This website is designed to keep the community updated and engaged with the ongoing study of consolidation and alternatives to consolidation of the Town and Village of Pawling.
Citizens from both the Town and Village of Pawling voted not to consolidate the municipalities in a referendum held on November 30, 2020. With more than 1,800 ballots cast, the results were:
Village residents: 84 Yes – 543 No (more than 6-to-1 against consolidation)
Town residents: 341 Yes – 891 No (almost 3-to-1 against consolidation)
to learn about the impact of a potential consolidation of the Town and Village of Pawling in the:
– Town and Village of Pawling Interim Study of Consolidation
– Interim Study of Consolidation Executive Summary
(which includes a checklist designed to help voters track their opinions on various issues and come to an informed vote)
– Consolidation Referendum information brochure
Town of Pawling Board:
James Schmitt, Town Supervisor
Philip DeRosa, Councilman
William Johnson, Councilman
Jim McCarthy, Councilman
Coleen Snow, Councilwoman
Village of Pawling Board:
Robert Liffland, Mayor
John Burweger, Trustee
Dan Peters, Trustee
Earl Slocum, Trustee
Lauri Taylor, Trustee
In July, 2020 the electorate of the Town of Pawling filed a petition for consolidation to the Town Clerk. The petition contained 618 valid signatures out of 644. The Town Clerk reviewed and certified the petition on August 10, 2020. In July, 2020 the electorate of the Village of Pawling filed a petition for consolidation to the Village Clerk. The petition contained 165 valid signatures out of 176. The Village Clerk reviewed and certified the petition on August 7, 2020.
As required by law, the Village Board met on September 1, 2020 to pass a resolution calling for a Village referendum on the proposed consolidation, while the Town Board met on September 2, 2020 to pass a resolution calling for a Town referendum on the proposed consolidation. Both the Village and Town referendums are scheduled for November 30.
Please check the Meetings & Public Information page for full information on upcoming Public Information Meetings and the Town and Village referendums.
The Town and Village Boards determined it appropriate to develop an Interim Study of Consolidation to assist the residents of Pawling in understanding the effects and costs of consolidation, as well as any potential alternatives that may be preferred prior to the vote on consolidation. In addition to this Study, the Town and Village will host two public information meetings to answer questions regarding the process and potential outcomes.
Please check the Documents page for a PDF of the completed Interim Study of Consolidation and other information prepared to inform the Town and Village electorate.
Please check back often for updates.
Updated November 19, 2020