Moratorium

An ethics complaint over conflicts of interest that was filed six months ago by former Village of Mamaroneck Trustee, Andres Bermudez-Hallstrom against Coastal Zone Management member Clark Neuringer was unanimously dismissed by the Village’s Board of Ethics in December. At this week’s Village Board meeting, Neuringer announced that the recently released decision which expressed concern that the Ethics Board had made the decision in December but had only been put in the mail this week by the Village Attorney. He criticized the existing process and requested that the Board look at the law and clarify its safeguards for confidentiality. Bermudez-Hallstrom responded to the statement on his website, http://www.mamaroneckinsdier.com

At the same meeting, the Mamaroneck Village Board addressed an on-going concerns regarding animal cruelty at local pet stores. This was sparked by the arrest of Richard Doyle, the former owner of “Best Breeds, Puppies and Kittens’ on Mamaroneck Avenue this past July. Both ethical and legal concerns were discussed by Board members and residents. The proposed regulatory actions will include permits, stricter health regulations, and-or an outright ban on sales of pets from puppy mills. There will be a public hearing regarding the matter on January 20th.

The VIllage of Larchmont held its much-anticipated public hearing regarding a temporary moratorium on several land use applications. As was previously reported, this comes on the heels of developer’s plans to demolish a historic house in Larchmont at 40 Ocean Avenue. The proposed local law states that no entity shall review, accept for review, hold a hearing or make a decision regarding subdivision, plan approval, and/or demolition permits. The Board of Trustees all voted in favor of the six-month moratorium. Once the law is submitted to the Secretary of State, the law will be immediately put into effect.

The Mamaroneck School District approved a $9.3 million renovation to improve athletic facilities at Mamaroneck High School. There was 87% pass-rate that would allow the school to renovate locker rooms, reconfigure gym spaces and redesign the P-E curriculum. The updates were much needed as they will assure a more adequate community evacuation shelter in the event of an emergency. The bond’s approval also came as a response to continued concerns that the athletic facilities don’t meet the needs of the more than fifteen hundred students enrolled in P-E classes. LMC-TV records all municipal and school board meetings. You can watch online at www.lmctv.org

Martin Luther King celebrations have begun in our community. On January 9th, Kay Francis Richards and Clifford Wolf were awarded the 2016 Martin Luther King, Jr. award for their community involvement with various organizations and events such as the Interfaith Council and organizing the post-terrorist memorial following the Charlie Hebdo attacks in Paris and the church murders in Charleston. The event was held at the Mamaroneck Public Library and was hosted by the Human Rights Committee for Larchmont and Mamaroneck.

In local news, the Village of Mamaroneck has witnessed two recent instances of trucks colliding with the Metro-North Bridge on Mamaroneck Avenue. There were no injuries reported in either incident.

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In out Round Table discussion, Maura Carlin spoke with Stacy Caffrey of Larchmont Village and Lori Kupferberg regarding the moratorium. Stacy, a resident of Larchmont Village spoke at the Larchmont Village Board meeting, while Lori spoke at the Town of Mamaroneck Board meeting.