Each year Mr Feiner sends out his list of “accomplishments”. Since Mr Feiner has a difficult time with facts and truthfulness (he was convicted for lying under oath) ABG posts the other side of those same “accomplishments”. This is part 2, our responses are in blue.
31. Painted water tanks--addressing infrastructure concerns. Others will be done also.
31. Painted water tanks--addressing infrastructure concerns. Others will be done also.
Maintenance is typically ignored by this administration, so it was surprising and possibly more costly because it had been ignored for so long. Sadly, Mr Feiner is bragging about something that was long overdue.
32. Opened new dreamcourt basketball court at Old Tarrytown Road Park.
It’s a basketball court.
33. 3,400 LED street lights installed - to cut streetlight energy usage by 61%.
The cost of this energy savings was over $600,000. The return-on-investment was never mentioned. While the Town may save 61% (there is no substantiation of this number), it may have been better to phase these in as existing fixtures and bulbs failed.
34. Greenburgh Shopping Center on Knollwood Road improves striping in their existing parking lot.
This effort was brought up by, carried by and seen through fruition by the Council of Greenburgh Civic Association after they pointed out many illegal aspects of what had been done to the lot by the owners without the proper permit and approvals processes performed by the Town. It’s amazing that the building department, whom we're told is woefully overwhelmed with work, was able to stumble upon a Fulton Park resident’s minor construction but missed an entire shopping center's parking lot renovation. The Fulton Park resident had the charges against her dismissed in court.
35. 11 year old reporters from Greenburgh Xposure have their own radio program.
The Exposure program is not a Town run program.
36. Our Greenburgh Police Department is first law enforcement agency in the county that committed to outfitting each patrol officer with their own individual body camera.
The Town’s Police Department is among the best there is. We believe it can only have a positive outcome.
37. Organizing a new initiative: musicians to perform for homebound elderly.
Please focus on infrastructure, lowering taxes, have more police on patrol and stop with the publicity stunts. There are plenty of people already doing this.
38. Proposal submitted to lease former Scarsdale A&P to a 24 hour fitness facility on Central Ave. Application is before the Planning Board. Hyundai car dealership approved and opens on Central Ave.--first new dealership since we approved the use on Central Avenue.
While approving the use of Central Avenue for car dealerships, the new taxes levied on gas stations has forced the closure of two long-time service stations as their profit margin on gasoline was pennies. As far as the Feiner administration is concerned, this was never about helping businesses that have been in the Town for years, paying taxes and helping the Town.
39. Town Board adopts law that will enable the town to close down illegal massage businesses that employ unlicensed masseuses. A lawsuit filed against the town in NYS Supreme Court was dismissed.
While enacting this law, originally written by Edgemont resident and former Town Supervisor candidate Robert Bernstein, the Town attorney watered it down and diminished its viability. It also has not been put into practice in over a year.
40. Town Board approved parking on East Hartsdale Ave. during winter months, with exception of snow emergencies.
The Town Board has repeatedly said that enacting special parking permits that are not useable Town-wide was illegal. What changed? Actually, nothing. This appears to be selective governing based on what's popular at the time.
41. Discussions with community - new possible look in 2017 for Manhattan Avenue: trees and islands in middle of road to reduce speeding and make the avenue look more like a boulevard.
It’s interesting that the same neighborhoods receive an inordinate amount of attention, focus, money and renovations while others cannot even get sidewalks to keep pedestrians safe.
42. We plan to repair indoor pool at the Theodore Young Community Center. An attractive new roof will be constructed on the building in 2017- providing pool patrons with natural light.
While we enjoy the TYCC and appreciate that things need to be repaired, recent years have witnessed a lot of spending on what seems to be the same things over and over again. Perhaps low-bid and the Town running these projects isn’t providing us with the best results.
43. Working with Westchester County Association- pushing for high speed broadband gigabit service that is 14 times faster than current service.
We still are at a loss as to how and why the Town needs to be doing this.
44. Trader Joe's to expand on Central Avenue. A compromise was reached with some members of the community. No driveway will be built at North Washington Avenue. Expansion of a medical office building near Best Buy approved.
There was no compromise. Mr Feiner caved into the developer's wishes after appearing to be concerned about the area residents complaining about the added traffic that would bombard their neighborhoods once residential roads were opened up.
45. Town Board appointed new Town Comptroller, Roberta Romano, after former Comptroller retired.
46. Former Commissioner Bill Carter, who led the Theodore Young Community Center, passed. Former Deputy Commissioner Andre Early appointed as new commissioner. Steve Fraietta appointed as Building Inspector after John Lucido retired.
47. Town Board approves creation of a Beautification Committee for East Hartsdale Avenue.
The Beautification Committee is not a paid position(s) and may result in a positive impact to the area.
48. Town Board appoints additional members to the newly formed Human Rights Committee.
There is a redundancy here that simply doesn’t need to exist since there are County, State and Federal Human Rights Commissions already. This is a politically calculated move only.
49. Greenburgh Police Department holds our first annual successful National Night Out at Town Hall, a wonderful police-community event.
50. Board approves resolution against SPECTRA AIM pipeline 105 feet from Indian point Nuclear Facility.
This is a useless and empty political effort that will bear nothing for the Town.
51. Town obtains $225,000 grant from the New NY Bridge Community Benefits Program and used it to purchase a new rescue vehicle.
What is this new rescue vehicle replacing? If it’s not replacing a vehicle, it means there is an added cost to stock, equip and maintain it. How is all of that being paid for?
52. Town received a $55,000 grant from the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services for a new SWAT vehicle that was purchased.
Mr Feiner is being disingenuous by claiming the area fire districts are over-taxing residents and wasting their money, while he is not. The County Police maintain a SWAT team that the Town could use at no cost to them when needed. And, the County also maintains a Hazardous Materials Response Team and a Technical Rescue Response Team that also costs nothing to utilize – yet the Town pays for this duplication of services and Mr Feiner condones it by allowing this overtime generator to continue.
53. Town received a grant of $15,880 from the Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women, to train our officers in the specialized area of Elder Abuse.
This seems like a good thing.
54. Greenburgh Housing Authority plans to build affordable 62+ senior housing on Manhattan Avenue that will have no impact on local school district.
The reality is that the Greenburgh Housing Authority's plans to build affordable senior housing is simply to replace it. So, unlike the artfully worded sentence, this is not an addition in housing units.
55. Hartsdale Parking District created pay stations at two sites, a convenience for motorists. The district is looking at alternative ways for users to pay metered parking rates. (Some parking authorities let people pay by phone.) District is independent of town government.
First, why comment on something that is independent of the Town? Second, having the pay stations requires less maintenance and labor to collect money from separate meters.
56. Greenburgh Nature Center became the first nature center in Westchester to achieve the green best business practices certification. The Nature Center worked in partnership with the Edgemont School Foundation and Moses Feldman Family Foundation to implement a materials management/recycling/food waste composting program at the school district’s three campuses. The Nature Center, with the support from the St. Faith’s Foundation, delivered over 150 programs to students at R.J. Bailey. And sponsored an indoor exhibit (with support from Con Ed) “A Forest’s Life” to highlight the importance of forests for maintaining the health of our environment.
The Greenburgh Nature Center is an independent organization that rents the space from the Town and is merely a tenant. What they do and the programs they run is up to them and not controlled by Mr Feiner.
57. The Greenburgh Nature Center - with the generous support of Cathy Capasso and Steve Sprague, constructed a Native American longhouse and wigwam, to support a new and exciting education platform, The Native American Experience.
58. The Nature Center continued the development of our Native Plant Meadow and completed construction of a uniquely designed Butterfly Arbor, which sets the natural stage for our yearly Butterfly Exhibit.
59. One of the most successful Summer Jazz Series to date sponsored by the Department of Community Resources named for William L. Carter featuring Grammy award winning and local artists that entertained record attending music enthusiasts.These were good and honoring Bill Carter was as well.