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Palmer Road Bridge Closure to Begin Today, April 10, 2019 PDF Print Email

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Apr. 10, 2019: Editor's note: The Bronxville Police Department distributed the following notice about long-term bridge closure on April 8, 2019.


TRAFFIC ADVISORY - PALMER AVENUE [ROAD] BRIDGE CLOSURE TO BEGIN WEDNESDAY. TRAFFIC LEAVING BRONXVILLE WILL NOT BE PERMITTED TO USE THE PALMER ROAD BRIDGE. SEE BELOW ADVISORY FOR DETOUR AND CONTACT INFORMATION. PLEASE AVOID THE AREA AND PLAN ON AN ALTERNATE ROUTE THROUGH JUNE.

George Latimer
County Executive
Department of Public Works and Transportation
Hugh J. Greechan, Jr., P.E.
Commissioner
Traffic Engineering - 148 Martine Avenue - White Plains, NY 10601
westchestergov.com/dpw

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WESTCHESTER COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC WORKS
TRAFFIC ADVISORY
PALMER ROAD CR 33I
CITY OF YONKERS & VILLAGE OF BRONXVILLE
BRIDGE REHABILITATION
LONG TERM LANE CLOSURE
RELEASE: April 8, 2019.
ROADWAY: Palmer Road.

LIMITS: Palmer Road between Paxton Avenue and Parkview Avenue.

WHAT: Bridge rehabilitation.

IMPACTS: The westbound direction of Palmer Road will be closed within the above limits. There will be a posted detour utilizing Pondfield Road to Bronxville Road to Palmer Road.
Motorists are advised to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

WHEN: Beginning Wednesday, April 10, 2019, continuing until Friday, June 28, 2019.

WHO: Westchester County Department of Public Works Contract # 15-522.

For additional information please contact Westchester County Traffic Engineering Division at (914) 995-2555.

Editor’s note:  For information about this and other bridge work to take place in Bronxville in coming months and years, click on this article that appeared on MyhometownBronxville in March:  Work to Begin on Three Bridges in Bronxville.

Pictured here:  View of Palmer Road bridge from road. 

Photo by N. Bower

 
Village of Bronxville Seeking Input on its Comprehensive Plan by April 30: Link to Survey PDF Print Email

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By Bill Barton, Member, Board of Trustees, Village of Bronxville


Apr. 10, 2019:  The Village of Bronxville is updating its comprehensive plan and would like your input and feedback on the key issues facing the village and the vision for the future. 

Please click on the link below to complete the survey so that we can incorporate your input into the plan. Individual responses are confidential and will be tabulated and shared in summary form only. 

The survey should take approximately 20 to 25 minutes to complete. Please encourage your neighbors to respond, too. Hard copies of the survey are available at village hall.

Please complete your survey by April 30.

Click here to take the survey.

Pictured here: Bronxville Village Hall.

Photo by A. Warner

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.


 
Bronxville Police Blotter: April 2 to April 6, 2019 PDF Print Email

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By Bronxville Police Department


Apr. 10, 2019: The following entries are from the Bronxville police blotter.  

April 2, 2019, 8:31 am, Midland Avenue: A 66-year-old man of Yonkers was charged with suspended registration (misdemeanor) after an onboard license plate reader indicated that the registration to the 2005 Ford Explorer he was operating was suspended for parking violations. The man was processed on scene and released pending his next court appearance. The vehicle was impounded.

April 2, 2019, 10:43 am, Paxton Avenue: A business owner reported a suspicious male walking around drinking a beer. Police canvassed the area and were unable to locate the subject.

April 2, 2019, 8:25 pm, Pondfield Road: A credit card was found and turned over to police. The card company was notified and the canceled card was destroyed.

April 3, 2019, 9:10 pm, Pondfield Road, CVS Store: A 54-year-old man of Mount Vernon was charged with petit larceny after employees alerted police that he was inside the store stealing items. Police arrived and encountered the man leaving the store with $143.32 worth of miscellaneous stolen items on his person. The man was processed and arraigned by Judge Primps and released on his own recognizance pending his next court appearance.

April 5, 2019, 11:02 am, Pondfield Road: A vehicle boot was affixed to a vehicle, rendering it immobilized because of $275 in outstanding parking violations. The parking fines were satisfied later in the day and the boot was removed.

April 6, 2019, 2:54 pm, Midland Avenue: A 42-year-old man was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in the 3rd degree after he was stopped for no left side mirror and an inquiry of his license revealed that his privileges were suspended for failing to pay a driver responsibility assessment in New York City. The man was processed and released pending his next court appearance. The 2005 Ford E150 he was operating was impounded.

April 6, 2019, 3:30 pm, South Road: A witness reported that a truck struck a utility pole at the intersection of South Road and Elm Rock Road causing damage to the pole and fleeing the scene. The tree service company that owned the tree service bucket truck was contacted and the truck returned to the scene. A New York State accident report was completed. Con-Ed was notified of the damage to the pole. The driver of the truck was issued a citation for leaving the scene of an accident.

April 6, 2019, 6:03 pm, Paxton Avenue: A 22-year-old man of New Rochelle was charged with aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and suspended registration, both misdemeanors. The man was stopped after an onboard license plate reader indicated that the registration to the 2009 Acura TSX he was operating was suspended for an insurance lapse. A subsequent inquiry of his license revealed that his driving privileges were suspended for failing to answer a summons he received in the Town of Eastchester. The man was also cited for no distinctive plate and unlicensed operator. The man was processed and released on scene pending his next court appearance. The Acura was impounded.

 
Wireless Facility Proposed for Top of Gramatan Tower: What Are the Issues? PDF Print Email

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By Staff


Apr. 3, 2019:  On March 13, the Bronxville Planning Board held a public meeting at Bronxville Village Hall.  The room was packed to capacity with concerned residents and business owners who were there to voice their opinions about a proposed plan to install an AT&T telecommunications wireless facility at 7 Pondfield Road in Bronxville, also known as Gramatan Tower. 

Approval for this proposed facility is requested because, according to AT&T’s site development application, the existing AT&T wireless facility is on top of NewYork-Presbyterian Lawrence Hospital and the hospital is “opting out of its current lease.”

The meeting lasted only 15 minutes because the planning board told the applicant that it needed to provide additional information to the board as well as give appropriate notice to neighbors. 

Below is a summary of some of the facts and issues related to this proposal.

Who owns Gramatan Tower?

Gramatan Tower (7 Pondfield Road) is owned by Pondfield Associates LLC. 

Robert A. Cohen, president and founder of R. A. Cohen & Associates, a New York City company described on its website as a "real estate investor and manager," is the managing member of Pondfield Associates LLC.  

What are Pondfield Associates and AT&T Proposing?

According to the site development application and subsequent letters, AT&T has been authorized by Pondfield Associates LLC to file an application for approval to construct a wireless facility at 7 Pondfield Road. This would consist of twelve antennas that would be mounted close to the top of the tower. They would be hidden by a “stealth façade" and "slight modifications to the existing roof." This stealth façade would increase the width of the tower by approximately twenty-two inches per side.

The “associated equipment” would be located “within the building except for a generator.” The generator would be installed “upon the roof of the building tower though below the existing roof line.”

What are the Concerns?

Concerns about the plan for a wireless facility in Gramatan Tower include the following:

Health Concerns 

There is a concern about health risks due to continuous radio frequency emissions from the wireless facility affecting children sleeping and living in homes adjacent to antennas and at a nearby school. 

Aesthetic Considerations and Concern for Property Values. 

This new facility would require alterations to Gramatan Tower, including building it out twenty-two inches on all sides as well as adding an emergency back-up generator, which would be tested every week. 

There is a concern that the mere presence of a wireless facility and a back-up generator in the backyard of the owners of the Gramatan townhouses and other residents would reduce property values. 

Lack of an Overall Village Plan for Dealing with Wireless Facilities

Another concern is that this is a one-off situation and the village is not looking at the overall picture of wireless facilities in the village. There are other cell phone facilities currently on NYP-Lawrence Hospital. Will they be relocated? What will happen when 5G launches? The concern is that the village needs to create an overall plan for wireless facilities and these facilities should not be located in areas that are principally residential or near schools.

Structural Concerns

There is concern that the Gramatan Tower structure cannot handle a wireless facility or the vibrations of a generator. There has been no structural analysis of the tower.

Maintenance

Under an easement dating back to 1979, the owners of the Gramatan townhouses are required to “restore, repair, replace, alter and maintain” the elevator and the tower. There is a concern that the addition of the antennas would overburden the owners with increased obligations under the easement.

Historic Preservation

There is a concern about putting these antennas within the last remaining vestige of the historic Hotel Gramatan with its rich history. 

The next meeting of the Village of Bronxville Planning Board to consider this plan is April 10.   

Pictured here: Gramatan Tower.

Photo by N. Bower
 
From the Mayor: New Yorkers Are Leaving the State in Record Numbers PDF Print Email

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Mary C. Marvin, Mayor, Village of Bronxville


Apr. 3, 2019:  New Yorkers are leaving the state in record numbers, which should be a cause of concern to us all. Overall, New York is grappling with a population that is growing more slowly than almost every other state as well as an out-migration of over one million people in the past decade, more than any other state.

It is also the wealthiest who are leaving who pay the most taxes, resulting in a profound effect on the state’s finances and added burden on those who remain residents.  The situation is mirrored in other high-taxed states, such as New Jersey, California, Massachusetts, and Connecticut. Last year, more residents left New Jersey than any other state. What all these states have in common is a steeply progressive tax code. In New York, the top 1% pay 46% of the taxes. Governor Cuomo recently said, “God forbid if the rich leave.” Yet in the new budget just reached on April 1, a so-called “mansion tax” was added on pricey luxury homes.

The current combined New York City and state taxes pre the new mansion tax are now 12.7 percent, while Florida has no income or estate tax.

According to a recent National Movers Study conducted by United Van Lines tracking the state-to-state migration patterns in 2018, 61.5 percent of New Yorkers moving left the state and 41 percent of those had incomes above $150,000.

Last year, a study by Wallet Hub looked at states ranked by their total tax burden, and New York came out on top. In contrast, the five lowest taxed states – Florida, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Washington – gained the most new residents. In short, high taxes drive people away and low taxes attract them. The recent changes in the deductibility of federal taxes certainly haven’t helped New York, and those with the most income have the most choice and mobility.

The Wall Street Journal recently did a story of the growing number of wealthy tax refugees from New York, New Jersey, and Illinois showing up in Miami to buy condos. Instead of looking at ways to lower taxes, New York has chosen to beef up the auditing capabilities of the State Department of Taxation and Finance. New York conducted 3,000 “non-residency” audits a year between 2010 and 2017, collecting approximately $1 billion dollars.

The ante has been upped between tax collectors and wealthy New Yorkers who are moving to Florida reaching new levels of investigation and going high-tech.

Conventional wisdom holds that if you’re out of New York State for 183 days, you don’t have to pay state taxes. But tax advisors say that while the number of days matter, the real test for auditors is “domicile” – being able to prove that a taxpayer’s permanent, primary home is in Florida rather than New York.

Because defining “domicile” is subjective, New York State ends up winning more than half of its tax residency audits, but even at that, for many of the wealthy, they move from New York to ultimately escape the estate tax, which is 16 percent on estates above $5.5 million vs zero in Florida.

Auditors now check that your home in New York is smaller and less expensive than the Florida home, even going in the refrigerator to see the amount of food and expiration dates. They also check for the location of prized artwork, wedding albums, and family photographs, as people keep closest to them what they hold most dear.

In that same vein, the location of the family dog can be determinative. As one famous plaintiff’s attorney said, “If you want to lose a case very quickly, kennel your dog in New York when you travel.” The state also now has the capability to track the location of all calls made and received.

It is a shame that more time, brainpower, and expertise is not put into ways to make New York an affordable home for everyone rather than spend inordinate efforts to get one last check out of people before they leave.

New York is in a crisis, and this new state budget seems to ignore the true urgency of easing the tax burdens that make living here unsustainable, sadly for an increasing number of New Yorkers.

Editor's note: As a public service, MyhometownBronxville publishes articles from local institutions, officeholders, and individuals. MyhometownBronxville does not fact-check statements therein, and any opinions expressed therein do not necessarily reflect the thinking of its staff.

 
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