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Board Discusses Funding of Pelham Street Fair

PELHAM, N.Y. – The Village of Pelham Board of Trustees authorized Wednesday the Pelham street fair and discussed the possibility of helping fund it, approved contracts for various projects around the community and appointed a new firefighter.

Prior to authorizing the appointment of Pelham’s newest firefighter, Ralph Magliulo, Mayor Ed Hotchkiss congratulated Trustees Paul McGoldrick, Joe Marty and Trustee-elect Adam Kagan on their victories in Tuesday night's village election .

Hotchkiss also took time during the mayor’s report to thank the Pelham Fire Department for its “quick response” to the eight-alarm fire at La Fontanella Ristorante on Friday.

David Katz, vice-president of the Pelham Chamber of Commerce and co-owner of the Depot Market, asked the board to help the chamber in paying for the June 24 street fair because he said it has gotten “to the point where it’s too much.”

“We definitely need help,” Katz told the board. “The chamber is a living and breathing organization for downtown and it’s struggling right now. Our downtown is in dire straits. We’ve already had five or six stores close in the last six months. We need all the help we can get and we’re coming to you guys for that help.”

While the mayor initially said it has been the board’s policy that “the village can’t accrue any costs on these kinds of events,” his opinion was swayed by Katz and other members of the board into further discussing the financial details of the event.

“We’re going to continue to discuss whether the village is going to be able to pay for it,” said Trustee Lewis after the meeting.

Trustee Susan Marciona was first to give Katz her support, saying he made “a very good case” for the board providing financial support because the board has to “support the businesses that we have.”

“If we’re going to be supportive of our downtown, the street fair just gets more and more crowded every year,” she said. “It’s a great thing.”

By the end of the more than 10-minute discussion, in which each of the trustees gave their opinions, the board and mayor agreed to authorize the street fair and think about providing some form of funding.

The board also approved various contracts that totaled more than $39,000 for a remediation study of the NYW&B Bridge, fixing the stairs for the parking lot near the old post office and to mitigate the soil in the NYW&B site A Greenspace.

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