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Broadband Survey

Stanford is working to improve broadband service. Fast internet has become critical for students to pursue their education. To this end, Stanford is launching a broadband survey, and we hope every household will participate.  The online survey is available here, and on Stanford’s Facebook page, here.

 Alternatively, you can pick up hardcopies at the Stanford Free Library, McCarthy’s Pharmacy, Big Rock Market, Roosters Hardware and Town Hall.

Whitlock Preserve is Open

Stanford’s Whitlock Preserve, located off of Route 82 on Knight Road, has two short trails for walking and bird watching. This spring both trails were blocked by overgrowth, but not the west trail has been cleared and is hikeable. The eastern trail will be next, as well as clearing tree debris off the western footbridge. The Preserve is a gem. Please bring mosquito repellent!

Marijuana Legislation

Town of Stanford Legalization of Marijuana
Dialogue on Dispensaries and Lounges in the Town of Stanford
Your input on the following is requested. Please read carefully and send your comments via email to wburton@townofstanford.org.

New York State, through the Marijuana Regulation and Taxation Act (MRTA) [Cannabis Law Article 4], has legalized the possession and use of cannabis.  However, the regulated retail sale of adult-use cannabis is not expected to begin until late 2022 or early 2023.

The State regulatory framework being created is analogous the Alcoholic Beverage Control Law and the New York State Liquor Authority.  The framework is not complete, but several components are known.

  • There will be retail stores (sometimes called dispensaries – analogous to wine and liquor stores) and on-site consumption sites (sometimes called lounges – analogous to bars).
  • The State is prohibiting retail sale and/or on-site consumption within 500 feet of a school and 200 feet of a house of worship (analogous to alcohol sales laws).
  • All cannabis sales will be subject to a 4% local sales tax which will be distributed to the county where sales take place.  Counties are entitled to retain 25% of the local tax collected and must distribute the remaining 75% to the municipalities within the county in proportion to sales in each locale.  (Communities without sales will not receive revenue.)
  • Under State law, cannabis smoking and vaping is treated the same as smoking or vaping tobacco products and is prohibited in all the same places.
  • Towns may pass local laws and land use regulations governing the time, place and manner of the operation of retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption sites, provided such laws or regulations do not make operations unreasonably impracticable.
  • Peace officers will be able to inspect all licensed or permitted premises and all records of licensed operators.

At the local level, State law for retail and on-site consumption will be deemed automatically approved unless the municipality passes a local law (opt-out) preventing cannabis sales prior to December 31, 2021.

If the municipality opts-in; retail and/or on-premises sales cannot be prohibited but can be subject to local zoning, which cannot place unreasonable restraints on the business.  Other aspects of marijuana production and distribution have been pre-empted by state law and cannot be prohibited.

A town can opt in for one option [e.g., dispensaries] and opt out for the other [e.g., lounges]

If the Town opts-out, then it may opt-in later, but the Town cannot opt-out of either retail sales or lounges unless it passes a local law.

  • To effectuate an opt-out, local governments must adopt a local law subject to a permissive referendum on or before December 31, 2021.
  • No city, village or town may opt-out after December 31, 2021.

Supervisor’s 5 Year Strategic Plan

Supervisor’s 5 Year Strategic Plan

I have created this as a fluid document, to articulate a mission statement and set goals and actions to accomplish this vision.

My greatest hope has been to help unify the Stanford Community.  I view my role as Supervisor as broader than being the C.F.O. of the Town – which includes stabilizing our taxes and being an honest and transparent steward of our tax payers funds, along with the Town Board.  I post this document with the hope that it will be read, and that we can answer your questions and take your suggestions at our Town Board Meetings.  We are here to serve this Community, and I take that responsibility very seriously.

Stanford Supervisor’s Five Year Strategic Plan 3.3.21

A Poem for the New Year

CONTINUE: a poem
By Maya Angelou
 

My wish for you
Is that you continue

Continue

To be who and how you are
To astonish a mean world
With your acts of kindness

Continue

To allow humor to lighten the burden
Of your tender heart

Continue

In a society dark with cruelty
To let the people hear the grandeur
Of God in the pearls of your laughter

Continue

To let your eloquence
Elevate the people to heights
They had only imagined

Continue

To remind the people that
Each is as good as the other
And that no one is beneath
Nor above you

Continue

To remember your own young years
And look with favor upon the lost
And the least and the lonely

Continue

To put the mantel of your protection
Around the bodies of 
The young and defenseless

Continue

To take the hand of the despised
And diseased and walk proudly with them
In the high street
Some might see you and
Be encouraged to do likewise

Continue

To plant a public kiss of concern
On the cheek of the sick
And the aged and infirm
And count that as a 
Natural action to be expected

Continue

To let gratitude be the pillow
Upon which you kneel to
Say your nightly prayer
And let faith be the bridge
You build to overcome evil
And welcome good

Continue

To ignore no vision
Which comes to enlarge your range
And increase your spirit

Continue

To dare to love deeply
And risk everything
For the good thing

Continue

To float
Happily in the sea of infinite substance
Which set aside riches for you
Before you had a name

Continue

And by doing so
You and your work
Will be able to continue
Eternally

CRITICAL NEW INFORMATION ON 2020 CENSUS

THIS IS CRITICALLY IMPORTANT

First, the Census Bureau has decided to tighten what was thought to be the deadline to complete the form. As a result of the COVID-19 crises, the Census had pushed back the response deadline from mid-August to the end of October. The Bureau has now announced it will October 31,2020. In our area, census workers are now starting to go door to door to help finish the count. But people don’t need to wait until a census worker comes knocking on their door. They can fill out the form now at “My2020Census.gov.” Census assistance numbers are: 844-330-2020 for English; 844-468-2020 for Spanish.

As a reminder, it only takes a few minutes for people to fill out the Census. The final numbers will determine how federal funding gets divided across the country. Congressional and legislative districts will be redrawn based on the figures as well.

Please help spread the word via your municipality’s social media, newsletter, reminders at board meetings, word of mouth etc.

Here are few links: The County Executive just published this news release that has all the pertinent information: https://www.dutchessny.gov/Departments/County-Executive/Molinaro-Urges-Fill-Out-Census-Workers-Start-Door-to-Door.htm

Also, this is great link about to expect when Census workers come to your door. This includes safety and identification protocols.

https://2020census.gov/en/census-takers.html

     

 

 
 

New Zoom Webinar Format for Town Board Meetings

 Town Board meetings and public hearings are a challenge during COVID, but at last we have a workable way. Meetings, including but not limited to Town Board Meetings and budget workshops, will be held via Zoom, in such a way that attendees will have opportunity to comment and ask questions.  Our new ZOOM webinar system will allow hundreds of citizens to attend, and we will return to first and second privileges of the floor.  You will be able to raise your virtual hand at the beginning and end of the meetings and you will be called on to speak.  As we have done in the past, speakers may speak for 2 minutes and we will have to hold firm to that limit.

To join the meeting, click HERE

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Stanford Fire Company’s 9/11 Flag Raising Memorial

The members of the Stanford Fire Company will be honoring their 343 fallen firefighting brothers who were lost on that terrible day, 9/11/2001.  They commemorate, as well, all of the brothers that were lost from the injuries sustained from 9/11, including Stanford’s own beloved Dennis Gilhooly.  Here is a letter written by Ed Zick, a 30 year member of the Stanford Fire Company:

 
I’d like to thank everyone here for caring enough to share this moment with us. Your support is always vital to our organization, our town, and our community. Also, my sincere appreciation goes out to the Town Board for their assistance and complete encouragement for our visionary plan.
I especially want to express my gratitude to the ten men and women of this Fire Company, who, as committee members, have worked tirelessly since February to bring this project to life. Their combined skills, commitment, enthusiasm and devotion to commemorating those who gave their lives on 9/11 has been overwhelming.
The idea for this display came about after one of our members drove by a volunteer firehouse in Massachusetts, and observed dozens of flags waving in honor of 9/11 victims. Thoughts of doing something in our district, that would be a remembrance of those souls, came to mind, and using town hall grounds seemed to be the perfect venue. But instead of a few dozen flags, why not 2977 tributes in celebration of lives lost – lives of people we will never know, and those of brother firefighters we loved, including Dennis Gilhooly, Stanford Fire Lieutenant and Commissioner, who recently succumbed fro illness as a result of his work at the scene of the World Trade Center. The flag in the middle of our display is dedicated to this brave, unassuming man who instilled courage in all of us.
Unfortunately, Covid-19 struck before we could implement other ideas, like asking young school children to participate by attaching a name to each flag, commissioning the high school band to mark our event, and inviting the public to attend a town-wide dedication ceremony on Community Day.
Many of us lost friends, family, neighbors on that dark day that changed history. This memorial honors all of them. we hope it represents essential values of firefighters in the spirit of togetherness, respect and tolerance.
The exhibit will run from September 5th to September 19th.
“Never Forget”