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Pelham Man Wants Village Man Honored With Park

PELHAM, N.Y. – John Cassone asked the village Board of Trustees on Tuesday to act on a motion to adopt a park in memory and honor of longtime Pelham resident Joseph Trotta.

The motion was originally made at the made at the Feb. 23, 2010 meeting.

Cassone mentioned that one of Trotta's sisters recently died, and that the family has raised money to have a reception for those who knew Trotta. However, he said government issues have slowed the process.

"I can see we have a very, very big problem between the town and the village," Cassone said.

Mayor Ed Hotchkiss said the board never promised any dedication and had no schedule for one. He added that he wants to ensure that such a dedication would not cost taxpayer money.

Also during the meeting, the board approved a $126,500 grant from New York State that could help with the construction of the new Department of Public Works building. Village administrator Robert Yamuder said the village still has $300,000 in contracts to use for the project, but unforeseen complications arose so the village sought a cushion.

"This is just a buffer," Yamuder said. "I don't foresee the project going over that amount."

If the village does not use the money, it will roll into the general fund.

The board also announced the sale of used vehicles that it advertised locally for bids. The village earned $2,652 from the sale of five vehicles.

The board also created a fifth lieutenant position in the fire department to reduce overtime for the other four lieutenants.

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