Summer is here and the Village’s quarterly newsletter has arrived. This edition of the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter includes updates on Village projects, a list of upcoming events and general information for the residents. In addition, the “Village Spotlight” section showcases the Mayor and Village Board of Trustees. We hope you enjoy this newsletter and have a fun and safe summer season.

Mayor Attributes East Parcel Progress to Close Collaboration Between Village and Residents
The Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (SHLDC)* completed its Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) this past March, after extensive planning and public input. This is a key part of a multi-step process to transform nearly 29 acres of the former General Motors (GM) assembly plant site along the Hudson River, now called the East Parcel, into a valuable community resource.

“We’ve come a long way since the East Parcel was acquired in 2014,” says Mayor Ken Wray. “The close working relationship between the Village Board and the SHLDC, combined with really strong contributions from Village residents, led to the successful completion of the FEIS,” he says. This collaboration began when a draft of the FEIS, known as a Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), was introduced in July 2016, followed by numerous meetings with the public.

As part of the process to clearly explain the DEIS and garner public input, the Board held three informal work sessions and also encouraged residents to participate in an online survey. In addition, these meetings provided an opportunity for Board members to inform residents about specific land requirements mandated by New York State and the Department of Environmental Conservation.

What’s next? Board Review of Concept Plan and Public Input
Now that the FEIS is complete, the Village Board will review the SHLDC’s proposed concept plan for the property. Based on permitted uses, Village needs, and previous public input, the concept plan includes a new Department of Public Works facility to support the Village’s growing population. Other proposed projects include: an overpass connecting the East and West parcel, enabling people to walk, bike or drive between the two neighborhoods, recreational facilities, a community center, a full-sized turf soccer field (which will be multi-purposed for other sports, including lacrosse and football), a skate park, a great lawn, and an amphitheater. Additionally, the plan includes a larger buffer zone between the East Parcel and the Pocantico River, which will increase passive green space.

As the Board reviews the concept plan, it will once again encourage input from Village residents. After all concerns are addressed and the Board approves the concept plan, it will grant a Special Permit to the SHLDC. Stay tuned for concept plan public hearing date announcements posted on the Village’s website and on The Sleepy Hollow Alert portal. To sign up, visit:

*The SHLDC, a not-for-profit agency established by the Village Board, has been tasked with constructing improvements on the East Parcel for use by the Village, and assisting financially with the construction. (For more information,

Barnhart Park Gets Turf Makeover
Volleyball and soccer enthusiasts who frequent Barnhart Park will soon be able to take advantage of a new turf field. While the original turf field has withstood its 10-year lifetime, this durable, higher-quality material could last even longer. With its pliable surface, turf is an alternative to natural grass that requires much less maintenance. This project, which will cost just over $130,000, is slated for completion in late spring. Up until that time, a section of the park will be unavailable for use.

Village Steps Up Pedestrian Safety
Thanks to a group of citizens who alerted the Board about potential safety hazards in the W. L. Morse Elementary School zone, the Village, in collaboration with Morse Principal Thomas Holland, is taking steps to create a safer environment. Most recently, the Village installed 15-mile per hour speed-limit signs at school zone entrances on Pocantico Street and a flashing light sign at the crosswalk between the Van Tassel apartment complex and the school. In addition, the Village added a curb ramp on the school side of the crosswalk in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Speed Humps Placed In Strategic Locations
The Village is also exploring other ways to make Sleepy Hollow safer for pedestrians and drivers. The Board recently held several public hearings and approved lowering the speed limit on all Village streets to 25 miles per hour and is finalizing plans for speed humps in strategic locations. In the upcoming months, the Village will make more crosswalks ADA compliant, step up enforcement of traffic laws and educate the public about other safety measures.


New Water Reservoir Undergoes Final Testing
After final testing, a new 1.6 million gallon water reservoir is expected to be fully operational by this summer. The reservoir, located just off of Lake Road in Pocantico Hills, will be shielded from view by landscaping and decorative stonework. The cost of this project, which triples the Village’s water storage capacity, is just under $6 million. While a portion of this cost (roughly $675,000) was paid for through developer obligation grants, most of the project funding was provided by New York State through a $1.2 million grant and zero-percent interest loans. Once work on the reservoir is finished; the Village will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony.

  Memorial Day Parade:
Monday, May 29, 9:00am

Parade starts on Main Street Tarrytown, travels through Sleepy Hollow and ends with a Memorial service at Patriots Park.

  Mobile Shredder:
Saturday, June 3, 10:00am – 1:00pm

In the parking lot across from Village Hall.

  Mobile Passport:
Saturday, June 3, 10:00am – 2:00pm

In front of Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue.

  Help Make Sleepy Hollow More Walkable: Inner Village Walkability Workshop
Saturday, June 10, 10:00am – 12:30pm, Village Hall

If you would like Sleepy Hollow to be more user-friendly for walking, the Village invites you to participate in a Walkability workshop, sponsored by the Environmental Advisory Committee. The. workshop will begin with a brief orientation session at Village Hall, followed by a walking tour, with stops at key intersections along Valley Street, Cortlandt Street and Beekman Avenue to capture participants’ observations and recommendations.

  TNT Little League Picnic at Devries Park 
Saturday, June 10, at 11:00am

Celebrate the TNT Little League with an end-of-season barbeque.

  Route 9 Workshops:
Saturday, June 17, 1:00pm – 3:00pm, Warner Library

The villages of Sleepy Hollow through Hastings-on-Hudson are studying the safest, most effective ways to implement safe bicycle lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks along their connecting Route 9 corridor. Critical input from residents and businesses will be encouraged in this workshop series.

  Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon: 
Sunday, June 25, at 8:00am

Swim, bike and run through Sleepy Hollow during this annual event (For more information,

  Fireworks at dusk along the Hudson River. 
Tuesday, July 4, at dusk.

Fireworks may be viewed from Barnhart Park (Andrews Lane), Devries Park (Devries Avenue), Kingsland Point Park (Palmer Avenue), Horans Landing Park (River Street) and lower Beekman Avenue.

Sleepy Hollow Village Board of Trustees
Have you ever wondered how our local government actually works and who does what? As a quick primer, the Sleepy Hollow Village Board is comprised of seven elected officials, including the Mayor and six Trustees. One Trustee, who also holds the title of Deputy Mayor, acts as Mayor in his absence.

In a nutshell, the Board of Trustees manages Village government, including property and finances. The Board also sets policy, approves the budget, and adopts local laws and guidelines that help promote the health, safety and general welfare of Village residents.

Mayor Runs Meetings, Pays Bills, Even Performs Weddings
As chief executive officer of the Village, the Mayor conducts Board meetings, appoints non-elected officials, signs contracts and checks, and helps prepare the Village’s annual operating budget. What most people probably don’t know is that the Mayor also performs wedding ceremonies.

The current Board includes Mayor Ken Wray, who is serving his fifth term, Deputy Mayor Glenn Rosenbloom, and Trustees John Leavy, Denise Scaglione, Sam Gonzalez, Sandra Spiro, and Rachelle Gebler. The Mayor and Trustees are considered part-time Village employees who must be Village residents and serve two-year terms.

Got a Great Idea? Call a Trustee
Board members have varied areas of interest, but they are united in their commitment to the Village and desire for community input and participation. Residents who have ideas on how to improve the quality of life in the Village should reach out to a Trustee with their suggestions (see contact information on Village website, below).

The public is also encouraged to attend Board meetings, typically held on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month, at 7pm in Village Hall, 28 Beekman Avenue. For meeting schedules and agendas, check the Village website

  Con Ed Continues Downtown Gas Line Replacement
Gas line replacement work is necessary to restore an aging infrastructure with longer-lasting pipes that will safely serve our community. While road closings and detours are controlled by Con Ed’s work schedule, the utility is working with the Village to avoid unnecessary inconvenience, whenever possible, while this critical work is underway.
  The Village is home to three new restaurants:
• El Rincon del Sabor, 60 Clinton Street

• Ichabod’s of Sleepy Hollow, 128 Cortlandt Street

• Zee Pizza, 70 Beekman Avenue

  Decorated and Beautiful
Downtown Sleepy Hollow will soon be decorated with beautiful, hanging flower baskets, thanks to Village residents who have donated to this worthwhile cause and the Greater Sleepy Hollow Tarrytown Chamber of Commerce for their ongoing support. To donate:

  Ease Noise and Air Pollution
To ease noise and air pollution, the Village bans gas-powered leaf blowers (used by landscapers and residents alike), May 26-September 30. (Local Law #8, 2010)

  Edge on Hudson
As work on utilities and infrastructure begins this spring and summer, Edge on Hudson is entering a new phase of construction on the West parcel. For information about the entire project see

  Important Reminders
Village taxes, along with water bill and parking permit payments are due by June 30, 2017.

Please welcome our new police officer, Kevin Moya of Sleepy Hollow.