Innovating for Greenburgh
Greenburgh --we never sleep! We're always looking for opportunities to make Greenburgh an even better place to live. We don't rest on our past successes. We continually find and test new concepts to improve services and reduce the cost of government. Greenburgh is a laboratory of ideas and innovations.
POLICE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP
GREENBURGH POLICE SUMMER YOUTH CAMP - BUILDING POSITIVE RELATIONSHIPS
Greenburgh Police continue to reach out to our Town’s youth. This is in stark contrast to the experience of poor relationships and problems for police departments around the country. The camp has even inspired two past graduates who became Greenburgh Police Officers!
The Greenburgh Police Summer Camp has now attained 17 annual graduations, celebrating the success of another
28 teens fulfilling the demands of this rigorous program. This intensive program teaches students about the police department and improves campers’ perceptions of law enforcement.
Graduates and instructors have said that the program is more like boot camp than summer camp, with the teens experiencing what it is like for police recruits to go through the Academy. The program includes physical training, learning and passing a first aid test, CPR training, a water safety course, visits to other law enforcement agencies like that in Washington, D.C. and even learning police stop and arrest tactics. The program teaches children to respect themselves, each other and to appreciate the work of the police department. See a slideshow at
A NEW MUSEUM AND TOWN HISTORIANS
The Odell House played a major role in the Revolutionary War. The house served as the headquarters of Rochambeau in 1781. The house is in great disrepair. Paul negotiated an agreement with the Sons of the American Revolutionary War to turn over the house to the town. The town is going to repair the home, create a museum. The town is also creating a 911 Living History video containing interviews with victims and First responders. We appointed two recent college graduates as Assistant Town Historians. They write a new articles about the history of the town. They have been profiled around the metropolitan area for their work.
NEW INITIATIVES TO SECURE OUR CHILDRENS' FUTURE
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner has been working with the Greenburgh School District to create a new Greenburgh Fast-Track Technology Scholars Academy at Woodlands High School. Our goal is to create a program that gives students a demanding course of study to prepare them for 21st Century careers, especially in high-wage, high-demand positions that include computer coding and programming, application development, network management and data analysis. The program would serve select students in grades 9-12 using a school-within-a-school model in a specially equipped wing at Woodlands. Another job creation initiative: an innovative architectural mentoring program, working with respected local Architects. Students are eligible to receive $10,000 scholarships upon completion of the program. The Town’s third job-training program involves training the hard-core unemployed to become painters. In addition, over 200 members of the community have found jobs thanks to Supervisor Paul Feiner’s Job Club, which he started over six years ago.
NO PAY-TO-PLAY IN GREENBURGH
We are very proud to have squashed the influence of big money on the Greenburgh governmental decision-making process. Greenburgh has one of the toughest, if not THE toughest ethics laws in the United States. The laws prohibit Town officials from receiving campaign contributions from developers who have applications before the town, their consultants, attorney's and Town employees. Lobbyists who seek favored treatment from the Town cannot contribute to incumbents. The Town of Greenburgh makes each decision based solely on the merits, unlike other state, local, and national agencies. No Pay to Play in Greenburgh.
DRAWING ON A GOLDMINE OF GREENBURGH RESIDENTS’ PROFESSIONAL TALENT
We continue to keep taxes below the New York State tax cap and to maintain the highest possible bond rating, thanks in part to work Supervisor Paul Feiner does with retired executives and other volunteers with management expertise. The independent bond rating agencies give Greenburgh triple A status, an accomplishment that only 1% of communities in the nation can say they are proud to have.
Paul and his experts conduct annual in-depth operational audits looking for new ways to manage government more efficiently. They conducted an independent review of the Town Court in 2014, which resulted in important recommendations that the Court has since implemented. They are now commencing an examination of the Department of Public Works and anticipate developing new cost-saving measures as a result.
GREENBURGH IS SORTING IT OUT! LEADING BY EXAMPLE WITH ORGANIC RECYCLING
Organic recycling could reduce the Town’s carbon footprint by as much as 30%, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency. That is because trash includes a huge amount of food scraps and yard waste. Greenburgh’s government is leading by example, creating healthy, valuable soil by composting its organic waste. We are promoting and showing our residents the best ways to do this. The BEST part is that EVERYONE can do it, no matter where you live. Making compost keeps these materials out of over-burdened landfills.
Other benefits include:
•Enriches soil, helping retain moisture and suppress plant diseases and pests.
•Reduces the need for chemical fertilizers.
•Encourages the production of beneficial bacteria and fungi that break down organic matter.
•Saves taxpayers significant dollars by reducing collected trash.
This past summer college students, working with Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner and the Greenburgh Nature Center, initiated an education campaign at the Greenburgh town pool, showing residents how easy it is to separate their food waste from other trash. We want to educate and spread the use of organic recycling throughout the Town.
We are also encouraging school districts to promote organic recycling among students. Two school districts within the Town of Greenburgh are already source separating their food waste. In the coming years, people will not think twice about this change in habit, which produces great soil, lowers waste, reduces carbon and saves our taxpayers money. See highlights from the Greenburgh Zero Waste Initiative team at: