Also as promised, the Town Board has formed a Capital Planning Committee tasked with formalizing capital planning for the Town. The plan will provide a permanent foundation for budgeting, planning and maintenance and a mechanism to facilitate the transfer knowledge and information to future administrators and boards.
The Town, under the leadership of the Planning Board, also began to formally create a master plan for Croton Falls. The residents will be surveyed to determine what they want. Eventually, the plan may include the creation of a new sewer district and other improvements to vitalize the town center depending upon the results of the survey.
This one was not even on my radar last year, but the Town purchased the Schoolhouse at 3 Owens Road in Croton Falls. This historic building is home to the Schoolhouse Theater, which will continue to operate there. The building will also serve as the home for the North Salem Recreation Department and as a senior center. It was a great opportunity for the Town and we jumped on it.
More generally, the Town Board has operated in a politically balanced and fiscally responsible manner with the needs of the community at the forefront of every decision we make.
As we embark on a new year, I have resolved to ask myself this question every day: What you can do today to help protect our town? I challenge you to ask yourself the same question.
Our answers will undoubtedly vary. To me, the most important thing we can do is make a commitment to vote -- in every election – not for candidates who seek to further their own agenda or exclusively the interests of their own party but for candidates who have a broader vision and are firmly committed to democratic principles and an open Town government that is responsive to the needs of the community as a whole.
Joining local organizations like the North Salem Democratic Committee and the North Salem Democratic Club is a great way to engage with people who care. In addition, the Town of North Salem has a host of committees and boards that would welcome new members – regardless of political party or persuasion. These committees and boards give neighbors an opportunity to work together to resolve issues rather than argue or complain about them on social media. You could also volunteer to be an election-day worker or to drive elderly voters to the polls on election day. Volunteering to work on local campaigns is always greatly appreciated. You might even consider running for office yourself!
I am firmly resolved to help you engage in any way I can. If you have any questions about how to get more involved, please call me at 914-669-6743 or send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. If I don’t know the answers, I will put you in touch with someone who does.