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North White Plains Traffic Closures

North Castle Police Advise of Traffic Closures


October 1, 2016
The Bronx River Parkway Access Road is closed Northbound from the traffic circle in North White Plains to the Northbound lanes of the Bronx River Parkway Access Road. The intersection at the traffic circle to Northbound Route 22 is closed.


The Department of Transportation closed the area due to traffic safety concerns regarding loose stones on the bridge overpass above the roadway.


The closure is expected to be in effect for several weeks with traffic barricades in place. The suggested alternate routes to access Route 22 from the Northbound Bronx River Parkway are Fisher Lane and Virginia Road.


At this time, the Southbound lanes from Route 22 to the Bronx River Parkway Access Road will remain open.


Furthermore, Virginia Road will be closed on Sunday October 2, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight. Metro North Railroad is working on Virginia Road in the area of the North White Plains railroad crossing. Virginia Road will be closed to all traffic between Lafayette Avenue and the Bronx River Parkway. The closure is expected to continue through midnight.


Purchase Metro North eTix with Your Cell Phone

July 27, 2016
Starting Monday you can download the free MTA eTix mobile ticketing app from the Apple Store or Google Play onto your smart phone.

Set up an account with the MTA eTix App to purchase eTix mobile ticket in advance. Activate the ticket just before boarding and then have your mobile device ready for ticket validation after boarding.

The MTA e-Tix's self-service functions provide additional access to refunds, receipts, and account updates.



Rail Transportation

Amtrak:  1.800.872.7245

MetroNorth

Bee-line in Business Park Armonk

County Beeline Bus System
914.813.7777
www.beelinebus.com

According to the Town Master Plan there are four bus routes operating in North Castle. Two routes are on a full time schedule, while a third route is local service and one is express only.

Bee-Line Buses in North Castle  

January 15, 2015
Westchester County’s Bee-Line Bus System operates from Armonk to the Westchester Airport, Rye Brook, Purchase, Harrison and White Plains bus stops, ending and beginning at the White Plains railroad station.

The Local Route 12 has two stops in Armonk. One stop is located in front of Town Hall at Bedford Road between Main Street and Maple Avenue. The bus arrives and departs there during the weekday morning commute starting at 7:15 a.m. and runs throughout the day until 6:58 p.m.

The second bus stop in Armonk is in the Westchester Business Park. There are selected trips that serve this stop only three times a day during the weekdays from 3:33 p.m. to 5:33 p.m.

With the opening of the Bristal Assisted Living in Business Park last year, there might be more use of the public transportation system by visitors and employees of the Bristal.

To meet Westchester County’s new ridership demands, beginning on March 30, 2015, service changes will go into effect for the Bee-Line System. This includes the Local Route 12 line that will see a weekday schedule adjustment in the departure of the 7:20 a.m bus from White Plains to 7:15 a.m., arriving in Armonk at 7:56 a.m.


“More than 100,000 riders depend on the Bee-Line every day to get them to work or to the train station on time,” says Astorino.

The Fall Bee-Line Local Route 12 schedule can be seen here.

Cox Avenue Signal Continues to Blink

January 21, 2015
The New York State Department of Transportation (DOT) has completed its review of the three-way blinking traffic light at the intersection of Westchester County Cox Avenue and NY State Route 22. The DOT has determined that a full fledged traffic signal should not be installed at the intersection.

The Cox Avenue traffic light now flashes red, requiring drivers to come to a complete stop. Route 22’s signal light blinks yellow, cautioning drivers to slow down, and be alert for traffic entering from the intersection.

Town Administrator Joan Goldberg, Director of Planning Adam Kaufman and Police Chief Peter Simonsen agreed with DOT’s determination that the accident reports at that location did not warrant a change to a permanent light. Goldberg says that even if the traffic counts do indicate that a permanent traffic light is needed, the main concern of the DOT (and the Town’s review agrees) is that the traffic traveling south and down the hill on Route 22 approaching Cox Avenue would back up. This scenario could result in “an increase in crashes at this location,” said DOT Civil Engineer David Parker in a letter to Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro dated December 22, 2014.

The DOT review was required as a condition of the site plan approval of the Moderne Barn complex at that location. The DOT reviewed a traffic signal analysis with a two-lane Cox Avenue approach where there would be separate lanes for left and right turns from Cox Avenue. The DOT says the intersection would be better modeled as a one-lane approach.

At its Town Board meeting on January 14, the Board unanimously agreed with DOT’s determination not to replace the traffic signal. If the decision was made to replace the blinking light, Moderne Barn would have been responsible for the cost, said Town Attorney Roland Baroni.

“The Town is still trying to find alternate solutions to reduce the congestion at that location,” said Goldberg.

“Would putting a police officer there at key hours be something to consider?” asked Town Board Member Barry Reiter.

Goldberg responded, “You can ask the Chief.”

Chief Peter Simonsen says, “I have no plan to assign a Police Officer at this intersection to direct traffic. There is not adequate staffing to commit an officer to such an assignment and this is not an efficient use of our manpower resources. Absent Councilman Reiter’s contemplation, the assignment of an officer at this location to direct traffic has not been suggested in any of the studies or analysis.”

The traffic lights on Route 22 are all synchronized, said Goldberg. She added that the DOT says it’s challenging to sync the Cox Avenue light with the other lights. There are seven lights traveling north on the Route 22 corridor -- from Route 120, Old Route 22, Maple Avenue, I-684, Route 433, Banksville Road, to Tripp Lane at the Byram Hills High School. The Armonk Fire Department has the ability to control the traffic lights in the area of the firehouse if needed for emergency vehicles.

Much like other intersections on Route 22, the morning and evening commute periods are the more heavily traveled times of the day, says Simonsen.

During the start of the day at the high school, between 7:30 a.m. and 8:00 a.m., morning commuter traffic is traveling south, while at the same time drivers (both parents and less experienced student drivers) are attempting to turn left from Cox Avenue to cross the Route 22 southbound traffic. Since there is school bus traffic at this time, as well, this is the most congested time of the day, proceed with caution.

North Castle historical maps
The Railroad that Wasn't in
North Castle


March 19, 2013
Back in 1863, the plans of the New York, Housatonic & Northern Railroad were revived by Benjamin A. Birdsall, a local resident and one of the directors of the railroad company. The New York, Housatonic & Northern Railroad was granted a franchise to lay 38 miles of railroad tracks, beginning in White Plains, NY, cutting through North Castle and leading to Brookfield, CT. The plans called for passenger stations to be built in the villages up the line from and including; White Plains; Rye Lake; North Castle; Banksville; Bedford; Palmers; Cross River; Waccabuc; North Salem; Ridgebury; Kanosea; Danbury and Brookfield, according to the "The New York, Housatonic & Northern Railroad.” The article was written by Helen Manner and published in the 1976 issue of “North Castle History”, a publication of The North Castle Historical Society.

 A variety of trains were to be included: passenger cars, locomotives, freight cars, baggage cars and hand cars. Helen Manner wrote, "The major money maker for the line was freight; hats; shoes; paper; flour; carriages and; most importantly, milk for New York City."

Part of a reported railroad route was graded in North Castle and the  "proposed single-track road would enter the Town of North Castle near Rye Lake (Pond), cross into Connecticut and pass through the northwest corner of Greenwich, re-entering North Castle along Brundage's Ridge (now Yale Farms). The projected course would continue north across the Green Valley Farm at the Quaker Ridge road (now Creemer Road) and cross Banksville road. The route was to proceed on this northerly course (close to the area of the present Windmill Farms), passing west of the Middle Patent Rural Cemetery, and cross the Middle Patent road…on the way to Bedford Village."

There are some roadbeds that were located behind the Hopkins/Brundage House across from Historic Smith's Tavern, said Sharon Tomback, a member of the North Castle Historical Society. But it’s unclear whether or not the roadbed is walkable today.

The New York, Housatonic & Northern Railroad plan was to attract wealthy New York City businessmen to invest in summer homes in the country, as reported in "When This Town Boomed”; the article was published in the November, 1915, issue of The North Castle Sun.

The cost to build the railroad was projected to be $1,520,000. The proposed railroad created a real estate boom that didn't last long and the railway tracks were eventually abandoned.

A railroad through North Castle would have changed the character of the town. Some of the abandoned roadbeds of Westchester have been converted to North County Trailways walking paths and bike paths. North Castle has been considering a bike path for years, although not along the planned railroad route. But a bike or walking path would make good use of some of the town-owned open space that is dedicated parkland.

What would you prefer to see in downtown Armonk: a walking/bike path or a dog park?

Main Street, armonk
Parking enforcement is in effect for one hour parking on Main Street.
Armonk downtown parking always rears its head when the issue of downtown development is discussed. Our parking enforcer, Angel, can be seen chalking tires of parked cars along Main Street during lunch time, to enforce the one- hour parking limit. To date in 2010, 49 tickets were issued for one-hour parking violations on Main Street, while 121 tickets were issued from May 2009 to present.

Parking has become an important issue in the commercial downtown district. When considering local restaurant seating, the Town Board must consider the ratio between the seats permitted in a restaurant per square foot of interior space to the building's ownership of parking spaces.  For instance, the building of Armonk Country Kitchen includes the parking property in the lot behind their business, and therefore, they can have 24 seats in their eatery. On the other hand, Cafe Norma's building owns fewer parking spaces, and, as a result, they are more restricted in their seating.

Creating a central downtown parking district (if and only if agreed upon by the building and business owners, as well as the town) would permit a more proportionate allocation of parking spaces. A buy-in parking district would present an option for business owners to fulfill the requirements for building expansions, and as mentioned previously, to also satisfy the restaurant seating requirements.  

The parking district could be supported by a maintenance fee, which would cover the costs of overdue improvements on Main Street such as keeping  sidewalks clean and properly maintaining the rear parking lot. The plan would include the following provisions: cleaning Main Street, paving and striping parking spaces, fencing and cleaning the dumpsters, and finally, installing appropriate lighting in the back parking lot.  

Expansion of downtown parking is currently under consideration of the town board.  Two lots behind Main Street, in the back of Kent Place are being reviewed. The town has had its eye on the Verizon parking lot for decades. As a result, Councilman Diane Roth has begun talks with Verizon about the possibility of allocating a section of their lot, which is adjacent to the library, for parking. The question is: Will Verizon consider allowing public use of their property? Perhaps as a tax write-off?

Another parking option under consideration is a more viable plan using town-owned property. Discussions during a recent Town Board work session included reviewing plans for a new parking lot to be constructed on the far side of Kent Place, near the dumpsters and behind the soon-to-be home of the Farmer's Market. The area has been mapped out and will be further reviewed to expand downtown parking. 

Roth says, "The publicly owned parking program can't be given away."  A downtown parking district would in fact satisfy commercial property parking demands.  If Armonk were to have a parking district, Main Street building and business owners could purchase non-designated parking spots. This solution would accomplish several goals. Requirements on seating areas and square footage would be easier to satisfy, commercial property parking demands would be met, and income for the town would be generated, creating a win-win situation for everyone. The advantage of increasing parking downtown is to entice shoppers to shop Main Street Armonk.


Further discussions of the parking arrangements included making the far lot available for employee parking, initiating a two-hour parking restriction in the back of Main Street, and maintaining the one-hour parking regulation on Main Street.


Transportation
High Tech Crosswalk Signs on Main Street

Updated June 7, 2016
There's a set of new pedestrian crosswalk signs that were installed by the New York State Department of Transporation at the corner of Route 128 Main Street, Maple Avenue, and Whippoorwill Road East. As you step to the curb and press the button, a visual hand signal informs you when to cross, when not to cross, and the time remaiing at the busy intersection. You'll also hear a repeating audio beep accompanied by the voice cue, "Whippoorwill Road walk sign is onto cross."

Ellen Green, real estate agent with Houlihan Lawarence, waited at the crosswalk and said of the safety devise, "Modern technology is good in the ever changing hamlet of Armonk."

Whippoorwill Xing
Culvert Repair Closes Whippoorwill Crossing for Two Years

January 28, 2016
The northern intersection of Whippoorwill Crossing at King Street, Route 120, has been closed due to a culvert failure, said Joan Goldberg, North Castle’s Town Administrator. The culvert is an existing public stormwater infrastructure which is co-owned by the Towns of North Castle and Mount Pleasant.

East of Hudson Watershed Corporation (EOHWC), in a joint effort with the Department of Environmental Protection (NYC DEP), will work on the project.

The section of the roadway is closed and will be for “quite some time,” said Goldberg. The southern entrance to Whippoorwill Crossing from Route 128 will remain open. The cost of the  repair will be absorbed by EOHWC. It’s estimated to take about two years in order to plan, bid, engineer and install the new infrastructure, concluded Goldberg.

EOHWC is a not-for-profit local development corporation formed by municipalities in the New York City watershed area in Westchester, Putnam and Dutchess counties. EOHWC’s primary purpose is to introduce prevention of stormwater pollution by reducing the levels of phosphorus in the surface water of the New York City watershed area east of the Hudson River.

North Castle Road Repair
Road Repair Begins  

June 30, 2015
The Town of North Castle has begun the much-needed road repair that has been budgeted for $1.2 million in the 2015 budget. The condition of the 92.2 miles of the Town’s maintained roads are deteriorating and need various degrees of maintenance.

On Monday June 29, the North Castle Highway Department flagged traffic for the contractor as work began on the structural improvements to patch, grind and mill Tripp Lane. Bilotta Construction will repave Tripp Lane. The road, that leads into Byram Hills High School, received a 50 Pavement Condition Index (PCI) in 2013 when VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture performed a pavement management study of North Castle’s Town-maintained roads.

The pavement conditions of the Town’s streets were inspected and evaluated by VHB in 2012. VHB rated the streets in the management study that determined functional classifications of the roadways with a rating from zero to 100. A zero rating is an impassable condition and 100 PCI is in perfect condition. The roads are categorized by their condition and the ratings help determine what type of road work is needed.

The 2013 VHB suggested treatment and costs, the summary of the conditions, and the percentage of the overall 92.2 miles of Town’s roads is as follows:

Base Rehabilitation (43%) $10,978,000,
Structural Improvement (51%) $13,270,000,
Preventive Maintenance (6%)  $1,469,000,
Routine Maintenance (1%) $69,000.
 
Town Administrator Joan Goldberg said the next scheduled streets to be milled and then to receive two inches of pavement are Creemer Road (56 PCI), Green Valley Road (63 PCI), School Street (50 PCI), and Whippoorwill Road (about 54 PCI).

Woodcrest Drive (44 PCI) and Crest Court (57 PCI) are to undergo a reclamation and reconstruction that will remove and replace the pavement to the base, and then rebuild the roads. Byram Lake Road and Middle Patent Road will receive a PolySeal smooth coating over their chip seal layered surfaces.  

North Castle’s Budget and Finance Advisory Committee has advised the Town Board on budgeting adequate funds for the long-term road pavement strategies based upon several scenarios of budget analysis and borrowing. The Committee’s goal is to bring the Town’s streets up from an updated 69 PCI to 80 PCI in the shortest period possible.

Goldberg said the Town Board has planned a work session on July 22 to address the road maintenance program and to discuss the budget for the multi-million-dollar project. At the work session, Goldberg said the Town Board will consider another $1 million for additional roadwork to be scheduled for this year to be allocated from the General Fund Balance. 

North White Plains’ Fischer Lane Flooding Mitigated

October 10, 2014
County Executive Rob Astorino announced the completion of the latest Bronx River flood mitigation at Fisher Lane in North White Plains. Wetlands restoration will help control flooding, improve water quality and enhance parkland. The work to restore the largest wetland in the Bronx River Parkway Reservation is complete along Fisher Lane in North White Plains near the Metro-North Train Station – a site long plagued by troublesome flooding.

The restoration will improve the wetland’s ability to cleanse and absorb stormwater runoff, thereby reducing flood surges from the Bronx River while also improving water quality and enhancing the beauty of the park. The total approximate cost of the project was $920,000.

“This is one of several county efforts to mitigate flooding along the Bronx River Parkway,” said Astorino. “Since Westchester County owns the land along the Bronx River, we can act more quickly to address and fix problems that affect our residents.”


Reserved Parking for the Disabled

Parking reserved for people with disabilities is not merely a convenience, it is a legal requirement. These special parking spaces for motorists with disabilities ensure safe and equal access to goods and services, access which is taken for granted by most of us. You can help by parking in reserved spaces only if you have a permit or plates for people with disabilities, and only when the person who received the permit or plates is in the vehicle.
Source:NYDMV
Improvements to North Castle Commuter Parking Lot
 
March 6, 2012
The commute on Metro North from the North White Plains train station to Grand Central Terminal in Manhattan is usually fast and easy. The trains run regularly from 4:52 a.m. to 1:56 a.m. on both weekdays and weekends.

While the ride takes anywhere from a quick, 37 minutes on an express to 57 minutes on some locals, the real challenge is parking, especially during peak hours. There are several options available for parking at the North White Plains Station. Westchester County offers parking in the Fischer Parking lot by permit only or you can pay a $7 daily parking fee. Currently, there is a wait list for 3/6/12 months with fees, including tax, of $309.24/$617.39/$1,180.73, respectively. Daily meters are also available for 16 hours for $7.00. Parking is free on weekends and most holidays.

As a resident of North Castle, you can apply for a parking space in a small, separate lot on the west side of Fischer parking lot. The lot is by permit only and permit applications are available at the North Castle's town clerk’s office.  But be prepared for a lengthy wait: The list is long and it can often take eight years before you can get a spot.

When your turn finally comes, the wait often proves to be worth it; the cost is one third of the County lot fee, as North Castle residents pay only $250 for a six-month period. The lot currently accommodates 130 parking spaces, according to Town Clerk Anne Curren.

"Currently, there are 234 residents on the waiting list. When a space becomes available, we call the next person on the waiting list. At that time, if a space opens up, residents who signed up in 2004 are notified," said Rita Ross from the Town Clerk's Office. You can call the Town Clerk's office at 273-3321 to add your name to the wait list.

The Town of North Castle rents the smaller lot from Westchester County. As of April 1, Westchester County is increasing the cost of the lease by 5%. Councilman Diane Roth had asked the Town Board not to pass along the increase to the North Castle permit users. Fortunately, the Town Board has agreed. Roth said she is looking into the possibility of adding a few additional spaces. This would mean more residents could use the parking lot and the additional parking fees would most likely offset the increase in the leasing fee.

Anyone who parks at North White on a regular basis is aware of the problem with flooding during heavy rains. According to Ross, "The Town Board is currently exploring options regarding improvements to the lot and maintenance."

North White Plains Metro North Adds Indoor Parking

September 30, 2015
Metro-North’s new North White Plains garage opens Monday, October 5. The structure features 391 additional parking spaces. Three floors are dedicated to permit parking and two floors are for metered parking.

According to Metro North’s Facebook page, other features of the parking garage include:
• Electric vehicle charging stations
• Installation of new crosswalks
• Improved perimeter lighting
• New artwork installed on the structure
• Scooter parking available
• Bicycle rakes and lockers located inside the garage

There is a new traffic signal at the intersection of Bond Street, Broadway and Otis Avenue that will allow for both right and left turns.

LAZ Parking, Metro-North’s private parking operator, will operate the garage. The permit fees are as follows:

12 Months $1,136.00
6 Months $594.00    
3 Months $298.00   

Click here for the application and further Information for parking permits

North Castle
Armonk's speed limit is 30MPH
No Parking Zones Are for Emergencies

March 11, 2013
The Byram Hills School District is asking that visitors do not park in the fire zone that is directly in front of the schools. This area, which is marked with the yellow curb and extends along the front of the schools, is intended for emergency vehicle access only.

During large events, the staff may mark this area with cones, and the school may enforce the no parking zone for safety reasons. "Although this may result in a longer walk for parents, there is usually parking available in other areas surrounding the schools. It may be an inconvenience for some, but the safety of our students is a high priority," says David Wallick, assistant principal of Wampus School.



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North Castle Road Work


Updated October 3, 2016
Windmill Farm’s paving project is almost ready to begin, says Joan Goldberg, Town Administrator. The latest drainage work on Upland and Hardscrabble is complete after a setback of a broken gasline. Drain basins and leterals were laid along Maple Way, and now the curbing will be done. Then once the curbline edges are in, the milling contractor is ready to resurface the roads. 


Total rehabilitation of Spruce Hill Road, Maple Way, Hardscrabble Circle, Evergreen Row, North Lane, North Ridge and Long Pond Court will begin October 4, weather permitting. 

In addition, the Highway Department will work on Old Post Road, Eden Hunt Place, and Spruce Hollow. The roads will not be entirley closed, but expect delays, and drive slowly. They also ask that no cars be parked in the road or on the shoulders until the work is completed.

The Bronx River Parkway Access Road Northbound to Route 22 will be closed indefinately. The Department of Transportation is concerned about loose stonework on the bridge overpass of the roadway. The Southbound access roadway to the Bronx River Parkway is to remain open. Alternative routes are Fisher Lane and Virginia Road. 


The traffic slowdown on Armonk’s Main Street two weeks ago was due to Con Edison’s installation, at their cost, of an automatic transfer switch at North Castle’s Town Hall campus.
 

“This will afford us the opportunity to hook in the Annex building, the Highway Garage and the fuel pumps,” says Goldberg. All of the Bedford Road's town buildings in the rear were serviced from Main Street. North Castle's Highway Department will finish the project by repaving Town Hall’s driveway, which was dug up to lay the power lines.


PARKING REGULATIONS

The Parking Law Enforcement Officer on Main St., Armonk has informed us that parking regulations include one hour parking limit along downtown Main Street.

What people generally understand as "parking" is legally divided into three categories: parking, standing and stopping.

A NO PARKING sign means you may stop only temporarily to load or unload merchandise or passengers.

A NO STANDING sign means you may stop only temporarily to load or unload passengers.

A NO STOPPING sign means you may stop only in order to obey a traffic sign, signal or officer, or to avoid conflicts with other vehicles.

Besides the posted parking, standing and stopping signs, there are statewide rules that are not always indicated by a sign. The regulations for NO parking, standing, and stopping are as follows:
  • Within 15 feet (5 m) of a fire hydrant, unless a licensed driver remains in the vehicle to move it in an emergency.

  • On the road side of a parked vehicle ("double parking").

  • On a sidewalk or in a crosswalk.

  • In an intersection, unless permitted by signs or parking meters.

  • On railroad tracks.

  • Alongside or opposite road excavations, construction or other obstructions if your vehicle would block traffic.

  • Within 30 feet (10 m) of a pedestrian safety zone, unless another distance is marked.

  • On a bridge or in a tunnel.
Parking or standing are not allowed:
  • In front of a driveway.

  • Within 20 feet (6 m) of a crosswalk at an intersection.

  • Within 30 feet (10 m) of a traffic light, STOP sign or YIELD sign.

  • Within 20 feet (6 m) of a fire station driveway, or within 75 feet (23 m) on the opposite side of the road.

  • Along a curb that has been cut down, lowered or constructed for access to the sidewalk.
  • In addition, you may not park your vehicle within 50 feet (15 m) of a railroad crossing.

Source: www.DMV.org

Buchwald/Latimer Bill to Fund Road Repairs in North Castle Vetoed by Governor Cuomo

Updated December 29, 2015
Governor Andrew Cuomo has vetoed legislation sponsored by State Senator George Latimer (D-Rye) and State Assemblyman David Buchwald (D-White Plains) designed to fund road repairs in the Town of North Castle. Assembly bill A.217 would have allowed North Castle to levy a 3% hotel occupancy tax. The Town Board had committed the funds to repaving and other repairs of local roads and bridges, without further burdening local property taxpayers. 

A hotel occupancy tax involves charging a patron of a hotel (or motel) an additional percentage based on the daily rate of the selected room. New York State already allows various municipalities throughout Westchester County to implement hotel occupancy taxes to bring in additional revenue, including North Castle's neighbors, the village of Rye Brook and the city of White Plains. The state of Connecticut has a 15% hotel occupancy tax.

Earlier this year, the majority Republican North Castle Town Board unanimously passed a home-rule resolution on a bipartisan basis asking the state to allow the town to impose the occupancy tax. According to North Castle Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro, the proposed occupancy tax could bring approximately $125,000 in new revenue to the town. The bill was endorsed by the Armonk Chamber of Commerce, the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and the New York State Association of Towns.

"North Castle has simply asked for the same authority that five other Westchester communities have already received,” said Senator Latimer. “The local officials - all the local elected Republicans and Democrats as well - are unanimous in support. We have the support from our local Chamber of Commerce. So I'm deeply disappointed that the Governor did not side with our local governments in vetoing this bill.

“It is disappointing that Governor Cuomo has effectively denied the Town of North Castle the opportunity to revitalize its roads and bridges,” said Assemblyman Buchwald. “This new stream of revenue, which many municipalities in Westchester already enjoy, would have helped the town finance needed repairs to its infrastructure and reduce the burden on local taxpayers. I will continue to fight for North Castle's residents alongside Senator Latimer.”

On December 28, 2015, Governor Andrew Cuomo addressed the Assembly and executed Veto # 307 to authorize the imposition of a hotel/motel occupancy tax in the following municipalities: the village of Tuckahoe, the town of North Castle, the village of Harrison, the towns of Greenburgh and Mount Pleasant, the village of Mamaroneck, the village of Port Chester and the town of Woodbury.

Cuomo returned the Assembly’s bills without his approval. He said, “these bills would allow, in addition to existing county taxes that are levied, specific local towns and villages to impose daily room tax on any person staying at a hotel, motel or any facility providing overnight lodging.”

North Castle Town Supervisor Michael Schiliro said, “The benefits of the Hotel Occupancy Tax would have helped to meet the most urgent needs of our Town, the repair and improvement our 93 miles of roads, investment in local infrastructure, and to stimulate our local economy through much needed construction work.”

Senator Latimer and Assemblyman Buchwald have sponsored this legislation in their respective houses for the last three years, each year with the support of the North Castle Town Board.

“The Legislature has historically advanced the occupancy tax bills only for counties and cities, except in one unique circumstance in the past," said Cuomo. "If there is to be a policy change on this issue, it should be done pursuant to a comprehensive and determinative state-wide policy as advanced by the Legislature. If the Legislature set such a policy, I will commit to reconsidering this issue.”

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Potholes Present
a Challenge for Drivers


March 12, 2013
North Castle roads have taken a beating this winter, resulting in numerous potholes on road surfaces throughout town. The North Castle Highway Department services include pothole repair and patching. Maureen Trautmann, senior office assistant for the highway department, said that wintertime patching is temporary at best. With the supply plants closed during the cold winter months, compacting cold asphalt concrete is challenging, says Trautmann. If the blacktop is not properly compacted, chunks of pavement become loose. Water accumulates in the cracks and expands when it freezes, and loosens the patches even more. At that point, the patches can be pulled up by cars and snowplows.

The town code enforcer travels the town's roads, says Trautmann, and reports potholes to the highway department. She added that residents can call in locations of potholes to the North Castle Highway Department at (914) 273-3561. Reports of potholes can also be made online from the homepage of the town's website at www.northcastleny.com. Click "Send a Comment" and include your name, email address and comment; it will go directly to Maureen Trautmann's email address at the highway department.

Westchester Airport
Click for aerial view of Westchester Airport
Airports

John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK)
Jamaica, NY
Info: 718-244-4444
www.panynj.gov

Laguardia Airport (LGA)
Flushing, NY
Info: 718-533-3400
www.panynj.gov

Newark Liberty International Airport (EWR)
Newark, NJ 
Airport Info: 973-961-6000
www.panynj.gov

Westchester County Airport (HPN)
West Harrison, NY
Airport Info: 914-995-4860
www.westchestergov.com/airport

August 23, 2010

Westchester County Airport (HPN) is presently served by seven airlines.  The airport has nonstop service to 15 destinations that are listed below.  

American Airlines
Chicago, IL (ORD)

Cape Air
Martha's Vineyard, MA (MVY)
Nantucket, MA (ACK)
Lebanon, NH (LEB)

Delta
Atlanta, GA (ATL)
Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky, KY (CVG)
Detroit, MI (DTW)

jetBlue
Fort Lauderdale, FL (FLL)
Fort Myers, FL (RSW)
Orlando, FL (MCO)
Tampa, FL (TPA)
West Palm Beach, FL (PBI)

United
Chicago, IL (ORD)
Washington, DC (IAD)

US Airways
Charlotte, NC (CLT)
Philadelphia, PA (PHL)
Washington, DC (DCA)

Source: Westchestergov.com

This lot is proposed as a parking lot at Westchester County Airport
11 New King Street White Plains, NY
Scoping Westchester Airport Parking

By Staff
Updated February 25, 2010

At the February 22, 2010 North Castle Planning Board meeting, 11 New King Street, LLC continued their application of an off-site parking structure accommodating up to 1,450 cars that would cater primarily to Westchester County Airport (HPN). This would alleviate an existing shortage of parking for airport customers.  The proposed multistory parking structure would have a footprint of approximately 52,000 square feet on a 2.47 acre lot with a 1.2 acre drainage easement, creating two storm water detention basins on an adjacent 4.2 acre lot.

According to Adam Kaufman, North Castle’s Director of Planning, a Draft Scoping Document has been completed and a Full Environmental Assessment Form will follow. The assessment  may disclose the project’s potentially adverse impacts; such as changes to wildlife habitat; an additionally created demand for police, fire and highway maintenance services – possibly increasing property taxes; sources of potential air pollutants and greenhouse gases; additional water use and flood water flow; change in traffic flow patterns; and potential runoff causing erosion. The runoff may contain fertilizers and pesticides and thus may affect the water quality in the public drinking water supply of the surrounding Kensico Reservoir. As well, town-regulated wetland buffers and trees may be negatively affected.

The suggested ways to reduce environmental impacts of such mitigation include preservation of waterways, wetlands, and natural habitats as much as possible; cutting down the least number of trees; providing alternative land for wildlife; eliminating the application of fertilizer, herbicide, fungicide and pesticide or the alternative use of organic chemicals as opposed to standard chemicals; reduce the amount of impervious surfaces on site to reduce runoff; and the use of green technologies could be implemented in order to reduce negative effects on air quality.

The Town of North Castle Planning Board is requiring 11 New King Street, LLC to submit alternative proposals that include, but are not limited to (1) reducing the height of the proposed structure, (2) reducing the size of the parking facility, (3) reducing the impact on wetlands, and (4) no impact on wetlands at all. The Planning Board wants to assess the potential for the project to bring new customers and flights to the Westchester County Airport.

The main concern with the parking structure is its environmental impact.  Paula DeCaro, a resident of New Rochelle, said, “I’m not distraught, but I am concerned about polluting the drinking water.”

Susan Leifer, a board member of the Citizen’s Airport Advisory Group of Westchester and the Conservation Chair of the Lower Hudson Sierra Club, said, over the last year, there has been a greater frequency of flights in and out of the Westchester County Airport. Potentially, a new parking lot could lead to an increase in the number of flights, which could lead to an airport expansion to accommodate the flight increase.  More air traffic would lead to negative effects of air pollution. And in addition, the chemical and fuel runoff will encroach wetlands and affect biodiversity.  When asked about possible alternative proposals, she said she would have to wait and see the reports. 

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