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February 2019

Superintendent Shaps Outlines School Bond Issue

By Stephen E. Lipken


Mamaroneck Union Free School District (MUSFD) Superintendent Dr. Robert I. Shaps appeared before the Wednesday, January 16 Town Board Meeting, stating that a Capital Improvement Bond Referendum is slated for Tuesday, February 5 at 6 local elementary schools, 7:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.


Total project cost is $49,755,170; amount to be financed, $49,266,170, payments spread over 15 years.  No tax impact until the 2020-2021 school year; projected $14 per $100,000 of assessed value in 2020-21 and $10 per $100,000 in 2021-22; District qualifies for State Building Aid of approximately $785,000 annually beginning in 2023-24.


Projects include: Plumbing/mechanical/electrical work; Updating fire alarms and security systems;Floor/ceiling repairs, asbestos abatement; Roof repairs, window replacements, brick repointing and restoration; Repair and replace sidewalks, fences, retaining walls, doors;Improvements to Chatsworth Ave. School cafeteria; and Elevator installations at Chatsworth, Mamaroneck and Murray Avenue Schools to ensure ADA code compliance.


Town Supervisor Nancy Seligson mentioned the recruitment of new Police Officers Jennifer Guski and John Na, plus promotions of Police Officer Nicholas Bizzarro to Sergeant and Sergeant Thomas Hollywood to Lieutenant.  Officer Amy La Rosa was promoted to Youth Officer.


Supervisor Seligson noted that several volunteers are working on an application for a State Food Waste Reduction Grant, “at the ‘front end’ before consumption, not just recycling.”


Seligson and Village Administrator Stephen V. Altieri met with two representatives from the United States Golf Association (USGA), with Winged Foot Golf Club General Manager Colin Burns regarding their hosting the U.S. Open on June 15-21, 2020.

During the Property Assessments Public Hearing, Town Attorney William Maker, Jr. explained that condominiums are assessed as apartment buildings. “Even though the individual units are owned, the building itself is treated as a rental, so you have to figure out the appropriate rent for that structure, keeping in mind the Emergency Tenant Protection Act which keeps a check on rents.”


 For more information on the Bond Vote  visit www.mamkschools.org