Town waives taxes for lot at Jesse Lee used by the shuttle

Jesse Lee Church

In recognition of its help reducing car-commuting through support of the Ridgefield-Katonah Shuttle bus service, Jesse Lee Methodist Church had $2,043 in taxes abated by the town. While much church property is tax exempt, Jesse Lee rents out a 50-car parking lot used by commuters taking the shuttle bus to the Katonah train station, and as an income-producing rental property … read more

Employee of the year: Gaudian serves people in need

“I’m really lucky, I have a job I love,” said Karen Gaudian. “Every day is different. It’s rewarding to be able to help people that are struggling.” Gaudian, the town’s municipal agent for the elderly, was chosen Ridgefield’s 2018 employee of the year. She shares the responsibilities of running the town Social Services Department with its director, Tony Phillips, helping … read more

Federal tax plan has town aiming for flat budget, health insurance bloc

A federal tax plan signed into law in late 2017 has First Selectman Rudy Marconi concerned — and has the town aiming for a 0% budget increase and considering a measure to create an alliance with other towns for leverage against the insurance industry. The new tax law was one of the first issues raised by Marconi in his state … read more

Fracking waste ban draws support from the public

Opposition to oil and gas fracking and use of byproducts from the process in Ridgefield was widely shared among about 25 Ridgefielders at a public hearing Saturday — suggesting, though some doubts and concerns were expressed, considerable support for an ordinance to ban reuse of fracking by-products that is scheduled for a town meeting vote Wednesday, Jan. 9. “Please do … read more

Compassion, construction, and re-election: Marconi looks ahead to 2019

A new parking lot for the commercial district, renovations at the Venus Building to accommodate Playhouse expansion plans, progress on the state’s Main Street renovations, handicapped access improvements, extending sidewalks — the town has plans and projects aplenty to pursue. But First Selectman Rudy Marconi has another goal for 2019, one requiring no bricks or bulldozers: He wants a more … read more

Letter: Marconi to speak at League event Jan. 8

To the Editor: On January 8th, First Selectman Rudy Marconi will be the guest speaker at the Ridgefield League of Women Voters’ “Get To Know Your Town Meeting” and Alice Paul Day Celebration. Mr. Marconi will be giving a “State of the Town” presentation. Ridgefielder Alice Paul was one of the most influential women in America leading the successful fight … read more

Senior tax breaks: Selectmen may hike cut-off for deferments

Torn between an urge to help seniors struggling with tax bills and the cost that senior tax breaks put on other property owners, the selectmen are moving toward a consensus that the fairest way to help seniors would be to expand a program that allows people over 65 — with limited incomes — to remain in their homes but defer … read more

Former Fire Chief Richard Nagle dies

Former Ridgefield Fire Chief Richard Nagle died Thursday, Dec. 27, at age 77. Nagle served as chief of the Ridgefield Fire Department for more than a decade, from 1989 through 2000. Born and raised in Tarrytown, N.Y., Nagel served in the Tarrytown, White Plains, Croton-on-Hudson and New York City fire departments. He retired as a lieutenant from New York Fire … read more

Aesthetics of alternative energy: Town prepares a law, but will it help?

A town ordinance to limit the visual impact of alternative energy installations — solar arrays, windmills — is in the works, but it may not apply to the Ridgebury solar system that led a group of neighbors to draw town officials’ attention to the issue. The selectmen are having a proposed ordinance researched and drawn up. But the solar arrays … read more

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