FIGHTING FOR TAXPAYERS
As a member of Town Board, I have has worked and succeeded with fellow Board Members to keep Orangetown under the New York State imposed 2% tax cap. In both 2012 and 2013, I played a large part in cutting the Supervisor’s proposed budget and reducing spending to help Orangetown stay under the tax cap. In fact, after budgets cuts by myself and other Board Members, the 2012 Supervisor’s proposed budget was reduced from a 7% increase to less than a 2%, the 2013 Supervisor’s proposed budget was reduced by ½ and spending was decreased by $1,000,000.00 in 2013. In 2012, he was successful in defeating a vote to override the tax cap. In the seven years I have been a Board member, the Town Board has never gone over the tax cap.
I have worked hard to make Orangetown more attractive to outside development, creating jobs in the Town and increasing Town tax rateables. One of the first projects that I participated in as a Board Member was the construction of the O&R H-Towers, which increased the power grid along Blaisdell Road, convinced Verizon Wireless to remain in Orangetown and encouraged a number of developers to invest in data centers in this area, including Bloomberg and fiteenfortyseven data centers.
More recently, I played a lead role and was an integral part and worked for three years to entice NYC Football Club to open their training complex at the RPC property. Additionally, I along with the rest of the Town Board met with Chase and its attorneys to insure the property could be developed and zoned for Chase to open a data center at the RPC property, a low-impact, high value rateable.
I remain committed to the development of the Rockland Psychiatric Center property in accordance with the conservative land use development practices that Orangetown is known for (low-density housing, low impact on the surrounding hamlets, limited non-age restricted housing that will not impact surrounding school districts).
To that end, I have done following:
I rejected a proposal to put Legoland at the RPC property,
I was instrumental in hiring Wilson Elser to lobby for the Town’s interest in Albany with the Governor’s Office and Office of Mental Hygiene,
I played a lead role and was an integral part and worked for three years to entice NYC Football Club to open their training complex at the RPC property, and;
I along with the rest of the Town Board met with Chase and its attorneys to insure the property could be developed and zoned for Chase to open a data center at the RPC property, a low-impact, high value rateable.
In 2013, I secured the approval of a full time police officer with the DEA to effectively deal with the prescription drug problem in our Town. With the approval of this position, Orangetown received all resources necessary to combat this problem and receive drug seizure money.
Parks fee for nonresidents
By establishing a fee system that nonresidents who use our parks contribute to their upkeep while not placing burdens on our residents, I have made sure that Orangetown’s parks can be properly enjoyed and our resources are not abused by outsiders.
Rockland Psychiatric center (RPC) Fields, NYCFC TRAINING COMPLEX AND DATA CENTER
Putting the town-owned portion of the RPC property to good use while avoiding high-density housing proposals, and as such the Town, in partnership with private organizations, turned some of the property into a state of the art youth fields complex. I was integral part and worked for three years to entice NYC Football Club to open their training complex at the RPC property. I along with the rest of the Town Board met with Chase and its attorneys to insure the property could be developed and zoned for Chase to open a data center at the RPC property, a low-impact, high value rateable.
In order to ensure that our rules are followed, tenants are cared for, absentee landlords are held to task, and corporate or LLC ownership is not used as a mask to prevent individual accountability, I drafted a law requiring all landlords to register with the Town.
In order to prevent aggressive solicitation of home sales and “blockbusting” in our neighborhoods, the town established a registry that residents can sign onto that prevents door to door solicitors from disturbing them at home.
LOT SIZE & PARKING REQUIREMENTS FOR SCHOOLS & HOUSE OF WORSHIP
So as to ensure proper safety in our town, Town Attorney Robert Magrino and I drafted a regulation effectively increasing the lot size one would need in order to have such a house of worship or school in proportion to the existing zoning, as well as having substantial parking requirements.
PUBLIC HEALTH ENGINEER
I proposed and helped draft the job requirements for the position of Town Public Health Engineer. The position was created in order to better analyze and manage environmental (air, water, congestion, etc) impacts in all situations, to include residential developments.
REJECTED HUD COMMUNITY BLOCK GRANTS
By avoiding the strings that have been attached to HUD block grants that could result in losing control of local zoning and having high density, low-income housing forced on the town, I with Denis Troy, convinced the rest of the Town Board to reject these funds.
ENTITY DISCLOSURE LAW
Together with Town Attorney, Robert Magrino, I drafted a law that requires full disclosure of entities appearing in front of Town Land Use Boards that also insures compliance with Town Codes.