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PO Box 371, Somers, New York 10589

 

 

Monday, April 13

Report to the People from Somers Town Board

At 10:30am, Supervisor Rick Morrissey and Councilmen Garrity, Clinchy, Cerieco and Faulkner will meet with our League at Town Hall, in Somers.

The Report is an annual event that provides a forum for a stimulating discussion of Town issues and concerns. Hear about plans for new housing and a food market with a new entrance to the shopping center. What are the plans for sidewalks? How will we deal with the loss of Pepsi?

Somers is a small town with an active local government. This is your opportunity to meet your new Town Board and to discuss topics that are of real concern to Somers. You can have an impact on your local environment.


Co-President's Message April 2015

The Romans gave this month the Latin name Aprilis but the derivation of the name is uncertain. The traditional etymology is from the verb aperi, aperture, an opening. We have an aperitif to open our appetite before a meal! April is the season when trees and flowers begin to “open”. April starts with Fool’s Day, then we have Passover, World Health Day, Easter, Tax Day, Arbor Day, Earth Day, Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, and last but not least in my books: Opening Day!

Earth Day is the annual ritual on which day events are held worldwide to demonstrate our support for environmental protection. The LWV position supports the protection and management of natural resources in the public interest, in-cluding energy conservation and energy options from renewa-ble sources.

To celebrate the nature renewal, the Angle Fly Pre-serve is an important place to visit here in Somers. It is part of the Somers Land Trust, a non-profit organization committed to preserving open space in the town of Somers. In 2005, when a 104-unit subdivision was proposed for 654 acres in the heart of town, Westchester and the Land Trust acted as lead negoti-ators for the purchase of the land. In May 2006, the Town of Somers, New York City, Westchester County and New York State completed the acquisition of the 654-acre property from the developer-owner for $20.5 million.

It should be noted that in exchange for financing the purchase of Angle Fly, Somers signed an agreement with the county to make a good faith effort to build 224 units of afford-able housing in exchange for financing the purchase of Angle Fly. We are currently working toward the fulfillment of this agreement.

In 2006, the land purchased was set aside as a natural sanctuary. The 2006 agreement prevented large-scale devel-opment on the property; some abandoned houses are still standing. Do check the Somers Land Trust website!
Let’s keep marching!


Town Planning Study Committee

This Committee has been attending Planning and Town Board meetings to monitor developments which propose affordable housing, for which the Town has a legal obligation. The Town Board meeting of March 5 had a public hearing on the Draft Environmental Impact Statement on a proposal to rezone and build 80 town houses and a grocery store in the area adjacent to the current Somers shopping center, called Somers Crossing.
The Impact Statement is a two-inch thick document which we are studying. Comments made, or questions asked must, by law, be answered in the Final Impact Statement, which is
the next step in the application process. Such issues as the planned exit road going through or close to wetlands, the adequacy of the Heritage Hills Water Treatment Plant and the Heritage Hills Wells to provide services required by the new development, and the rezoning of land, currently zoned for single family homes, to multi-family town-houses, without an
affordable housing requirement are of interest.

League members wanting to join our Study are welcome; call Polly Kuhn, 279-2634, to find out about meetings and the work.


Benefactors

Benefactors help to support our League with their tax deductible donation of $25.00 (+) to the Somers LWV Educational Fund.

For those of you who have generously supported us in the past, it is time to renew your donation. For others, we ask you to join in this effort and send your check to the Somers Educational Fund, Box371, Somers NY 10589.

 

Calendar
of Events

Mon. Apr. 13
10am Monthly Meeting
10:30am "Report to the People" with members of the Town Board. Somers Town Hall, Route 202

Mon. May 11
10am Monthly Meeting
10:30am "Women and their Money" with Paul Sheldon. Somers Library, Reis Park

Thurs. May 21st
12:00 Book & Author Luncheon, Traveler's Rest, Route 100, Ossining

Sat. June 6th and 7th NY State LWV Convention, Desmond Hotel & Conference Center, Albany, NY

Mon. June 8th
10am Final Meeting
"All You Can Eat" Brunch
Somers Library, Reis Park


Somers Schools

On Monday, March 9th, Dr. Blanch, Superintendent of Schools, joined by Ken Crowley , Assistant Superintend, reported on the plans for 2015-2016 school year. The major challenges for the coming year are lower assessed property values, the tax levy limit, uncertain aid fig-ures and continued use of Reserves to offset Tax Levy increase.
The State has not released the projected amounts for additional state monies. The amounts are contingent on controversial issues; e.g. appropri-ate method of evaluating teachers and required years for tenure. The 2015-2016 budget is $86,497,809 and the projected tax increase for the coming year is 2.49%.
The District continues to enrich the program-ming for students. They are developing the Interna-tional Baccalaureate Diploma which will include a high school teacher(s) training program . It will be associated with a college curriculum offering math, science, arts, language, social studies research, com-munity service, international business stories and writing projects.


Students Inside Albany: Meet Wesley Cash

The Somers League of Women voters is delighted to sponsor Wesley Cash, a junior at Somers High School, to Students Inside Albany, which will be held May 17-20. SIA brings high school students around
the state together to learn about New York government. As part of the interactive program, students tour the Capitol and observe the Senate and Assembly in action by spending an afternoon shadowing their legislator.

Wesley is the first junior to serve as SHS Student Council Executive Board President. He is in his second term on the New York State Council on Leadership and Student Activities Board. In addition to his leadership roles, Wesley is the head of lighting in the Technical Theatre Program at SHS. “I am honored and excited to attend the Students Inside Albany conference this May,” says Wesley, “and very thankful to the League of Woman Voters for allowing me to experience this wonderful opportunity!”

 

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Updated by Valerie Castleman April 2, 2015