The Village of Sea Cliff welcomed Ralph Pernick, a representative for the office of Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo at the board of trustees meeting on Feb. 9. Pernick presented information on the services accessible to the public by the attorney general. Resources, he remarked, are more accessible than ever before through the website Project Sunlight (www.projectsunlightny.com) which includes information on the topics of Internet safety, consumer fraudulence, identity theft, the rights of consumers, finance, elected officials, healthcare and predatory lending.
In other news, Richard Santoro's request for his restaurant Roots to renew its cabaret license was approved during the public hearing portion of the meeting. Permits are renewed annually according to village code. A required public hearing was also held for the Community Development Program, through which Sea Cliff has received grant money for over 20 years. Kathleen Van Bloem, coordinator for the program, explained that the grant money provides financial assistance for senior citizen lunch programs, bus repairs and outreach services. Recently, the program received funding to install an elevator in the fire department building. The application for next year is due on April 1.
The topic of political signage placed on poles in the village was brought up in light of the nearing mayoral election in March. Resident Doug Barnaby remarked, "Before it gets excessive, I'd like to see if we can have a meeting of the minds...[to] overcome the proliferation of signs."
Mayor Krieb expressed concern over the amount of litter the signage could potentially create in the village. Whereas the village code does not prohibit the political signage, Trustee Mannix suggested that the three mayoral candidates come to a "gentleman's agreement" regarding the appropriateness of the quantity and location of their political fliers.
The subject of tax assessment was also raised during the public comment portion of the meeting. Pamela Tamaddon protested what she felt was the "over-assessment" of her property and requested that the Sea Cliff property assessment documents be more accessible to residents. The trustees agreed that they would act upon her suggestion and work on making the documents, within the confines of the law, more blatantly available.
Code regulations on the topic of snow shoveling were clarified by the board. The code states that individuals are responsible for shoveling the sidewalks in front of their residential properties 12 hours "after reasonable opportunity." Commercial properties are required to adhere to a three-hour time frame.
A resolution was passed to hold a public hearing at the March 9 village meeting regarding the topic of illegal apartments in relation to the village code concerning unlawful occupancy.
A Tax Lien Sale will be held at 11 a.m. on March 19, at Village Hall. Details regarding both these issues are available at Village Hall.
The police report for January included six auto accidents, one aided case other than auto, one larceny and no burglaries, robberies or criminal mischief.
Mayor Krieb was presented at the meeting with a certificate of appreciation from Ed Lieberman, president of the Sea Cliff/Glen Head Lion Club. He expressed his sincere appreciation for Krieb's service to the village and help to his organization during her six-year term as Sea Cliff's mayor.