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These pages detail various aspects of the Village of Asharoken Government. You can get information on the services provided by Asharoken, the various village committees and efforts underway, read and print out permit applications, and more. There are also links to our County, State and Federal governments and elected officials. Click the buttons on the right above to select a category.
LEGAL NOTICE: Budget Hearing:
April 2

On Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 6:30pm the Asharoken Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at Village Hall to consider the tentative fiscal year-end budget for May 31, 2020. Click here to read the full legal notice.

Village tax bills are sent out once a year. After the April 2 public hearing, and once the village budget is finalized, tax bills will be printed and mailed out by mid-May for the fiscal year June 1, 2019 through May 31, 2020.
Message from Asharoken Mayor Greg Letica:

March 22, 2019

Dear Neighbors:

It is my pleasure to provide you with the Tentative Budget for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2020. Click here to view the Tentative Budget in detail.

This budget proposes a 0% tax increase and a tax levy that stays under the NYS 2% Tax Cap Law. This is the fourth consecutive 0% tax increase and the seventh consecutive budget I have presented that stayed under the NYS Tax Cap. In addition every year the Office of State Comptroller performs a Fiscal Stress test on local governments and for the fifth year in a row Asharoken was awarded the highest possible rating, "No Designation".

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.

I would like to highlight several items in the Tentative Budget that changed from last year. The largest expense increases were in health insurance, and fire, EMS and paramedic services. Our health insurance increase is due to higher insurance rates and adding a new full-time police officer to the plan to replace a retired officer. The fire and EMS contract with the Village of Northport increased based on the five year contract. Smaller increases occurred in administrative costs, payroll increases, audit expenses, sanitation, and insurance. Offsetting these increases were reductions in police personnel, police and fire retirement and social security. Police and sanitation fuel were also reduced due to our shared service program with the Village of Northport.

The Village will reserve funds for mandatory police radio upgrades, future highway projects and unpaid benefits (police retirement costs).

Several adjustments were also made on the revenue side with a significant increase in interest income. The Village is working closely with our financial representative to ensure we receive the highest interest rates possible.

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

The Village will hold a public hearing on the budget on April 2, at 6:30pm. Should you have any comments please email me at gletica@asharokenny.org. I look forward to hearing your comments either by email or at the public hearing.

Mayor Greg Letica
LEGAL NOTICE: Final Assessment Roll Filed

The completed and final assessment roll for the Incorporated Village of Asharoken has been filed on February 20, 2019 with the Village Clerk and is subject to inspection for fifteen days from the date of this notice.

Dated: March 11, 2019
Published: March 14, 2019
Nancy Rittenhouse, Village Clerk
Message from Asharoken Mayor Greg Letica:

March 8, 2019

Dear Neighbors:

I would like to thank you for adapting so well to the new dual stream recycling program. Although it is more work than the previous single stream program, everyone has managed to switch over seamlessly. I would like to encourage you to recycle very aggressively. Not only is it good for the environment but it also reduces our costs.

The Board of Trustees has scheduled a required special meeting on Tuesday, March 12th at 4pm where the Village Clerk and Treasurer will present the budget to the board for review. The Board will review the tentative budget and make necessary changes. The adjusted tentative budget will then be presented at our public hearing held on April 2nd at 6:30pm. A copy of the tentative budget packet will be emailed and posted on the website for your review prior to the public hearing.

I would like to congratulate Asharoken resident and Newsday editorial cartoonist Matt Davies for being awarded the Herblock Prize for excellence in editorial cartooning. He has now become the first two-time recipient of this prestigious honor. Matt has also been awarded a Pulitzer prize. You may not always agree with Matt's point of view but you have to marvel at his wit and insight into the political world. Great job Matt!

This week an otter was seen and photographed in the pond behind Kew Court by Jack Maniscalco. This is the first time I have heard of an otter sighting in the Village. We can expect to have our Osprey return in the next 10-14 days. If that isn't a sure sign of spring, what is?

Wishing everyone a great weekend,
Mayor Greg Letica
Board Of Assessment Review Meeting:

On February 19, 2019, The Asharoken Board of Assessment Review met to examine 21 grievance applications. 20 applications were denied, and one was adjusted. Click here to read the approved minutes of February 19, 2019 BAR Meeting
Legal Notice:
Grievance Day February 19, 2019

The tentative assessment roll of property taxable within the Village of Asharoken for the fiscal year 2019-2020 has been filed in the office of the Village Clerk. Click here to read the full Legal Notice. It may be seen and examined from 9am to 3pm Monday through Thursday, and from 8am to 2pm Fridays except holidays until February 19, 2019.

On February 19, 2019 between 1:30pm and 5:30pm the Asharoken Board of Trustees will meet at Village Hall to complete the tentative assessment roll and hear complaints. Any complainants who wish may file a grievance with the Village Clerk. To view and print the Grievance Form, click "Government" above, then "Permits & Applications", or click here. The form may also be obtained at the office of the Village Clerk. All grievance applications must be submitted on or before Grievance Day.
Recycling Tips

In response to questions from residents, here is some additional information regarding the Village's new recycling program.
  1. Lids and caps should be removed from all glass containers and placed in your metal & plastics bin. Corks go in the trash.
  2. During metal & plastics and glass weeks, both bins need to be out by 8am. Metal & plastics will be picked up first, followed shortly by glass pickup later in the day.
  3. All items must be placed in bins. Plastic bags are not acceptable.
Legal Notice:
Annual Village Election

On January 15, 2019, the Board of Trustees adopted a resolution setting the annual Village election date to June 18, 2019. It was also resolved that the offices to be filled at this election and the terms are:
  • Trustee, two years
  • Trustee, two years
The polling place will be Asharoken Village Hall from noon to 9pm, subject to change.
Click here to read the full legal notice.
New Village Recycling Program

On December 12 the Village switched to dual-stream recycling. This requires the separation of paper products, cans and plastic, and glass. It is now mandatory that recycling be separated into three bins, and the material must be clean. This means no soiled cardboard items (i.e. used pizza boxes) and no dirty cans, plastic containers, or glass bottles. Kings Park Recycling Center will not accept improperly sorted or soiled items. If your recyclables are not properly sorted or they are soiled, they will be rejected and left at your curbside at pickup time. Click here for full details on the new recycling program.

Vote totals for the Village election held June 19, 2018:
Gregory D. Letica    Mayor    108 votes
Melvin A. Ettinger    Trustee    106 votes
Laura Burke Rittenhouse    Trustee    106 votes
Mark D. Kleczka    Justice    107 votes
Draft Stormwater Report

The Board of Trustees held a public hearing on May 1 to review the required draft presentation of the MS4 Annual Stormwater Report for the year 2017-2018. Click here to read the report.
Annual Village Budget Approved

The Annual Budget was approved and was passed by the Board of Trustees at the April 3 Board meeting. Village taxes will be mailed out mid-May and all taxes are due by July 2, 2018. Village real estate tax bills are sent out once a year each May.
Fire Contract Finalized

Asharoken has finalized a new contract with the Village of Northport for providing fire protection, emergency medical services, and paramedic services from January 2018 through December 2022. Click here to read the full contract.
Board Meeting Schedule for 2018

The Village Board has set the schedule for monthly regular meetings and special meetings for the calendar year 2018. As of 2018, regular meetings will begin at 6:30pm. To view the full 2018 schedule, click "Government" above, then "Trustees Meetings", or click here.
LEGAL NOTICE: June 2018 Village Elections

At their regular public meeting held on January 9, 2018, the Asharoken Board of Trustees 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 2018 Annual Village Election in the Village of Asharoken shall be held on June 19th, 2018, 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
Mayor, two (2) years
Justice, four (4) 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.

Nancy Rittenhouse
Asharoken, Village Clerk
Date: January 16, 2018
Published: January 18, 2018

News from your Elected Representatives: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

Approval of Federally-Funded Repairs for Asharoken Seawall

Washington, DC (June 4, 2012)—Today, Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Asharoken Mayor Patricia Irving announced that the Army Corps of Engineers approved plans to repair the seawall protecting Asharoken Avenue. Specifically, steel caps will be used instead of timber, which will provide a more durable and lasting solution.

Rep. Israel said, “Due to the damage caused by Hurricane Irene last summer, Asharoken’s seawall was in desperate need of repair. I’m happy that the Army Corps has approved plans to repair the Asharoken seawall using more durable steel caps instead of timber, and the cost of the repairs will be 100 percent federally funded. I want to thank the Army Corps for recognizing the need for enhanced and stronger caps and improvements that put safety first.”

Mayor Pat Irving of Asharoken said, “In spite of the unrelenting pressure on me to remove the damaged wood caps, I was confident that in time, with the help of Congressman Israel, the Army Corps would accept the responsibility and agree to re-design this deficiency on the sea wall. I thank Congressman Israel for his assistance, the Army Corps for their cooperation and the residents of Asharoken and Eaton's Neck for their patience.”

The Army Corps of Engineers Headquarters approved $516,500 for this planned project. By using steel caps instead of timber materials, the structure will be more secure and less dangerous during strong storms. During bad storms in recent years, the timber caps become projectiles during storms and endangered both residents and people in vehicles.

In 1998, an artificial dune was built in the Village of Asharoken to hold back Long Island Sound storm waves from closing Asharoken Avenue. This is the only access point and evacuation route for the residents of Asharoken and Eaton’s Neck, including the U.S. Coast Guard Search and Rescue Station in Eaton’s Neck. The dune was repaired by the Corps in 2008 and 2010 after bad storms. The caps are critical as they support the artificial dune and must be secure to ensure the safety of residents and travelers.

Rep. Israel has previously secured federal resources for the Army Corps to complete development of a long term plan for this community and infrastructure improvements. In 2010, Rep. Israel secured $121,000 in federal funding for improvements to the Asharoken seawall and an additional $2.7 million after storms damaged the seawall. In 2009, Rep. Israel secured $96,000 in federal funding for storm damage reduction.

Senator Schumer Announces Progress on Funding for Beach Preservation

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
(July 21, 2010)  U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced that the Senate Appropriations Energy and Water Subcommittee has approved the Fiscal Year 2011 Appropriations Bill which includes $100,000 for Asharoken Beach. The funding will be used to continue a study exploring the feasibility of the permanent preservation of Asharoken Beach.

Schumer said "This funding ensures that the feasibility study can continue to find permanent solutions to the erosion of Asharoken beach. Preserving the shoreline is an important measure in protecting the town as a whole and protecting Long Island’s beautiful beaches. I will fight to see this funding through the full appropriations process."

Click here to read the full press release from Schumer's Office.
Previous Items from your Elected Reps:

Click on an item below to read archived articles. The article will open in a new window.

Archived Articles:
Assym. Andrew Raia
March 18, 2009
Despite Tax Change, Governor's Budget Cuts Out Long Island

(The following information is provided courtesy of the official Village of Northport website):

Here's some information on what's happening regarding the Northport Post Office:

  • Status of the campaign to save the Northport Post Office
  • Things that you can do (includes contact numbers of representatives and a petition you can print out)

The Northport Board of Trustees unanimously approved a resolution at their meeting September 18, 2012 expressing their opposition to the United States Postal Service's plan to sell the historic Post Office building and property in Nortport Village.

The Northport Post Office closure/moving is not a done deal. Our elected federal officials are working to ensure that we keep our post office.

Our goals are to:

  1. Keep all of the operations at the current building, and
  2. Not sell the building

Our public information meeting Wednesday, September 12th was a success!

Over 200 members of the public and the Northport Village Board of Trustees exchanged information and opinions and demonstrated to our elected federal officials how important it is that our post office stays just where it is. The United States Postal Service (USPS) must find a different way to economize.

Thank you to everyone who attended, who spoke, and who signed the 'Save the Post Office' petition.

Thank you to the following state and local elected officials for joining with The Village Of Northport's Board of Trustees at Wednesday's meeting to show their concern and for speaking out about the necessity to keep the post office operation where, and how, it is:

NY State Senator Carl L. Marcellino,
NY State Assemblyman Andrew P. Raia,
Huntington Town Councilman Mark Cuthbertson,
Asharoken Mayor Gregory D. Letica and
Asharoken Deputy Mayor Mary P. "Pam" Pierce

Thank you to the following representatives of the postal employees (clerks and carriers) for attending and
providing additional information:

President of the Long Island Local American Postal Workers Union Peter Furgiuele, and
President of Long Island National Association of Letter Carriers 6000 Union, Walter Barton

Thank you to our three federal elected officials for sending their representatives to hear the voice of their 11768 constituents:

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer,
U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand, and
U.S. Representative Steve Israel

Special thanks to the Huntington Town Board for unanimously passing the following resolution earlier in the day before the informational meeting. The resolution was sponsored by Councilman Mark Cuthbertson and seconded by Councilman Mark Mayoka. Thank you to Town Supervisor Frank P. Petrone and Councilpersons Susan A. Berland and Eugene Cook for their support.

Things you can do:

  • Please sign the 'Save the Post office' petition. You can find it at many of the stores on Main Street in Northport and at Asharoken Village Hall.
  • Please consider picking up a petition at Village Hall and asking friends and neighbors to sign it.
  • Write, call, or e-mail our federal representatives and tell them you want them to ensure that all of the current operations stay at the current building and that the USPS must not sell the building. Explain why keeping our post office is important to you and to our community.

    U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer
    United States Senate
    145 Pinelawn Road
    Melville, NY 11747
    phone: 631-753-0978
    fax: 631-753-0997
    Sen. Schumer's email submission webpage Exit Disclaimer

    U.S. Senator Kirsten E. Gillibrand
    United States Senate
    155 Pinelawn Road
    Suite 250 North
    Melville, NY 11747
    phone: 631-249-2825
    fax: 631-249-2847
    Sen. Gillibrand's email submission webpage Exit Disclaimer

    U.S. Representative Steve Israel
    United States House of Representatives
    150 Motor Parkway
    Suite 108
    Hauppauge, NY 11788
    phone: 631-951-2210
    phone: 516-505-1448
    fax: 631-951-3308
    Rep. Israel's email submission webpage Exit Disclaimer (If you do not know your zip+4 code, go to the USPS ZIP Code lookup tool Exit Disclaimer first)

    Also, contact the USPS official who signed off on proceeding with the current phase of the Northport Post Office plan:
    Richard P Uluski
    Vice-President, Northeast Area
    United States Postal Service
    6 Griffin Rd.
    N Windsor, CT 06006-7070
    email: richard.p.uluski@usps.gov
New Village Trustees Sworn In

Justice Charles Brown swears in Peter Masterson as an Asharoken Village Trustee.
Photo: Eric Maffei
Justice Charles Brown swears in Peter Masterson as an Asharoken Village Trustee.
Peter Masterson and John Elefante were sworn in as trustees by Justice Charles Brown during a ceremony held outdoors at Village Hall on the evening of July 1, 2009. Many residents attended the swearing-in and enjoyed cake and refreshments afterwards. Congratulations to our newly elected volunteers.
From left: Trustees Avrum Golub and John Elefante, Mayor Patricia Irving, Justice Charles Brown, and Trustees Peter Masterson and Joseph Affrunti
Photo: Eric Maffei
From left: Trustees Avrum Golub and John Elefante, Mayor Patricia Irving, Justice Charles Brown, and Trustees Peter Masterson and Joseph Affrunti
Justice Brown swears in new Village Trustee John Elefante.
Photo: Eric Maffei
Justice Brown swears in new Village Trustee John Elefante.