“By the time the Tuesday discussions came to a close, lawmakers had agreed to focus on a narrow plan that includes four main components: a permanent solution for DACA recipients, border security and reforms to the diversity-visa lottery program and what the President calls “chain-migration,” or when immigrants sponsor relatives to join them in the U.S.”
PORT JERVIS, N.Y.— Monday evening at 7:30 p.m. in the Council Chambers of City Hall at 20 Hammond St, regular Common Council meeting hours began again for the new year.
A familiar face returned: Dominick Santini IV. The Port Jervis Republican who ran in 2017 for the First Ward replaced the city’s resigned predecessor, Sarah Hendry whose comments on leaving can be found here.
“I too would like to welcome my new partner in crime.”
Save-a-Lot and nail salon are both coming
to the strip mall by Burger King and Rite Aid,
by Mar. 31 of this year.
After the youth report, a short discussion about dog parks in the city, the “Great American” building’s progress report and the Christkindlmarket discourse between Mayor Kelly Decker and a resident, public comment concluded with a reading of a seven-minute open letter to the city, elected officials, and most of all, the Fourth Ward.
2017 Fourth Ward candidate for Common Council and local activist Jill Lindner read the letter during her time at the podium for public comment. In her piece, she outlined the benefits and importance of a community-owned garden that not only revitalizes the aesthetic of a neighborhood but would educate and feed neighbors, making an area taken off the tax rolls worthwhile in doing so. You can read the full letter here, courtesy of Ms. Lindner and BriennaParsons.com.
What can’t be read in Lindner’s letter, yet she spoke of at the meeting, was that residents of the Fourth Ward who she had spoken to about the idea, were in support of not allowing the Salvation Army to simply purchase the plot and remove it from the tax rolls. Lindner also said that the North Street community garden in the Fourth Ward, that Siegel had suggested later in the meeting was slated for clearing, to make room for the Waterpark Project, and that the garden idea had been receiving a negative spin from the representative since her meeting with Decker and Lisa Randazzo, urging her to consider the Front and Seward cross street corner property which is planned to be demolished.
“Not sure that site would be in the best interest of anybody.”
Following the outset of the meeting with public comment, minutes were approved and the council jumped right into committee reports. Beginning with Siegel and following to pay the bills ($296,913.29) with the Third Ward’s very own Finance and Insurance Liaison, Kristin Trovei concluding with numerous. resolutions of gov housekeeping.
- Designating Officers
- Newspapers, Radio & Television — The Times Herald-Record is where official documents will be publicly published.
- Banking and Depositories
- Standard Workday and Reporting for Retirement Benefits
- Dual Signature Requirement for Disbursements
- Community Development Agency Shared Service
Full resolution documents or details
should be made available through the city website.
Of notable news, Christmas tree pickup is continuing, parking is still blocked from streets until Apr. 1, as well as the Department of Public Works pickup calendar — should similarly be made available through the city website. Additionally approved during the report by George Belcher, councilman for the Second Ward, were the project resolutions for the bridge over the Neversink River and roadway to the city line. A multi-million-dollar cross-funded project to re-engineer the highly trafficked street.
Regis Foster, a councilman for the First Ward, reported for the Police Committee and rattled off several impressive policing statistics.
Mayor Decker moreover updated the council on an upcoming Deerpark-Port Jervis Annexation meeting. “The old Dick’s Concrete” location is to be annexed by the city. This meeting will certainly be covered by this journalist.
The State of the City Address
is set to be held
in the Council Chambers,
Afterword a section called old business was held, in it, many condolences were expressed to Councilman-at-Large, David Bavoso. His family is in a period of bereavement. Many “well wishes” came from roughly everyone.
Port Jervis is “a community
and there’s always something to rally around.”
Besides in old business, Fourth Ward Common Council representative Stanley Siegel, regarding the award ceremony for the Patriot Pen, Voice of Democracy contest at the VFW Naval Ship said that it was “really great,” with youth speaking about democracy, “to listen to their vision of America.” Port Jervis not only has been hosting the event since 1970 but the venue is the only one like it in the country confirmed by Decker and Siegel.
Siegel ended his OB segment with a note on local activism. On Saturday, “two dozen” people met to protest for an accessible train station, with Siegel calling on Senator Chuck Schumer directly to no avail. He also had a note an upcoming taxpayer’s group with details coming in the following days, and an update on the warming station which needs volunteers and supplies.
This journalist is also a recognized Voice of Democracy, receiving commemoration for her Patriot Pen January 17, 2010.
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ue to a crunch on time, this reporter’s personal life crises, and the topical nature of the usual fourth question, a questionnaire for the Second Ward’s candidates could not be completed. However, I hope citizens, in order to inform their own opinions, take a page from my book, and ask the difficult hot-button questions that are most pressing for them of their candidates. As for the First Ward, there really is no contest there.
As I have made clear in pieces for YourPortJervisIsShowing.com, for the Fourth and Third Wards, “participation trophies” (as some residents call them) will not be handed out. I, as a dutiful independent journalist, sworn to the truth and all that democracy requires of it cannot justify that ward’s candidates with a questionnaire or article. \
Two seats, two candidates; that is not choice, that is not democracy, and were I not an independent observer, I would still cast no vote for either.
Moving On: There is more than political candidates on the ballot this year, so please be informed, they are as follows:
- A Question: Shall there be a convention to revise the Constitution and amend the same?
- An Amendment: Allowing the complete or partial forfeiture of a public officer’s pension if he or she is convicted of a certain type of felony.
- An Amendment: Authorizing the Use of Forest Preserve Land for Specified Purposes.
The first amendment here elaborates as follows:
The proposed amendment to section 7 of Article 2 of the State Constitution would allow a court to reduce or revoke the public pension of a public officer who is convicted of a felony that has a direct and actual relationship to the performance of the public officer’s existing duties.
The second amendment:
The proposed amendment will create a land account with up to 250 acres of forest preserve land eligible for use by towns, villages, and counties that have no viable alternative to using forest preserve land to address specific public health and safety concerns; as a substitute for the land removed from the forest preserve, another 250 acres of land, will be added to the forest preserve, subject to legislative approval. The proposed amendment also will allow bicycle trails and certain public utility lines to be located within the width of specified highways that cross the forest preserve while minimizing removal of trees and vegetation.
Again, due to unforeseen personal tragedy, I have failed you, the Great American Public in this final task, and hope that one has found the information needed to form a strong opinion on the matter, elsewhere. As we move passed this election, I pray that you continue reading and supporting the work I do, and we do.