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This update: October 16, 2021
C.U.P.O.N. of Chestnut Ridge is an inclusive group of concerned residents allied in our shared commitment to keep our community safe and preserve the character of our neighborhood by stopping overdevelopment and illegal building activity in the Village of Chestnut Ridge.
1) Hold Chestnut Ridge elected officials and Village Administrators accountable for the consistent enforcement of all building codes, zoning laws and permit approval processes
2) Inform and educate Village Residents about issues that affect our neighborhood.
3) Keep Residents engaged and mobilized for positive change and action when decisions are made
4) Ensure all Residents have a seat at the table and that our voices are heard before the Village.
Greetings all. I hope that everyone had a wonderful summer and continues to remain well and safe. Beginning with this bulletin, I’m going to try and push out monthly bulletins that include upcoming village meetings and agendas as well as any other news that I feel might be helpful. Hopefully this will drum up at bit more participation from residents at the village meetings and will ultimately get CUPON back to a place of holding monthly meetings.
Below is the monthly schedule of meetings. The village board agenda includes public hearings about our sham of a comprehensive plan, the large Equestrian Estates development, and the Wellington School. It looks like there will also be discussions about license plate readers and cannabis plans.
Village Board: the workshop meeting is next Thursday October 21, both at 8pm. For those not familiar, the workshop is essentially a meeting for the trustees to discuss agenda items in detail. The public is permitted to attend but not comment. I have found the workshops to be quite useful as there is significantly more discussion about items than there is at meetings.
Agenda can be found here: https://chestnutridgevillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/10/2021.10.13.Workshop-Agenda.pdf and links to documents related to the agenda can be found here: https://chestnutridgevillage.org/this-monthly-schedule/
Zoning Board: workshop at 730pm on Monday October 18 and meeting immediately follows at 8pm. Agenda can be found here: https://chestnutridgevillage.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/09/2021-10-7-PB-Meeting-Agenda-FINAL.pdf
Planning Board: monthly meeting has already occurred and there is no workshop currently schedule for October. I will update if that changes.
Lastly, I wanted to share a quick story about a lighting issue. As some may know, the Arc of Rockland recently finished construction on a 6 bedroom house for some of its residents at 175 South Highland. They did a fairly good job with construction but the finished product left bright LED lights unnecessarily shining directly across the street into the neighbors front window as well as side lights shining into other neighbors side windows. A neighbor and I reached out directly to ARC to try and have the issue rectified and, several calls/emails later, the lights have been adjusted to the neighbors liking. The point of me telling this story is that I am a firm believer in being a good neighbor and in addressing issues directly with neighbors before escalating things to the village and code enforcement. This especially goes for issues like lighting, lawn care, lingering garbage pails, etc. that, to me, are just part of being a good neighbor. I realize that knocking on your neighbors door to discuss one of these issues may not always have the same positive result that we had, especially with larger-scale issue, but it’s the quickest and most direct way of having some of these addressed.
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Anthony Shaut has been a resident of Chestnut Ridge since 2016. He became an active member of CUPON in 2018 and narrowly lost an election for Village Trustee with running mate Jeff Wasserman in 2019. Anthony continues to stay heavily involved in the goings-on of the village and remains an outspoken voice on behalf of all residents at village meetings
A federal judge declined to order the village to pay damages to an Orthodox Jewish coalition on its claims of discrimination prior to the adoption of a zoning code allowing residential houses of worship.
U.S. District Court Judge Kenneth Karas dismissed a legal action by the Orthodox Jewish Coalition of Chestnut Ridge seeking monetary damages against the village for its previous restrictive zoning.
The group of ultra-Orthodox Jewish institutions claimed in a 2019 legal action that the village's “onerous zoning requirements” essentially blocked houses of worship from being built and opened, and left approval up to the discretion of the Board of Trustees, and village land-use boards. Prior to the new law, houses of worship required 5 acres.
The coalition filed the civil rights lawsuit seeking compensation just before the board approved a three-tier zoning law that allows houses of worship in residential neighborhoods. Several congregations have since submitted plans before the village and its land-use boards seeking approvals and permits.
hello CUPON of Chestnut Ridge members an readers.
I just wanted to take this opportunity to bring you up to date on some important matters. Chestnut Ridge has been in the news lately and this posting will provide a small bit of information.
!- Earlier this week Judge Karas of US District Court denied a request for damages by the Orthodox Jewish Coalition whose assertion was that the prior House of Worship law was so onerous and restrictive that it denied members of the community the opportunity to worship. The OJC sought financial damages from the Village of Chestnut Ridge. The Court denied the damages. The OJC has 30 days to file an action regarding the decision.
I am not an attorney and so I am not going to try to summarize or offer my opinion on the opinion!!
2- I had a very long conversation with Victoria Gerrity, office manager for Elijah Reichlin-Melnick earlier this week about the Cease and Desist program that the Village of Chestnut Ridge is protected by. I shared a list of the realtors who have consistently violated the program, I shared copies of complaints submitted, I also provided a fairly comprehensive list of which homeowners where bothered by what realtors- all of whom were registered participants in the program.
I asked the Senator's office to contact the Department of State to determine if ANY sanctions were applied and if so, what were the details and which realtors were sanctioned!!
As the weather improves and the interest in home sales rises we are all sure to be bothered by aggressive, disrespectful realtors. if you are not registered, please do so,. I have cards and am glad to forward them to you.
I was disappointed to learn that the number of homeowners who have registered in the village for the CEASE and DESIST is under 200 houses. I am sad and bothered by this- REMEMBER we worked very hard to
establish the need for this program!!!! And Chestnut Ridge is only the 5th jurisdiction in NYS to receive the designation. Come one People- REGISTER!!!!!
3- Again, I remind all that we are a volunteer organization and your donations keep us solvent!! please consider donation by the website or by mailing checks to CUPON of Chestnut Ridge, PO Box 394, Nanuet,NY 10954.
4- And again, illegal contractors must be stopped!!! Report them to the RC Department of Consumer Affairs at 845-364-2901. AND after 5PM or on weekends and holidays, call the RC Sheriff at 845-638-5401.
Thanks, Hilda Kogut/ CUPON of CR chair
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