Message from the Mayor: Shoreline design, MLK breakfast, Blood Drive, Arrest

Peter Swiderski
Fellow Residents,
A few updates.
Shoreline Design
This Tuesday, January 16th, at the beginning of the Board of Trustees meeting in the Municipal Building (7:30PM), the Shoreline Advisory Committee is presenting to the Board of Trustees and to the public the design for the waterfront shoreline that will ultimately be created when the waterfront remediation is complete. The Shoreline Advisory Committee, composed of community volunteers appointed by the Board, has worked on this design over the last two years.  It began with a set of workshops that engaged scores of residents on a vison for the shoreline, and then the Committee iterated through several versions that have been reviewed by the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and BP.  The shoreline design elements are intended to be incorporated into BP’s engineering design now underway as they prepare for DEC’s approval of BP’s effort to address the contamination on site.  This is a critical moment where we have leverage to impact the remediation design and process for the waterfront so that we can make sure that accommodations are made for the recreational uses we want to ultimately see when the waterfront is developed.  Where should a pier go? Should there be an inlet?  How do we see the shoreline park developing?  Come to the Board’s meeting at 7:30 and find out.
Martin Luther King Community Breakfast
The sixth year of this new community tradition feels more necessary and vital than ever.  Join us on Monday morning. 9:15AM at the Community Center for breakfast, fellowship, awards to those students who submitted winning essays and art, and a speech by guest speaker Ross Abrams.  The organizers will also be honoring the role that Hastings RISE, the new resident-run group focused on inclusion and social justice, which has already has had an important impact on the community. It’s $12 for adults and $10 for kids (under 5 free)  if you make a reservation ahead of time (recommended, and do this today – email – it is likely to sell out) or $18 and $12 at the door the day of.  This low-key event brings us together when we most need it – at a time when the national discourse has taken an ugly turn. We’re always stronger as one. A deeply appropriate way to spend MLK Day morning. Join us.
Library MLK Day Blood Drive
The Library is hosting a blood bank drive this Monday, from 11AM to 5PM in the Orr Room downstairs.
The police department announced the arrest of the individual who had rampaged up Warburton on the evening of October 11th, burglarizing and vandalizing stores, and breaking windows.  The arrest followed considerable classic police work, where the detectives and officers gathered corroborating evidence and made sure that all the details involved in assembling a case were professionally covered. The wheels of justice sometimes move more slowly than how it happens on the police procedurals on TV, but the result is what we want and hope for: justice served.  Congrats to the Department and all involved.
Stay warm in this frigid season, and see you around town.
Peter Swiderski