Republican communities in upstate counties have also asked for the hotel tax. And, benefit from the revenue. The revenues we receive will enable local governments to address important infrastructure needs -road repaving, building maintenance, etc...and at the same time comply with the property tax cap which limits property tax increases. Deferring infrastructure repairs to future governments is not good government. View Comment
The Sprain Parkway is probably one of the most dangerous roads around. I hope that NYS will give safety improvements the attention it deserves. I have written a number of letters to state officials and our elected state representatives urging them to give priority attention to addressing safety problems--including wrong way drivers (a police officer was killed earlier this year). PAUL FEINER, Greenburgh Town Supervisor View Comment
I have written to State Senator Andrea Stewart Cousins, Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, the regional director of the NYS Dept of Transportation and the NYS Police inviting them to meet with the Greenburgh Town Board to discuss follow up safety initiatives on the Sprain so this horrible accident will never happen again. After the accident many people requested the state to make the Sprain Parkway (one of the more dangerous roads in the state) safer. So far nothing has been done. Let's not wait till the next accident. PAUL FEINER View Comment
I read your story about the passing of Al Del Bello. How sad.
I hope that a more extensive obituary will highlight the fact that Al Del Bello was probably the best County Executive in Westchester County and one of the best elected officials to represent Westchester at any level of government.
Among Al Del Bello's significant accomplishments: creating the garbage, recycling plant... turning the Medical Center into a major hospital...creating a county wide bus system that provided residents with excellent public transportation...establishing the office for the Disabled and office for Women and implementing Bicycle Sunday's, a recreation asset that is still enjoyed today.
Al Del Bello really made a difference. Without his leadership many of the above quality of life changes would never have happened.
Sprain Lake should be open to non motorized boats. It's sad that the county has not allowed boating on this beautiful lake. It's a wasted resource. Allowing boating -even limited- would be a great enhancement of our county recreation.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor View Comment
I will be sending this out to the Clergy and ask that the Human Rights Committee help the town come up with a policy for racial posts/statements made by employees---not only police.
We are taking this matter very seriously. Some of the policy suggestions your committee will recommend may require discussions and ageements with our labor unions. I'm also copying Milagros Cross, our personnel director and will ask her to participate in any meetings with your committee to discuss.
As you know, Police Chief McNerney immediately advised me and members of the Town Board of an offensive racist facebook post by one of his police officers. The officer wrote the post while on vacation- not on town time. The Chief and Town Board are taking this matter very seriously and disciplinary actions are being taken. Blackwestchester.com stated that "Greenburgh is trying to be more proactive and get in front of this unlike their counterparts in the county" where other race incidents took place previously.
After the disciplinary actions are behind us I would welcome sitting down with you, the police chief, our personnel officer and the clergy and community leaders to evaluate how the town handled this matter--what we could have done better and what should be done in the future when employees (not only police) are found to be involved in any offensive race related incident.
I have asked the newly formed Greenburgh Human Rights Committee to help the town come up with a policy and to also evaluate how we handled this matter. I'm interested in hearing their thoughts (and yours) about the criteria we should use to set punishments, how we should deal with these kind of issues during our labor contract negotiations, etc... The town wants to do the right thing.
I welcome your feedback and apologize to the community for this unfortunate incident.
PAUL FEINER View Comment
The town of Greenburgh will air the interviews with holocaust survivors on our public access TV on Yom Hashoah all day and we will also air interviews on public access TV during the weekend. We have also interviewed local survivors in recent years. There interviews will be aired too. PAUL FEINER Greenburgh Town Supervisor View Comment
This event is always terrific. Marsha Gordon does a fantastic job--so does the Business Council of Westchester. I met many interesting people at this event today and enjoyed chatting with the business leaders. PAUL FEINER View Comment
The problem with tragedies: there is always a lot of attention immediately after the tragedy. Officials promise to take action. And, then everyone forgets. RE: Crossings---I suggest that federal, state and local officials & Metro North provide the public with monthly updates on short term and long term action steps that are being taken to make train crossings safer. Monthly reports would probably result in action steps being taken quicker.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor View Comment
Suggestion: that the state look into safety improvements along the Sprain Brook Parkway after analyzing accident data. The state government should consider giving the State Police and State DOT more resources to improve safety. Whether it's improved infrastructure, signage or increased state police manpower, something should be done. One of the impacts of the poor economy: NYS has cut back on policing parkways and highways under their jurisdiction. They don’t have the personnel to adequately patrol major roads around the state. Perhaps state surcharges from traffic tickets issued along the parkway can be allocated to directly fund the improvements and the hiring of additional police to patrol state parkways, roads and highways.
I will be reaching out to state lawmakers and will ask that they give this the highest priority attention. Today's accident is not the first fatality on the parkway--and it probably won't be the last. Sadly, many motorists are not careful when driving on the Sprain. Many think the road is a speedway –contributing to the number of accidents on the parkway. I have also asked for an analysis of the number of accidents on this parkway.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor
This is a terrific initiative. Just what the county needs! I have my own job club with hundreds of members. Some of the people I know who are out of work have been unemployed for years. And, they have tried hard to find employment without success. Training long term unemployed residents so they can apply for jobs that are vacant makes great sense for everyone. I'm thrilled with this new program. PAUL FEINER Greenburgh Town Supervisor View Comment
The town of Greenburgh joins millions of people around the world in mourning the passing of former Governor Mario Cuomo.
The Governor, known for his oratory and inspirational speeches, helped the town of Greenburgh keep a major employer in Greenburgh during his tenure as Governor. Governor Cuomo spoke at a press conference at Town Hall highlighting initiatives being taken to keep CIBA in Greenburgh. Without the Governor's intervention the company probably would have moved out of state. This success story helped our local economy, provided needed employment for many and motivated other bio tech companies to eventually locate to Greenburgh. Our town is now considered one of the leading bio tech locations in NYS.
I am very pleased that Governor Cuomo put the interests of the environment ahead of the special interests. Fracking is bad for our water supply...environment...air and would be bad for future generations of NY residents.
PAUL FEINER, Greenburgh Town Supervisor View Comment