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Monday, December 9, 2013

November 19th Meeting of the Law and Land Use Committees

Dear readers,

It has been a while since the above meeting, my apologies for not writing sooner. First I was not going to write at all, but now I think it is best to record this meeting for those of you who would like to know more about what happens at events such as these.

Typically, there are not too many residents attending these meetings. At this one Ilene Nechamkin attended as a reporter as she often does and reports dutifully and objectively on the events as they transpired. This time her article was published in the November 22, 2013 edition of Scarsdale Inquirer.

Deb Pekarek of the League of Women Voters sat to my left. A while into the meeting Mr. Soldatenko came and sat to my right. We were the only residents in attendance.

The Village Manager's office was in full attendance as they usually are. Now, we have a new person just in charge of FOIL applications, plus another new gentleman. He said he was Mr. Nunzio Piterosanti's assistant and had been with us already three weeks. I congratulated him, since his predecessor had not lasted two days, I had been told.

At the end of the meeting I could not help but comment on the many law suits Mr. Soldatenko has now ongoing with our Village. I was told he has five pending. I wanted to clarify this, he would not comment. Then, I asked him if he had found a lawyer, who was offering a special: " Sue for two and get three more for free, or some other kind of special "… He liked the joke, laughed. He said:  "Ask Mr. Esannason". I said I had asked him, but he would not give me a definite answer either. We both laughed.

Trustee Lee has come along way since the day he had announced the fate the Canada Geese in our Village. He tried very hard this time to steer our trustees towards some kind of action regarding the development problem. Unfortunately delay, delegate and procrastinate again resulted. No definite result.

They decided they would meet with Seth Ross, Planning Board Chair and Farley Baker the BAR Chair and try to come up with a way to curb development. In the meanwhile every two weeks the BAR is reviewing 18 items on its agenda for new homes, etc., the CHP is meeting once a month to demolish old homes, the BOA is meeting once a month to do what it can to abuse this land even more if the current laws do not allow. The Planning Board does its share to plan for more abuse.

The Trustees and the Staff are considering options….Democracy is fine, but there is a point where it becomes counter productive. Our administration has ceased to protect what it was set out to do. It is now catering to the developer or to the resident whose project will produce the most tax revenue. Nothing else matters.  It is all theatre till there ! As residents they are shooting themselves in the foot as well…  Don't they see this is no solution ? Am I the only one who likes trees and open space ? Don't they see it will be a Silent Spring soon, even in Scarsdale ?

They have to act faster than their opponent, or else they are defeated. Don't they see this ?

Eight months into this new Board, and still nothing.

The Mayor was not present nor was Trustee Stern.

We are waiting for some real leadership from our resident and very capable volunteers.

Hopefully soon, before we are buried in concrete and asphalt...

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