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Village Of Ossining Disputes New Castle Water Agreement

Village of Ossining City Manager Abe Zambrano said he doesn't agree with a recent proposed water agreement with the town of New Castle.
Village of Ossining City Manager Abe Zambrano said he doesn't agree with a recent proposed water agreement with the town of New Castle. Photo Credit: Linkedin

OSSINING, N.Y. -- Ossining Village Manager Abe Zambrano says that the proposed water agreement between Ossining and the town of New Castle is not in concert with what the two had originally agreed upon.

Zambrano said he has reviewed the Inter-Municipal Agreement recently proposed by the town of New Castle at a recent public meeting that included the intended creation of a Spring Valley Water District to be fed by water provided by the village of Ossining's water system and that the agreement is not the same as was originally agreed upon in 2015.

The creation of a water district is not in concert with the agreement and discussions in principle and in spirit that was reached in 2015 relating to an interconnection of water from New Castle to feed the village of Ossining's distribution system in exchange for state-certified lab services to be provided to New Castle at the village’s water filtration facility, Zambrano said in a press release.

Ossining Mayor Victoria Gearity said the creation of a water district was not something the two governments had ever discussed and was a surprise.

"The creation of a water district is outside of the purview of any discussion or agreements we had discussed," said Gearity.

Other items contained in the proposed Inter-Municipal Agreement and that were declared publicly at the town of New Castle’s meeting had not been reviewed or agreed to by the village of Ossining, Zambrano said.

"Our proposal is mutually beneficial to both parties and remains the same: The village would purchase excess water at a fair price and will provide an agreed to number of state certified lab tests at its facility," Zambrano added.

For more information, contact Zambrano at 914-941-3554 or azambrano@villageofossining.org

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