typically at 7:00 pm, 8:15 pm and 9:30 weekly. Games are typically played on our fields at Rumbrook Park (off of Dobbs Ferry Road between the Sprain Brook Parkway and the Elmwood Country Club). Make-up games are scheduled during the season when field space is available which could result in a league playing a make-up game on a night other than their regular night(s). Once post season begins games are played when field space is available. Can a team request a specific game time? – many of the sponsors of the teams in our leagues are bars and/or restaurants so often we are asked to only schedule games early so the teams can go back and support their sponsors. To be fair to all of the teams we attempt to schedule every team with an equal number of early, mid and late games. Should teams wish to support their sponsor they should plan on visiting the establishment on an alternate night if their scheduled game prohibits them from doing so on their league night. What about Umpires? – All of our leagues follow USSSA rules and are officiated by certified USSSA umpires. Umpire fees are included in the league registration fee. Are there any exceptions made to the rules for a specific league? – Most of our leagues have some exceptions that are listed in our rules. Please see the document entitled Adult Softball League Rules for the most recent calendar year in the section for Adult Softball Program for specific instructions. Are there bat restrictions? – Yes. Currently all Miken Ultras are banned from use in any of our leagues. Since we follow USSSA rules we also recognize their list of approved bats. The list can be found by visiting www.usssa.com and reviewing the most current list of approved bats. All bats must have original permanent factory markings indicating that it is an “Official Softball” bat (no decals). The BPF (Bat Performance Factor) must be 1.20 or less. For additional specifications please review the current USSSA Official Slow Pitch Playing Rules which can also be found at the website indicated above. Wooden softball bats are permitted. What should I do when the weather is questionable? - The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Rumbrook Hotline is 693-8985 ext 135. For Saturday games please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. For weeknight games check after 3:00 PM. What ball is used? – All of our leagues use the DeBeer F12 Clincher softball. There are two new balls used per game. Is there a Fall Ball League? – No…. because our fields are multi-use fields our fields are converted at the end of the season into soccer fields for a fall youth program.
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THE BASEBALL/SOFTBALL CLINIC
When is the program held – Each year we offer our Baseball/Softball Clinic in the spring. It held on Saturday mornings from 9:00 am until 10:00 am for 6 weeks at East Rumbrook Park.
Who instructs the classes – Each class is taught by a qualified instructor and parents are needed to help out and be part of the program so that they can practice what was covered at home.
What should I do when the weather is questionable - The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Field Condition hotline is 693-8985 ext 135. For Saturday morning sessions please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. If a make-up is scheduled it will be discussed at the next session unless otherwise specified on the message(s).
Why is just for 5 and 6 year olds – For the purposes of safety we limit the ages of our attendees to between 5 and 6 years of age. Children who are not of age at the beginning of the program will not be permitted to participate until they are of age.
If my child is 6 years of age and in first grade should he/she attend the clinic or participate in the Tee Ball program – The clinic is offered to 1st graders who might not have attended the clinic when they were five and had not yet been exposed to the game. The major difference is that Tee Ball players are instructed by parents and the clinic has an experienced qualified instructor providing a foundation to build upon. The child can only participate in one or the other.
What does my child need to bring or buy – Each participant will be given a shirt and hat shortly after beginning in the clinic. Each participant needs to bring his or her own mitt. It is suggested that rubber soled cleats and their own batting helmet w/face guard should also be considered.
How can someone register for the program – Registration forms are available at Town hall, The Greenburgh Public Library, TDYCC or at our registration office located at Anthony F Veteran Park. Forms can also be downloaded by visiting our website at www.greenburghny.com then look under Documents & Forms (tab on left) for the Baseball/Softball Clinic Registration Form. Once you have the form simply follow the instructions.
Can someone register online – All of our registration forms require an original signature so forms cannot be done electronically.
Are there residency restrictions or class limitations – Yes ….residents of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh are given first choice to register. Non-residents can attend if space is available. The class size is limited to 60 participants for safety reasons.
Youth Baseball/Softball Frequently Asked Questions & Answers for Youth Softball League & Tee Ball League rev 1/09/16
As of 2009 the Town of Greenburgh only offer Tee Ball (co-ed for grades 1 & 2) and Softball. If your son would like to play baseball you will need to register with Elmsford Little League. They can be reached by
e-mail at ELL@elmsfordlittleleague.org.
Q: Who can participate in the Town of Greenburgh Youth Programs? A: For Softball - Any girl in grades 3 thru 6 that live in the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh including the village of Elmsford and Edgemont. Teams from Tarrytown, Irvington and Hastings are also members of our league. A: For Tee Ball - Any child in grades 1 & 2 that live in the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh including the village of Elmsford and Edgemont.
Q: Who do I register with? A: Residents of the Unincorporated Town of Greenburgh register through Greenburgh Parks and Recreation. Forms can be obtained from Town Hall, The Library, TDYCC and at the Parks & Recreation Registration office. It can also be downloaded from www.greenburghny.com located under the Documents and Forms tab.
Residents of Elmsford register through Elmsford Village Hall,
15 S. Stone Ave, Elmsford, NY 10523 (914)592-6555
The program coordinator is Ms. Bernadette Hitch.
Residents of Edgemont School District register through Mr. Matt Bernstein
Irvington Village Residents and Irvington School District residents register through the Irvington Recreation & Parks Department. More information and forms can be obtained at www.irvingtonny.gov/recreation or at the Irvington Recreation & Parks Department at 71 Main Street. For more information, call 591-7736 or e-mail email@example.com.
Residents of Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow register through the TNT baseball/softball program.
Residents of Hastings should register through the Hastings baseball/softball program
Q: Who coaches the teams and how are they trained? A: All teams are coached by volunteers (primarily parents of children registered). Coaches are required to go through a background check and a Coaches Certification program.
Q: What is the Coaches Certification program? A: The Town of Greenburgh participates in the National Alliance for Youth Sports certification program and follows their procedures. The certification process consists of two 90-minute workshops. The General Overview Session covers the essentials of quality coaching principles and philosophy, teaching and applying the concept of sportsmanship as well as other important issues. The Sports Specific Session is designed to cover the basic skills and drills for the specific sport in season. Coaches who intend to coach multiple sports only need to attend 1 General Overview Session. All sessions are available on line.
Q: How & when will I be notified regarding what team my child is on & when practices are? A: Once you have correctly submitted your child’s registration form to the proper program described above, you will be contacted by the designated coach who will inform you about how the season will run. Coaches are usually identified and trained shortly before the start of the season. Teams are formed by holding a draft.
Q: How do I obtain a copy of my child’s schedule of games? A: Schedules will be posted on our website under the Documents & Forms section on or about April 12th and will be listed by grade. This date could be delayed if not enough coaches step up to volunteer.
Q: Why would I not receive a call from a coach prior to the start of the season? A: The most common reason is due to lack of available coaches, late registrations, illegible or incorrect contact information or simple human error. If you do not get a call from a coach by April 12th you should contact your representative listed above.
Q: Why is a registration deadline needed? A: The entire league operates around a timetable that requires definite deadlines in order to efficiently operate. Teams need to be drafted by a defined date so coaches can be identified, uniforms can be purchased and received, schedules can be created, parents can be informed and children can practice and play. Adjustments or delays in deadlines directly impact the entire league.
Q: What does my child need to bring or buy? A: Each team should be provided with team shirts, hats, bats, balls, batting helmets and catcher’s gear by their municipal organization. Each participant needs to bring their own mitt. It is suggested that rubber soled cleats and their own batting helmet with a face mask be purchased by parent. The participants name should appear clearly on all personal equipment
Q: When are games and practices? A: Practices are scheduled based on the availability of both field space and coaches. In order to give our softball teams a full schedule games are played on weeknights as well as Saturday’s. Practices are held on weeknights as well and are based both on field and coach availability.
Tee Ball only meets on Saturdays. There is a 90 minute block of time scheduled weekly where teams practice the first half and then play a scheduled opponent the remaining half. As the season progresses and skills are acquired less time is allocated for practice and more applied to games play.
Q: As a parent what is expected of me? A: Parents are expected to assist and support all teams, players, coaches and umpires involved in the league. Parents drive the program.
Q: How does the league deal with issues of poor sportsmanship or bullying by players or spectators? A: The league has ZERO tolerance regarding this issue. All coaches sign a Code of Ethics when they become certified. Players should be told of the expectations from their coaches and parents. Parents are equally expected to exhibit proper sportsmanship at all times. Failure to comply will result in removal from the program.
Q: What should I do when the weather is questionable? A: The Town of Greenburgh has a Hotline system in place to assist in communicating with everyone involved. Our Youth League Rain Hotline is 693-8985 ext 135. For Saturday games please check hotline starting at 8:00 AM and follow instructions. For weeknight games check after 4:00 PM.
For games scheduled to be played in Irvington please call 591-7736
For games scheduled in Tarrytown – 631-8347 before 4:00 or www.tntbsa.com or 804-8136 (John Sutherland)
For games played in Hastings- (914) 490-4436
Q: Will there be make-up games?
A: It will depend on availability of fields, time of season and availability of both teams. Coaches will be notified in advance of any re-scheduled games. EVERY effort will be made to play all scheduled games.
Q: How does the league communicate with its coaches and players?
A: There are several different levels of communication that are used. Primarily coaches are given the majority of the information needed prior to the start of the season. During the season coaches are regularly contacted via e-mail as well as also given weekly handouts, flyers and a newsletter designed to keep everyone informed. Many times additional resources such as telephone and one-on one conversations are used in addition to the printed word. Finally, much of the information coaches, players and parents inquire about can be found posted on the same website you are currently visiting.
Frequently asked questions for Youth Soccer
Why is there a registration deadline? – Registration deadlines are essential to the planning and organization of any program or league offered. Uniforms need to be ordered, coaches need to be recruited and trained as well as schedules need to be created. This all gets done after the registration deadline.
Where can I obtain a registration form? – Registration forms are usually available at Town Hall, the library, TDYCC or the registration office at Anthony F Veteran Park. Forms can also be downloaded from our website at www.greenburghny.com. Once at the main page select the Documents & Forms tab on the left of the page and look under Parks & Recreation for the form you need.
How do I register my child? – Simply follow the instructions outline on the form. A completed form, along with payment, must be on file in our registration office. Since an original signature is required to be on file no electronic registration is available. There is a drop box located directly outside the registration office at Anthony F Veteran Park if you are not able to stop by during regular office hours (Monday through Friday 10:00 AM until 4:00 PM except Wednesday evening when the office closes at 7:00 PM). DO NOT RETURN THE FORM TO YOUR CHILDS SCHOOL AS THEY ARE SIMPLY DISTRIBUTING THE FORMS TO THE CHILDERN FOR OUR DEPARTMENT.
Who will be coaching my child? – The youth soccer program like all of our youth sports programs relies solely on parents to coach the teams. If parents to not volunteer to coach teams cannot be formed.
How do parents become coaches? – The Town of Greenburgh Parks and Recreation Department along with Edgemont and Elmsford Recreation are members of the National Youth Sports Coaches Association and utilize their curriculum to train out coaches. We have found that most parents find it more convenient to take the on-line coaches course so that they can do it in the comfort of their home and at a time where it is most conducive to learning. The town also requires all coaches to have an annual background check done.
How will I or my child be informed what team he/she is on? – Shortly after the registration deadline there will be a coaches meeting where teams will be identified and schedules will begin to be formed. Once coaches and teams have been identified the coaches will contact the players on their team to inform them when and where practices will be along with any other important information. Parents need to be patient and remember that the coaches are volunteers.
When will practices be held? – Since practices are based on the coaches and field availability it will have to be determined by the coach after the registration deadline and coaches meeting. In general 1st & 2nd grade teams do not practice during the week and only meet on Saturdays. The first grade teams are schedule for a 90 minute block of time where half of the time is dedicated to practice and the other half to game play against a scheduled opponent. As the season and their skill level progress more time will be spent on game play and less on practice. 2nd grade teams typically meet prior to their scheduled game time on Saturdays and utilize a designated section of space to practice. 3rd Grade and above practice on a designated weeknight as determined by field and coach availability
When are games usually scheduled? – Schedules are established based on the number of teams in each league and the availability of both fields and referee’s. On Saturdays typically the game schedule begins at 9:00 and games are scheduled hourly which can go as late as 3:00pm depending on the number of teams utilizing the field. This is the case for all leagues except the 1st Grade league. The first grade league utilizes a 90 minute block of time to allow for both practice and game play. Time blocks utilized are 9:00, 10:30 and 12:00 depending on the number of teams registered in the league. No set time can be established for your child’s team (i.e. 9:00 am games only) so conflicts may exist if players are schedule for several different activities on a Saturday. Evening games are scheduled under the lights at Rumbrook Park on Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 3rd through 6th grade teams as well so your child may have an occasional night game. Make-up games are also scheduled on weeknights if needed.
When will the schedule become available? – Schedules cannot be created until after the coaches for each team have been identified which is always after the coaches meeting. Parents need to be flexible during the start of the season since most planning cannot be done until after the start of the school year.
What does my child need to participate? – A team shirt will be provided. Players must supplyshin guards (mandatory) and should have cleats. Players should dress comfortably for the weather in athletic attire (At no time are jeans considered to be appropriate athletic attire).
Can my child partake in other activities on Saturdays while being a member of a team? – One of the attitudes we try to teach our players at a very young age is the concept of being part of a team is a commitment to the team. Many times players are torn because they want to be with their teammates yet are obligated to be elsewhere each week at a certain time (i.e. dance or music lessons). Since games are schedule during a certain range of time each Saturday there is no way to determine when your child’s game will be played each week until after the registration deadline has passed and we have meet to create the teams.
Where are games played? – On Saturday’s each league has a primary field that is selected based on the size of the field needed for each particular league.
The 5th & 6th grade Greenburgh home games will be played on the back field at Seely School on Saturdays and the away games will be played at a yet to be designated field in White Plains. Prior to the start of the season the location and directions will be available to coaches and players as well as on line. All night games will be played at east Rumbrook Park under the lights.
The 3rd & 4th grade Greenburgh home games will be played on the back field at the lower field at east Rumbrook Park on Saturdays and the away games will be played at a yet to be designated field in White Plains. Prior to the start of the season the location and directions will be available to coaches and players as well as on line. All night games will be played at east Rumbrook Park under the lights.
The 2nd grade co-ed games are played on the upper field at East Rumbrook Park.
The 1st grade co-ed games are played at Greenville School
Directions to all fields can be found by visiting our website at www.greenburghny.com and looking under the Parks and Recreation Department listing for Youth Soccer Leagues
In an effort to help bolsters our team numbers and sustain the program our 3rd through 6th grade boys and girls play games against teams from the White Plains Parks & Recreation program and it was very successful so there will be some additional travel occasionally.
How can I find my child’s schedule? – Shortly before the start of the season schedules for each league will be posted on our website at www.greenburghny.com then look under Documents and Forms and they will be listed under the Parks and Recreation listing.
When should I call the Greenburgh Police Department? You should call the Police Department when you have an emergency, a non-emergency concerning a possible violation of local or state law, a suspicious condition, a motor vehicle accident or an animal complaint.
What is a police report? Very simply, a police report is a written record prepared by a police officer documenting what happened, or allegedly happened, during a specific incident.
How can I get a copy of my police report? Two ways: You can come to the Records Unit at Headquarters Monday through Friday from 9am to 5 pm, or you can mail us a request with a self addressed stamped envelope.
If my name is on a police report, do I have a "Record"? No. A police report simply documents an incident which has occurred. It's purpose is not to assign blame. A person acquires a criminal record after having been arrested and convicted of an offense.
Is crime up or down in Greenburgh? Good question. Part I offenses (the seven serious offenses as defined by the FBI) have generally been on a down trend over the past few years in Greenburgh. Part II offenses (all other offenses) have fluctuated, without an obvious a trend. Overall incidents have steadily gone up over the past several years. Click here to see recent Statistics.