Dobbs Ferry Democratic Committee, March 20, 2008, Minutes
Attendees: Jane Morgenstern, Paul Sterne, Randy Klipstein, Joy Haber, Donna Cassell, Bradley Bolke, Charlotte Frankenthaler, Nancy Delmerico, Bettina Speyer, Marie McKellar, Bill Blanck, Teresa Walsh and Suzanne Berger.
Guests: Jim McCue, Herb Rosenberg, and Tom Speyer. Chairman Randy Klipstein called the meeting to order at 7:56 PM a quorum was. not present at his time. Randy brought up the issue of changing the Committee meeting time to 7:30 so the meeting would be able to end earlier. A motion to this effect was made by Joy Haber; seconded, and carried by a majority. Randy announced that the next meeting would be on Monday, April 28th at 7:30PM. Treasurer’s Report – Paul Sterne – The present balance in our account is $1,077. Announcements: a) Committee Internet Presence – Paul Sterne has established a group for us on GroundReport.com. Minutes, correspondence, general information, etc. can now be posted. Randy will email detailing on how to become a member of this group b) Community Preservation Act – Jane Morgenstern reported that the implementing of this Act by Greenburgh is being postponed because of the present housing and economic climate. Randy explained that this Act would impose a sales tax on houses with sale prices above the median sale prices in the area. This money would be held by the individual villages and used for the purchase of open spaces. This decision will be reviewed in 2009. c) Planning Board– Bettina Speyer reported that Masters School was interested in building faculty housing on its property. She also said that the village was looking into the possibility of taxing this housing project since the units will be rented to the faculty and not given in lieu of salary. The Board is looking closely at his proposal. Charlotte mentioned that the CAB would be looking into the number of trees that would be removed by this project. d) Joy Haber reported on a very successful Coffee with Andrea Stewart-Cousins which Joy hosted at her home for women in our village including members of the Democratic Committee. She said it was very informative. Ms. Stewart-Cousins told the group about the situation in Albany, her struggles and accomplishments and her upcoming campaign. Reading of the minutes from February 14, 2008. – A quorum now being present a motion to adopt the corrected minutes was made by Jane Morgenstern and seconded by Charlotte Frankenthaler. The minutes were approved unanimously. Unfinished Business A Open Discussion – Teresa Walsh was the only Trustee present. She explained the situation regarding the requested easement for the Nagle estate and Belden Ave. The village owns this easement. There are two houses now on this property and the easement is for a new third house. The actual designation of this easement is still being considered, i.e. should it be a greenway. Bettina explain that the Planning Board reached an agreement with the property owners that no more subdivisions would be allowed on this 7-acre site. Jim McCue asked if the CAB had input on the new Zoning Code. Tom Speyer replied that all suggestions from all committees were taken into consideration. Bettina asked about parking. Teresa reported that the BOT was looking into a number of possibilities including the area behind Cedar Street. Donna asked about Cabrini’s proposal for senior housing. Teresa explained the proposal and added that it would be under HUD and open to seniors from all over the country. B District Leader Openings – motion to appoint Bettina Speyer to the 17th district was made by Donna Cassell and seconded by Paul Sterne. The motion carried unanimously. There is still another DL opening in the 17th. C Official Democratic Presidential Primary Results.- Randy passed out an extensive fact sheet with the voting results in our village. D Bylaws Revision – Jane Morgenstern ask for and received a postponement. E Sub-committee Assignments – The following appointments were made: Nomination/Vacancy Committee: Bettina Speyer, Donna Cassell and Nancy Delmerico. Voter Registration: Nancy Delmerico. Fundraising and Special Events: Joy Haber and Jane Morgenstern. G Discussion on non-Democrats on our ticket – Suzanne Berger lead a very spirited debate discussing the pros and cons of having non-registered Democrats on our Democratic ticket. Suzanne, Joy Haber, Bettina Speyer, Tom Speyer, Herb Rosenberg, Jane Morgenstern, Nancy Delmerico, Donna Cassell, Teresa Walsh, Randy Klipstein, and Paul Sterne made comments. No decisions were made. However, it was recognized that we need to field the best possible candidates and, at the same time, be flexible while Dobbs is essentially a one party village. Additionally, all candidates would have to adhere to Democratic Party values and platforms. H Update on Town & County Items – Suzanne Berger expressed high hopes for Governor Paterson. She told us that that he was very familiar with our area and mentioned some of his accomplishments. She also reported on the new optical scanning voting machines being put in place for the upcoming elections and the need for new election inspectors. Motion to adjourn was made by Charlotte Frankenthaler, seconded by Bill Blanck was carried unanimously. Adjournment at 9:53PM. Respectfully submitted by Donna Cassell, Recording Secretary