Town Watch



CROTON-ON-HUDSON—The village is considering a proposal by a local homeowner to donate her 16 acres of riverside property to the village as a public park in exchange for being allowed to live there tax-free.

YONKERS—Facing a projected $96 million budget deficit in the next fiscal year, the city is considering enacting legislation that would give it the authority to take direct ownership of properties with delinquent property taxes, and to subsequently auction the properties to recoup the owed tax.

WHITE PLAINS—The Common Council is contemplating enacting a ban on smoking in all public parks. So far five council members and Interim Mayor Thomas Roach—the former council president—have expressed support for the ban.

RYE— A proposal to found a Westchester Children’s Museum at the site of a former bathhouse at Playland won the endorsement of the Rye City Council.

MAMARONECK—The cash-crunched village board is seeking approval from the New York State Legislature to levy an occupancy tax of up to 3 percent on hotel/motel rooms—a move critics charge will be bad for business. There are exactly two motels in the town.