By Stephen E. Lipken
Village of Pelham Manor Mayor Jennifer Monachino Lapey opened their February 26 Board of Trustees meeting by saying, “First of all, I think that it is fair to mention and appropriate for us just to make a note that everyone on this Board and Administration’s heart is heavy with the recent shooting in Florida. This Board, Village and Administration will continue to work collaboratively with the other municipalities to the best of our ability to ensure that all residents are safe.
“Last week I spoke with School Superintendent Dr. Champ. I have also been in contact with [Town] Supervisor Peter DiPaola and Village of Pelham Mayor Michael Volpe … Police Chiefs Jeffrey Carpenter of our Village and Joseph Benefico from the Village of Pelham will be meeting with Safety Coordinator of Pelham Union Free School District Ralph DeMasi to brainstorm and discuss possible initiatives and ideas.
“The Village Manager John T. Pierpont reminded me that in these trying times we voluntarily engage in active shooter training at the schools each year…We do take a proactive approach …,” Lapey stressed. Pierpont added that there are direct alarms between schools and the Police Desk.
On another note, Trustee Joseph Senerchia reported that he participated in a tournament with New York Rangers Defenseman Kevin Shattenkirk, “Kancer Jam” on Saturday, February 24 in Tarrytown to raise money for the Garden of Dreams Foundation and Children’s Hospital at Montefiore, combatting pediatric cancer along with Pelham Manor Fire Chief Joseph Ruggiero and Pelham Village Firefighter Jason Tortorella.
Additionally, Pierpont reported that $571,000 worth of Village paving was done this year. “Out of that money, nearly $122,000 was reimbursed to us from ConEd. We received a $125,000 grant from Assemblywoman Amy Paulin plus our regular allotment of $173,000; the balance was taken from our reserve,” Pierpont noted.
“I think that it is amazing that you didn’t have to come to us for capital debt,” Lapey added.