Welcome to the first edition of the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s new quarterly newsletter, the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter. In this issue, you’ll learn about “Projects in Progress,” highlighting a range of construction projects and planned developments with the potential to offer important benefits to the village for many years to come. Our “Hollow Happenings” calendar highlights community events coming to Sleepy Hollow this summer that you won’t want to miss! And finally, our “Village Spotlight,” will take a look at recent honors and promotions within the Sleepy Hollow Police Department in which we can all take pride.

New Water Tank Reservoir (Lake Road)
It’s perhaps the least known of the current major construction projects underway in the area, yet it’s the key to virtually all other development pending in Sleepy Hollow. It’s also crucial to ensuring a safe, reliable supply of water for all of Sleepy Hollow’s residents and commercial properties for decades to come. We’re talking about the new 1.62 million gallon water storage reservoir being constructed adjacent to Lake Road in Pocantico Hills.

The $6 million project is primarily funded by federal and state grants and zero-interest loans administered by the NYS Environmental Facilities Corporation, with additional contributions from private developers building in Sleepy Hollow. The storage tank is being built on land owned by the National Trust for Historic Preservation and administered by the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, and the village is grateful for the support of these two organizations. The village’s current water storage tank, located in the Rockefeller State Park Preserve, holds only 800,000 gallons, far below the minimum “one-day supply” required by the state as back-up should the flow from the Catskill Aqueduct be interrupted. In addition to supply concerns, current capacity does not permit additional development in the village. When the new, underground storage tank is integrated with Sleepy Hollow’s supply lines in spring of 2017, it will triple Sleepy Hollow’s water storage capacity.


Route 9 Corridor Improvements
This $1 million project is funded primarily through a New York State DOT grant and is a joint initiative of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. The project will improve streetscapes and signage along Route 9 in both villages, stretching from Wildey Street in Tarrytown to Gorden Avenue in Sleepy Hollow, just past the intersection of Route 9 and Route 448. Improvements include new concrete sidewalks, curbing, drainage, lighting, tree planting, and improved intersections. In addition, “gateway signage” will be installed from Route 119 in Tarrytown to Route 117 in Sleepy Hollow. This decorative signage is designed to highlight points of interest including historic sites, downtown business districts, waterfront access, train stations and other locations. We appreciate residents’ patience during construction and anticipate that the project will be complete by year’s end.


Sykes Park Improvements
As part of a parks improvement program that began in 2015 - which has included the installation of new basketball hoops, court surfacing, playground surfacing and landscaping – a new restroom will be installed this summer at Reverend Sykes Park, located at the Sleepy Hollow/Tarrytown border at the corner of Cortland and Wildey Street. This popular park includes a sprinkler play area for summer use and despite its heavy use, the park has previously been served only by a seasonal port-a-john.


The “East Parcel”
Many village residents are aware that General Motors sold a portion of its former assembly plant site along the Hudson River to private developers in 2014, and that construction on the site is about to begin (see “Edge-On-Hudson Groundbreaking” below). But did you know that nearly 30 acres of the General Motors property, the “East Parcel,” were granted to the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s designated agency, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation, for the benefit of village residents?

The East Parcel site is currently in the midst of the State Environmental Quality Review (SEQR) process and the Sleepy Hollow LDC is completing a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for pubic review and comment. Village residents are encouraged to add their comments and opinions on the proposed uses of this wonderful resource by attending public hearings to be scheduled in late summer/early fall. Dates will be posted on the village website as soon as scheduled. Currently, the LDC is designing concept plans based on permitted uses and previously identified needs for new athletic fields, an improved Department of Public Works (DPW) facility and other potential assets from parking to an indoor recreation and performing arts space.


Edge-On-Hudson Groundbreaking
Nearly 20 years from the date the General Motors assembly plant ceased operations (June 28th 1996), government officials, community leaders and executives from the joint venture of SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors gathered to celebrate the groundbreaking for Edge-On-Hudson, a nearly 70-acre waterfront development that will restore access to the waterfront for village residents, provide vital tax revenue and generate economic development in the village. In remarks to more than 150 people who gathered at the shoreline to mark the milestone, Mayor Wray commented, “We’re doing more than simply breaking ground today, we’re breaking with this site’s industrial heritage. At long last we’re laying the foundation for unprecedented waterfront access and for economic development that will propel Sleepy Hollow forward for many years to come.”

The development is set to include 1,177 units of housing, restaurants, retail space, and a hotel, which will be the first in Sleepy Hollow. The project will also feature 16 acres of open space and a winding promenade along the water linking the existing Westchester County RiverWalk to the south and Kingsland Point Park to the north. The first step in construction has been the installation of a temporary bridge on Beekman Avenue between Clinton and Hudson Streets. With the temporary bridge set to be completed in June, demolition of portions of the concrete and asphalt slab on the 67-acre property can begin. Site preparation work during 2016 will also include importation of fill material, and the addition of water and sewer lines and electric service. Vertical construction of the first homes is then scheduled to begin in 2017.


Thursday, June 16, 6:30pm: Charity Softball Game at Devries Field
This popular charity softball game, sponsored by JP Doyle’s, returns for its second season to benefit the Make-a-Wish Foundation. WFAN co-hosts Boomer Esiason and Craig Carton, along with Major League Baseball Commissioner Rob Manfred will be on hand and there will be children’s activities, food and spirited competition for a great cause. Free parking is available at the East Parcel lot (enter at 60 Continental Street). Learn more here


June 17,18,19, 6pm - 10pm: Immaculate Conception Church Bazaar
An annual favorite, the bazaar includes games, children’s activities, delicious Italian food and more, for an ideal night of family fun. 199 North Broadway (Route 9)


Saturday, June 18, 9:30am: Horseman Color Run at Kingsland Point Park
The 3rd Annual Horseman Color Run is presented by The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns. It’s a 5K run, with shorter races for young ages, as runners get sprayed with colors for a fun-filled day of community spirit along the waterfront. Registration begins at 7:30am and closes at 9:30am. Learn more at http://www.horsemancolorrun.myevent.com/


Sunday, June 26, 8:00am: 8th Annual Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon at Kingsland Point Park
Proceeds from the Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon, presented by Edge-On-Hudson, benefit the local chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. Join hundreds of fellow participants for a 1/2-mile swim in the Hudson River, a 10-mile bike ride through Sleepy Hollow, and a 3-mile run along the waterfront. Advance registration is required for participation in the Triathlon – but spectators are encouraged to come down and cheer on their neighbors! Learn more here


Sunday, June 26, 1pm-7pm: St. Teresa de Avila Church Community Event
You’re invited to a multicultural festival at St. Teresa de Avila Church, at 130 Beekman Avenue. Enjoy wonderful folklore dance demonstrations celebrating the cultures of Ecuador, Guatemala and the Dominican Republic. Great food from many cultures will be available, as well, along with entertainment for kids, music, and more. Admission is free, and raffle tickets for cash prizes are available in advance at church offices.


Monday, July 4 at Dusk: Fireworks Display
The annual Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow fireworks display returns on Monday, July 4th at dusk, launched from Edge-On-Hudson, with views from Beekman Avenue, Kingsland Point Park, and more.


Tuesdays, August 2, 9,16, 23: Jazz Forum Arts Free Summer Concert Series at Horan’s Landing Park, 6:30pm – 8:00pm
The Jazz Forum Arts Free Summer Concert Series is presented by New York-Presbyterian. Enjoy performances by Mark Morganelli & The Jazz Forum All Stars for 4 consecutive Tuesday nights in August along the waterfront at Horan’s Landing Park, at 9 River Street. Learn more at www.jazzforumarts.org


Friday, August 26: Rock da Park, 3:00pm - 8:00pm at Sykes Park
This popular annual event from Rock of Salvation Church includes a free concert, a basketball tournament, food and refreshments, giveaways and family entertainment at Sykes Park.


Saturdays through November 19: Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Farmer’s Market (TaSH) 8:30am – 2:00pm at Patriot’s Park
Shop for healthy, farm-fresh fruits and vegetables, meats, cheeses, breads and more. Grab a bite to eat while you’re there. Stay for music, children’s activities and the chance to visit with neighbors. www.tashfarmersmarket.org


Did you know that National Police Week was celebrated just recently, May 15-21? Our own department had great cause for celebration in May, as well. First, Anthony Bueti was promoted to the position of Chief of Police in the Village of Sleepy Hollow on May 3rd, 2016. A 14-year veteran of the department, the 40 year-old Bueti has risen steadily through the ranks following his arrival in 2002. He had served as a police officer in New York City for 4 years prior to returning to his hometown. Bueti is married and is the proud father of a 10 month-old daughter.

As someone who grew up here in Sleepy Hollow, Bueti holds the community close to his heart. In fact, expanding the role of “community oriented policing” is central to his approach for the department. Bueti plans increased foot and bike patrols, encouraging officers to engage residents as they patrol, asking about any questions or concerns they may have. The Chief also encourages residents to reach out to the department. “I’ve received calls in the past,” he comments, “in which callers apologize that their issue may be a small one. I want to stress that no issue is too small – if there is a concern, we want to be aware and to assist.” Reach the Sleepy Hollow Police Department at (914) 631-0800.

Additional recent promotions within the SHPD include: Sergeant Stephen Dougherty to Detective Sergeant Police Officer James Warren to Detective Police Officer Jared Kmiotek to Sergeant

Many of Sleepy Hollow’s finest also earned honors and accolades from Westchester County and from the Village of Sleepy Hollow.

These awards include:
PBA of Westchester County Awards:
Citation for Exceptional Merit
Sgt. Paul Nelson
Sgt. Richard D’Alessandro
PO Hector Rosario

Citation for Meritorious Service
Lt. Frank Hrotko
Sgt. Stephen Dougherty (2)
PO Hector Rosario
PO Jeffrey R. Muendel
PO Nicholas Fiorisi
PO Michael Hayes

Citation for Life Saving
PO Nicholas Fiorisi

Honorable Service Medal
COP Anthony Bueti
Lt. Michael Gasko
PO Micheal Hayes

Village of Sleepy Hollow Lifesaving Award
PO Wendy Yancey
PO Ed Fortunato
PO Cliff Morrison
PO Antonio Guzzo
PO Nick Fiorisi


Use of gas-powered leaf blowers is prohibited in Sleepy Hollow until September 30, 2016


  New village
parking & traffic ordinances:

Parking on lower Beekman Avenue from Clinton Street to River Street is now limited to 3-hours (designed to limit commuters from filling spaces for full days)

Traffic is now one-way (eastbound) on Howard Street from Pocantico Street to Kendall Avenue

A stop is required (new stop sign installed) at the intersection of Continental Street and Pleasant Street when traveling westbound