OSSINING MUNICIPAL BUILDING-1ST FLOOR BOARD ROOM
OSSINING, NEW YORK
MARCH 29, 2017 6:30 P.M.
MAYOR Victoria Gearity
BOARD OF TRUSTEES
John Codman III, Quantel Bazemore,
Rika Levin, Manuel R. Quezada
I.CALL TO ORDER – PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE – ROLL CALL
II. MAYOR’S AND TRUSTEES ANNOUNCEMENTS
III.VILLAGE BOARD RESOLUTIONS – Visitors shall be accorded one (1) Three (3) minute opportunity to address all resolutions.
A. RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF S.5197/A.6825 TO AMEND THE ENVIRONMENTAL CONSERVATION LAW AND THE NAVIGATION LAW, IN RELATION TO CONSIDERATION OF ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WHEN PERMITTING PETROLEUM BEARING VESSELS TO ENTER NAVIGABLE WATERS; AND REPEALING SECTION SEVENTY-ONE OF THE NAVIGATION LAW RELATING TO THE PETROLEUM-BEARING CESSEL ADVISORY COMMISSION
WHEREAS, on August 10, 2016, the Village Board of Trustees unanimously passed a resolution opposing the proposal by the United States Coast Guard to designate 2,400 acres of Hudson River Estuary as anchorage areas for commercial barges along the Hudson River’s shoreline from Yonkers to Kingston; and
WHEREAS, currently pending in the New York State Legislature is Senate Bill 5197 the purpose of which, according to the Sponsor Memo is “to update the factors used to determine the conditions under which petroleum-bearing vessels may enter or move upon navigable waters of the state, as well as for establishing tanker-avoidance zones; and
WHEREAS, the Sponsor Memo further notes that the proposed legislation “amends section 70 of the Navigation Law to provide that the Commissioner of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation may also work in consultation with the Department of State and the Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation with regards to the establishment of conditions for petroleum-bearing vessels to enter or move upon navigable waters of the state, as well as tanker-avoidance zones”; and
WHEREAS, the proposed legislation further amends section 70 of the Navigation Law by providing that where tanker-avoidance zones have been established, it shall be unlawful for petroleum-bearing vessels “to enter, move OR ANCHOR upon the navigable waters of the state…EXCEPT IN CASES OF GREAT EMERGENCY. SUCH TANKER-AVOIDANCE ZONES MAY BE BASED UPON PHYSICAL AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS WHICH MAY INCLUDE, BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO, NAVIGATIONAL HAZARDS, ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS SUCH AS THE EXISTENCE OF DESIGNATED SIGNIFICANT COASTAL AND FISH WILDLIFE HABITATS AND PROXIMITY TO WATERFROMNT COMMUNITIES”; and
WHEREAS, as the Village Board of Trustees noted in its August 10, 2016 resolution, “the designation of these new anchorage grounds, which would become water-based parking areas for commercial barges on the way to and from the ever busier Port of Albany, portends an increase in barge traffic on the Hudson River, with the potential to affect the ecological health of the river and the quality of life of its riverfront communities, including the Village of Ossining.”
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village of Ossining Board of Trustees hereby voices its support for S.5197/A.6825 and urges that the legislation be approved by the legislature and signed into law by Governor Andrew Cuomo; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Village Board of Trustees does hereby direct that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to State Senator David Carlucci, Assemblywoman Sandra Galef, and Governor Andrew Cuomo; and authorizes the Mayor to sign any and all correspondence on this topic to communicate the Village Board of Trustees’ support for the legislation.
B. RESOLUTION IN OPPOSITION TO THE PRESIDENT’S PROPOSED BUDGET ELIMINATING THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE ARTS AND THE NATIONAL ENDOWMENT FOR THE HUMANITIES
WHEREAS, President Trump’s proposed budget calls for the elimination of the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the National Endowment for the Humanities; and
WHEREAS, eliminating funding for the NEA, which represents 0.004 percent of the federal budget, will not even begin to scratch the surface of the nation’s fiscal challenges, but will have a devastating effect on the ability of many Americans to access the arts in their communities; and
WHEREAS, sixty-five percent of the NEA’s direct grants go to small and medium-sized arts groups, similar to those that we have in the Village of Ossining, and its surrounding areas, and which are often the only source of arts funding in many suburban, rural and underserved communities; and
WHEREAS, forty percent of NEA-supported activities take place in middle and lower income neighborhoods and every dollar invested by the federal government in the NEA is supplemented on average by seven dollars from other funding sources; and
WHEREAS, eliminating funding for the NEA will not materially hurt Broadway or Hollywood, but will hurt small town theaters, museums, senior residences, and community arts organizations; and
WHEREAS, eliminating funding for the NEA hurts veterans who experience the healing power of the arts through their participation in NEA funded creative arts therapies; and
WHEREAS, without the NEA there will be less creativity, less imagination and less freedom of expression which hurts everyone but especially our youth in local afterschool programs.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village Board of Trustees strongly opposes this extreme and narrow-sighted budget proposal and calls on the bipartisan supporters of the arts in Congress to overwhelmingly reject it.
The Village Board of Trustees also calls on every municipality to demand that equal access to education through the arts continue to be available to all, and to join the nonpartisan campaign of The Creative Coalition, at #RightToBearArts which supports the right of every citizen to have access to the arts; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Village Board of Trustees directs that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to Congresswoman Nita Lowey, Senator Charles Schumer and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the Village Board of Trustees authorizes the Mayor to sign any and all correspondence on this topic to communicate the Village’s concerns.