We hope you enjoy the first 2018 edition of the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s newsletter, the Sleepy Hollow Local Reporter. Read on as we shine the “Village Spotlight” on volunteer firefighter and DPW employee John Korzelius, as well as for updates on Village “Projects in Progress,” promising an exciting year ahead, our “Hollow Happenings” calendar and interesting “News and Notes.”
John Korzelius, who currently serves as Deputy Chief of the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department and as Parks Foreman for the Sleepy Hollow Department of Public Works, is a lifelong resident of Sleepy Hollow. Service to the Village runs in the family, as John’s father Thomas Square served as a 50-year veteran of the Village’s Fire Patrol and was cofounder and first Captain of the Sleepy Hollow Volunteer Ambulance Corps. John’s brother Keith has served as Captain of the fire department’s Pocantico Hook & Ladder, while John joined Columbia Hose and rose to the rank of Chief. John completed his most recent term as Fire Chief Engineer in April of 2018.

Korzelius first joined the Sleepy Hollow Fire Department in 1983 and has been a dedicated firefighter ever since. He first served as Assistant Chief in 1998, and has held roles as Deputy Chief, Acting Chief, Assistant Chief and Chief Engineer during several terms. Over the years, he has responded to countless local and mutual aid calls, responding to everything from fires to gas leaks, and from car accidents to river rescues – recently even including rescuing a deer trapped on ice in the lakes in Pocantico Hills. During trying times for New York City and our local community, John worked with 9/11 search and rescue teams at Ground Zero.

A mentor and friend to fellow volunteer firefighters, John has also been active in other forms of community service. He has been instrumental in sending care packages to troops overseas throughout his years of service and has helped organize many charitable fundraisers, most recently for the victims of hurricanes Maria, Harvey, and Irma.

Several months ago, with the fire department’s new mid-mount ladder truck planned for delivery (paid for primarily through a $300,000 grant from the Tappan Zee Community benefits program) the Village sought a suitable home for the aging Ladder 38, set to be “retired.” In a remarkable development, Korzelius has helped arrange for the donation of Ladder 38 to Port- Au-Prince, Haiti, which has seen a great deal of devastation in recent years, and has a desperate need for equipment.

John Korzelius has been a fulltime employee of the Village of Sleepy Hollow since 1998 and was promoted to Park’s Foreman of the Department of Public Works in 2009. He is a true asset to the community and we look forward to his continued service for many years to come.
East Parcel Project Takes Major Step Forward

Plans to transform a vacant, 28-acre parking lot into a productive community resource took an important step forward early in 2018, when the Sleepy Hollow Planning Board approved Phase 1 infrastructure development for the East Parcel Project. Certain upgrades also require Westchester County Board of Health approvals and when those are obtained, work in summer of 2018 will include the relocation and upgrade of a major sewer line on-site, realignment of a water line feeding Kingsland Point Park and property west of the Metro-North tracks, and installation of a series of “wick drains.” Wick drains are a method of expediting the settlement process. These infrastructure improvements will lay the groundwork for future development on the East Parcel, as the Village of Sleepy Hollow Board of Trustees evaluates options including relocation of the Department of Public Works, recreational amenities, bridge and trail connections, and more. Information is available at: https://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/local-development-corporation

Riverside Drive Sidewalk Improvement Project

Damaged and overgrown sidewalks along Riverside Drive in Sleepy Hollow are scheduled to be replaced in the summer of 2018. The project is partially funded by a grant from the NYS Thruway Authority under the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program, and a grant from the State and Municipal Facilities Capital Program secured by NY State Senator Terrence Murphy. The project includes the addition of amenities including benches, landscaping and pavers. In addition to enjoying breathtaking views of the river, residents and visitors strolling the new path will be inspired by poems embedded in selected sidewalk pavers, thanks to a program created by the Village of Sleepy Hollow in conjunction with The Hudson Valley Writers’ Center.

Public Works improvements Breath New Life into Aging Infrastructure

A vital project to reline water pipes in the Webber Park neighborhood will continue in summer 2018. The improvements are designed to reduce leaks and to ensure a reliable and most of supply of clean water, from connections to the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s new water supply reservoir tank on Lake Road.

Edge-on-Hudson Selects Toll Brothers as Builder for Phase 1

After a year-long infrastructure build-out, home construction is nearing its start at Edge-on-Hudson. Early in 2018, the project development team announced that a leading national home builder, Toll Brothers, had signed an agreement to purchase and build out lots in Phase 1 of the project. Toll Brothers is a Fortune 500 company ranked as the #1 Home Builder Worldwide on Fortune Magazine’s "World's Most Admired Companies" list. It is anticipated that the company will build as many as 306 units of housing in Phase 1, including 61 affordable workforce and senior housing units. Initial construction of new homes is anticipated as soon as late summer 2018. As master developer of Edge-on-Hudson, SunCal and Diversified Realty Advisors will continue site development on the project, and are actively working towards Phase 2 approvals. Concurrently, the south half of the new Beekman Avenue bridge is nearing completion, with the restoration of two-way traffic flow expected in summer 2018.

RFP issued for new Beekman Avenue Streetlights

A request for proposals has been issued for the installation of new streetlights on Beekman Avenue. The project includes replacement of 47 aging streetlights, including foundations, base footings, poles, luminaries, conduit, wiring and service connections. The new LED lights will provide both improved lighting capability and energy efficiency.

In addition, the project includes the addition of a second pedestrian light to each of the six poles alongside Morse Park (between North Washington and Pocantico Street) oriented to illuminate the Park for security and extended use. Set to be completed during 2018, the project is funded by a Community Development Block Grant administered by New York State Homes and Community Renewal.

Village of Sleepy Hollow Master Plan

With a range of development projects underway and the potential for further economic expansion, The Village of Sleepy Hollow has embarked on a project to update the Master Plan to ensure that the community has extensive input into the future of the Village itself. The current plan was adopted in 1980 when Sleepy Hollow had a population of less than 8,000 residents. Today, the Village is home to more than 10,000 residents, and has the potential to grow to more than 13,000 in the next several years. In January, a public kick-off meeting introduced the planning process to the community. Since that time, thanks in part to a Local Waterfront Revitalization Program grant from the New York Department of State, the Village has hired BFJ Planning to help coordinate input from upcoming public meetings. The goal of the planning process will be to create a forward-thinking “blueprint” that preserves the character of Sleepy Hollow and recognizes our natural assets, while at the same time fostering economic development and capitalizing on opportunities before us. The Master Plan will represent the community’s desires and priorities for the present day and the future. Public meetings are expected to resume in June. Information on the planning process and specific dates for public meetings will be available at: http://sleepyhollowconnected.com/

New Hires

The Village board has hired a Recreation Superintendent and a Department of Public Works Superintendent. Both roles had been vacant for an extended period. The Board elected to hire both individuals in preparation for opportunities ahead as extensive redevelopment continues in the Village.

Wayne T. Ballard
Wayne T. Ballard is the new Superintendent of Public Works for the Village of Sleepy Hollow. Mr. Ballard has more than 20 years of experience in the field of public works and served previously as Superintendent of Highways in Clarkstown, NY. His responsibilities included improving safety and quality of life for more than 84,000 residents living along 300 miles of roads with associated traffic devices, drainage, sidewalks, and parking lots. Wayne earned his Bachelors of Civil Engineering at the City College of NY. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer, NYS Certified Code Enforcer and a Certified Safety Professional. We welcome Mr. Ballard to Sleepy Hollow!

Matt Arone
Matt Arone has been hired as the new Recreation Superintendent in Sleepy Hollow. Arone comes to the village from his position as Deputy Superintendent in the Village of Scarsdale and brings a wealth of experience and ideas on new approaches to the job. Matt has been a full-time municipal recreation professional for 22 years. He earned a Behavioral Sciences degree from Concordia College, where he also starred as a college baseball player and then earned his Master’s Degree in Counseling and Development at Long Island University. He is a long-time executive board member of the Westchester Recreation and Park Society and is currently is serving as President. He also volunteers as a youth coach for both CYO and Little League.

  • In March of 2018, Village of Sleepy Hollow Trustees Rachelle Gebler, Sam Gonzalez, and Sandra Spiro were re-elected for a second term. Reach out to them with your comments on Village issues or ideas for new initiatives. Contact information is available at: https://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/board-of-trustees

  • Check the Village of Sleepy Hollow’s Department of Parks and Recreation website frequently for updates on summer events and programs! https://www.sleepyhollowny.gov/recreation-parks-department

  • Ahhh… the sound of silence. Gas Powered Leaf Blowers are prohibited for use in the Village of Sleepy Hollow from May 25 through September 30th, 2018

  • Village-wide bulk item pick-up is scheduled for the 1st and 3rd Monday of every month, and is available on those dates only. This includes wrapped mattresses and small pieces of furniture or items. Excessively large items or large volume will require a dumpster.

  • Village of Sleepy Hollow Taxes and Village of Sleepy Hollow Municipal Parking Renewals are due no later than July 2, 2018.

  TaSH Farmer’s Market
Saturday, May 26 (Saturdays until Thanksgiving) 8:30am – 2:00pm

The Tarrytown/Sleepy Hollow (TaSH) Farmer’s Market opens for the season on Saturday, May 26 in Patriot’s Park. The Farmer’s Market is open every Saturday from 8:30am – 2:00pm with delicious fresh produce and more, including educational activities, musical performances, kids activities and food tastings. http://www.tashfarmersmarket.org

  Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28 at 9:00am

Honor our veterans! The Annual Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Memorial Day Parade will kick-off at 9:00am on Monday, May 28th from Main Street in Tarrytown and will proceed north on Route 9 to Beekman Avenue in Sleepy Hollow, then west on South Washington Street towards Patriots Park, where the parade will conclude with services at the World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Monuments.

  Horseman “Color Me Mud Run,” Kingsland Point Park
Saturday, June 16 at 9:15am

The Horseman Color Run, benefiting The Foundation for the Public Schools of the Tarrytowns, is an exciting day for the entire family at Kingsland Point Park. Registration opens at 7:30 a.m. & closes at 9:15 a.m. Races begin promptly at: 9:30 a.m. - 1/2 mile Little Kids Race. 9:45 a.m. - 1 mile Bigger Kids Race. 10:00 a.m. - 5k Race! This year's run includes (optional) obstacles and mud! You will be sprayed with colors along the race route. Free parking at Edge-on-Hudson (Kingsland Point Park lot will be closed). Info at: http://www.horsemancolorrun.myevent.com/

  Village of Sleepy Hollow Teen Travel Summer Camp - Sign up Now!
July 9-20, July 23-Aug. 3

The Village of Sleepy Hollow Recreation Department presents an exciting new teen travel program available to current 6th, 7th and 8th graders (entering grades 7, 8 and 9 in the fall). Two sessions are available. Session 1 (July 9-20) will include outings to Splish Splash Water Park, Playland, Great Adventure and more! Session 2 (July 23 – August 3) travels to see a Mets game, Lake Compounce Amusement Park, Mt. Creek Water Park and more. Pick up and drop off at the James Galgano Senior Center. Contact Sleepy Hollow Recreation Dept. at (914) 366-5109 for details, or email Matt Arone at marone@sleepyhollowny.org

  Sleepy Hollow Sprint Triathlon, Presented by Edge-on-Hudson
Sunday, June 17 at 8:00am

This popular sprint triathlon returns to Sleepy Hollow with its 10th Anniversary race scheduled for Sunday, June 17th at 8:00am in Kingsland Point Park. Free parking at Edge-on-Hudson (Kingsland Point Park lot will be closed). All proceeds from the triathlon benefit Make-A-Wish Hudson Valley. Swim, bike and run! Advance registration is required for participation, available at www.sleepyhollowtriathlon.com.

  Fourth of July Fireworks Display
Wednesday, July 4 (approximately 8:15pm)

The Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow Fireworks display returns to mark Independence Day with a spectacular show over the Hudson. Viewing from Kingsland Point Park and additional vantage points.

  Free Sunset Jazz Concerts at Horan’s Landing
Tuesday Nights in August at 6:30pm

The Jazz Forum Arts, in association with the Village of Sleepy Hollow, presents four exciting Jazz groups on four consecutive Tuesday evenings, August 7-28 from 6:30pm-8:00pm at Horan’s Landing along the Hudson River. Sponsored by New York-Presbyterian and co-sponsored by Arts Westchester & Hudson Harbor. Bring a picnic or enjoy the wonderful new restaurant, Hudson Farmer & Fish! Info: 914-631-1000 or www.jazzforumarts.org