The Village of Briarcliff Manor held a meeting Monday night to share information, and some analysis, of the village’s findings in response to a request from some Town of Ossining residents to merge their properties into Briarcliff.
The areas under discussion are two election districts: Numbers 17 and 20 off North State Road and between Routes 9A and 100 — at least 1,500 residents.
For those who want to know more about this topic or to hear the information again, Village Manager Philip Zegarelli will host another session Wednesday at the Anne M. Dorner Middle School, 100 Van Cortlandt Ave., Ossining 10562.
The process is complicated and state law defines who, when and how annexation from one town to a bordering village can be completed. At least 12 residents from Ossining asked Briarcliff to consider the change, officials said. To move forward there would need to be petitions from the residents, study and review, public hearings and then a public vote by those in the district seeking to make the change.
“It is a legal process where one government acquires an area outside its current corporate boundary,” said Zegarelli in explaining the law.
Deputy Mayor David Venditti added: The initiative to study this matter did not come from Briarcliff but from “residents outside seeking to the join the village of Briarcliff Manor.”
Briarcliff reviewed services, taxes and property assessments. The change would not affect school district boundaries and the two districts would remain in the Ossining school district.
Some residents say there will be benefits; others see the change as an unnecessary event that will not save money. Monday’s meeting also drew representatives from the town of Ossining and Village of Ossining.
“We appreciate the Village of Briarcliff Manor sharing its proposal with us, and the community. We are looking forward to doing a complete analysis together with both villages,” said Ossining Town Supervisor Catherine Borgia.