VISION FOR THE FUTURE
REVIEW AND "RESET" ZONING RULES
Zoning and codes should be both easy to follow and strictly enforced. The Town needs conduct a full review of our town code as relates to zoning and usage and craft a new unified code that will prevent overdevelopment while greatly reducing or eliminating the need for exceptions or appeals to be granted, as once such exceptions are granted one time unscrupulous developers are able to cite that precedent to anything they want to be built regardless of the law. This will serve to hit “reset” on that legal precedent so there are no loopholes to exploit.
Rezone remainder of rpc property
I will work with the Town Board to immediately rezone the remainder of the RPC property that is owned by New York State to data center/office park use in order to ensure that if the state decides to sell it off, it attracts buyers who are looking to get that type of project put in place, as opposed to buyers who intend to put high-density housing in.
ESTABLISH FUND FOR PURCHASES OF "UNDER THREAT" PROPERTIES
In order to institutionalize a process to preserve our community’s major land assets, we will budget for a fund to purchase major properties that are “under threat” – which means a combination of a highly likely fire sale and unique characteristics of the property such as overall size or very specific uses. These properties will then, depending on the property, either be carefully marketed to proper buyers or repurposed for use by town residents to fulfill key services.
Increase fines for zoning and code violations
Change the fines system for violations of town code such that if a large company or interconnected series of LLC’s are found to be violating town code they will be fined a substantial amount on a per-unit basis, in the case of large landlord LLC’s or companies, or on a percentage of revenue basis for large corporations. This way our fines are equally forceful for large companies as they are now for an average homeowner.
CHANGE SEASONAL OVERNIGHT STREET PARKING BAN TO YEAR ROund OUTSIDE OF DOWNTOWN AREAS
In order to keep congestion off our residential roads and make sure that they are not polluted by eyesores on the street, we will extend the current 2am-6am winter overnight street parking ban to year-round (excluding major holidays) outside of our downtown business districts.
COMPLETE THE SALE AND DEVELOPMENT OF THE REMAINING RPC PROPERTY
Although we have accomplished a great deal with the RPC property in the last four years (Chase and NYC Football Club), the Town needs to continue 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). The Town will need to designate lands that will remain parkland, work on a waterfront park and determine which parcels shall be marketed and sold.
REMAIN UNDER THE TAX CAP
One of my proudest accomplishments on the Town Board is that Orangetown has stayed under the tax cap for seven straight years, my entire term. I will work with the rest of the Town Board to remain under the tax cap to insure our residents can continue to afford to live in the Town of Orangetown.
DEVELOP THE IRG/PFIZER CAMPUS
During the time of have been an Orangetown Town Board Member, the Town has suffered through the loss of its largest employer/taxpayers, namely Pfizer. I will work with the Town Board and IRG to develop the IRG 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).