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Public Hearings On Proposed 2013 Town Budget And Tax Cap Override

Clarkstown Town Board Meeting and Workshop begin at 7 p.m. tonight

 

The Clarkstown Town Board scheduled two public hearings for tonight’s workshop on overriding the two percent state property tax cap and proposed 2013 budget of  $137,301,805. The proposed spending plan increases tax by 6.2 percent and Town Supervisor Alex Gromack and other officials blamed three percent of that increase on the county, which has shifted costs to the town.  

The 2013 budget reflects increases in pension costs for CSEA members and higher health care costs as well as a decline in mortgage tax revenues. Residents and business owners already paid an additional one percent surcharge on their school taxes this year to offset transferred county expenses.  

The board is expected to authorize bids for the following items and projects:

  • High definition use of force marksmanship training simulator
  • Phase Three A of the South Main Street Downtown Revitalization
  • Fireworks display

The board will vote on authorizing the comptroller to amend the 2012 budget and transfer unused balances among different accounts.

The board will consider approving the installation of four fire hydrants:

  • At the intersection of Vermont Avenue & Colton Street
  • On Massachusetts Ave, north of Butler Street
  • 262 feet south of the intersection of Colton Street and Massachusetts Ave
  • 360 feet south of Intersection of Lenox Ave and Lake Road.

Dates will be set for two future public hearings, one focusing on Nanuet and the other on Neighborhood Shopping District zoning. On Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 8 p.m., there will be a public hearing to consider approving the final map with boundary lines for the Nanuet Fire District. The subject of the second hearing to be held on Tuesday, Dec. 11 at 8 p.m. is a proposed local law to amend zoning to allow “Neighborhood Shopping” districts in Clarkstown. 

Councilmembers will determine the 2013 Town Board Workshop and Town Board Meeting schedule.

Watchdog November 09, 2012 at 11:50 PM
The word is properly used. It means $200,000 for each fungible cop, every one a copy of one another. Ask their Union. But the larger message is that because of their unaffordable cost and the fact tat they only work one half the year, 30-40 of these cops should be let go and a severe cutback made of the outrageous time they get off (81days) at the expense of senior citizens and other lower income taxpayers, who cannot afford them any longer
Watchdog November 09, 2012 at 11:53 PM
His prices are outrageous. He gave a family member an estimate and he was promptly tod to please leave the property. The job was eventually done for 25% of hat Gary The Gutter was asking.
Watchdog November 10, 2012 at 12:00 AM
I had my chimney cap reset yesterday for $100 from Low Tor Chimney, a very reputable company, who has been in this business for 35 years. He has been cleaning my chimney for that long and his prices have been reasonable.
Watchdog November 10, 2012 at 12:13 AM
That section if Congers also is hoe to Jay Savino, it is a Mini Chicago with Groack, Gouging Gary and the $87m Part time independent contractor Jay Savino. Frankie $$$75G$$$ Gum Balls also lives in the same Hamlet.
jeff meyer November 10, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Clarkstown PD is a great department. They are worth every penny and more. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
INTHEKNOW November 10, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Where was the chase stopped and who stopped it? Who had to get into a gun battle?
INTHEKNOW November 10, 2012 at 08:47 PM
Ok Stephany, since you are an expert on police training and US Dept. of Justice Guidelines, I will spell it out for you. Police have to train on their weapons EVERY year... to not do so invites lawsuits. A simulator uses electronic impusles to replace costly bullets that would have to be fired at the range. The High definition is the industry standard now. (try to buy a TV without it)... I understand your concerns but I will never understand why you and some others seem to have to ridicule the police officers of this town, most of whom previously worked in NYC and elsewhere. As for your claims, yes, Police in Clarkstown have had to fire their weapons and have been fired on numerous times in recent memory, the fact that you arent aware of this, yet continue your diatribe against them, suggests that you have an agenda.
Watchdog November 10, 2012 at 09:52 PM
Jeff, my boy, you are a glutton for punishment. You asked that I not "post you" and then you write this stupid comment about a Town you know zero about. Perhaps that is because you are living tax free on your $100,000++ pension you schemed legally of course from taxpayers in your position as a Cop Union President. So now you want our senior citizens, who simply Cannot afford it to pay these outrageous salaries and benefits to your fellow cops. Folks, this is coming from someone who contributes ZERO. To the defense if our country, ZERO to those on food stamps and ZERO to those on Medicaid because he pays ZERO taxes on his "Disability" pension which enables him To sit out winters in Flirida while our senior citizens sit in their homes with coats on because they cannot pay heating bills but are forced to pay for $200,000 cops who get 81 days off a year. You sir should keep your uninformed comments to yourself. Oh and Jeff, please read this. It will open your eyes but I doubt if if will change your selfish, selfcentered mind. http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/a-modest-proposal
Watchdog November 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM
The more I hear about this gouging Fary Gutter Guy, the more I am amazed that he still has a license to conduct business. I was at breakfast with someone who hired him to out on a chimney cap. This was a new homeowner and I guess Gouging Gary sensed it. He put on a USED cap that was the wrong size for the chimney and charged $700 for this cap which probably came off the home of one of his customers. I am outraged that he is still in business, The stories keep getting worse.
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 12:41 AM
You are fortunate that you have the Clarkstown PD to serve and protect you. They are a top notch department. JM tuckahoe, NY
stephany November 11, 2012 at 12:48 AM
hdtv has been out for quite a while.are you saying gromack,mele and the police chief have put clarkstown at risk of a lawsuit by not getting the latest version the day it came out or even the first year. do they even own one now? when did the hd version come out anyway? and why are they allowed to sell/rent a non hd version. from their website "You can rent a use-of-force/firearm simulator for a fraction of the cost to buy one" rent for $5,000 for 2 weeks or buy for $50k++++ DUH! DOJ has grants for this yet i heard no mention of it..gromack napping on the job again. what does Clarkstown do with the hd version when they come out with a 3d version. why not hook up with the 5 rockland towns to buy it and split the cost if they are so intent on buyng vs renting in the worst ecomomy anyone can remember AND a 6.25% tax increase in the offing there are a lot of things that "should" invite lawsuits like the highway robbery gromack lets certain unions get away with.of course he is just following orders,but still Definition of RIDICULE : to make fun of i think not
Clarkstown life November 11, 2012 at 01:01 AM
I get your complete disdain for gov't and its workers, but your ignorance on multiple topics is sad.....
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 01:14 AM
Jeff, my boy, you are a glutton for punishment. You asked that I not "post you" and then you write this stupid comment about a Town you know zero about. Perhaps that is because you are living tax free on your $100,000++ pension you schemed legally of course from taxpayers in your position as a Cop Union President. So now you want our senior citizens, who simply Cannot afford it to pay these outrageous salaries and benefits to your fellow cops. Folks, this is coming from someone who contributes ZERO. To the defense if our country, ZERO to those on food stamps and ZERO to those on Medicaid because he pays ZERO taxes on his "Disability" pension which enables him To sit out winters in Flirida while our senior citizens sit in their homes with coats on because they cannot pay heating bills but are forced to pay for $200,000 cops who get 81 days off a year. You sir should keep your uninformed comments to yourself. Oh and Jeff, please read this. It will open your eyes but I doubt if if will change your selfish, selfcentered mind. http://newcity.patch.com/blog_posts/a-modest-proposal
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 01:22 AM
GROMACK wants a 9% tax increase.,SOCIAL SECURITY COLA increase is 1.7%. Where is the money coming from Alex Gromack? Do you want them to freeze to death this winter??. Heating costs are higher, made worse by the 4% tax increase recently imposed by the County. WHERE THE HECK DO ALL YOU ELECTED OFFICIALS THINK THIS MONEY IS COMING FROM???
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 01:23 AM
Watchdog/Mike, now that's not very nice. Keep a stiff upper lip please. LOL. JM Tuckahoe, NY
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Gromack is expected to announce that he is collecting used coats this winter for the seniors so they can still pay for his 9% tax increase by wearing these old coats in their homes and turning down their thermostats. A previous plan to have seniors take on borders shows this man has very little empathy for the senior population, in fact a disdain for these people who built this Town. SHAMEFUL AND DISGUSTING!
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 01:43 AM
Jeff, you are all talk. Stay the hell out of our Towns business. We do not need outside Union agitators, particularly someone like you who wants to bankrupt seniors with tax increases they cannot afford while you pay ZZERO income taxes.
stephany November 11, 2012 at 02:04 AM
so why do you track my every move and torchure yourself reading my profile-comments every 2 minutes. I am glad though that you finally sort of get it. "I get your complete disdain for gov't and its workers" just change that to "I get your complete disdain for the greed of the gov't and its workers at the expense of hard working taxpayers" and we can agree. you are spending too much time in my profile..get out,live a little, and read some/most other comments not planted by town employees and you will find your understanding of govt and its costs is way sadder than mine.you need to stop trying to defend the indefensible. you are not good at it and are not doing anyone any favors. I am done with you on this article-see you on the next one
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 02:09 AM
Easy there Mike. Don't let the pressure get to you. JM
INTHEKNOW November 11, 2012 at 03:36 PM
Rent it for two weeks??? How do you propose they train 150 people in two weeks? You are like so many loud mouths on this board and at meetings.. You have an answer for everything, but have no real solutions. I bet you are a mess in your own life, living with 6 cats, and have no real accomplishments, but have an expert opinion on how everything else should be run.
INTHEKNOW November 11, 2012 at 03:37 PM
Stop ending your sentences with prepositions, it makes you luck dumber (if that's possible). Sell and move.. someone with more money will buy your house, put $100,000 in additions on it, and be happy to live in a great community with great schools and low crime, 45 mins from NYC. You're an old crank.
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 06:57 PM
Unfortunately, your attitude appears to be in line with the rest of the selfish and disrespectful cops who only care about themselves so the fewer of them we have, the better. Fire 30-40 of these selfish, uncaring cops and make them give up 50 of the 81 days they have off each year. That should be the platform of the next candidate to oust Gromack and the Town Board.
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 07:12 PM
Are you a senior Watchdog? Do you have empathy for others Watchdog? Do you hold disdain against others Watchdog? Why are you always so opinionated yet anonymous Watchdog? Are you fearful Watchdog? Is your real name Mike Hirsch Watchdog? Just a little food for thought Watchdog? Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 07:33 PM
Jeff, please stay in your own Town and agitate. We do not need retired "disability" leeches, who do not support our men and women in uniform with their tax dollars. You are a TAKER Jeff, plain a sped simple TAKER. DISGRACEFUL. .
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 07:39 PM
Hirsch, you need to lighten up. You are a rather judgmental and miserable person. Always questioning peoples integrity. Do you really believe that you are in the position do do such. Knock off the silly "Watchdog" persona. It is painfully sad and pathetic to watch. You were much better off when you declared that you would cease from opining until your legal matters were adjudicated. Be well. Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 08:15 PM
No wonder you never got past the patrolmans/traffic cop level since you have ZERO investigative skills, equivalent to the amount you pay in income taxes ZERO as a retired and " disabled" union hack. Stay in your own Town Jeffrey and tell your fellow officers to take their grubby hands out of the pockets of senior citizens.
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Hirsch, please.........ditch the "Watchdog" persona. I actually feel embarrassed for you. It is too painful to observe. A shrink would have a field day with you. What is it? You can't attack people under your real name so you must use a made up persona. Is that how you get up your courage? I actually feel sorry for you. You attack everyone's integrity yet never question you own. You attack the integrity of all public employees and public officials in you town yet you absolve yourself. Remember what the Good Book says "remove the plank out of your own eye before you take the speck out of your neighbor's. You hear me Hirsch???? Jeff Meyer Tuckahoe, NY
Watchdog November 11, 2012 at 10:52 PM
Be careful Jeff, damaging another's reputation is dangerous territory. But you probably spent 85% of your time, as the Clarkstown PD, does on traffic related incidents so I would not expect you to know the laws surrounding libel and slander. If I were Mike Hirsch, ,I would ask my attorney to monitor your comments and maybe send you a little letter. I understand even tax free Disability pensions can be garnished.
jeff meyer November 11, 2012 at 11:03 PM
Watchdog, thank you for your concern for my well being. I feel warm and fuzzy inside. I really do. Your warmth, sincerity and courage is second to none. You are the manifestation of valor. Frankly I could care less who you are. Cowards are best hidden in the closet. JM Tuckahoe, NY
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