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Town of Cortlandt 2015 Achievements
Release Date: December 02, 2015
From Supervisor Linda Puglisi and Town Board
- Excellent Financial Record: Our Town of Cortlandt tax increase for Unincorporated Cortlandt taxpayers was a very low .6% increase and for Village town taxes a 0% increase which is all below the New York State tax cap mandate. We also have very low town debt, have a surplus every year (24 years) and never had a deficit during this administration.
- In the 2014/2015 budget years we hired 21 new employees, many to fill vacancies and many from the Town of Cortlandt. During this two year period we paved 10 miles of town roads spending $4 million dollars directly from our town treasury with no borrowing.
- We purchased 99 acres of vacant land near the Hudson River in the hamlet of Verplanck previously owned by Con Edison. With this purchase we were able to “Stop the Buzz” and the 50ft high converter station that wanted to go onto this property. The town will use it for a field network, a handball court, perhaps a second dog park, walking trails and for a new D.E.S/operating department headquarters in the near future.
- Our Master Plan volunteer committee along with staff and our consultant (paid for by a New York State grant) completed their two year effort and submitted the Vision Plan for the next decade to the Town Board to adopt in early 2016. This is the third Master Plan completed and implemented during this administration.
- The Town of Cortlandt recently had a grand opening for the new Meahagh Park in the hamlet of Verplanck next to the Town owned Meahagh Lake. It has an outdoor full basketball court, a walking path, a community garden (by volunteers) a Cortlandt Community Rowing Association dock, benches and lovely landscaping.
- A new lacrosse/all purpose field is being constructed at the former Sprout lakebed at Sprout Park. It will be completed in the spring of 2016. This field will be a welcomed addition at this park location to the year round playground, a little league field, a softball field with lights, a soccer field, dog park and a pavilion.
- In 2015 we started our first outdoor concert and movie series at our waterfront park next to the Hudson River in the hamlet of Verplanck. It was free to the public and was a huge success. We will continue this summer long series again in 2016.
- We held our 10th Annual Cortlandt Family Fun Day (next to our Youth Center) in September, had our 3rd annual 5K Run and our Annual Charitable Gold Outing in October as well as many other recreational activities and events.
- We held many Veteran ceremonies this year and of course had our monthly Veteran’s meetings at Town Hall, (the last Thursday of each month at 11 a.m..) All Veterans are welcome to attend.
- The Town of Cortlandt has the distinction of being the first Town in Westchester County to have a Purple Heart Veteran Memorial. It’s located on the front lawn of Town Hall and was re-dedicated with lovely brickwork this October.
- Also, the V.A. Hospital’s indoor pool which has been closed for over a decade will finally be renovated and reopened in one and a half years. Our Veteran’s committee along with the Town Board and I lobbied the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for years to renovate this pool. Special thanks to Congresswoman Nita Lowey for appropriating funding for this project.
- December 1st we launched our Otocast/Town of Cortlandt app for historic sites (approximately 30 locations) with individuals explaining these sites. Cortlandt has a rich history dating back to the American Revolutionary War. Learn about our history by downloading the app to your phone and view our presentation on the town’s website.
- Our local economy is doing well including the opening of a new “Starbucks” off the Cortlandt Boulevard/Rte. 6 this year. In that new small shopping area 100 new jobs were generated. Remember to SHOP, DINE and DO Business in Cortlandt!
- We passed and signed the Entergy PILOT for the next decade which brings financial stability and revenue to the Town of Cortlandt.
- The Town Board and I added many new vehicles and heavy equipment to our fleet for our operating departments. The number this year is six at a cost of $ 731,338 with no borrowing.
- Many new energy initiatives were implemented and studied this year including a solar energy information plan, led by Councilman Seth Freach (75 Cortlandt homeowners converted to solar energy).
- Many other items were also addressed including always being attentive to the needs of our residents and community.
We all look forward to next year and working for you and your
families to always improve the quality of our services and to add
to our programs.
The Town Board