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Village Newsletter Spring 2006
Home Improvement Scams
This time of year also sees an increase in Home Improvement Scams. “Gypsies” and
“Travelers” will go door to door and solicit home improvement work (for example: driveway
coating, painting, roofing, etc.). They will offer you a “deal” which is difficult to turn down. If you
hire them to do work, they will use a multitude of excuses to enter your home, and while inside,
you may be diverted while a second person roams around seeking money and valuables. Be
mindful of the following:
• Obtain detailed written descriptions and agreements for any work that you contract for.
• Be suspicious of requests for payment in cash. Pay by check whenever possible.
• Make sure people you hire are licensed and insured. In Westchester County, all Home
Improvement Contractors must be licensed.
• Make a note of the license plate number for any vehicle or truck used by your contractor.
This may be helpful in the event a problem arises.
• Finally, if you feel that you’ve been the victim of a crime, contact the Police Department.
The Village of Irvington is pleased to announce the availability of Irvington Residential Parking
Permits. These permits are available to residents within the Main Street neighborhood and
generally allow for on-street parking in excess of the posted hourly limits.
The Main Street neighborhood is bounded on the easterly side by North and South Dearman
Street, on the northerly side by Matthiessen Park, on the westerly side by North and South
Astor Street and the Metro-North Commuter Railroad tracks, and on the southerly side by
Vehicles owned by Main Street area residents with a Residential Parking Permit may park in
the Main Street neighborhood, with the exception of North and South Astor Street, North
Dearman Street, and Main Street itself, in excess of the posted two hour, four hour, or six hour
limit between the hours of 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Permits will be issued depending on the number of vehicles in your household and the
number of off-street parking spaces available on your property. No more than 2 Residential
Parking Permits may be issued to each household. To determine how many permits you may
be entitled to, please click here: Village of Irvington
Coyotes Seen in Irvington
There have been several Coyote sightings in recent weeks in
and around Irvington. Below is a press release issued by the
New York DEC discussing what to and not to do if you come
in contact with a Coyote.
DEC Provides Tips to Avoid Conflicts with Coyotes
People Are More Likely to See Coyotes During the Spring
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Acting Commissioner Denise M. Sheehan today informed New
Yorkers that they may see coyotes more frequently during the spring and early summer because they will be raising their litters and
offered recommendations on how best to avoid conflicts with the animals.
"Coyotes live throughout upstate New York and the period from April through June is the peak of their pup-rearing activity," Commissioner
Sheehan said. "Coyotes have a high demand for food at this time of the year, and residents are more likely to see a coyote because of
their increased activity in our environment."
Coyotes are seen in both developed and rural areas. Homeowners should take sensible precautions to avoid attracting coyotes to their
property. As highlighted in the April 2005 issue of the New York State Conservationist, DEC has issued the following recommendations
to reduce the chances for a negative encounter with a coyote:
Never feed or attempt to get close to a coyote;
Keep pets under control, and be sure not to leave them out at night. Coyotes may kill or injure a pet, especially small dogs and cats. Walk
your dog on a leash and accompany your pet outside, especially at night. Provide secure shelters for poultry, rabbits, and other vulnerable
Control other sources of food that may attract a coyote: Keep your trash secure and compost bins covered; closely monitor your bird
feeders to ensure that they are not attracting other wildlife; and keep dog and cat food bowls inside. Coyotes that rely on wild food
sources remain wild and wary of people;
Coyotes like areas where they can hide, yet still be near food. You can help by thinning brushy areas in your yard and closing off crawl
spaces. Coyotes may use areas under buildings for resting or raising young; and
If others in your neighborhood are attracting coyotes, tell them about the hazards posed by coyotes and ask them to take the measures
People should never try to get close to a coyote. Any coyote that shows unusual boldness or acts tame should be avoided. Coyote attacks
directed towards people have occurred in the western United States. However, aggressive coyote behavior has also been reported in the
eastern United States and in New York State.
DEC estimates that there are currently 20,000-30,000 coyotes statewide. As coyotes become more adapted to living near people, hearing
or seeing coyotes may become more common. These increased sightings should not be interpreted as aggressive behavior. A coyote
seen in overgrown fields, brushy areas, woodlands, or habitats in between these areas of natural cover is normal.
DEC is collaborating with Cornell University to complete an in-depth, five-year study of coyote ecology and behavior in the urban and
suburban areas of New York. This research will comprehensively evaluate coyote behavior and activity in areas where human-coyote
interactions are more likely. The research will also evaluate the publics attitudes and behaviors relating to coyotes. The study will begin
"By more fully understanding the behavior of coyotes in areas with dense human populations and by understanding human attitudes
towards coyotes, we will be better able to protect people and pets, while ensuring that coyotes are managed appropriately."
Commissioner Sheehan said.
Should anyone notice a coyote acting strangely or causing a nuisance they should call their nearest regional DEC office to report the
animal. Contact information for the all DEC regional offices can be found at www.dec.state.ny.us/website/about/abtrull3.html .
New York State also has a yearly coyote hunting season to manage the coyote population. Information on hunting coyotes and hunting
regulations is listed on page 19 in the 2004-05 Hunting and Trapping Regulations Guide and at
www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/guide/huntseas.html on the DEC website.
For more information on coyotes in New York State, visit the DEC website at
www.dec.state.ny.us/website/dfwmr/wildlife/wildgame/coyconfl.htm . For more information on avoiding conflicts with coyotes go to