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Soup Supper this Sunday!

March 17, 2018
Dear Croton Democrats & Friends:
Our Annual SOUP SUPPER is this SUNDAY, MARCH 18th from 4:00 – 7:00 PM at the Croton Yacht Club.
Join us as we enjoy the finest soups and desserts the Village of Croton has to offer while getting to know your politically active neighbors and meeting your Village, County, State and Federal elected representatives. This annual Croton tradition is a great time to discuss topical issues and share your ideas for the future of the Village. Since the last Soup Supper, a ‘blue wave’ washed over our County, and there is certainly lots of excitement about all that is possible, and lots to discuss.
Whether new to the area or a long-time resident, we look forward to seeing you this Sunday at the Yacht Club.
Tickets are $20/per person, and kids under 16 are admitted for free. You may purchase your tickets online by clicking here. If you haven’t already, please RSVP to the FB event here.
Looking forward to seeing you there,
Richard Masur, Chair

From the WatchCroton mailbag

March 12, 2018

To the editor,

I was devastated by the latest round of mass gun violence at the Parkland, Florida shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School on February 14.  Seventeen lives taken in six minutes.

Wanting to take a positive step, I reached out to our local NY State Senator Terence Murphy to find out his views and actions on gun violence.  I asked his representative what was Mr. Murphy’s position on the NY Safe Act, a law passed in 2013, which requires universal background checks that are designed to keep guns out of the hands of people with dangerous mental illness and criminals while not restricting guns to hunters and people who want a gun to defend themselves.  The representative on the phone was not sure what Mr. Murphy’s stance on the NY Safe act was.  I find this very troubling as the last written documentation I could find on Mr. Murphy’s record on the NY Safe Act was a debate he had in October 2016 where Mr. Murphy said he wanted to weaken or repeal the NY State Safe Act.

I shared with the staff member that I found this lack of a clear stance from Mr. Murphy on gun issues very troubling.  I went on to ask if there were plans for Mr. Murphy to hold a town hall to give constituents an opportunity to engage in a dialogue about this issue.  The representative did not know when a town hall would be scheduled and advised me to check the website to see if one would be held.

In this day and age of random violence and an increasing lack of civility, I use this letter to respectfully ask Mr. Murphy to schedule a town hall to give his constituents an opportunity to engage with him in conversation about issues of concern to all of us.  We should expect no less from our elected officials.


Bettina Mayer

Croton on Hudson, NY

Learn About The Future of Energy in Our Village: 2/6/18

January 21, 2018


DEC Offering Webinar on Climate Smart Communities

December 24, 2017
1/11 Webinar: Role of Community Engagement in Creating Local Climate Action Plans

The Role of Community Engagement in Creating Local Climate Action Plans

A Climate Smart Communities (CSC) Webinar

Thursday, January 11, 2018, at 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM

New York State (NYS) has reaffirmed its commitment to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 40 percent by 2030 and 80 percent by 2050 (from 1990 levels). Broad, community-level participation is critical in meeting these goals. How can local governments engage their communities and inspire a grassroots response to climate change? This Climate Smart Communities webinar will offer guidance on facilitating inclusive, community-driven planning processes and creating local climate action plans that reflect community priorities.

Webinar Agenda

  • CSC Announcements & Upcoming Events – Dazzle Ekblad, NYS DEC
  • Overview of Community Engagement in Climate Action Planning in NYS –
    Amanda Mazzoni, Central New York Regional Planning & Development Board
  • Village of Dobbs Ferry Case Study: Leveraging Community Engagement for Effective Climate Action Planning – Nina Orville, Dobbs Ferry Sustainability Task Force
  • Questions, Answers & Discussion – All

Contact Us to Register

If you plan to attend, please provide your name, email and community affiliation to the DEC Office of Climate Change at or 518-402-8448. In the event that we postpone the webinar, respondents will be notified. Registration is recommended but not required.

To join the webinar on January 11th, follow these steps:

  1. First, click on this link:
  2. Enter your name and email address.
  3. Enter the meeting password: NYSDEC1
  4. Click “Join“.
  5. Audio by phone: Click “Call Me” in the onscreen “Audio Connection” box and enter your phone number to have the system call you. Alternatively, call 1-844-633-8697a nd enter the Event Number: 643 480 340, followed by your Attendee ID (which will be displayed on your screen in the Event Info tab) to join the audio portion. (The Attendee ID is recommended but not required.)
  6. Audio via computer: To listen via your computer’s built-in audio or via VoIP, go to the Audio menu and select “Call Using Computer“. For more details, review this short video:

Please join the webinar at least five minutes early to allow yourself time to get connected. Note that you may have to download the WebEx plug-in and/or restart your internet browser to connect to the webinar.

For assistance with WebEx, call 1-800-697-1323 or 518-408-6487. This webinar can be accessed using an Android mobile phone, iPhone, iPad, or other computer running a Windows or Mac operating system. Test the computer you plan to use by clicking on the following link:

IMPORTANT NOTICE: This WebEx service includes a feature that allows audio and any documents and other materials exchanged or viewed during the session to be recorded. By joining this session, you automatically consent to such recordings. If you do not consent to the recording, discuss your concerns with the DEC OCC prior to the start of the recording or do not join the session. Please note that any such recordings may be subject to discovery in the event of litigation.

Happy, Merry, Good Holidays & New Year from CCoA

December 23, 2017

Interested in any of the Cedar Lane Arts Center Programs for youth or adults starting in January?  Here’s the >> link to the CLAC program listing.

Some time ago, we told you about Christine Knowlton’s hour-long documentary about blind sailors, “Sense the Wind.”  Christine is thrilled to announce that the movie has just been fully released to the public and is available online with iTunes and Amazon rental or download purchases. And Kunaki, a DVD on Demand service, will produce a copy to order and ship anywhere internationally. To watch the film go to these links:  iTunes:; Amazon:; Kunaki DVD on Demand:  The independent film project began when Christine brought a camera to the Courageous Sailing docks in 2009 and began a long challenging ride, continuing beyond its 2015 completion. This fall concluded 2 years and 42 festival and filmmaker presentations coast to coast and across continents.

January 1 at 3 pm – free New Year’s Gala Concert at Holy Name of Mary, Croton: Richard Simons and Gabriel Tevan conducting the Cortlandt Chamber Orchestra.  2 pm – the Simons Funtime Band.

Coming at the Croton Free Library:

JANUARY 7, 2 pm – NEW DATE | BROADWAY & CABARET SHOWCASE – Cris Groenendaal (who starred as the Phantom of the Opera on Broadway), Master of Ceremonies, hosts the Broadway & Cabaret Showcase; Sue Anderson, musical director for several Broadway shows, accompanies Cris and all other performers.  Hear Cris, Sue, your family, friends, and neighbors, including Ben Bauder, Noelle Carlson, Nanci Gentile, Emily Groenendaal, Jonathan Hiller, Kathryn Kit, Elissa Leone, Justen Lopez, Dante Mancinelli, Julie Martinez, Tina Mayer, Martina Portychova, Carmel Riggs (listing subject to change). Free and open to the public.

JANUARY 13, 3 pm – In connection with an exhibition on view in January and February by visual artist Yoon Cho “The Desert Walk Photo and Video Series,” Yoon Cho will give an artist’s talk and video screening at the opening reception (2 – 4 pm).  Free and open to the public.  Family Gallery Activity Guides are available for children during the exhibition.  “The series explores the relationship with our environments by featuring the artist’s walk performances in America’s diverse desert landscapes with superimposed digital drawings of various biological life forms such as seeds, embryos, and pollen. The artist’s difficult journey to motherhood and upbringing in a family of physicians inspired her to explore the relationship between biological life forms and their habitats.”  The series, five years in the making, captures walk performances in 20 deserts, including Death Valley, White Sands National Monument, and Three Rivers Petroglyph Site.

JANUARY 21, 2 pm – Acclaimed Soprano Misty Ann Sturm Presents Kurt Weill (who collaborated with some of the finest lyricists of the 20th century: Bertolt Brecht, Ira Gershwin, Ogden Nash, Maxwell Anderson and Ann Ronell). Sturm, winner of the Lotte Lenya International Vocal Competition, will perform Weill’s songs lesser-known songs that were cut from his cinematic and theatrical productions alongside his familiar melodies in in an evening of cabaret accompanied by pianist Anna Dagmar.

Coming from CCoA in 2018:

Local Color artists’ show; Photographers of Northern Westchester show; and much more.


What’s Hanging Around Croton

November 23, 2017

What’s Hanging Around Croton


At the Croton Free Library through the end of 2017, “People, Places, and Things”: small paintings by Sharon KullbergPeg Taylor, and Lavinia Wiggins.

Now at the Black Cow in Croton: panoramas by Joe Mullins.  (Detail shown)

From the WatchCroton Mailbag – Election Special

November 2, 2017

To the editor:

One of the big themes in the Westchester County Executive election race, culminating on November 7, is taxes.  Current Westchester County Executive Rob Astorino keeps saying that he has never raised taxes.    What he is not referring to is his alignment with the far right Republican agenda where a tax plan is being rushed through Congress that will cost Westchester county residents thousands of dollars.  This tax plan will limit or sharply curtail the right to deduct state and local taxes. This will result in increased federal taxes of at least several thousand dollars for many Westchester homeowners.  If Mr. Astorino takes such pride in his claim of not raising taxes, why is he not vigorously opposing this proposed tax plan?

While Mr. Astorino is happy to sacrifice Westchester homeowners to the Republican Holy Grail of “tax reform” I am confident that George Latimer will fight for all Westchester residents on this and other issues.

Mr. Latimer has worked as Chair of the Westchester County Board of Legislators, to cut county property taxes for three consecutive years.    As a State Senator, he has worked with Governor Cuomo to hold property taxes to an average growth rate of just over two percent, less than half the rate of growth over the previous ten years. Mr. Latimer also secured millions of dollars from NY Rising for flood prevention in Westchester.

In addition, I have personally seen Mr. Latimer at a number of events where he is readily available and goes out of his way to connect with constituents on a variety of issues and solicit their opinions and concerns.  My personal contact with Mr. Astorino has consisted of carefully orchestrated town halls and robo calls where he “invites” people to call in or talk about issues of his choosing as opposed to welcoming all his constituents to freely and openly share their thoughts.

In having the opportunity to vote for Westchester County Executive, my vote is for George Latimer.  Mr. Latimer demonstrates a strong level of concern for the well being of all the residents of Westchester County.  I trust my future as a resident of Westchester County with George Latimer when I cast my vote for him on November 7.  I hope you do the same.


Bettina Mayer
Member Croton in Action
Croton on Hudson, NY

Leaf vacuum schedule for the week of October 30, 2017

October 28, 2017

Please place loose leaves~ONLY~out at the curb to be vacuumed.~NO~twigs, branches, or other yard waste should be mixed in with the leaves. These items will clog and damage the equipment. Please do not park on or near leaf piles, this will interfere with the leaf collection crews. Leaf collection crews will be working as late as 7:30 PM if necessary, weather permitting.


The following is a list of streets to be vacuumed during the week of  October 30, 2017, weather permitting.


Arlington Drive

Benedict Blvd.

Cedar Lane

Cleveland Drive (Old Post Road South to Piney Point Rd.)

Clinton Street

Crest Street

Croton Point Avenue

Devon Avenue

Franklin Avenue

Hastings Avenue

Hill Street

Lexington Drive

Morningside Drive

Nordica Drive

Observatory Drive

Old Post Road South (Cleveland Truesdale Dr.)

Oneida Avenue

Park Avenue

Penfield Avenue

Piney Point Avenue

South Riverside Avenue

Sunset Drive

Truesdale Drive

Wayne Street

Whelan Avenue

Young Avenue

Ommegang Brew Masters Dinner

October 25, 2017

On Friday, January 12th 2018 Brewery Ommegang  Brew Masters, Phil Leinhart and Justin Forsythe and the whole crew will be descending on Holy Smoke Croton for an exclusive Beer Pairing Dinner.

Holy Smoke Croton will be closed to the public the entire day for our annual event.

This exclusive beer pairing dinner will include 5 courses, hand picked to highlight the great beers of Brewery Ommegang, with a unique food menu put together by Phil, Justin and the chefs at Holy Smoke.

This is the most sought after, engaging and fun event we do each year; we are pumped to share the night with our long time friends at Brewery Ommegang and the great patrons of Holy Smoke.

Tickets are available here.

State pushes back on Hudson oil barges

October 25, 2017

Click here for the full story.