RYE BROOK, N.Y. - There are many things that Rye Brook Mayor Joan Feinstein wants to accomplish in 2012, but one thing above all else seems to be near and dear to the mayor's heart.
"When I was elected mayor four years ago, one of my primary goals was to create a comprehensive plan for the village," Feinstein said. "Rye Brook has changed a lot over the last thirty years, and we could learn a lot from discourse with the community."
Although Feinstein is eager to see the wheels set in motion, she realizes that a comprehensive plan can be a daunting process.
"We know it takes a couple of years, but it's something we need to prepare for the future," Feinstein added.
Like Mayor Douglas French of Rye, Feinstein also hopes to improve the village's flood mitigation projects, specifically the Bowman Avenue Sluice Gate project. Although the project is located in Rye, Feinsten believes that the project's completion is important to the flood mitigation effort in Rye Brook. According to Feinstein, the project is currently sitting in front of the village's planning board.
"I look forward to having the project put in front of the Rye Brook Board of Trustees," Feinstein said. "The sooner we get the plan approved the sooner we can help the people of Rye Brook."
Feinstein also hopes that 2012 will bring more progress with the Rye Town dissolution study. The study was commissioned by the steering committee, which is made up of Feinstein, Port Chester Mayor Dennis Pilla, Mamaroneck Mayor Norm Rosenblum, Rye Town Supervisor Joe Carvin and the four municipalities' administrators and planners.
"I give a lot of credit to Supervisor Carvin," Feinstein said regarding the dissolution study. "It is so important to study and discuss the various layers of government."
The steering committee will hold its second public forum on Thursday, January 12th in the village of Mamaroneck. The forum promises to provide the public with an update and review of the study.
Although Mayor Feinstein hopes that all of her goals will be completed by 2012, she still places the residents of Rye Brook first.
"I always want to ensure that we maintain the quality of life our residents have been accustomed to," Feinstein said.
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