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Village Manager's Autumn Message
Dear Village Resident:

I wish to take this opportunity to thank you for your cooperation with the Village-wide curbside recycling transition. The changeover went smoothly, and I hope the experience thus far has only caused minimum inconvenience. Any questions regarding trash pickup or recycling should be addressed by contacting the Department of Public Works (DPW) at 478-3400, Ext. 613. We believe this change should increase the percentage of trash recycled. There is a strong financial incentive to recycle to the maximum possible level; recyclables are disposed of at no cost to the Village while trash is processed by the County at a cost of $25.35 per ton. By maximizing the recycling program, we can reduce the cost for all taxpayers.  As a reminder, 18-gallon bluerecycling bins are available to purchase at a cost of $10 each at the James Harmon Community Center.

These past several weeks have put unusual stress on the Village’s ability to handle storm water. The infrastructure is limited, and the heavy rain experienced from the tropical storm and the greater than normal rainwater received over the summer months has caused drainage problems in areas which normally do not experience difficulty in handling storm water. While DPW crews have a list of locations  that are checked prior to a weather event for the presence of obstructions to the catch basin or streams we ask that if the catch basin near your home appears to be obstructed by leaves or debris and you are able, please rake them away from the drainage grate. This will allow the water to move unimpeded. Many of these catch basins are very shallow, and it does not take a great deal of debris to cause them to be filled and, consequently, ineffective. If you believe the catch basin near your home needs to be cleaned out, please contact the DPW at 478-3400, Ext. 613.

On the topic of severe weather, please be advised that you should contact ConEdison if at any time you experience a power outage. The company must hear from you directly. If you call the police station during a weather event to inform them that you are without power, there will be a delay in having the power restored. Homeowners are urged to contact 1-800-752-6633 so that a work order will be issued. Do not assume that your neighbor will report the outage or that the Village is necessarily aware you are without service.

In closing, I wish to remind you that public safety is everyone's business. Hastings-on-Hudson Police will continue their enforcement of the prohibition of a driver’s use of cell phones and text messaging. Special effort continues to ensure that motorists yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks and that all traffic safety measures are obeyed. Failure to obey posted speed limits is strictly enforced. If you believe selective enforcement is warranted in your neighborhood, please contact the Police Department at 478-2344.


Francis A. Frobel
Village Manager

Village of Hastings-on-Hudson, New York