SENATOR SCHUMER PUSHES FOR DEBRIS REMOVAL FROM SAW MILL RIVER...HAZARDOUS PLAN ACCEPTED
Release Date: September 26, 2011
Spoke at a press conference held by US Senator Charles Schumer. The Senator is calling on FEMA to remove debris and fund work through federal public assistance programs. He is seeking quick action and necessary permits from state and local officials before winter. Over a week ago I sent letters to all state and federal officials representing Greenburgh--requesting that they remove debris on the Saw Mill RIver. We have seen oil tanks, trees, and other debris in the river. This changes the flow patterns and raises water levels, making chronic parking flooding more likely. Businesses and homes along the Saw Mill River have experienced significant flood damage in recent months.
A real partnership and coalition to address flooding on the Saw Mill RIver is emerging. Among those attending the press conference with Senator Schumer were Congresswoman Nita Lowey, State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky, Councilman Kevin Morgan and Town Clerk Judith Beville. Representatives of the business community also attended.
GREENBURGH'S HAZARD MITIGATION PLAN HAS BEEN ACCEPTED BY NYS OFFICE OF EMERGENCY MANAGEMENT AND FEMA. This will enable the town to obtain funds from other levels of government to address flooding. Buyouts, home elevation grants are among options. On Tuesday the Greenburgh Town Board will meet at 9:30 AM at Greenburgh Town Hall with our hazardous mitigation consultant to discuss the significance of the hazard mitigation plan. Our meeting will be televised on public access TV and will be streamed live on the town website: www.greenburghny.com.
This is from the police chief:
It is with great satisfaction that I can announce that The Final Greenburgh Hazard Mitigation Plan submitted to the New York State Office of Emergency Management NYSOEM and FEMA, on June 10, 2011, has been accepted by both agencies pending its adoption by each jurisdiction as explained below. With the current weather related storms and damages that followed this could not have come at a more opportune time.
The Town and each village must formally adopt the plan which is typically done through board resolution. This adoption is necessary in order for FEMA to officially approve the Plan and for the communities that participated to be eligible to apply for mitigation project grants. It is important to note, if at least one adoption is not performed and documentation of this adoption not provided to FEMA within one year (September 23, 2012) the plan will no longer be approvable by FEMA.
I have attached a sample adoption resolution which FEMA strongly recommends using to include its particulars, as it reflects FEMA’s adoption document requirements. Key items FEMA looks for on the adoption document includes signature (certification), date, and the language (as excerpted from attached) “Town A adopts the ABC Plan”.
As adoption resolutions are completed, please forward the adoption documentation to me (email or fax is acceptable). I will then transmit all documentation to NYSOEM who will then forward it to FEMA for official plan approval.
Final note: The date FEMA receives the resolution will start the 5 year update clock.
When the plan is adopted I believe it would be beneficial to have a brief meeting of the planning committee to have Tetra Tech explain the adoption process, plan implementation, the plan maintenance, review and update process, and mitigation grant opportunities available for our current projects. I will advise you of a date.
I would like take this opportunity to thank all the participants who worked so diligently on this massive plan and to acknowledge the commitment, hard work and professional attitude of our consultant Jonathan Raser and his staff. It is apropos that he will be addressing the concerns of residents and businesses affected by the most recent flooding at a Town Board work session tomorrow, September 27, 2011
If you have questions please call or email.
Joseph J. DeCarlo
Chief of Police
RIBBON CUTTING ON AQUEDUCT OCTOBER 1ST
Subject: ribbon cutting on the Aqueduct
Ribbon Cutting on the Aqueduct on October 1stl
The ribbon cutting ceremony will celebrate the opening of the section of the Aqueduct trail in Dobbs Ferry that once was hazardous and now is accessible to all. It is scheduled for October lst, at 10 a.m. Dobbs Ferry Mayor, Hartley Connett ,and NY State Parks Commissioner, Rose Harvey. will officiate.. Representatives of the the NY state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation as well as the Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct and major donors will participate. This event is open to all.
The Project began in 2009, when the Friends won a federal Recreational Trails Grant. The Friends campaigned for help from residents and the board of Trustees of the Village of Dobbs Ferry for help in meeting the mandatory match of over $35,000., which thankfully was successfully raised. The project was signed over to the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic preservation for administering. The Village of Dobbs Ferry made a major contribution since a small section of the trail work is actually village property., Residents of Dobbs Ferry showed their love of the trail with generous support. The event is open to the public.
Mavis Cain President Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct.