As we have reported before, Community Choice Aggregation is a New York State pilot program created by the non-profit organization, Sustainable Westchester. The program would allow local municipalities in the county to negotiate the lowest electricity and natural gas prices for their residents. At present, the Village of Larchmont, the Town of Mamaroneck, the Village of Mamaroneck, and 20 other municipalities around the county have passed local laws that enable them to participate in the pilot program. At the latest Village of Mamaroneck meeting, the Board discussed which Community Choice Aggregation suppliers should be chosen. The first supplier option, which is referred to as “green”, comes from the idea of renewable energy and the second option, “brown” refers to fossil fuel. The green option would reduce Con Edison bills by 5% of their current levels and the brown option would reduce Con Edison bills by 8%. David Styler, the Chair of the Environmental Committee, stated that the recommendation from his board was to adopt the green option. The Village voted unanimously in favor of the green option. Con Edison Solutions would provide this service. If you are not a Con Edison customer, you won’t be able to get the reduced price on your energy bill, a fact that was pointed out by Trustee Leon Potok. Con Edison would be in charge of notifying residents of the automatic changes to their electric bills. Residents can opt out of the program by contacting Con Edison.

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We have been following the Village of Mamaroneck’s initiate to protect puppies and kittens from puppy mills, also known as “the Dog Law”. As was reported before, there were two proposed local laws “A” and “D”. Proposed Law “D” passed, which fully forbids the sale of commercially bred puppies and kittens and only allowing the sale of pets from rescue organizations. But what would happen with Proposed Law “A” which regulates pet store owners and only allows them to sell animals from licensed USDA breeders? The Board has withdrawn this proposal and is currently rewriting it since was declared inconsistent with Local Law D, which was passed on February 22nd.

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Dredging, the act of excavation done underwater in shallow sears or freshwater areas in order to gather bottom sediments and disposing of them at a different location, was recommended by the Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission. The process is allowed by the Board of Trustees in Mamaroneck Harbor. The vote was 4-1 supporting the HCZM Commission’s recommendation. Trustee Lou Santoro voted against it.

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At the same meeting, the Village of Mamaroneck Board of Trustees approved a resolution that moves LMC-TV closer to moving into the Hook and Ladder Firehouse at 147 Mamaroneck Avenue. In an unanimous vote, the trustees directed its representative on the Tri-Municipal Board of Control to vote in favor with the leasing of the firehouse, which the Village currently owns, to LMC-TV. The Tri-Municipal Board of Control, which consists of representatives of the Village of Mamaroneck, the Town of Mamaroneck, and the Village of Larchmont, must approve the resolution in order for it to take effect. LMC-TV, the Village of Mamaroneck and the Board of Control have been examining the lease and renovation options of the Hook and Ladder Firehouse for the past five years.

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The Harbor Coastal Zone Management Commission received a notice from the State Department regarding recommendations on whether the Army Corps of Engineers Flood Mitigation Plan is consistent with the Local Waterfront Rehabilitation Plan, also known as LWRP. The notice explained that the $70 million Army Corps of Engineers Mitigation Plan is a federally-financed project. The LWRP has a total of 44 policies. The HCZM discovered that the plan has inconsistencies on several policies. However, the final decision will be determined by the State Department.

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The Village of Larchmont has a new mayor. Elections were held this past Tuesday. Lorraine Walsh, who ran unopposed was named the new mayor. Trustees Peter Fanelli and Carol Miller won with 150 votes and 140 votes respectively. They also ran unopposed.

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The Larchmont Police Department will be conducting active shooter drills during Spring Break next week. The drills will run from March 21st through the 23rd at Chatsworth Avenue School. There will be a large police presence around the school for the drills, but there is no need to be alarmed.

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Con Edison and the Larchmont Police Department have reported that residents and businesses have received suspicious calls from people claiming to be Con Edison representatives, who threaten to shut down service. Con Edison is warning customers not to fall for these scams. The false representatives ask for pre-purchased card transfers and money grams. Con Edison also warns of imposters dressed as Con Edison employees who try to gain access to homes or businesses. To report any suspicious activity, please call Con Edison at 1-800-75-CONED or call the Larchmont Police Department at 914-834-1000.
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Our pet of the week, Shelby, is an orphaned kitten who was rescued at 2 weeks old. Bottle-fed and very spoiled with love, she gets along great with other cats and her foster person’s Pomeranian. She’s very active and curious and needs to be placed in a home with a younger cat or kitten. She loves climbing into bed at night and purrs until she falls asleep. Shelby is about 10 months old and is up to date on her shots. For more information, and to meet other adorable pets, go to http://www.ny-petrescue.org.

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