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Message from the Mayor: Deer Study presentation, MLK Breakfast, DPW Poll
Fellow Residents –

A happy new year, and we are off to the races with a number of things percolating in the Village that I want to mention.   We have a public forum coming up on the deer immune-contraception experiment, we have our second annual Martin Luther King breakfast just around the corner, and finally, a heads-up for a poll you will likely be getting shortly on the DPW merger study.

Deer Immuno-contraceptive Study Forum (Wednesday January 15th)
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We have a permit in hand from the DEC to carry out our experiment but not much time to implement a basic bare-bones program later this February (the first year of what will be five).  However, we are intent on doing so.  Dr. Rutberg, the Tufts University professor running this project, along with Rick Naugle who will be doing much of the implementation, will be in town next week to answer public questions, work with volunteers on organizational issues, and examine possible field locations.  If you have questions or want to know more, please come to the public session this coming week, Wednesday night, at 6:30PM at the Community Center for a community question and answer period from 6:30 to about 7:00PM (brief and efficient, we hope), followed by an organizational meeting for volunteers.  
        
Martin Luther King Breakfast January 20th
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On Monday, January 20th, we have our 2nd annual Martin Luther King breakfast down at the Community Center from 9:30 – 12:30. This year, our Community Service honoree is the indomitable, invaluable Suzanne Smith and guest speaker is civil rights lawyer and professor Randolph McLaughlin. Please, come out on MLK day and join your fellow residents for a lovely moment celebrating the spirit of Martin Luther King and honoring Sue Smith. Breakfast is served from 9:30 to 11:00. Adults who reserve in advance pay $12 (drop an email to geraldjer@optonline.net or call at 914-231-5286), $15 at the door. Kids ages 5-12 pay $5, and under 5 are free

DPW Study Poll
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We are moving forward with the NY State-sponsored study to examine a variety of approaches to consolidating DPW facilities and/or departments across the villages of Hastings and Dobbs Ferry.  As part of the effort, we will be reaching out to you for some preliminary input via a poll that will be sent in the next few weeks to gauge your opinion on issues around this effort.  It will be a short one – please keep an eye out.

There are other things afoot in the Village.  The School Board continues to move forward with its effort to recast their bond.  Our Infrastructure Committee will be scheduling a date to show off its current version of a plan for where roads, parks and development will go on the Waterfront after remediation.  Our new restaurant additions downtown are doing well – St. George just scored an “excellent” from the NYTimes and the Prime and Mill are picking up regular clienteles.  It may be cold out (well, maybe not today), but you can still come down for a bite or a beer at the many establishments, old and new, downtown.

Any questions or ideas, please feel free to reach out.

Sincerely,

Peter Swiderski
Mayor

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York