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Greenburgh and Villages to Work to Share Data

HASTINGS-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. – The Town of Greenburgh is working on a shared service grant with other local municipalities as a way of increasing communications between the villages.

Hastings officials signed off on an agreement to work with Greenburgh to obtain a shared services grant from the Department of State’s Local Government Efficiency Grant Program. This grant is designed to gather data from the various villages in Greenburgh and compile them into one database that will be available to the public.

“Our archival records in the back storage room are only accessible to us and people who come into the office,” said Anthony Fabrizio, the Geographic Information System coordinator in Greenburgh.  “We want to make them available for the villages as well, where all they have to do is go on the website and retrieve the data rather than having to physically come here.”

One of the advantages to joining the grant would be an informational kiosk, which would be installed in the village with access to the online information at no cost.

“For the village itself, there will be a public kiosk wherever they want to locate it to allow access to this data to promote sharing with the public,” Fabrizio said.

Surveys, history of parcels of land, zoning information, floor plans and other information would be part of the public data.  The plan is also aimed at helping villages work together on potential projects that may overlap throughout the town.

“Internally it saves the employees on both ends a tremendous amount of time,” Fabrizio said.

Hastings Village Clerk Susan Maggiotto said the decision to join the effort was a simple one.

“It would be like one stop shopping,” Maggiotto said.  “A lot of times you’d have to go to Greenburgh to get all the information you need and this way you could do it in one Internet site or the other.”

Greenburgh Town Assessor Edye McCarthy said the grant, which is expected to be more than $100,000, will allow the various villages to work together more smoothly.

“Right now we’re not communicating like that,” she said.

While McCarthy said she expects all the villages in Greenburgh to join in, there was not a complete list of which ones had agreed.  Dobbs Ferry Village Administrator Marcus Serrano said the grant is still currently in discussion.

“Right now were considering it,” he said.  “I just haven’t had a chance to sit down with the assessor.”

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