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January 2020

Left to right: Town of Mamaroneck Sustainability Collaborative members Frank Owens; Mark Manley.

At Mamaroneck Work Session, Proposed Rock Chipping Legislation, Parking Permits Discussed

By Stephen E. Lipken


Mamaroneck Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson opened the Wednesday, December 4th Council Work Session, beginning with the news that plastic bags have been banned except for prepared food, with a nickel charged for each paper bag.  Free re-usable bags are available at the  Town Center.


Town Administrator Stephen Altieri noted that the proposed Rock Removal Law legislation was distributed to the Planning and Zoning Boards for a Public Hearing in January.  “Hardship must be considered,” Altieri said, “Does the rock have to be removed?”  Mention was made of rock chipping of streets, curbs and culverts, with 180 days allowed for the operation and surveys to affected neighbors.


The Board then discussed changing the parking permits to a calendar year from a fiscal year and how best to accomplish that.


During the regular meeting, Supervisor Seligson mentioned that she attended a County meeting on Tuesday, December 3rd regarding the 2020 Census, emphasizing that Federal and State Aid depends on accurate Census numbers.


Town Administrator Stephen Altieri presented the Preliminary 2020 Town Budget, which includes a 2% Tax Levy increase, well within the State Tax Cap.  He expressed concern about Cyber Security. “A large portion of our Capital Program goes to enhancement of our computer systems,” Altieri stressed.  “The Combined Fund Balance is 29% of our operating budget, used for one-time Capital Projects without having to borrow money.”


“Our Budget is $ 42.1 million dollars, with $27 million property tax revenue. The County’s 1% sales tax increase generates an additional $518,000 revenue; 59% of property taxes goes to the School, 17% County and 24%, Town.  Of the $1.9 million surplus, $1.2 million is dedicated to capital projects. Although there are three Collective Bargaining Agreements with mandated Health Insurance and Retirement Benefits, Worker’s Compensation has decreased by $100,000.