Village of Homer Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP)

  • What is the LWRP?
  • An LWRP is a comprehensive land and water use program that expresses a vision for the waterfront area and provides the means to achieve that vision. An LWRP is the only planning and regulatory tool that allows a local community to refine Statewide policies to apply to the local situation. LWRP’s may be prepared by municipalities in the State, which includes cities, towns and villages.

A new or amended LWRP is reviewed by local, state, and federal agencies and once approved, the LWRP becomes the basis for aligning local, state, and federal actions needed to achieve community goals for the waterfront. This is extraordinary authority available to a municipal government given the sovereignty of the state and federal governments. Once the LWRP is approved, both state and local agencies must align their proposed actions with the LWRP policies. Competitive funding through New York State’s Environmental Protection Fund (Title 11) is available to support the development of LWRPs.

By preparing an LWRP, community stakeholders take the opportunity to evaluate local waterfront resources, develop goals and a comprehensive strategy for the best use of those resources, identify ways in which the community can reduce risk to community assets and make them more resilient to future threats and natural disasters, propose future land and water uses, and put in place a local program that will guide the community in attracting appropriate development to the waterfront area while planning for sustainability. LWRPs also provide the organizational structure, local laws, and projects to achieve the plan.






PLEASE TAKE NOTICE a Public Hearing will be held by the Village of Homer Board of Trustees on Tuesday May 12th, 2020, at 6:00 pm, on a publicly accessible Zoom meeting. Sonbryne Sales Inc. has requested that the Zoning Ordinance and the Zoning Map of the Village of Homer be amended to reclassify and change the zone of subject properties; 66 S. West Street Tax Map # 76.24-01-02.11, 36 S. West Street Tax Map # 76.24-01-02.200 and 99 Cayuga Street Tax Map # 76.24-01-19.000, from Residential (R2) and Neighborhood Business (B1) to General Business (B2). Sonbryne Sales Inc. is the contract purchaser of the said properties and the subject area consists of 2.4 +/- acres.


Further, monies from Special Reserves will be used thusly:


Fire Department Reserve for the Plymovent Air Exhaust System at $16,220.00

Machinery Reserve for DPW IT Expenditures at $5,000.00


To access this Public Hearing please visit the Village of Homer’s YouTube page at and search for Village of Homer at the noticed date and time above. Any questions contact Dan Egnor, Village Clerk, at 607-749-3322 or




To the Residents of the Town and Village of Homer,

As your elected representatives, we felt it was important to reassure all of you that during this global crisis, all politics have been put aside.

We are working closely together, all of us, to help ensure your safety and to make sure services continue as uninterrupted as possible. By working closely together, these three distinct levels of local government can focus on several aspects of life during this trying time.

Your County Legislators are working hard to increase outreach and services from the health department, department of the aging, and the department of social services, among many others, as well as helping to guide the county through a troubling financial crisis as a result of the NY PAUSE act.

The Town of Homer highway crew is staying busy cleaning ditches, cleaning up the road sand, and taking care of all necessary work for the Town to function as normal.

And at the Village of Homer, we are ensuring that our first responders in the Homer Police Department and the Homer Fire Department remain healthy as they respond to ever-increasing numbers of calls. We are taking exceptional care to make sure that our water and sewer department certified operators are healthy so that those services continue without interruption. We are doing our best to provide as many other services as possible while being careful to keep our employees safe. Finally, we have waived all late fees and interest on late water bills and Village of Homer taxes through June 30, at which point we may extend that period.

We stand together today, united, determined, and resolute – to work for you and your best interests. This is no time for politics. This is a time for caring and compassion – that is our pledge to you. We are all in this together, and together, we are strong enough to make it through.


County Legislators Linda Jones, Kevin Fitch, Kelly Preston

Town of Homer Supervisor Fred Forbes

Town of Homer Board Members: Kevin Williams, Mike Park, Larry Jones, Barry Warren

Village of Homer Mayor Hal McCabe

Village of Homer Deputy Mayor Pat Clune

Village of Homer Trustees: Kevin Slack, Ed Finkbeiner, Tim Daley

Village of Homer Police Chief Robert Pitman

Homer Fire Department Chief Mahlon Irish Jr.

Homer Fire Department President Tim Maxson


(Photo Courtesy of Don Ferris – The Homer News)






MARCH 24, 2020



Purpose: The Village of Homer levied taxes for the fiscal year March 1, 2020- February 28, 2021.  Property

taxes are due by March 31, 2020.  Interest at 5% is charged if payment is not made on the property taxes in

full by April 1, with an additional 1% in interest added each subsequent month through October 31, 2020.


WHEREAS, according to section 1182 of New York State/Consolidated Law/ Tax permits cancellation or reduction of payment of interest, penalties, or other charges, if the governing body of any tax district shall determine that it is for the best interest of its tax district.


WHEREAS, all of New York State’s employees in industries considered nonessential are told to shelter in place Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause,” and therefore, many businesses are closed or employees are sheltering at home without a salary or income,


WHEREAS, the Village of Homer has decided for the best interest of its tax district, to waive penalties and interest on property taxes due to the effects of Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause,” until June 30, 2020.


BE it effective from the period April 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2020, no interest or penalties will be charged on property tax payments received during this period.  Interest and penalties on property taxes will begin on payments received July 1, 2020, as originally noted on the tax bills.




MARCH 24, 2020



Purpose: The Village of Homer bills users for water and sewer usage. Payments are due within 30 days of billing.

                 Interest and penalties are charged if the bills are not paid within the 30 days.


WHEREAS, the Village of Homer Board of Trustees has the authority to bill for water and sewer usage, as well as waive interest and penalties.


WHEREAS, all of New York State’s employees in industries considered nonessential are told to shelter in place under Governor Cuomo’s “New York State on Pause,” and therefore, many businesses are closed and/or employees are sheltering at home without a salary or income,


BE it effective from the period April 1, 2020 thru June 30, 2020, no interest or penalties will be charged on water and sewer bills received during this period.  Interest and penalties on water and sewer bills will begin on payments received July 1, 2020.

As the Covid-19 crisis unfolds, officers of the Homer Police Department will continue to provide police services. However, our officer’s heath and safety is an upmost priority. Until further notice please note:

-When calling the police department or the 911 center for police assistance or service and need an officer to respond, please inform the dispatcher if they are experiencing a fever, cough or any other Covid-19 symptoms.

-Officers will be exercising universal precautions so please don’t be offended.

-People are requested not to come to the police department for general complaints or questions but to call 911 for an emergency or 607-749-2022 for non-emergency.

-The police department records (the police department building) will be closed to the public until further notice.

-Records can still be obtained by calling 607-749-2028, Monday – Friday, 8am-4pm or by emailing a request to

-Records will either be emailed or mailed depending at the recipients request.

-Mail requests for handicap permits to the police department along with a copy of the requested person’s driver’s license. The permit will be mailed back to the requester.

-Medication drop-off / drug take back kiosks will be by appointment only. Please call 607-749-2022 for an appointment.

– If you receive a parking ticket please use the mail in option as described on the ticket.

– We will temporarily be suspending finger printing.

Thank you for your cooperation in this matter.



Robert H. Pitman

Chief of Police

Village of Homer Police Department

5 Steps to Prepare for COVID-19:

Infectious disease experts say most cases of COVID-19 are mild to moderate, like the common cold. But it can be more severe in older adults and people with chronic health conditions.

There are simple steps you can take to help protect yourself and your family.


#1 Make a plan

o    Create plans for school, work and home.

o    Make a list of people and organizations who can help if you become sick. Consider: family, friends, neighbors, carpool drivers, health care providers, teachers, employers, the local public health department, health care services, and other resources like mental health services.

o    Join a neighborhood website or social media page to stay connected to neighbors, information, and resources.

o    Plan ways to care for family members at risk for serious complications, such as older people and people with chronic health conditions.


#2 Prepare as you would for a winter storm

o    There is no need to buy large quantities of supplies. But it’s a good idea to pick up a few extra items each time you go to the market or pharmacy. That way, you’re prepared and can avoid crowds.

o    Pick up some extra foods like canned goods, dry pasta, and peanut butter.

o    Have soap, hand sanitizer, tissues, fever reducers like acetaminophen or ibuprofen on hand.


# 3 Get ready for possible changes in daily schedules

At School:

o    Make plans to care for your children if schools are closed temporarily. Just like you would for snow days.

o    Make plans for alternate after-school care in case they are closed temporarily.

At work:

o    Ask to work from home or take leave if you or someone in your household gets sick, or if your child’s school is temporarily closed.


#4 Stay informed:

o    Stay connected on your state and local health department’s social media pages and websites for timely and accurate COVID-19 information.

o    Be aware of false information circulating on the internet. Accurate and up-to-date information is available from the State Health Department at or its hotline at 1-888-364-3065, and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website and social media platforms at

o    If you live alone and become sick, you may need to ask for help. If you have a chronic disease and live alone, ask your friends, family, and health care providers to check on you.

o    If you decide to attend a public event, practice good health habits.

o    Try to keep at least 6 feet of distance between you and others at the event.

o    Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands, hugging, and kissing.

o    Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.

o    Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs and handrails.


#5 Prevent the spread of colds, flu and COVID-19

Everyone should:

·         Stay home when you are sick.

·         Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially before you eat.

·         Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue and discard in a closed container.

·         Clean frequently touched surfaces and objects.

·         Avoid close contact with people who are sick. Keep a distance of at least 6 feet to help slow the spread of COVID-19.

For people who are sick:

·         Stay home.

·         If you have a fever, stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone without the use of fever-reducing medicines, such as acetaminophen.

·         Keep sick household members away from others. If you have a separate room that is best.

·         Use soap and water, a bleach and-water solution, or EPA-approved household products. You can make your own cleanser with a mixture of 1 cup of liquid unscented chlorine bleach in 5 gallons of water.

·         Avoid sharing personal items.

·         Anyone at high risk for complications should talk to their health care provider for more information.


Robert H. Pitman

Chief of Police

Village of Homer Police Department

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