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.


Monday, February 22, 2016

Mohegan Lake Update: 2/22/16

First, it must be noted that the appeal we have pending in the 2nd Appellate Division (highest court in NYS) has a return date of March 4, 2016; Yorktown and The Church owe a reply to my brief about a week before.  That's exciting and incredibly scary.  I requested 15 minutes of oral arguments (you can request up to 30 mins.).  I pray, in the legal sense--and spiritual, that the court grants me my 15 minutes.  It's pretty straight-forward. And it's right; and what's right is right, am I right?

Second, you should go to tonight's Town Board meeting tonight where they will discuss our treatment plan for the lake this summer.  They were very supportive last time around.  Here's a note from Ken:

The Yorktown Town Board has to vote to authorize the contract for copper sulfate treatments to Mohegan Lake in 2016.  They have placed the matter on their work session agenda for Tuesday February 26th.  We will know the time once they post the agenda tomorrow morning on the Town website.  I plan on attending, but would appreciate any moral support.  Not to mention that it would be good for the new Town Board members to see that there is support for the lake in the community.  The agenda item should take no more than five minutes, once they get to us.  Ken

Third, what a strange winter.  While we initially speculated it would be an abbreviated skating season, it's proved to be about 6 weeks strong with potential for more; all without nearly as much child labor, relative to last year!

Fourth, the Yorktown Town Board is considering a radical rezoning proposal and there is a public, working session being held on March 8.  This is an issue we all need to pay attention to.  Live in a residential zone? Next to someone with an acre parcel?  If so, you could easily be living next to 12 apartments, if the Board keeps moving in their current direction.  Very scary to the residential integrity of Yorktown, so pay attention. 

Lastly, Think Cold.   Looks like this week holds yet another natural Zamboni for us.  The question is, will the cold be cold enough to allow us any more skating on this sweet, sweet Mohegan Lake ice?


Thursday, February 18, 2016

Surprise: We've Still Got 6" Of Clean, Clear Ice!

Um, guys, I was surprised this morning when I went out in my suit and fancy shoes to auger a hole only to find we still have a solid six inches. 

Yes, those are Allen Edmonds

And, ooooh boy, did that rain ever Zamboni the crap out of the surface.  Again, know where you are going and what you are doing.  That said, won't you join me for a quickie this evening?  Or perhaps tomorrow morning?  You want to go in late to work on Friday anyway, right?

Monday, February 15, 2016

First Annual Mohegan Lake President's Day Rockin' Cornhole Tournament

Brought to you by 8" of clean clear ice at the top of the lake.

Please do join us at 2pm for a tournament to close out the 5th annual Mohegan Lake Ice Skating (and Fishing--and now cornhole) Extravaganza.

Cornhole is fun.  So is playing on the ice.  The probability of you being unable to feel your face is high, and I'm not talking about windchill factors or anything.  It's more metaphorical than that.  Marinate on that and see you around 2pm.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Hemlock Hill Farm Is The Best

They really are.  You can't beat a nearly 100 year old family owned farm 10 minutes from your house--if you live in Mohegan Lake.  I don't post a lot about the farm, because I don't want to ruin it. Their meat is so fresh and so good, and you know where it came from. Know where your protein is coming from.  Hemlock Hill is a real treasure and locals should enjoy it, to the fullest.  That said, here's their Valentine weekend special.  Tell me a pot roast wouldn't be perfect for this cold, cold weekend. 

Laura and Farmer John and Trish and the whole crew is amazeballs--and I only use that semi-vulgar term because they supply produce to the Peekskill Brewery (who's owner lives in Mohegan Lake) which has a very nice, hoppy brew called "Amazeballs."

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Public Hearing Tuesday 2/16/2016 For Lexington Ave. Major Up-Zoning

Update 2/16/2016:  The Town Board has not released and agenda for tonight's meeting, but the word on the street is that there will be a work session on March 8th, 2016 regarding the Lexington Avenue re-zoning proposal.  Please adjust your calendars accordingly and--remember--work sessions are NOT televised.  

So this is what we know:

The Town Board is considering a major re-zoning of a single acre lot.  It goes from R1-20 (Yortown's smallest relative to lot area, single family zone) to R-3 (the densest, most multi family you could imagine)

The Town Board appears to have been lulled by the developer of unknown origins (certainly not from Yorktown) looking to FIT TWELVE (12) APARTMENTS ON A SINGLE ACRE (1) ON A SINGLE BLOCK OF SEVEN (7) SINGLE FAMILY HOMES (SOON TO BE 6).  Excuse me.  I think my caps lock got stuck there.  You can watch the February 2 video here.  

The red square is an island of 12 apartments amongst a sea of single family homes.  Please remember, our Town Board are elected officials and remember how they vote on this application.

My inclination is to layout my entire argument against such a radical re-zoning here, in this space, because it's such a crazy, crazy proposal, but that's not the proper way to convey such sentiment to the Town of Yorktown Town Board.  You can do that yourself by showing up on Tuesday night and educating the Town Board on  the finer points of how this rezoning is basically a handout to a developer to create a dozen section 8 apartments next to George Washington Elementary School (I have 4 girls in the district, so I'm a bit biased).  Or you could just email the Town Board your comments; this link has their email addresses. 

It's bad for the homeowners on the block.  It's bad for GWES. It's bad for Yorktown as a whole.  There are a lot of R1-20 zones around town.  You may live in one.  Imagine if some random lot on your block, say it's an acre--give or take, and then all the sudden you HAVE TWELVE APARTMENTS LOOKING INTO YOUR BACK, SIDE, OR FRONT YARD.  Sorry, caps lock is malfunctioning tonight.  Imagine if the proposed 9+ acre subdivision on Hunterbrook, instead of going from a single family home to 9 single family homes, was going to a nine acre lot with 108 apartments.  Never gonna happen.  Shouldn't happen here--if our elected officials do their jobs.

In summary, pay attention to the Town of Yorktown Town Board.  Especially up here in Mohegan Lake. It's frustrating that we even have fight something like this.  You would expect the Town Board to have our back, not some faceless developer looking to allow blight to bleed into Yorktown. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Game On!

Still waiting for the edge to firm up, but the lake looks good.  This cold snap ought to get it just right for Saturday.  The National Weather Service has the graphic correct: it will be cold, so bundle up and come play hockey with us.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Icewatch: 2/4/2016

After getting off to a slow start, we finally secured a fine rink and trails on the lake.  This week nature has graciously Zamboni'ed the whole thing for us.  And now it appears we'll have a solid 10 days of cold, with a downward trend.  Que bueno!  The only question is will we get to skate this weekend.  Stay tuned, Mohegan Lake. 

Monday, February 1, 2016

Lexington Avenue Rezoning Will Crush The Very Soul of The Mohegan Lake Community

Have you heard about the proposed Lexington Avenue Rezoning from single family (R1-20)?  Probably not because it was only recently brought up at the Town of Yorktown Town Board.  Neighbors on the entire block are united in opposition (please see petition below; I can email you a pdf if you have trouble reading it).  Basically, it allows the lot the single family is on today to fit 12 apartment units.  That's nuts.  Imagine that literally in your back yard where a single family home once stood.  Of the seven single family homes on the block, a single lot would suddenly have 12 families; almost twice as many that have existed in the area since about the 1930's.  Yikes!

It's right next to  George Washington Elementary.  There's nothing but R1-20 around.  The closest R-3 are the condos on Mohegan Lake and they are a disaster, from a density perspective.   It's obvious that there's a buck to be made and what better place in Yorktown to "spot zone" than the northwest corner.  I wish the neighbors luck, but the forces on the Town Board are likely not in their favor, but let's hold off judgement just yet; hopefully they do the right thing and shoot this proposal down right out of the gate.  

It's interesting to note that in considering the "rezoning" the Town Board referred it to many Boards, but not the "Zoning Board of Appeals."  I think that's because the don't want to have to consider the myriad variances that would be required to make 12 units on that acre lot; such information would certainly not support a rezoning. 

Before we look at the petition, let's consult our trusty zoning map, below.  As you can see, the lot is in a sea of yellow R1-20 single family homes.  Nary a R-3 multi-family zone allowing dense apartment buildings around.   

This issue was touched on in courtesy of the floor at the last Town Board, remember? There's likely a Town Board meeting on it tomorrow night, 2/2 at 730pm.  Won't know until they release agenda.

The red arrow shows the lot in question. 


It's shocking that these 6 single family homes and the proposed rezone parcel, which comprises the whole block, could suddenly have a dozen units plunked down.  Certainly not in keeping with the character of our lovely lake community.