Written by Jessica M. Semins Thursday, 14 May 2009 13:10
At his first official village meeting after being sworn in as Sea Cliff’s mayor, Bruce Kennedy began to address several public concerns. Sea Cliff has a reputation as being a quiet and undisturbed village and the new mayor is taking proactive measures to keep it that way. Kennedy announced to the public on May 11 that he met with Inspector Williams, Commander of the 6th Precinct the week prior. Also in attendance during the conference were Deputy Commander McCarthy and Administrative Officer Sgt. Johnston. The mayor and authorities discussed cracking down on crime at the Sea Cliff Beach area. Incidents of graffiti and speeding have been known to occur at the site.
The police report for the month of April included two burglaries, one non-auto larceny, one account of criminal mischief, five auto accidents and 12 cases other than auto. Kennedy informed the public that it is important to be alert to any dubious activity. An auto theft in a residential area was reported for the month of May. The owner had left keys in the ignition and doors to the vehicle unlocked. Resident Kevin Denton expressed his concern about a particular area that has become a “party hangout” and is often littered with debris.
Regarding crimes, Mayor Kennedy said, “If you see something that looks suspicious, don’t be afraid to call 911 and report it. The police say it is the best prevention. They often find that these leads turn into arrests.”
A public hearing will be held on May 18 at 7:30 p.m. in order to amend a local law regarding the regulation of pool fencing. A public hearing regarding the application for franchise agreements with Verizon will be held on June 8. Trustee Tom Murphy offered a resolution to adopt an Emergency Response Plan that pertains to hazardous materials. This plan would be posted at the Sea Cliff Public Works building.
Sea Cliff’s tradition of volunteering and town pride continues with the swearing in of three new members to the village fire department. Paul Boccola became a member of the Enterprise Hose Company, Sean McCalmont joined the Engine and Hose Company and August Tirino signed up with the Hook and Ladder Company. James Ajamian was the recipient of the Charles E. Theurer Award for his achievement in responding to the most rescue calls. Trustee Carol Vogt announced that the committee in charge of the Senior Action Picnic at the Methodist Church is seeking docents.
The Sea Cliff Museum is also searching for several volunteers. Interested individuals may contact the museum. The museum is currently working with a resident who discovered the 1918 wreck of the Ryecliff Ferryboat while diving. An exhibit is being planned to reveal his findings. Trustee Vogt also stressed the importance of recycling in the community and remarked that the village will continue to educate the public about the program and procedures.
As the summer time approaches, the village becomes abuzz. Beginning Saturday, June 27, the Sea Cliff Beach is open every day (prior to which it is open on the weekends). On May 25, Cliff Way will convert to a one-way street for the season and parking permits are required to park in the beach lot.
Resident Chris Pierce remarked how wonderful it is to see members of the community helping each other. He commented that the Mutual Concerns Committee has been doing some noble work and recently was able to help an individual find housing who had fallen on some hard times.