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  1 Asharoken Avenue
  Asharoken, NY 11768
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The Trustees Special Meeting scheduled for April 25 has been canceled.

The next yard waste pickup will be Tuesday, May 2.

The blood drive scheduled for May 4 has been postponed.

Blessing of the Fleet on Saturday, June 10 begins at 11am at the Northport Village Dock.

** Check our News & Notices section for local area events (and events at both Public Libraries). **

Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

April 21, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

Tomorrow is Earth Day which began in 1970 as an annual event to celebrate the planet's environment and raise public awareness about pollution. As a seaside community we have benefited greatly over the years as public concern for the environment has resulted in cleaner water and beaches. In the spirit of Earth Day I have two suggestions that we can consider to help make the environment even better.

The Village's single stream recycling program has been a success but I am sure we can do more. I encourage everyone who is not recycling to start as soon as possible and for those who regularly participate to become even more diligent. In March of 2015 the Village partnered with the Town of Smithtown and began Single Stream Recycling, which has benefited the Village in two ways. First, single stream recycling lowers our trash tonnage. Second, there are no tipping fees for our recyclable materials. Click here to view a copy of the recycling guide to help you realize just how much trash can be recycled. All of your recyclables can be comingled in one bin and are picked up every Wednesday.

Additionally pollution of the oceans, especially plastics, is a serious problem. Living by the shore you can help alleviate this problem by occasionally picking up all of the plastic and other trash that washes up on the beach.

We are all very lucky to live in such a wonderful place and everything that we can do as a community to get greener is to everyones benefit.

Wishing you a nice weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Planning Board Review of Duck Island Subdivision April 27

The Asharoken Planning Board will hold a continued hearing at Village Hall on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at 7:30pm on the subdivision application of Duck Island Corporation for property adjacent to Asharoken Avenue. Click here to read the full legal notice.
LEGAL NOTICE:
Public Hearing on Amending Local Law Pertaining to Waterways:
May 2, 2017

The Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30pm at Village Hall regarding amending the Local Law pertaining to waterways.
LEGAL NOTICE:
Public Hearing on Amending Local Law Pertaining to Trees:
May 2, 2017

The Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30pm at Village Hall regarding amending the Local Law pertaining to trees.
LEGAL NOTICE:
Public Hearing to Review Annual Stormwater Report:
May 2, 2017

The Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at 7:30pm at Village Hall to review the required draft presentation of the MS4 Annual Stormwater Report for the year 2016-2017. Click here to read the full legal notice.
Board of Trustees Meeting May 2

The next meeting of the Asharoken Board of Trustees will be held Tuesday, May 2 at 7:30pm at Village Hall.

The last meeting of the Board was held April 4. Click here to read the draft agenda for that meeting.

To view the full schedule of Board of Trustees meetings, click on the "Government" tab above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.

Except as otherwise noted, all Board of Trustees meetings are held at 7:30pm at Asharoken Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Asharoken, NY. Work session meetings are held at 3pm. All meetings are open to the public.
March, April 2017 Meeting Minutes Online

The following meeting minutes of the Asharoken Board of Trustees are now online: Minutes are posted on this website as they become available. Contact the Village Clerk if you have any questions. Archived minutes, as well as the full Board of Trustees meeting schedule, can be found by clicking on "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings" or click here.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

April 10, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

I would like to wish everyone who is celebrating Passover a very happy holiday!

On Friday, April 7th Deputy Mayor Pierce and I met with Supervisor Petrone and Congressman Suozzi to discuss the sea wall and Bevin Road intersection. The meeting was very productive and is tentatively scheduled to be continued on May 5th.

Enjoy your holiday!

Sincerely,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

April 7, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

On Tuesday the Village Board adopted the budget for 2017-2018. The budget has a 0% tax increase and is the second consecutive budget without a tax increase. For the last five years the average annual tax increase has been 1.35%.

This afternoon Deputy Mayor Pierce and I are meeting with Congressman Tom Suozzi and Huntington Supervisor Frank Petrone to commence a unified effort to get the seawall area fixed. Pam and I will be taking the Congressman and Supervisor down to the seawall for a site visit and review the history of the area.

Finally, the Village has received, as of yesterday, 46 enthusiastic responses to Trustee Laura Burke's idea to construct a kayak rack at Village Hall. Trustee Burke will continue working on the proposal based on your interest.

Wishing everyone a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Trustee Laura Burke:

April 6, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

The Board of Trustees is considering the idea of building a small kayak rack behind Village Hall for the use of our residents. We felt it would be especially nice for those residents who do not have water access. Before we proceed, can you please let us know if you support this idea. We will await your feedback before making a final decision. Please respond to my village email address lburke@asharokenny.org .

Thank you,
Laura Burke
Trustee
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 31, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

I am pleased to report the Village has received a grant in the amount of $19,413 from the office of Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas Spota through the Department of Justice Equitable Sharing Program. The Village will be using the funds to purchase two new radar units and install computers in its police cars. I would like to thank DA Spota for assisting the Village and Asharoken Police Department Officer-in-Charge Ray Mahdesian for his hard work preparing the grant request.

It is also nice to see all three of the Village's Osprey nests occupied as of yesterday. The weather may not be cooperating but the Osprey are a sure sign of spring and warmer, nicer days to come.

Wishing everyone a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Update from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:
2017-2018 Tentative Village Budget

March 23, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

It is my pleasure to provide you the Tentative Budget for fiscal year 2017-2018, having a 0% tax increase and a tax levy that stays under the NYS 2% Tax Cap Law. This is the second consecutive 0% tax increase and the fifth consecutive budget I have presented that stayed under the NYS Tax Cap. Unfortunately, 2016 was the last year of the tax freeze rebate checks. Because of the sound financial decisions the Village has made, Asharoken received the highest score, No Designation, in the NYS Comptroller's annual municipal financial stress test for the three years (2014-2016) that the analysis has been conducted.

Significantly, the Tentative Budget maintains all of the services that the Village provides for its residents and reserves money for future needs without raising taxes for the next fiscal year.

During the last 4 1/2 years, while having historically low average annual tax increases, the Village has been able to construct Village Hall without using Asharoken taxpayer funds, repave much of Asharoken Avenue, purchase 4 new police vehicles, repair dangerous groins, rebuild dunes damaged by Sandy, fix non-functional catch basins and bolster the shoulder of Asharoken Avenue across from the sea wall. The new Village Hall's storage space made it possible for Asharoken to return all of its Village records from offsite storage and save monthly storage fees. All of this highlights that the Village can maintain low annual tax increases and still manage needed infrastructure improvements.

I would like to touch on items of the Tentative Budget that changed from last year. The largest expense increases were in Health Insurance, Police Salary, Police Retirement, Law Contractual, Fire & EMS Protection, Social Security, Insurance and Police Uniforms. Offsetting a sizeable part of these increases were reductions in Contingent Account, Net Professional Fees, Village Hall Light and Power, Records Management, Landfill Costs and Sanitation Fuel.

The Village will be funding its reserve accounts for Police, Sanitation and Marine Equipment, Highway Maintenance and Unpaid Benefits (Police Retirement Costs). Several adjustments were also made on the revenue side with increases in Mortgage Tax, Public Safety, Building Permits and Miscellaneous.

The key factor in balancing the changes in expenses and revenues from last year's budget to this year's was a substantial increase in the Village's Assessment. The increased assessment made it possible to keep the tax rate the same for this year as last year resulting in a 0% tax increase.

The Village is in excellent long-term financial shape. Asharoken's reserve accounts are robustly funded and will allow the Village to do future needed repairs, infrastructure improvements, replace vehicles, maintain Village Hall and cover retirement costs of our police department with very small to no impact on our annual tax rate.

I would like to thank Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse and Treasurer Emily Hayes for helping prepare this budget. Together they have worked on the last nine budgets and their expertise really shows.

The Village will hold a public hearing on the budget on April 4 at 7:30 pm. Should you have any questions or comments please email me at gletica@asharokenny.org . I look forward to hearing your comments either by email or at the public hearing.

Click here to view the tentative 2017-2018 budget packet.

Sincerely,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 17, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

I would like to wish everyone a very happy St. Patrick's Day. Although it is hard to believe because of the recent snowy weather, spring officially begins on Monday. For all of you Osprey fans, next week is usually when they return to the Village. So, keep a sharp eye on the two Asharoken Avenue nests for their return.

Wishing everyone a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 10, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

I am happy to report that the Village has received $4,500 from the Justice Court Assistance Program. This money will be used to purchase new file cabinets for court records. I would like to thank Police Officer Brian O'Connor and Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse for their excellent work preparing the grant application.

Over the last five years Asharoken has received approximately $1,000,000 in federal, state and other aid. These grants have allowed the Village to complete many large projects and still keep our property tax increase at a very low level.

Wishing everyone a great weekend.

Regards,
Mayor Greg Letica
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

March 6, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

I am pleased to report we just received notice from the NYS Comptrollers office that once again the Village has received the highest score of "No Designation" in the annual 2016 municipal financial stress test. The Village has received the best score of "No Designation" every year the stress test has been conducted. The Village's very strong financial position and longstanding history of fiscal conservatism has been confirmed by the NYS Comptroller.

Regards,
Mayor Greg Letica
2016 Property Tax Freeze Credit

The Village has received several inquiries on the issuance of tax freeze credit checks. Beginning in the Fall of 2016 the NYS State Department of Taxation and Finance began mailing out these checks. They are mailed out on an individual basis, not per Village or Township. Residents within various villages and townships may receive their tax credit checks at different times. Tax freeze checks are still being processed and continue to be mailed out. You can call the NYS Dept. of Taxation & Finance at 518-453-8146 to check on the status of your check.
New Village eMail Address:

Please add nrittenhouse@asharokenny.org to your contact list for future emails. The Village will continue to use the existing rittenhousevc@gmail.com for updates until we are certain that all residents are receiving emails from the new Village email address. Thank you for your patience. Click here for the email addresses of Village officials.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

February 17, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

According to the NYSDEC approximately in 1969 deer hunting with the use of a long bow was approved for all of Suffolk County. From that date till now deer hunting, under the regulation of the NYSDEC, has been permissible in Asharoken. In the last two years, a small number of Village residents have expressed concern about deer hunting in the Village. I have looked into this situation and have the following to report.

At the December Board of Trustees meeting I asked the Village Attorney, Bruce Migatz, to research if the Village of Asharoken could prohibit or regulate deer hunting by the use of a long bow. Mr. Migatz's legal opinion is that the New York State preemption doctrine prevents the Village from prohibiting deer hunting or regulating deer hunting by the use of a longbow within the Village of Asharoken. Click here to read the memorandum from Mr. Migatz on deer hunting.

In January, the Village received a NYCOM Bulletin which had an article on deer management. Click here to read the NYCOM article. This article affirms Mr. Migatz's opinion stating, "Local governments don't have the authority to specifically restrict or prohibit hunting except on their own land; that authority rests with the state."

Therefore, unless New York State passes a law authorizing the Village of Asharoken to prohibit/regulate deer hunting it will remain and will be regulated by the NYSDEC.

Because the Village has the authority to prohibit hunting on its property, I will propose a resolution at the next Board of Trustees meeting to formally prohibit deer hunting in the Nature Preserve, on the Village Hall property and on the other small Village parcels.

As a private property owner you decide who you allow on your property and therefore you can control deer hunting on your own land. Additionally, most of the properties in the Village are not acceptable to hunt on due to the required NYSDEC 150' setback from a neighbor's structure.

Sincerely,
Mayor Greg Letica
January/February 2017 Newsletter Now Online

The January/February 2017 Asharoken Newsletter is now available online. A printed copy of this newsletter has been mailed to all Asharoken residents.

Current and archived newsletters/reports can be accessed by clicking on "Government" above, then "Newsletter/Mayor's Rpt" or click here.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica:

February 9, 2017

Dear Neighbors:

I am pleased to report that due to the efforts of Officer-in-Charge Ray Mahdesian, Police officer Brian O'Connor and Clerk Nancy Rittenhouse the Village has been able to secure three grants in the amount of $32,713 for the police department and court.

The Village received $19,413 from Suffolk County District Attorney Thomas J. Spota from Asset Forfeiture Funds to equip three of its cars with new computer systems and to provide the village with two new traffic radar units.

The Division of Criminal Justice Services has granted the Village $8,800 for police protective equipment.

And finally, the Office of Court Administration has awarded the Village $4,500 to replace the court's old filing cabinets.

I would like to thank Ray, Brian and Nancy for a job well done.

One of my priorities for a long time has been to have a trained and available backup sanitation truck driver to cover the Village in the unlikely event that Barry would need time off. Over the summer the Village hired a new employee. He received his CDL license, became familiar with driving the truck and the pick-up route. Last week the plan paid off as he filled in for Barry on Wednesday and Thursday. We now have a backup plan for sanitation pickup. I hope that everyone has a nice snow day and considers just hunkering down until the storm passes later this afternoon.

Best regards
Mayor Greg Letica
LEGAL NOTICE: Village Elections:
June 20, 2017

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Board of Trustees of the Incorporated Village of Asharoken, at a meeting held on January 10, 2017, duly adopted the following resolution:

Be it Resolved that the Village Board, does hereby approve in accordance with the provisions of the Election Law of the State of New York, the 2017 Annual Village Election in the Village of Asharoken shall be held on June 20, 2017, and be it further resolved that the offices to be filled at said election and the terms thereof are as follows:

Trustee, two (2) years
Trustee, two (2) years

Be It resolved that the polling place will be held at the Village Hall, 1 Asharoken Avenue, Northport, NY 11768 during the hours of 12 noon to 9:00 pm, subject to change.
ASDRP Archive Updated

The Asharoken Storm Damage Reduction Plan (ASDRP) Archive has been updated as of February 9, 2017. To view the complete archive, click on "Government" above, then "ASDRP Archive" or click here.
Donations for Veterans

Students Emma Turner and Joe Barry are once again requesting donations for V.A. Veterans. Emma is working on collecting new or gently used blankets and throws while Joe continues to collect used magazines and books. Both have done an extraordinary job collecting and delivering these well-needed items for our Veterans. Drop-off boxes are in the lobby of Village Hall.
Soles 4 Souls

The Northport/East Northport Rotary is holding their 8th Annual "Soles 4 Souls" shoe drive. Please drop off your lightly used shoes, sneakers, sandals and boots in adult and children's sizes at Village Hall.

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