Piermont - NY

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Tentative agenda for June 16th, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, June 16th, 2015 at 7:30p.m. At the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes – May 19th, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Appointment of Village Engineer

5. Public Hearing 7:45, Special Permit Application for Austin’s Restaurant for continuation, and expansion of use in the RD Zoning District

6. Public Hearing 8:30, Special Permit Application for Pier 701 Restaurant for continuation, and expansion of use in the WF2 Zoning District

7. Review terms for a lease proposal with Piermont Historical Society regarding the Piermont Railroad Station

8. Review Contract for Local Waterfront Revitalization Program Update: Planning for the Post Sandy World

9. Continued discussion on widening Piermont Avenue, across from Village Hall, to provide additional parking

10. Approval of Warrant

11. Old/New Business

12. Executive Session – Update on Continuing Litigation - Contractual Discussion

13. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for May 19, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 7:30p.m. At the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment Village Board agenda for Tuesday, 5/19

2. Approval of Minutes – May 5, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Request from TZHS Touchdown Club to use the Goswick Pavilion on June 12th

5. Approval of Film Permit, late filming, for Neon Joe

6. Review results of Bid Opening for River Rescue Boat

7. Review Existing Commissions

8. Review Request for Peddler’s License for Austin’s Restaurant

9. Review Special Permit Application for Awning/outdoor work for Austin’s Restaurant.

10. Discuss results of RFQ for services of Village Engineer

11. Review Pier 701 Special Permit Application, and schedule Public Hearing

12. Review Lease proposal with Piermont Historical Society and discuss Repair of Railroad Station

13. Discuss widening Piermont Avenue, across from Village Hall, to provide additional parking

14. Review Cohn-Reznick 3Q Report

15. Review and update FYE 2105 Budget as necessary

16. Discussion on Short-term funding for Capital purchases.

17. Update of Schedule A portions of Employee’s Letters of Understanding: FYE ’16 Compensation

18. Approval of Warrant

19. Old/New Business

20. Executive Session – Contractual Discussion

21. Adjournment

Save the Date - Fourth Fact-Finding Meeting

Please save the date and make every effort to attend the Fourth "Fact-Finding" Meeting that will be held by DEC and PIPC at Village Hall on Thursday, May 21 from 6 PM to 8:30 PM.

This meeting will focus on methods of marsh vegetation management. This may be the last in the series of "Fact-Finding" Meetings.

Tentative agenda for May 5, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at 7:30p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes – April 7, 2015 and April 21, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Discussion on Filming Request

5. Review Pier 701 Special Permit

6. Piermont Historical Society – Lease and Repair of Rail Road Station

7. Discussion on Piermont Avenue Parking Lot (across from Village Hall)

8. Review Existing Commissions

9. Approval of Warrant

10. Old/New Business

11. Executive Session – Personnel

12. Adjournment




SATURDAY, MAY 2, 2015 - 10:00 A.M. - 3:00 P.M.

1:00 P.M. Ecological Landscaping Presentation
By Greg Mercurio (Native Plants available)




Purchase plants from Stokes Farm (DeWolf Rd, Old Tappan, NJ) and say your purchase is to benefit the Piermont Reformed Church and the church will receive 20% of purchase price.

Piermont Public Library - 25 Flywheel Park West, Piermont, NY 10968

Open Monday -Thursday, 10-8 p.m.; Friday, 12-5 p.m.; Saturday, 10-4 p.m. Closed Sundays except for special events.

First Friday Film Series

On Friday, May 1, at 7:30 p.m., the First Friday Film Series will be showing 'CHEF', written, directed by and starring Jon Favreau. But there’s also Scarlett Johansen, Dustin Hoffman, John Leguizamo and Sofia Vergara and many other pleasures along the way.

For more information, please call 359-4595 or check www.piermontlibrary.org. All events are free unless otherwise noted.

The just published Spring 2015 Piermont Newsletter along with many past issues are now available here.

Tentative agenda for April 21, 2015. Posted on Monday, April 20, 2015

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, April 21, 2015 at 7:30p.m. At the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes - March 17, 2015 and March 31, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Continuation of Public Hearing -- 2015-2016 Budget for the Village of Piermont

5. Resolution to adopt 2016 Base Proportions

6. Discussion on the 13 Marine Engine replacement

7. Discussion on 2016 Capital Budget items

8. Request from the Construction Advancement Institute to dock at the Pier on June 24, 2015

9. Approval of dates for the Piermont Fire Department Softball Team to use the Art Rittenberg Field

10. Proposed Dates of summer closures to Motor Vehicle Traffic on the Pier

11. Request from Una McHugh to have a local band “Sum of Others” to play music at the McHugh Run for Fun on April 25, 2015

12. Memorial Day Watch Fire – Friday, May 29, 2015

13. Appointment of Chairperson for the LWRP development Committee

14. Review Village Board Summer Schedule

15. Approval of Warrant

16. Old/New Business

17. Executive Session - Personnel

18. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for April 7, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, April 7, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes - March 10, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. 7:45pm - Public Hearing on the Tentative Budget for the Village of Piermont - View full document here....

5. Request from the Construction Advancement Institute to dock at the Pier on June 24, 2015

6. Review Special Permit for extended use of Beach/Deck and Parking area at 701

7. Request from the Piermont Fire Department to use the Art Rittenberg Field

8. Approval of Resolution to go out to bid for the Fire Department Rescue Boat

9. Approval of Warrant

10. Old/New Business

11. Executive Session – Personnel

12. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for March 17, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, March 17, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes - February 17, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Review lease agreement proposal with Piermont Historical Society for the train station

5. Review Snow/Storm Emergency Preparedness Policy

6. Review old Commissions

7. Review Multi-Modal Capital Project Agreement for St. John’s Culvert

8. Review of the request from New York Waterway to dock in Piermont on June 24, 2015

9. Approval of Warrant

10. Old/New Business

11. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for March 10, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Department Reports

3. Approve recommendation on Grievances, updated Assessments and Adopt 2015 Assessment Roll

4. Review updated rules and regulations of the Piermont Dog Run

5. Review Snow/Storm Emergency Preparedness Policy

6. Reschedule Budget Workshops: - Justice Court - Clerks/Revenue/Exp/Benefits

7. Resolution authorizing the Village of Piermont Board of Trustees to execute an agreement with New York State Thruway Authority for New NY Bridge Project Community Benefit Funds for the Purchase of a new Rescue Boat

8. Discuss Accounting software training

9. Approval of Warrant

10. Review approved Electrical Inspectors

11. Old/New Business

12. Executive Session - Litigation

13. Adjournment

Please be advised, due to the weather, the Village Board Meeting scheduled for March 3rd has been rescheduled for Tuesday, March 10th.

Empire Hose Company #1

Corned Beef Dinner

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Dinner Will Be Served: 1-3 PM and 5-8 PM

The Piermont Fire Department

554 Piermont Ave. - Piermont, N.Y.

Menu: Corned Beef & Cabbage, potatoes & bread, beverage & dessert

Cost: Adults: $15, Seniors: $13, Children under 12: $10

Please Support Your Local Fire Department

PCA Annual Wine and Cheese Fundraiser

When: Sunday, February 22, 2015

Where: Union Arts Center - 2 Union Street, Sparkill, New York

Time: 2pm to 5pm

Price: $ 35 per person at the door

Please support by attending. Wines provided by The Grape D'Vine.

For more information please call 845-359-5754

Tentative agenda for February 17, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting on Tuesday, February 17, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Hearing (6:30) Property Grievance

2. Public Comment

3. Approval of Minutes- February 3, 2015

4. Department Reports

5. Public Hearing (7:45) 2015 Community Development Block Grant Program

6. Waterfront Resiliency Commission appointments

7. Review 701 Piermont Avenue Special Permit for extended use of Beach/Deck Area and Parking area

8. Review Budget Workshop Schedule

9. Review old Commissions

10. Approval of Warrant

11. Old/New Business

12. Executive Session ­ Pending Litigation

13. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for February 3, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, February 3, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes- January 6, 2015 and January 20, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Public Hearing (7:45) Piermont Waterfront Resiliency Commission

5. Public Hearing (8:00) 2015 Community Development Block Grant Program

6. Resolution - Special Permit from Kathleen Puder owner of 674 Piermont Avenue

7. Appointment to Zoning Board of Appeals

8. Establish hours of the Justice Court Clerk’s Office

9. Review Proposal from Tim Temple

10. William Yuda Condominium – Waiver of Right of First Refusal

11. Approval of Fine Fees Schedule for 2015

12. Approval of Warrant

13. Old/New Business

14. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for January 20, 2015.

There will be a Board of Trustees Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Public Comment

2. Approval of Minutes- December 16, 2014 and January 6, 2015

3. Department Reports

4. Request from Jamie Kittman to renew transferrable parking permit

5. Request for Special Permit submitted by Joseph Serra for Temporary Farmer’s Market at 249 Ferdon Avenue

6. Public Hearing (7:45) 2015 Community Development Block Grant Program

7. Request from the vessel Clearwater to use the pier for docking on Friday, June 5th to Monday, June 8, 2015

8. Continued Public Hearing (8:00) to consider a Special Permit for 674 Piermont Avenue, Kathleen & Doug Puder owners

9. Proposal from Stewart / Lennon family for the Lighthouse Memorial

10. Discussion on widening Piermont Avenue in Business District

11. Discuss 2007 Durango Police Vehicle for Surplus

12. Continued discussion on Fines/Fees

13. Continued discussion on unused Commissions

14. Approval of Warrant

15. Old/New Business

16. Executive Session – Discussion on Personnel matters

17. Adjournment

Tentative agenda for January 6, 2015.

There will be a Reorganizational Meeting of the Board of Trustees on Tuesday, January 6, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. at the Piermont Village Hall as follows:

1. Swearing in of Village Trustees

2. Appointment of Deputy Mayor

3. Appointment of Deputy Village Clerk-Treasurer

4. Appointment of Village Attorney

5. Appointment of Assistant Village Attorney

6. Appointment of Acting Village Justice

7. Appointment of Village Engineer

8. Appointment of Registrar of Vital Statistics

9. Appointment of Deputy Registrar of Vital Statistics

10. Appointment of Member(s) of the Planning Board

11. Appointment of Alternate(s) to the Planning Board

12. Appointment of Chair of the Planning Board

13. Appointment of Member(s) to the Zoning Board of Appeals

14. Appointment of Alternate(s) to the Zoning Board of Appeals

15. Appointment of Chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals

16. Designation of Trustee Liaisons to Village Departments

17. Designation of Official Newspaper

18. Designation of Official Depositories

19. Appointment of Member(s) to the Harbor Commission

20. Appointment of Member(s) to the Parks Commission

21. Designation of Legal Notice Posting locations

22. Designation of Schedule of Board of Trustees Meetings

23. Annual Review of Village Policies

24. Annual Review of Village Fines & Fees

25. Annual Resolutions

General Business

26. Resolution authorizing the Mayor to sign one (1) Employee’s Letters of Understanding for the Calendar Year 2015

27. Resolution authorizing the Mayor to update one (1) Letter of Understanding

28. Discussion of inactive Commissions

29. Approval of Minutes – December 16, 2014

30. Approval of Warrant

31. Old /New Business

32. Department Reports

33. Enter into Executive Session

Executive Session – Pending Litigation and Personnel

34. Adjournment

The just published Winter 2014 Piermont Newsletter along with many past issues are now available here.

Piermont Resident Parking Permit Application 2015

Piermont Pier Permit Application 2015

Piermont Marsh Planning Meeting
Meeting topic: The role the Piermont Marsh plays in storm surge protection
Sponsored by the NY State DEC
Wednesday, January 7th, 6:00pm-8:30pm
St.John’s Church, 895 Piermont Avenue, Piermont

This will be the third of four public meetings sponsored by the NY State Department of Environmental Conservation as they prepare a management plan that will affect the future of the Piermont Marsh.

Editorial: Time to reveal Tappan Zee Bridge financing plan

A Journal News editorial 11:13 p.m. EDT September 17, 2014

The EPA rejects the state's scheme to use clean water funds to construct a bridge in the Hudson. The ruling says a lot about the project's overall financial planning and transparency. And none of it is good.

Newsflash from the Environmental Protection Agency : "construction activities arising from transportation projects do not advance water quality."

That's just one of the comments made in an EPA official's letter to the state rejecting 94 percent of $256 million of no- and low-interest loans from the national Clean Water State Revolving Fund that had been tapped for building a new Tappan Zee Bridge. The New York State Thruway had already received approval for half the loan from the state's Environmental Facilities Corp.

What's the impact of losing a couple hundred million worth of loans in a $3.9 billion project? It's hard to gauge, as the complete financing plan remains a mystery, as do the future tolls for the crossing.

But the ruling — which Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the head of the state EFC have vowed to appeal — says a lot about the project's overall financial planning and transparency. And none of it is good.

Full article here.....

People's Climate March to draw protesters from Lower Hudson Valley

The Journal News - Elizabeth Ganga, eganga@lohud.com 10:45 a.m. EDT September 17, 2014

Groups around the Lower Hudson Valley have been making a major organizing push to get residents to the People's Climate March planned for Sunday in New York City.

The organizers hope the march to push for action on climate change will be the largest ever. It will come two days before a major climate summit at the United Nations.

The march will start at 11:30 a.m. and various groups have set up meeting points for traveling to the city or within the city.

WESPAC members will be taking the 10:05 a.m. train from the White Plains Metro North Station and will meet others at the Grand Central Information Booth before marching to Columbus Circle at 11 a.m.

Concerned Families of Westchester will assemble between Columbus Avenue and Central Park West, between 82nd and 86th Streets under a large, blue “Hudson River Goddess” puppet.

Riverkeeper will be gathering with other waterkeepers on Central Park West between 71st and 72nd streets. Trains and buses are going from all over the state. For information click here.

Full article here.....

People’s Climate March: A Riverkeeper Call to Action

When: September 21, 2014: 10:00AM to 4:00AM
Where: Central Park West and 72nd St., Manhattan, New York City


In September, world leaders are coming to New York City for a UN summit on the climate crisis. UN Secretary­ General Ban Ki-­moon is urging governments to support an ambitious global agreement to dramatically reduce global warming pollution.

With our future on the line and the whole world watching, Riverkeeper will take a stand to bend the course of history. We’ll take to the streets to demand the world we know is within our reach: a world with an economy that works for people and the planet; a world safe from the ravages of climate change; a world with good jobs, clean air and water, and healthy communities. We will be joined by countless organizations ranging from unions, environmental groups, religious leader and more. Check out the list of sponsors here.

Please join Riverkeeper and Waterkeepers from around the world on Sunday, September 21st in New York City for a march on climate change that will change history, and to change history, we need everyone on board.

Full article here.....

“The County Executive’s Corner”
This Is What Dedication Looks Like

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
July 11, 2014

While most of us were sleeping last week, Rockland County's dedicated first responders crawled through twisted metal, thick brush and pitch black to rescue a trucker from his wrecked tractor trailer. The 18-wheeler crashed through a metal guardrail and careened down an 80-foot embankment, ultimately coming to rest about 100 feet into the rocky, densly wooded terrain off the New York State Thruway in West Nyack.

Rockland County's Technical Rescue Team and firefighters from the West Nyack and Central Nyack fire departments worked for more than 90 minutes with small power saws to gnaw though the truck's cab to free the driver. He will survive.

Just 48 hours before the Thruway wreck, Rockland County's HAZMAT team responded with firefighters from Haverstraw and Ramapo to a chemical explosion in Pomona. Several laboratory scientists at Barr Laboratories were exposed to potentially lethal potassium cyanide. Our skilled hazardous materials first responders donned protective suits and walked toward the danger. The lab workers were later treated at Nyack Hospital and released.

These two serious incidents, along with hundreds of other calls for help this month, should give us pause. Each time a fire truck races to a blaze or an ambulance rolls up to an accident, the dedicated men and women "coming to the rescue" are unpaid volunteers.

Rockland County is a dynamic community due in large part to volunteer firefighters and medics who freely give their time. Their contributions enrich our towns and villages, make us more resilient and help define the character of our neighborhoods.

It is not only the volunteers who serve the community, but also the families which allow them to do the special work. Fire and emergency medical calls respect no schedules and arrive at any hour. Our first responders sacrifice time with their wives, husbands and children and their careers, responding at a moment's notice to protect the lives and property of those who need help. There are not many groups that require their unpaid members to put down their pens, tools or kids, day or night, and rush off to put themselves in harm's way to help others.

Aside from providing an invaluable service to our residents, involvement in volunteer emergency services also brings personal benefits. First responders gain experience in disciplined teamwork, leadership, decision-making and communication, all critical skills valued at home and by employers, who can be very understanding when volunteers dash off to an emergency call.

The work of volunteer first responders is estimated to be worth over $140 billion to communities across the nation. A recent study by the Rockland County Office of Fire and Emergency Services found that hiring full-time firefighters - at an annual salary of just $40,000 - would cost taxpayer an additional $135 million every year. This staggering number doesn't even include health benefits and pension costs. From a financial perspective, the same volunteer who may save your life is also saving you lots of money.

Sadly, there is no greater challenge facing the volunteer emergency services today than recruitment and retention. In an attempt to change this, Rockland County Clerk Paul Piperato last month recognized County firefighters, EMS crews and auxiliary police by offering special discounts at local businesses. The Rockland S.A.V.E.S. program is a commonsense incentive to attract new recruits and give back what we can to our volunteer responders, who are vital in keeping our families and communities safe.

It takes a special kind of person to run uphill against the crowd fleeing danger. As a former NYPD officer, believe me I know. I am proud to have so many in Rockland County. It's the people who step forward to help their neighbors that make the real difference. On behalf of more than 300,000 local residents, thank you for your courage and the selfless work you do in our communities to save lives.

Tappan Zee: Coast Guard weighs Piermont low tide plan

The Journal News - Khurram Saeed, ksaeed@lohud.com 8 a.m. EDT July 14, 2014

The marked passage would make it easier for boaters to get in and out of Piermont Bay during low tide. Construction of the new Tappan Zee Bridge has made a deeper water option essentially unworkable.

The Tappan Zee project team is getting closer to setting up a marked passage on the Hudson River that will help recreational boaters get to and from Piermont.

Think of the passage as an interchange on a highway, one that will be especially helpful to boaters unfamiliar with Piermont Bay during low tide, when water depths are approximately four feet and risky for larger boats. A popular deeper water route from Piermont that took boaters north along the Rockland shoreline is virtually off-limits due to the amount of activity now taking place around the new Tappan Zee Bridge construction site.

By making it safer to get into and out of Piermont, some say the markers will make the village more inviting to transient boaters looking to shop or dine.

Piermont Mayor Chris Sanders said he would like to have the passage in place to take advantage of this boating season.

Suren Kilerciyan, owner of Cornetta's Restaurant and Marina in Piermont, said business has suffered since bridge construction began, with some boaters intimidated by the number of barges and work vessels in the river. Having lighted channel markers was "key" to attracting transient traffic, he said.

He said he recently received a call from the owner of a 33-foot boat who was looking to come to Piermont for dinner. The boater was on the Hudson, headed north from New York City and wasn't familiar with the area.

"When they saw too many barges, they didn't want to take a chance," Kilerciyan said. "He said, We'll catch you next time."

Full article here.....

“The County Executive’s Corner”
The Right Person For The Job

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
July 4, 2014

In order to ensure that Rockland County delivers quality, cost-effective services, it's imperative that we select and promote the most qualified individuals to vacant positions. For many years, high-ranking County officials injected themselves into the vetting process to lobby for favored job candidates. This practice undercut the transparency that should be part of governmental hiring.

As part of the larger effort to change the culture in Rockland County government, my Administration is pushing back. Under my watch, all forms of favoritism, including separate hiring tracks, preferential treatment and political patronage will be forced out of this organization.

Cronyism, nepotism and special hiring have been linked to public service for decades. A recent survey from the federal government's Office of Personnel Management found that only 36.1 percent of federal workers thought promotions in their work units were based on merit. They believed that connections, partisanship and other factors played roles.

One of the most basic themes in ethics is fairness. Favoritism, cronyism, and nepotism interfere with fairness because they give an advantage to someone who doesn't necessarily merit this treatment.

In government, preferential treatment undermines the common good. When someone is handed a position because of connections rather than credentials and experience, the service that person renders to the community may be inferior. Even worse, the appearance of favoritism weakens morale in government service, not to mention public faith in the integrity of the organization.

To this end, I recently issued an Executive Order designed to make certain no County commissioner or department head "plays favorites." The order requires all managers to submit a pre-appointment review form before making an offer to any prospective candidate. Queries including How many other candidates were considered for this position? Number of candidates interviewed? and Basis for selection of this candidate must be provided.

Additionally, commissioners and department heads are expected to consider candidates based on qualifications, abilities and skill competencies. In the case of internal candidates, past performance and attendance must be factored. In my Administration, all new hires must have the qualifications that most closely meet the needs of the job.

While many have drawn on connections, networking and family in support of a job in the private sector, these sources give the appearance of favoritism (true or perceived) in the public arena. And, while friends and relatives can often be counted on for loyalty, their selection for positions in government undoubtedly gives the appearance of unfairness and incompetence. As your County Executive, I won't allow this.

In the weeks ahead, look for more organizational changes, including background checks for some high-level positions. My goal is to build confidence in our government and to make certain our employees are proud to come to work each day.

Rockland County Times What’s Happening 7/10/14

By George J. Dacre

The Piermont Chamber of Commerce is hosting their annual Bastille Day Celebration July 12 from noon till 10 p.m. with live bands performing and local restaurants serving French, Italian, American, Irish, Mexican and Continental Cuisine. There will be outside restaurant tables and participants are urged to wear period clothes, think 18th century. There will be a costume contest and reenactment of Bastille Day. Live music by Grilled Cheese, Alex, Bobby DiBlasio and Cosmos Derelicts, Steve Leisman and Friends and Doc Lane and Loose Change.

Or, if you happen to be in Philly... Bastille Day Festival at Eastern State Penitentiary

July 12, 2014 - Wigs are welcome at this day-long reenactment of the French Revolution

Grab a pitchfork and storm the walls! Whether you’re a revolutionary or a royalist, there’s something for you during the weekend celebration of all things French leading up to the bombastic Bastille Day Festival at the Eastern State Penitentiary.

The annual celebration — this year celebrating its 20th anniversary – has become one of Philadelphia’s most popular summertime events, attracting thousands of visitors each year into the massive shadow of the penitentiary’s main wall to commemorate the storming of the Bastille by French revolutionaries.

Full story here....

July 4, 2014 - American Independence Day

Independence Day (United States)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Independence Day, commonly known as the Fourth of July, is a federal holiday in the United States commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain (now officially known as the United Kingdom). Independence Day is commonly associated with fireworks, parades, barbecues, carnivals, fairs, picnics, concerts, baseball games, family reunions, and political speeches and ceremonies, in addition to various other public and private events celebrating the history, government, and traditions of the United States. Independence Day is the National Day of the United States.....

Independence Day is a national holiday marked by patriotic displays. Similar to other summer-themed events, Independence Day celebrations often take place outdoors. Independence Day is a federal holiday, so all non-essential federal institutions (like the postal service and federal courts) are closed on that day. Many politicians make it a point on this day to appear at a public event to praise the nation's heritage, laws, history, society, and people.....


Piermont Celebrates July 4, 2014 - American Independence Day

Schedule of Events in Piermont

Main Street Parade - None Scheduled

Fire Department Carnival - None Scheduled

Piermont Fireworks at the Pier - None Scheduled

Historical Society Events - Station Days
July 6, 2014 from 12 - 3 p.m

Piermont Chamber of Commerce Events
Piermont Bastille Day - July 12, 2014

Bastille Day is the name given in English speaking countries to the French National Day, which is celebrated on 14 July each year. The French National Day commemorates the beginning of the French Revolution with the Storming of the Bastille on the 14 July 1789, as well as the Fête de la Fédération on the 14 July 1790. Celebrations are held all over France.

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“The County Executive’s Corner”

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
May 30, 2014

It's no secret. Rockland County is on financial life support. This has been a disturbing fact for some time. Our current budget deficit surpassing $140 million dollars is a result of years of gross mismanagement and unfunded state mandates.

My campaign for County Executive included a detailed plan to get our fiscal house in order. I never promised to fix things overnight. What I did promise were innovative ideas, intelligent decisions, hard work and honesty. These themes resonated with the people, who elected me to lead the County into better times.

I have been clear from the start: the battle to pull Rockland County from the brink would take cooperation from all. While my new Administration has successfully reached into our multi-faceted communities to partner with the people on several critical issues, collaboration with our leaders in the County Legislature has so far been elusive.

I set a conciliatory tone on day one, encouraging a united front with the Legislative Leadership during my inaugural address in Pomona, saying "We will get this County well by working together." Just a few weeks later, during my first State of the County message, I offered to "partner with the Legislature" to move toward an economic turnaround. Sadly, just five months later, there is only division. Paralysis by several high-ranking legislators is threatening our fiscal recovery.

Most recently, this Administration was given assurances by Legislative Leadership that action would be taken on a time-sensitive resolution regarding the application of an $11 million premium earned on the sale of the County's $96 million deficit financing bond. After several weeks of delays and excuses, this matter remains unresolved. Continued obfuscation by the Chairman will now cost Rockland County taxpayers $250,000 in extra borrowing costs.

Simply put, the Chair and his cohorts are sitting on their hands for political purposes. And, it's not the first time this year. I am still waiting for legislators to take action on the Tuxedo Reserve project. Instead of making the best choices for the County, some in our Legislative Leadership are working overtime to score ideological and political points at the expense of the people of Rockland County.

We elect our legislators to make policy decisions and enact laws on our behalf. It's my job as County Executive to manage operations and carry out the policies implemented by the Legislature. We expect our legislators to make decisions. We do not expect them to interfere with operations. But, continued political grandstanding by some has led to an inability to make important decisions about this County's finances. This inaction is starting to impact operations, and not for the better.

Rockland County is branded as the most fiscally-stressed county in New York by the Comptroller's Office. My Administration is taking the bold actions required to change our economic trajectory. I am making the hard choices. The people have demanded nothing less. If Legislative Leadership continues to act as a roadblock to our progress, the people must know.

I implore all County residents to contact your local Legislator to urge cooperation in the weeks and months ahead.

Piermont boaters skeptical of state's new low-tide route

The Journal News - Khurram Saeed, ksaeed@lohud.com 10:41 p.m. EDT May 25, 2014

Tappan Zee Bridge officials have found a safe route for boaters that will be lit and marked. All that's needed is Coast Guard approval.......

But not everyone is convinced, contending the water there is not that deep at low tide and some boats could end up hitting rocks.

The Hudson River is relatively shallow in spots far from shore because sediment tends to accumulate in the bay. Without enough water depth, a sailboat can get stuck or an engine on a powerboat or personal watercraft can become clogged if it sucks up too much mud or silt.......

Piermont Mayor Chris Sanders, who owns a sailboat, said the mapping confirmed "there is a route that you can use anytime." The markers will provide a "signpost" into the village to transient boaters who look for places to stop to eat, shop or stay overnight......

Suren Kilerciyan, owner of Cornetta's Restaurant and Marina in Piermont, attended the meeting but remains skeptical.

While he said the markers will help boaters at night, he believes the route remains dangerous during low tide.

Before construction ramped up, boaters would go north from Piermont along the Rockland bank and then follow the bridge east to the main channel. But that path is essentially off-limits because of the amount of construction equipment and barges near the 3-mile crossing.

Kilerciyan said the new route the state is pitching is not a workable solution and dredging is still needed.

"It's a solution for them not to do any work," he said, adding his marina has only rented 70 of its 196 slips this year due to construction.

John Vargo, publisher of "Boating on the Hudson," said local boaters know there's no water depth close to the Piermont Pier at low tide.

"If they knew there was a channel, they would use it," the Verplank resident said......

Dan Harrison, who keeps a 34-foot Sea Ray at Cornetta's, said he has no plans to use the route at low tide until it is proven safe.

On a recent trip during mid-tide, he said there was only 2.3 feet of water between the hull of his boat and the mud beneath it a quarter mile from shore. The Dumont, N.J., resident said he can end up waiting four hours if he doesn't return before low tide — a chance he's not willing to take.

Full article here.....

“The County Executive’s Corner”
No More Kicking The Can

Rockland County Executive Ed Day
May 16, 2014

The County of Rockland faces a projected, unaudited budget deficit of $145 million. To help move the County forward, my Administration has undertaken a series of aggressive cost-cutting measures since January, including: 1) the identification and correction of critical inefficiencies 2) the ongoing "flattening" of the government workforce 3) the borrowing of $96 million to help in reducing the deficit.

In March, Rockland County earned a premium of $11 million on the $96 million deficit financing bond. This week, I sent an urgent letter to all County Legislators calling for the swift approval of a resolution allowing the application of these monies directly to the County's general fund deficit.

Applying the proceeds of the premium to pay down the deficit has received the full support of Capital Markets Advisors, LLC Founder Richard Tortora, County Finance Commissioner Stephen DeGroat, current County Auditor and former County Finance Commissioner Robert Bergman and former County Finance Commissioner Harold Peterson.

Our decision to use the premium to pay down the deficit demonstrates strict fiscal discipline. This course of action, along with the County's ongoing structural reforms, will be key drivers to an upgraded bond rating and a reduction in future interest costs. These carefully considered efforts to restore the County’s fiscal stability will be widely recognized by the financial markets.

Opinions differ on the best use for the $11 million premium. In different times, this Administration might have elected to set the money aside to cover future interest and principal payments. But, these are not "normal" times. Rockland County is engaged in a protracted fight for financial survival.

Moody's Investor Services and Standard and Poor's rate Rockland County's credit worthiness at one level above junk status. We have been labeled as the most fiscally-stressed county in New York by the Comptroller's Office.

With all the expert guidance we have received, I feel confident we are doing the right thing and the smart thing. We cannot keep deferring the inevitable. My Administration will not "kick the can" down the road. By facing the hard choices and taking bold action now, we will build a stronger, healthier foundation for the future.

Report: Climate change is here and getting worse

Doyle Rice, USA TODAY - May 6, 2014

Devastating droughts in the Southwest, ruinous floods in New York City, killer wildfires in Colorado, intense heat waves in the Plains: These are the some of the disasters that are being exacerbated by global warming, and problems will continue to worsen in the decades to come, according to a massive federal climate report released Tuesday at the White House.

Climate change is affecting where and how Americans live and work as well as their health, and evidence is mounting that burning fossil fuels has made extreme weather such as heat waves and heavy precipitation much more likely in the USA, according to the National Climate Assessment (NCA), the largest, most comprehensive U.S.-focused climate change report ever produced.

President Obama Tuesday met with meteorologists from national and local television outlets to spread the word about the importance of the report. "This is not some distant problem of the future," he told Today show meteorologist Al Roker. "This is a problem that is affecting Americans right now. Whether it means increased flooding, greater vulnerability to drought, more severe wildfires — all these things are having an impact on Americans as we speak."

Others echoed those sentiments. "If people took the time to read the report, they would see that it is not necessarily about polar bears, whales or butterflies," said meteorologist Marshall Shepherd of the University of Georgia. "I care about all of those, but the NCA is about our kids, dinner table issues, and our well being."

"Climate change is here and now, and not in some distant time or place," agreed Texas Tech University climate scientist Katharine Hayhoe, one of the authors of the 800-page report. "The choices we're making today will have a significant impact on our future."


U.S. climate report says global warming impact already severe

The Washington Post - Health and Science - By Darryl Fears, Published: May 6

The government’s newest national assessment of climate change declares that increased global warming is affecting every part of the United States.

The report released Tuesday cites wide and severe impacts: more sea-level rise, flooding, storm surges, precipitation and heat waves in the Northeast; frequent water shortages and hurricanes in the Southeast and the Caribbean; and more drought and wildfires in the Southwest.

“For a long time, we have perceived climate change as an issue that’s distant, affecting just polar bears or something that matters to our kids,” said Katharine Hayhoe, a Texas Tech University professor and a co-author of the report. “This shows it’s not just in the future; it matters today. Many people are feeling the effects.”

The federal climate assessment — the third since 2000 — brought together hundreds of experts in academia and government to guide U.S. policy based on the best available climate science.

The authors of the more-than-800-page report said it aims to present “actionable science” and a road map for local leaders and average citizens to mitigate carbon and other gas emissions that warm the planet.


Home Page - National Climate Assessment

Home Page - IPCC - Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change

Tappan Zee Bridge construction a challenge for marinas

The Journal News - Theresa Juva-Brown and Khurram Saeed - May 6, 2014

Marine businesses, such as boat clubs and marinas, are uncertain what years of bridge construction will mean for them.

Will the robust — and increasingly restricted — river area around the Tappan Zee Bridge discourage boaters and dry up business for local marinas and boat clubs?

That's a big concern for some as the first boating season gets underway since major construction on the new bridge began late last year.

"We have all of this (work) going on now, and this is just the start," said Mike Setteducati, manager of Tappan Zee Marina in Piermont. "Let's multiply this by a couple of years. Where's it going to be then?"

"Uninhibited" boating has been replaced by strict regulations and a new emphasis on extreme caution, he noted.

The Coast Guard has established a "regulated navigation area" that stretches 500 yards north and south of the span, a "no wake" area where boaters have to slow down. The Coast Guard is also going to set up a two-square-mile "safety zone" around the project's moored construction barges, and recreational boaters will be banned from that zone. Police marine units will also be on high alert.


New York State - "The New Tappan Zee Bridge"

New York State - Tappan Zee Bridge Construction Cameras

Bridge’s Neighbors Fight Bike Path on Tappan Zee

The New York Times - By Joseph Berger - March 21, 2014

SOUTH NYACK, N.Y. — It seems like a generous gift to the people of New York State: a three-mile path for bicyclists and pedestrians stretching across the silvery waters of the Hudson River on a new Tappan Zee Bridge.

But many of the residents of South Nyack, at the western end of the bridge, don’t want this gift to land on their doorsteps. At a sometimes raucous meeting on Thursday night at Nyack College overlooking the bridge and attended by a representative of Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo, residents said the path would invite scores of cars with bike racks scrambling for parking to their tidy streets lined with Victorian houses, would draw food trucks and would unsettle a quiet family neighborhood.

“I don’t want a street fair in my neighborhood every weekend,” Susan Pilla, a 49-year-old insurance agent and the mother of two teenagers, said to loud applause from the more than 150 residents packed into a college auditorium.

Residents also raised eyebrows at a plan by the state and its Thruway Authority to create two dozen public parking spaces by tearing down the 19th-century village hall or “repurposing” the hall as public bathrooms. They called on the Thruway Authority, the village mayor and other members of a task force to go back to the drawing board to get a more precise idea of how many people were likely to use the bike path during the week and on weekends.

They noted that a 1.28-mile-long railroad bridge in the Poughkeepsie area converted for pedestrians, the Walkway Over the Hudson, draws hundreds of people on weekends who park their cars in large lots on both sides of the bridge, space that South Nyack does not have.



Public Information Meeting Tuesday, April 22, 2014, 7 – 9 pm Piermont Village Hall


Brief update from NYS DEC and NYS Parks on the Piermont Marsh restoration plan & steps taken since the presentation to the Piermont Board of Trustees on December 10, 2013

Open Session for Public Comment

Discussion of next steps and timing

Edwin McGowan, Director of Science and Trailside Museums and Zoo Palisades Interstate Park Commission and New York State Parks
Betsy Blair, Manager of Regional Marine Habitat Protection, and Reserve Manager, Hudson River National Estuarine Research Reserve New York State Department of Environmental Conservation

Barge breaks loose from Tappan Zee construction site

The Journal News - Theresa Juva-Brown, March 30, 2014

For the third time since September, a barge has come loose from the Tappan Zee Bridge construction site.

Piermont resident Dean Taucher was looking out his window around 4 p.m. Sunday when he noticed that one barge carrying large steel piles was floating away from the construction site.

"One of them was moving really good down the river, and I thought, 'That's not good,'" Taucher said.

He called Piermont police and authorities, including boats from the project team, arrived by 4:45 p.m., he told The Journal News.

Tappan Zee Constructors confirmed in a statement that one of its barges came loose from its mooring on Sunday afternoon and was recovered about an hour later in coordination with the Piermont Police Department.

TZC's daily operations include at least four checks of mooring tie-offs each shift and the runaway barge was inspected about 45 minutes before it separated from its mooring, the statement said. A full investigation is underway.

Brian Conybeare, special adviser to Gov. Andrew Cuomo on the project, called Sunday's incident "unacceptable.


As New Tappan Zee Bridge Goes Up (Along With Tolls), Funding Questions Remain

By Joseph Berger - New York Times
March 26, 2014, Wednesday

A new Tappan Zee Bridge is rising over a three-mile stretch of the Hudson River — the first pilings are in, looking like giant tree stumps growing out of the water — but a big question looms: Where will the $3.9 billion come from to pay for it?

Officials at the New York State Thruway Authority, the agency overseeing construction of the bridge, one of the country’s biggest civil engineering projects, say that it will largely be financed with bonds that will be paid for by tolls.

“The intent is to pay for the entire cost of the project by increases at the bridge itself,” Thomas J. Madison Jr., the authority’s executive director, said in an interview.

But more than a few government officials, including members of the State Legislature and transportation finance experts, fear that increases in what is now a $5 round-trip toll may be too steep for daily commuters and thus politically untenable.


Piermont Resident Parking Permit Application 2014

Piermont Pier Permit Application 2014

December 2013


We are writing this note to advise you that new 2014 Parking Permits will become available Wednesday, January 2, 2014. All parking permits must be replaced each year.

Anyone who currently holds a parking permit for any lot in the Village of Piermont will have a period of 8 days – January 2 through January 10, 2014 to obtain a 2014 Parking Permit. If you do not come in to the Village Clerk’s Office during that time with your vehicle registration and payment in full, a space will not be reserved for you. As of January 13, 2014 Parking Permits are assigned on a first-come, first-serve basis.

The Board of Trustees has determined that, based on availability, residents in a one-family home are entitled to two (2) permits per household in the lot nearest their residence. Multiple-family dwellings will be issued one (1) permit per unit/apartment in the lot nearest their residence. Additional parking permits may be obtained for other available lots in the general vicinity of the residence.

Anyone who moves prior to the end of the 2014 year may remove the parking permit sticker from their car and bring it into the Clerk’s Office for a refund of the balance of the year.

In the event that your Landlord provides your parking permit, we ask that you notify them of this information as soon as possible.

If you have any questions, please contact the Clerk’s Office at your convenience and we will be happy to assist you.

For more information, contact the village clerk at (845) 359-1258.

Journal News Top Rockland County, New York News

Rockland budget: Vanderhoef plan raises taxes 9.9%
Oct. 23, 2013

NEW CITY — Rockland County Executive C. Scott Vanderhoef said Wednesday that county property owners would see a 9.9 percent tax increase under his proposed 2014 county budget.

But he also warned that the plan would have to be revisited if Gov. Andrew Cuomo declined to back a home-rule request that would let the county borrow $96 million to help plug most of its $128 million budget deficit.

If Rockland can’t borrow that money, it is legally obligated to set aside $10 million in the budget to start repaying the deficit — a move that could bring an overall 2014 property-tax increase of as much as 20 percent.

The 9.9 percent increase means an average property-tax hike of about $101, Vanderhoef said, bringing the total average bill to about $1,070.

“It’s still difficult for some people,” he said. “On the other hand, it’s less than some library tax bills, and when you consider all the services and programs the county offers, it still represents a good value.”


Expert Warns We’re Still Unprepared for Sandy-Like Event

Published: October 22nd, 2013
By Michael D. Lemonick

When he realized that Hurricane Sandy was on track for a direct hit on the New York metropolitan area, and that the storm would almost certainly be making landfall at high tide, Klaus Jacob went into high gear. “First,” he recalled nearly a year later, sitting in a bright, modern conference room near his office at Columbia’s Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, “I called my contacts at the MTA (New York City’s Metropolitan Transit Authority), and said ‘whatever you can do, do.’ ”

Jacob, a seismologist who used to worry mostly about earthquakes but who has expanded his portfolio to include climate change adaptation and disaster risk management, has been warning for years that the wall of water pushed ahead of a major storm could inundate low-lying areas of the city, fill subway tunnels with water and inflict tremendous economic damage on the region. He’s been so vocal, in fact, that he’s been labeled a “Cassandra” on the topic.

Now it was really happening, and as transit officials began moving trains out of harm’s way at Jacob’s urging, he sent an email alert about the likelihood of flooding to roughly 100 of his neighbors in the town of Piermont, N.Y., about 15 miles north of New York City, on the west bank of the Hudson River. “It’s my hometown forecast system, my private little undertaking for the benefit of the village,” he said. When a storm surge strikes from the sea, it pushes water up the Hudson — not just as far as Piermont, but all the way to Albany, nearly 150 miles further north.

But this sort of reactive measure isn’t sustainable in the long term, as the rising seas that come with climate change increase the risk of devastating storm surges. If current projections about sea level rise are correct, Jacob said, “What we now call a 100-year flood will be reduced to a 2- to 5-year flood.”

Even now, a year after the storm, “I would say, by and large, that we are as vulnerable as we were the day before Sandy,” he said. “There is no fast fix.”


PBS Nova - Megastorm Aftermath

How can cities prepare for rising seas and raging storms?
Aired October 9, 2013 on PBS

In October 2012, Megastorm Sandy cut a path of devastation across the Caribbean and the East Coast, killing hundreds and doing tens of billions of dollars in damage. To many, it was a wake-up call. Now, one year after Sandy's deadly strike, NOVA follows up on the 2012 film "Inside the Megastorm" with a fresh investigation of the critical questions raised by this historic storm: Was Megastorm Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a changing climate? What can we do to prepare ourselves for the next Sandy, and what progress has been made toward making our urban infrastructure more resilient?

PBS Nova - Inside the Megastorm

Watch as Megastorm Sandy unfolds, and explore what made it so much more devastating than other hurricanes.
Aired October 2, 2013 on PBS

Was Megastorm Sandy a freak combination of weather systems? Or are hurricanes increasing in intensity due to a warming climate? How did this perfect storm make search and rescue so dangerous? "Inside the Megastorm" takes viewers moment by moment through Sandy, its impacts, and the future of storm protection. Through first person accounts from those who survived, and from experts and scientists, "Inside the Megastorm" gives scientific context to a new breed of storms.

The National Flood Insurance Program

Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012

In 2012, the U.S. Congress passed the Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 which calls on the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and other agencies, to make a number of changes to the way the NFIP is run. As the law is implemented, some of these changes have already occurred, and others will be implemented in the coming months. Key provisions of the legislation will require the NFIP to raise rates to reflect true flood risk, make the program more financially stable, and change how Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) updates impact policyholders. The changes will mean premium rate increases for some – but not all -- policyholders over time.

"Never confuse motion with action." - Benjamin Franklin

The Weather Channel - 2012: Warmest Year on Record for U.S.

Jon Erdman, Nick Wiltgen Published: Jan 9, 2013, 6:20 AM EST weather.com

If you thought 2012 was unusually warm where you live in the U.S., your suspicions have been confirmed.

According to the U.S. "State of the Climate" report released Thursday by NOAA's National Climatic Data Center, 2012 was the warmest year on record in the contiguous U.S. (Lower 48 states), in records dating to 1895.

The average temperature for the Lower 48 States in 2012 (55.3 deg. F) bested the previous record warm year, 1998, by a full degree Fahrenheit, and was 3.2 degrees F above the long-term average in the 20th century.

Nineteen states had a record warm year in 2012. Click through the slideshow above for the full list of these states. Another 26 states had at least a top 10 warmest year in 2012. Every state in the Lower 48 States had at least above-average warmth in 2012. Only Alaska was cooler than average in 2012.


Village of Piermont - Real Estate Tax Information

View the final Orangetown 2013 Assessment Roll here.

View the tentative (as of Feb. 1, 2013) Piermont 2013 Assessment Roll here.

Property Tax and Exemption Information - New York State Office of Real Property Services

View the Grievance Packet and forms here.

Further information including dates and times for Tax Grievance Hearings will be posted as it becomes available.

The Wave - Rockaway's Newspaper Since 1893 - Friday, February 1, 2013

FEMA Extends Deadline

The Federal Emergency Management Agency, at the request of the State of New York, has approved a 30-day extension for survivors to register for federal disaster assistance. The new registration deadline for Hurricane Sandy survivors in New York is February 27th. FEMA also approved a 14-day extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance (TSA) program. The new checkout date for applicants staying in hotels under this program is Sunday, February 10th.

The February 27 registration deadline allows survivors in the 13 New York counties designated for federal disaster assistance an additional 30 days to register with FEMA and complete and return low-interest SBA disaster loan applications, an important step in the FEMA grant process. Designated counties include: Bronx, Kings, Nassau, New York, Orange, Putnam, Queens, Richmond, Rockland, Suffolk, Sullivan, Ulster and Westchester.

More ....

FEMA Disaster Recovery Centers (DRC) are still open throughout New York to provide face-to-face assistance to Hurricane Sandy survivors. Note: Beginning Feb. 3, all NY DRCs will end service on Sundays, but remain open Monday through Saturday.

The new registration deadline for disaster assistance in New York is Wednesday, Feb. 27.

FEMA, at the request of the state of New York, has approved a two-week extension to the Transitional Sheltering Assistance program. FEMA will call applicants eligible for the extension to notify them of the extended two-week period and the checkout date of February 10, 2013.

More from FEMA ....

Gotham Gazette - Thursday, January 17, 2013 - by Sarah Crean

Storm Surge: An Interview With Climate Change Expert Klaus Jacob On NYC's Post-Sandy Future

NEW YORK — Geophysicist Klaus Jacob has been warning about how vulnerable New York City is to violent weather for years and, more importantly in his view, how climate change and rising sea levels will transform the shape and character of the metropolis.

Weeks before Superstorm Sandy shocked the city and upended the public discussion about preparing for future extreme weather, The New York Times published an interview with Jacob in which he said that the storm surge from Hurricane Irene came only a foot from paralyzing transportation in and out of Manhattan.

“We’ve been extremely lucky,” Jacob told the Times. “I’m disappointed that the political process hasn’t recognized that we’re playing Russian roulette.”


The Institute for Public Knowledge - New York University

Public Forum on Climate Change, Sandy, and the Future of New York City

A few weeks ago, New York City--along with a long swath of North America's Atlantic coast and several Carribean islands-- was battered by Superstorm Sandy, a weather system that caused unprecedented damage to hundreds of communities. The Institute for Public Knowledge is organizing a Public Forum at NYU to think broadly about this storm, climate change, and the city of New York.

How do we prepare for a future with more frequent and violent storms?

What are the roles for government agencies, private organizations, and individual citizens in emergency preparedness?

What are the public health implications--both long-term and short?

Does New York need a massive design intervention, or some new housing codes?

When we rebuild, where should we rebuild--and how?


Yahoo News - Nov.28, 2012 - Sea Levels Rising Faster Than Projected

Sea Levels Rising Faster Than Projected

By Live Science Staff | LiveScience.com – Wed, Nov 28, 2012

New satellite measurements suggest that global sea levels are rising faster than the most recent projections by the United Nations' climate change panel.

The new report found that sea levels are rising at an annual rate of 0.12 inches (3.2 millimeters) — 60 percent faster than the best estimate of 0.08 inches (2 millimeters) per year, which the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) calculated in 2007.

"This study shows once again that the IPCC is far from alarmist, but in fact has underestimated the problem of climate change," German oceanographer and climatologist Stefan Rahmstorf, who led the study, said in a statement. "That applies not just for sea-level rise, but also to extreme events and the Arctic sea-ice loss."

Satellites, which measure changes in sea level by bouncing radar waves off the sea surface, provide much more accurate measurements than tide gauges, because they have near-global coverage, as opposed to just coastal coverage, researchers say.

In addition to the change in sea level, the team assessed another marker of global warming — the overall warming trend of global temperatures. But their results closely corresponded with the IPCC's fourth assessment report, finding that the current overall warming trend of global temperatures is 0.28 degrees Fahrenheit (0.16 degrees Celsius) per decade.


Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory
Columbia University Earth Institute
November 2, 2012

The Science and the Lessons of Hurricane Sandy

There’s plenty of conversation going on about all this already. On the Connecticut public radio show “Where We Live,” on WNPR, Earth Institute Executive Director Steve Cohen joined others talking about building more resilient cities.

On Democracy Now, Cynthia Rosenzweig of the Center for Climate Systems Research and the NASA-Goddard Institute for Space Studies talked about New York’s vulnerabilities to extreme weather events. She had a hand in two studies, one done a decade ago, that foretold some of what came to pass this week.

Earth Institute researcher Radley Horton spoke to Terry Gross on NPR radio’s “Fresh Air” about climate and the future after Sandy — what do rising sea level, warming oceans and disappearing Arctic sea ice have to do with it?

On the New York news site CapitalNewYork, reporter Dana Rubenstein spoke with Lamont-Doherty scientist Klaus Jacob and others for her piece, “There could be worse: What New York isn’t doing (yet) about the next storm.”

Here are more articles and broadcasts following up on the storm:

High-Def Storm Models Yielded Accurate Predictions
NPR All Things Considered – Oct 31, 2012
Interview with Earth Institute professor Adam Sobel

3-D Maps Pictured Sandy’s Devastation—Five Years Ago
Inside Climate News – Nov 1, 2012
Features Center for Climate Systems Research scientist Radley Horton

Hurricane Fatalities in New York Keep Mounting
Capital New York – Nov. 1, 2012
Interview with Earth Institute professor John Mutter

Sandy Just Latest Example of Climate Change’s Threat
Voice of Russia  - Oct 31, 2012
Interview with Ben Orlove (Center for Research on Environmental Decisions)

Experts: Civil Disorder Not Likely in Sandy’s Wake
Asbury Park Press – Nov 1, 2012
Quotes Earth Institute professor John Mutter

Watching Sandy, Ignoring Climate Change
The New Yorker – Oct 30, 2012
Quotes study from Goddard Institute for Space Studies

New York Was Warned About Hurricane Danger Six Years Ago
Mother Jones – Oct 30, 2012
Quotes Ben Orlove (CRED) and study by Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Did Climate Change Cause Hurricane Sandy?
Scientific American – Oct 30, 2012
Quotes James Hansen of the Goddard Institute for Space Studies

Oct. 31: Two days after Hurricane Sandy knocked out power to lower Manhattan and shut down the New York transit system, the city is struggling to recover. It’s hard to say yet how long that will take.

Klaus Jacob, a scientist with the Earth Institute, said the storm is a “wake-up call” for New York and other cities around the world to address aging infrastructure and better prepare for coastal flooding. The call comes in even louder if you consider the prospect of rising sea levels and more extreme weather events from global warming.

“We had one wake-up call last year under the name of Irene. We got away with less than we will most likely incur from Sandy,” Jacob said in an interview with the BBC. “The question is how many wake-up calls do we need to get out of our snoozing, sleeping, dreaming morning attitude? We have to get into action. We have to set priorities and spend money. For every one dollar invested in protection you get a return of four dollars of not incurred losses.”


November 19, 2012 - FEMA News Release


NEW YORK – Disaster assistance does not count as income. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance as a result of Hurricane Sandy will not pay additional income taxes or see any reduction in their Social Security checks or any other federal benefits.

Grants for temporary housing, essential home repairs, replacement of personal property or other needs do not count as income. Donations from charitable organizations also will not affect Social Security payments or Medicare benefits.

“We understand the concerns of senior citizens and other survivors and do not want them to be burdened with the question of whether or not disaster assistance will affect other benefits they may be receiving,” said Federal Coordinating Officer Mike Byrne. “The assistance we provide will not affect taxes or social security. Anyone with questions can call the FEMA helpline or visit one of our disaster recovery centers.”

Survivors can find the nearest disaster recovery center by visiting www.FEMA.gov/DRCLocator or by calling the FEMA helpline, 800-621-FEMA (3362). People who have a speech disability or hearing loss can call TTY 800-462-7585.

Survivors can also register with FEMA by calling the helpline numbers. Online registration is available at www.DisasterAssistance.gov. Or people can register with a tablet or smartphone by using the FEMA app or by visiting m.fema.gov.

Homeowners, renters and business owners who sustained damage from the hurricane in any of the 13 New York counties designated for federal individual assistance may be eligible for FEMA grants to help cover expenses for temporary housing, home repairs, replacement of damaged personal property and other disaster-related needs, such as medical, dental or transportation costs not covered by insurance or other programs.

Eligibility for FEMA assistance is not dependent on income. The determination of the amount of disaster assistance an eligible applicant receives is based on the amount of loss and damages incurred as a direct result of the storm and the amount of their insurance settlement, if any.

View full document here....

November 17, 2012 - FEMA News Release


NEW YORK – If you applied for disaster assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) following Hurricane Sandy and received a letter stating you were not eligible for disaster aid, you should know that the first letter may not be the final word.

If applicants receive a letter from FEMA that states that they are ineligible, it does not necessarily mean an applicant is not eligible for disaster assistance. If the letter states “ineligible” or “incomplete,” more information may be needed, such as the applicant’s insurance documents or proof of status of their claim, prior to disaster aid being granted.

FEMA requires homeowners and renters to provide insurance and other information at the time of registration. After a disaster, important documents may not be readily available or may be destroyed. Applicants for disaster aid can update their information about insurance and residency at any point during the application process.

A determination letter sent by FEMA will specifically explain why an application needs to be revisited. It might ask for insurance settlement documentation for property damaged or destroyed, or for documents reflecting proof of occupancy or ownership of the damaged property.

View full document here....

Natural Hazard Mitigation Association - Hurricane Sandy Survivors Encouraged to “Build Back Safe & Smarter”

Communities wrecked by Hurricane Sandy can seize this opportunity to rebuild in better, safer, and smarter ways, according to the Natural Hazard Mitigation Association.

“We all want to rush to rebuild, but sometimes in our haste, we build back the same old problems into buildings doomed to be damaged again in the next storm.”

Federal Emergency Management Agency - Disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, recovery, education, and references.

Disaster survivors can register for help from the Federal government online at DisasterAssistance.gov following all presidentially declared disasters that have been designated for individual assistance.

Seventeen Federal agencies contribute to the user-friendly portal, which offers you applications for and information about over 70 forms of assistance.

It also provides information on local resources available to disaster survivors.

From The Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand - A Guide to Disaster Assistance and Relief Funding - How to Navigate the Disaster Assistance Process.

From the Office of Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand -

Hurricane Sandy - a guidebook that outlines available disaster assistance programs.

Federal Emergency Management Agency - FEMA.gov

American Red Cross , disaster relief, CPR certification, donate blood

County of Rockland, New York - Home Page

County of Rockland, New York - Storm Update

Town of Orangetown - Orangeburg, New York

Update from Orangetown Town Hall - Andy Stewart

Orange & Rockland - Storm Center

United Water - Emergency Operations Center

News - Rockland County, New York - Journal News

News - Nyack-Piermont, NY Patch

New York State Thruway - Real Time Traffic Alerts

Palisades Interstate Parkway - Advisories

New York City - Department of Environmental Protection Homepage

US Environmental Protection Agency - Homepage

US Environmental Protection Agency - Hurricane Sandy Response & Recovery

Environmental Protection Agency - in New York

New York City - Department of Environmental Protection Homepage

FEMA: Mapping Information Platform: Home
Transitioning from Flood Map Modernization to Risk Mapping,
Assessment, and Planning for multi-hazard risk management.

Weather Forecast from Weather Underground

NOAA National Weather Service - Area Forecast Discussion

NOAA National Hurricane Center - Hurricane Preparedness - Be Ready

Weather Forecast - from the National Weather Service

Weather Forecast - from the Weather Underground

Hurricane Sandy time-lapse animation from Space -
29 October 2012 Last updated at 11:50 ET

Nasa has released a time-lapse animation
showing the movement of Hurricane Sandy on Sunday.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration GOES-14 satellite captured
images of Sandy every minute from 11:15 GMT to 22:26 GMT on 28 October.

Village of Piermont - Piermont Police Department
Empire Hose Company # 1 - Piermont Fire Department
Piermont Highway Department - Piermont DPW
The Journal News Online - Rockland
The Nyack Patch - Meet Piermont's 'Captain Paradise'
Riverkeeper - NY's leading clean water advocate
LDEO Public Lectures - March 29, 2009 - New York’s Piermont Marsh:
A 7,000-year Archive of Climate Change, Human Impact and Uncovered Mysteries
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory's Tide Predictions for Piermont Pier
Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory - A Day in the Life of the Hudson River
New York State Thruway Authority: Traveler Information: Traffic Cameras
Piermont Weather Forecast from The Weather Channel
Piermont Weather Forecast from Weather Underground


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