Mohegan Lake Legal Defense Fund

History of this site

This site was originally set up to fight 3 of 5 zoning variances proposed by the FBC development at Sagamore Trail and Mohegan Ave that eliminates two single family homes while nearly quadrupling the parking and occupancy loads of the old Lakeland Jewish Center. That effort failed and the application is currently before the Planning Board.

While Save Mohegan Lake will continue to update you on that issue, we are moving on to all issues affecting the lake, such as Mohegan Lake Improvement District (MLID) meetings, agenda and budget. This site is not an official mouthpiece for MLID, but some updates will be provided on this site; the official site is located here.

We do it all here, so long as it's Mohegan Lake related. Feel free to submit comments, content, garage sale notices, police blotters, PSA's, essays on the virtues of our 105 acre ice rink, rants, raves, etc... We love it all.


Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Update on the Faith Bible Church Zoning Variance Application

It would be highly peculiar if the Zoning Board doesn't approve all of the requested variances tomorrow night, 10/24/13.  I was shocked they didn't last time. 

To bring you up to speed on the latest, I present my written comments to the Zoning Board from August.  I like to think it had something to do with their thoughtful deliberation of the application and their surprising postponement of their decision.

Dear Zoning Board Members,

Thank you for your continued diligence reviewing the instant variance applications.  I will continue to thoroughly examine, in my professional capacity, the instant application in attempt to vet it for full compliance and conformance with all applicable laws.  It is my hope that I can save the applicant, town, and myself additional time that will be required if all the “I”s are not dotted and “T”s crossed.  Faith Bible Church (FBC)  is on their 4th ZBA application in 3 years; I think all parties agree that we don’t want to be before the board on this matter, ever again.  

Tomorrow, 10/24/13 MLID Meeting

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A message from the Mohegan Lake Improvement District:

Our monthly meeting for October is this Thursday October 24 at 8:00 P.M. at the Mohegan Colony schoolhouse kitchen at 99 Baron de Hirsch Road in Crompond.  Hope you can make it.     
We had a great budget meeting last month and have some great works in progress to improve the health of the lake. 

Monday, October 7, 2013

Yorktown Candidate Debates: 10/10/13 in Mohegan Lake

Gentle reader,

I'd like to share with you the following email from Yorktown Smart Growth/Green Yorktown. They are sponsoring a Yorktown candidates debate with a focus on local envirionmental issues.  I'd recommend attending or, if you can't make it, posing questions in writing to the candidates.  Details below:
Hi All
Just a quick reminder and update about the upcoming Candidate's Debate on the Environment and Smarter Development with the Town Council candidates on Thursday night October 10th 7:30 pm at the Unitarian Church on Strawberry Rd, Mohegan Lake, NY.

The candidates have been given a list of topics and some typical questions in the form of a questionnaire, similiar to the one we used in 2011.  The purpose of this debate is to give the candidates an opportunity to present an informed position on the issues in our town today and discuss their environmental philosophies in a public and fair manner.  To that end, Ann Kutter will be co-moderating with me. I am very glad to have her smart and savvy help on this.

The topics include:
Climate Change and Environmental Standards
Habitat, Wetlands, and Open Space
Role of Government  and Smart Development 
StormWater, Water , Air Pollution
Regional Environmental Issues
Current Issues Facing the Town

We have been assembling our questions for the candidates.  I had asked for input from both GreenYorktown and YorktownSmartGrowth earlier in the summer for this (thank you to those who contributed)  and now is your last chance to throw in another idea.  Please use my personal email ( so that others in the a google groups don't have to weed through lots of email clutter. Also, remember that you will get a chance to write your question down anonymously or authored at the debate on an index card and it will be asked during the Q&A.  We will NOT take questions from the audience as this could turn into shouting matches or personal attacks and that will not be tolerated.  This is a non partisan debate.  Please invite your friends and neighbors and hope to see you there!

Thank you so much for your participation in these important topics vital to our community.
Patty Peckham
co-chair GreenYorktown
board member, YorktownSmartGrowth