Saturday, December 20, 2014

More Phony “Good News” From Town Hall

Phony “Good News” is nothing more than a campaign email from Mr Feiner. They happen daily - sometimes even twice daily. Several thousand people will receive this email and that will be followed with a physical postal mailing. We know because we get both forwarded to us from our readers. 

Here’s what actually happened:
Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney said today that a 27-year old woman was struck by a car on East Hartsdale Avenue while walking her dog. She was not in the crosswalk when she was hit. A number of residents had said that she was. The woman was reported today to be in critical but stable condition at Westchester Medical Center. Police say that the woman’s dog died from injuries suffered in the accident.

The email below supposedly discusses what has transpired in Hartsdale regarding pedestrian safety after a woman was struck by an automobile and what Mr Feiner is “doing” about it. The well-crafted email actually offers very little commitment nor resolution from Mr Feiner and alludes to pedestrian safety but not where this accident happened. As always, he has soft-tossed the issue from his lap to Police Chief McNerney, similar to the kid’s game of Hot Potato. We’ve commented in blue what we read from the email.

Mr Feiner’s email is in red and ABG comments in blue:

Subject: PROGRESS REPORT--E HARTSDALE AVENUE PEDESTRIAN SAFETY INITIATIVES
A few weeks ago  there was a pedestrian accident on E Hartsdale Ave. Accidents do indeed happen. But why not mention what actually happened? Was it a simple slip-and-fall, a bicyclist colliding with a person walking on a sidewalk or a car striking a pedestrian crossing the street? Was the pedestrian failing to give a three-foot berth to the biker or was it the other way around? Thankfully, the woman survived. Survived, got bumped and bruised and/or broke something? A flair for the dramatic certainly makes for good reading. I asked Greenburgh Police Chief Chris McNerney to have our traffic and safety division consider ways to make the avenue safer for pedestrians. Should they first identify what is unsafe before making anything safer for pedestrians? Is there something actually unsafe or was this in fact a simple accident that Mr Feiner is seizing upon for his daily campaign emails? Would sidewalks have been the answer? For instance, Hartsdale seems to be one area in the Town with sidewalks. Most other neighborhoods are clamoring for and not receiving sidewalks or even an answer about planning for and/or receiving sidewalks. Again, it would help to know what actually transpired. Prior to the accident some senior citizens recommended that the town prohibit bicycling on sidewalks. Was this the issue? Was a pedestrian struck by a bicyclist or merely startled by a bicyclist on the sidewalk stumbled and fell? Many elderly residents walk up and down the avenue. Are these elderly people walking on sidewalks or the roadway? If a bicycle hits an elderly person it could cause serious injury. I am  hopeful that we will be able to implement this recommendation early in 2015. Yes, if a bicyclist hits anybody, especially an elderly person, it can be serious. Translation: don't expect anything to change.
Chief McNerney indicated that the town is reviewing the safety of the East Hartsdale Avenue corridor. We are taking all recommendations from the public under advisement. Our Traffic and Safety Supervisor has initiated the following:
  • New lights were installed today - Where were these new lights installed? In Hartsdale? Were they installed at the scene of the accident and was lighting the issue that caused this pedestrian to get struck by this mystery person? Otherwise, why mention it? Because it feels good.
  • Old street light bulbs were replaced with High Intensity LED bulbs - Were these replacement bulbs installed in the location of the accident or someplace unrelated? Otherwise, why mention it? Because it feels good.
  • Digital Speed Display signs were installed - Do these digital displays pick up bikers if indeed it was a bicyclist that struck the pedestrian? Displaying the speed of any vehicle is useless if we don't enforce the speed limits. And what are the biking speed limits? Otherwise, why mention it? Because it feels good.
  • When manpower permits, we are assigning a patrol car to the area to enforce the vehicle and traffic laws, with concentration on vehicles failing to yield to pedestrians In other words, don't expect to see any real enforcement prevail beyond a normal patrol.
    Otherwise, why mention it? Because it feels good.
  • We have budgeted for several crosswalk beacons that will have a button for pedestrians to push to activate strobe lights to assist with pedestrian visibility and crossing. Are these new crosswalk beacons going to be installed where the accident happened and will they help prevent accidents in the same place from happening again? Otherwise, why mention it? Because it feels good.

We are studying the feasibility of additional safety measures. Our findings will be completed in early January. Translation: It will be buried on the website after a brief mention at a work session where Mr Feiner and his crew can feign sincerity and concern only to bury this with the need for sidewalks, outdoor gun range control, lost WestHelp payments, the $6.5 million guilty verdict, the former Franks Nursery property contamination debacle - the list is seemingly endless. 

In order for things to change, the electorate must change. They must speak up and say, “Enough!” Only then will we see A Better Greenburgh.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Happy Chanukah










Chanukah -- the eight-day festival of light that begins on the eve of the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev -- celebrates the triumph oflight over darkness, of purity overadulteration, of spirituality over materiality. You can learn more at:http://www.chabad.org/holidays/chanukah/default_cdo/jewish/Hanukkah.htm

Monday, December 15, 2014

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

Attention all Moms and Dads, Grandmas and Grandpas, Aunts and Uncles! The Fairview Fire Department will be giving Santa’s reindeer a break this weekend and helping Santa visit your neighborhood to give out candy canes. Listen for the fire trucks and see Santa! His schedule for the weekend is below. Keep an eye out for Greenburgh’s Bravest and their special guest, Santa Claus!





Friday, December 12, 2014

Traffic Woes Continue in Fulton Park

Old Kensico Road looking south (left pic) and north (right pic)
So today, Friday, sees construction of the soon to be all-blacktop deli property underway. Traffic, as usual, is backed up from the north heading toward Rt 119. Residents are held captive in their own neighborhood, unable to find an opening in the traffic congestion. We drove down our hill and parked at the new CVS to check out a phone tip we received. There was nothing happening at the County Center, nothing happening in the east or west bound lanes of Rt 119. One thing we did notice is that the deli has removed the No Left Turn and other signage placed on Town property prohibiting left turns from the CVS parking lot onto Old Kensico Road and no parking signs. Is anybody in the Town watching any of this? It appears not!

Looking in either direction at about 10AM, traffic can be seen until it literal disappears out of sight. It actually started at about 9AM and has continued up to this posting at noon. This is not because of construction at the deli, or construction and heavy traffic on Rt 119, or an event at the County Center. This is what the residents are stuck with because of the over-development by our various Boards, but in particular the Town Board. It was so bad, a County utility type truck drove south in the north bound lane, went around the traffic circle on the left and up County Center Road, where the driver made a right turn onto Rt 119. Unfortunately, he drove too fast for us to get a license number to follow up with.

As the Comprehensive Planning Committee gets stalled having to look into other tasks thrust upon them by Mr Feiner , there is no cohesive plan to help control the bastardization by Mr Feiner and his Board of the Town. There’s a saying often bandied about with the Council of Greenburgh Civic Associations that states, if it happens in one neighborhood, you can be sure it will happen in others. To all of Fulton Park’s  neighbors we say beware, you might be next. Our Town Board needs to listen and help all of its residents. Then we will see A Better Greenburgh

More Traffic Woes Once Deli Opens - You Could Be Next

When CompUSA moved into the corner location at Rt 119 and Old Kensico Road, the Fulton Park neighborhood was relieved that the space would not be used as another homeless facility. It felt the same when Staples moved in as well. Directly across the street was the former Kings Inn Motel that Mr Feiner vowed to fight to make a senior residence should it close. Then he reneged on that promise (simply an ad hoc crowd pleasing-lie at the time to protect himself). Subsequently he contacted a host of people and helped broker a carte blanche deal for Westhab, as extremly lucrative albeit not for profit corporation. 

Now still only partially occupied after being opened for several years, ABG’s guess is it will soon be turned into a  DSS Section 8 housing facility commanding $1400 for a 400-600 square foot “efficiency” apartment. Since the government has no limits on its spending, Westhab will rake in the Benjamin’s once their full business plan is finally implemented! Previously, Mr Feiner condoned the facility’s use as a transition location for just released convicts and crime in the neighborhood soared. The neighborhood nor their concerns didn't matter to Mr Feiner. They shortly learned the rest of the Town Board didn’t care either - mostly because Mr Feiner instructed them not to.

The deli next door complained about damage to the building, thefts and break-ins. Could it be directly attributed to the residents living at the transition facility? The politically correct won’t say so but the neighbors will. Mysteriously, when the facility was finally closed by the County, crime in the area all but vanished. Maybe the neighbors were right?

We believe the pseudo-abandoned deli, they continued using it behind the plywood encased windows and doors, had been illegally boarded up and had illegal signage installed on it. The Fulton Park Civic Association asked Mr Feiner and the Town to address it. We’re told by residents the deli made campaign donations to Mr Feiner’s re-election campaign. The Civic Association did not. The illegal signage went untouched for two years – no fines, no mandates to remove any of it and no repercussions. The “struggling” deli owner is really a real estate owner of numerous properties along with his brothers, one of whom owns RJT Towing and more.

He maintained he was losing thousands of dollars in lost revenue because he lacked a drive-thru window. Really – that’s the reason? It couldn’t be the asbestos-caused empty Verizon building across the street who had provided the majority of his customers? Or, an issue of quality with the food? Or, the disposition of the employees and owner toward customers? Or, the day laborers hanging out in the parking lot each morning? Or, well, it doesn’t matter any more.

The deli petitioned the Town Board, Zoning Board and Planning Board to allow it to build a drive-thru window. Making an teary-eyed plea, the deli owner feined weeping as he explained his parents had started the deli, he used his mother’s recipes and worked there as a teenager and he wants to keep this going in their memory. Oh my gosh, what a performance. It seemed so real. Give me a minute to dry the keyboard from my own tears. His act worked and they disregarded the neighborhood’s complaints of increased traffic, setback violations, encroachment onto state property - all of it.

The former Staples closed and a CVS reopened in its place. As an aside, the CVS building is in White Plains and the parking lot is in Greenburgh. We guess with that entire staff on board, sandwich sales at the deli should soar to what, maybe four more a day? But keep in mind we don't believe this was ever about sales or a deli or a parents legacy. Rather, it was about flipping the building with a drive-thru window grandfathered into the sale. We’re guessing Dunkin Donuts. Once the deli reopens, for however long or short a period of time, traffic woes promise to be worse. We need a Town Board willing to help its residents. Then we will see A Better Greenburgh.

Good News? Pedestrian Struck On Knollwood Road

It has often been said that only good news emanates from Town Hall emails, press leases and interviews. Bad news is mysteriously shuffled to some place inside Town Hall, rarely exposed unless residents uncover it and publicize it. This is such a story.

One such piece of good news was when Mr Feiner announced that the former Cooke’s Florist facility on Knollwood Road had been sold after entertaining ruin for years when the owner passed away. It was purchased by the Mount Vernon Health Organization that does business in Greenburgh as the Greenburgh Health Center (GHC). Let’s not concern ourselves with pesky details such as the 1986 law that was passed mandating the property revert back to residential zoning should it ever be sold. No bother. Good news everyone! The Greenburgh Health Center is finally moving to Knollwood Road from Rt 119!

But wait, there’s more good news. People will no longer be crossing Rt 119 trying to get across the street for a White Plains bound bus. That’s right, no more playing Frogger on Rt 119. The new facility will be bigger and better able to handle more people. Let’s not concern ourselves with pesky details such as the size of the building on the non-reverted residential to commercial to residential back to commercial piece of property. Or it’s size, or it’s stadium-like lighting, or its lack of shrubbery.

But wait, there’s more good news. The Health Center will be building a sidewalk on their side of Knollwood Road. And, since that is one-busy stretch of road, think of how much safer the young mothers with strollers and kids in tow will be walking from the bus stop to the facility. What’s that? There are no bus stops there? Well, uh, wait a minute. Good news! There’s a state initiative to get money to build sidewalks in different communities. The only flaw is that your Town actually has to apply for the money, not just talk about. More good news! The Town is embarking on a new slogan: “Why fix it when we can talk about it?”

But wait, there’s more good news. The condominiums next to the location of the new GHC was required to build sidewalks in front of their property, practically extending the safe zone from Rt 119, where there wasn’t a bus stop to the A&P shopping center. However, the Town is not enforcing that tidbit and are allowing the condominium to get away with breaching their agreement. So if a young mother pushing her stroller and dragging her kids gets tired or needs to eat or even needs diapers while seeking a bus stop, they can walk in the northbound lane of Knollwood Road to go to the A&P, CVS, P&B, or DD. Although, if they are getting services from the GHC, they might not have enough money to shop there. But wait, there’s more good news. The state is raising the minimum wage, so all is well.

Okay enough! There is no good news on Knollwood Road. In fact, according to Police Chief McNerney, “On November 24th, at approximately 6:55pm, a pedestrian was struck on Joan Avenue at the intersection of Knollwood Road. The pedestrian was crossing Joan Avenue, from the north side to the south side and was struck by a vehicle that was traveling south on Knollwood Road, making a right onto Joan. According to the report, the pedestrian suffered minor injuries.” This piece of information was unreported to the media. Just so you know, the Journal News has someone call all police departments every day to see if there is anything they can report about crime in their next edition.

Whether or not we had sidewalks at this location, a stones throw from the GHC, may not have mattered for this person as they were on the opposite side and crossing a sidestreet and not directly on Knollwood Road. Or were they? This pedestrian was more than likely walking south (toward Dobbs Ferry Road) on the rough-to-navigate shoulder of Knollwood Road. There is no sidewalk there. So it just so happened that the pedestrian was crossing Joan Avenue while walking on Knollwood when they were struck by a car. Why is this important?

We spoke to a few people about the accident and were told by a Town employee that when Mr Feiner found out the accident took place on Knollwood Road near the GHC, he instructed the police not to release this information. They didn’t until a resident asked. Hmm, why would he do that? It doesn’t matter now, but it’s this kind of control over the Town’s independently operated fire districts and fire departments that Mr Feiner doesn’t have but seeks with the election of his hand-picked candidates.

The Broadview Civic Association has been lobbying the Town at countless meetings and with letters to have the sidewalks not only ADA compliant, but constructed per the plans and agreements made for them to get approval to first build the condominiums and then the GHC. It really depends on what Mr Feiner wants and the Town Departments will fall in lockstep. Sidewalks have been a missing safety ingredient throughout the Town and discussed often. The time to install them is obviously during construction. In fact, we recall when Mr Feiner coerced the developer of Stop and Shop on Rt 119 near Benedict Avenue to build a sidewalk by the apartments across two streets from them to receive building permit approvals. And now Brightview is building their facility nearby. Hmm, what did Mr Feiner know way-back-when that he wasn’t sharing?

Students from Westchester Communit College (WCC) petitioned Mr Feiner during a Town Board meeting to construct sidewalks from the college down Grasslands Road to the bottom of the hill. They came in with signs and enthusiasm that we’re sure are long forgotten now that they’ve either graduated or been struck by a car on the way to school and are in physical therapy. One speaker even commented to them that it was nice to bring this up but it would never happen. Good news! For a while, the sign the young man carried was left on display in the Town Hall lobby. It’s since been relegated to the same place bad news goes to at Town Hall. Mr Feiner got his publicity and nothing has happened for the walking safety of students at WCC.

Recently, there was a meeting in Edgemont about sidewalks at the Seely Place School in Edgemont. The long and short of it is Mr Feiner did his usual rope-a-dope that sidewalks here would be good but committed to nothing. While we have no issue with Police Chief McNerney suggesting they do a three season survey to assess the safety concerns, the simply goal of one sidewalk morphed into a much larger project that would require all areas in the Town with schools to be reviewed. Translation? Death. At the following day’s work session, Mr Feiner and the Town Board quickly changed the topic from sidewalks to something else.  Civic leaders in different parts of the Town have repeatedly requested sidewalks.

Death of a sidewalk, death of a student, death of a pedestrian crossing the street. Regardless how many people get hit and don’t die, government always installs what was needed after somebody gets killed. Ardsley just got a sidewalk installed because the Mayor and Village Board applied for state and federal grants. That’s the only flaw in the process with Mr Feiner and his Board. They actually have to apply for the money that’s there to get it. Why fix it when we can talk about it. The time to talk is over. The time to act is now. Only then will we have A Better Greenburgh.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Political Machine Wins, Consolidation Moves Closer

Tonight’s Fire District elections proved once again that Mr Feiner can get his candidates to win an election. Like communism, where they aren’t concerned with this generational time frame, but the next one, Mr Feiner has begun laying the ground work for his takeover of the Fire Districts via consolidation with this “generational election”. He posted two candidates who favor consolidation and with no surprise, after his robo-calls and expensive mailings, handily won the Fire Commissioner election in their respective communities.

Next year he will do the same thing and the year after. Once his “Friends of Paul Feiner” are installed on these Boards, Consolidation will be back on the table. Only this time, instead of trying to strong-arm the districts into Feiner-compliance, he’ll do it from within by having a three to whatever number vote favoring a referendum on consolidation. And as he proved with GameOn 365’s illegal lease, then sale, it will pass, delivering him control of the independent fire departments in the Town.

The election results winner in Fairview was predictably Claire Pizzuti of the Fire Monitors, over the other two candidates. In Hartsdale, the winner was also predictably Michael Goldstein who sat on Alan Hochberg’s consolidation committee that Mr Feiner put together in his initial push for consolidation that failed. And, Anthony Frasca won his limited term election in Hartsdale. In Greenville, Walter Grodin, running unopposed also won. While it went against Mr Feiner’s wishes, the three propositions in Greenville passed by a large margin, proving Mr Feiner still has reason to sweat over Edgemont.

While we cannot prove Mr Hoffman used his considerable Journal News influence to fabricate a story about the Greenville Fire Department accident requiring an investigation while responding to a fire call in Pelham, it is amazingly coincidental that the request for an investigation over a two year old accident happens to surface a day or so before a Fire District election.

The sad part of these elections, beyond the obvious stacking of the Boards, is that out of thousands of people who could have voted, roughly only 300+ did vote. How disappointing, especially when people in other parts of the world are fighting for a right so many here take for granted. Most of those who voted probably did so because they were contacted by a robo-call from Mr Feiner or the candidates. The rest just didn’t care. We’ve written about them often, the willfully ignorant OIMBY’s.

Congratulations to the winners and thank you to the other candidates for participating. To the winners, we promise, we’ll be watching.

Today’s The Day: Fire District Elections

It’s gloomy outside. It’s wet. Frankly, it’s just a miserable day. But there is one thing you can do today that will help. This evening are the elections for Fire Commissioner in the three Fire Districts in Town. They are Fairview, Hartsdale and Greenville. Below is a listing of voting hours, locations and the candidates we endorse. We urge everyone to vote.

Fairview: 
3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The polling locations are Fairview Fire Headquarters at 19 Rosemont Boulevard; and Fairview Fire Station #2, at 290 Worthington Road.
Hartsdale:
3:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. The polling location is only at Hartsdale Fire District, Station 1, at 25 South Central Avenue, Hartsdale, NY.
Greenville:
2 p.m. until 9 p.m. The polling location is the Greenville fire house at 711 Central Ave.

Candidates and Issues By District:
Fairview
There are three candidates running for one open Commissioner position, which is a five-year term: Todd V. Cammisa, Keith Guerra and Claire C. Pizzuti. The Fire Commissioner’s position is unpaid. There are no bond proposals or propositions on the ballot. 
We endorse Todd Cammisa.
Hartsdale
There are three candidates running for Commissioner’s position, two of whom are seeking the five-year terms and one of which is seeking to fill the remainder of a term that was vacated:
The candidates for the 5 year term commencing on January 1, 2015 are: Michael Goldstein and Andrew Lee. 
We endorse Andrew Lee.
The Candidate for the 1 year term to begin on January 1, 2015 is Anthony Frasca. 
We endorse Anthony Frasca.
Greenville
The is only one candidate running for one Commissioner position, which is a five-year term: Walter Groden. 
We endorse Walter Groden.

There are three bond proposals on the ballot that Greenville residents should be aware of and we support voting YES for them.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Ethically Challenged Supervisor Can't Play By The Rules

We have often said that Mr Feiner ignores the laws he doesn't like, often violating those same laws in the process. We've also written quite often that he skirts the law, never mind totally ignoring the intent of the law. We've also stated in numerous articles that he says its just his personal opinion about topics he should remain neutral about. Well, he's at it again.

ABG has just received communications from a number of people who have received phone calls from Mr Feiner on behalf of "his friend", candidate Mike Goldstein. Apparently these calls are being made after hours by Mr Feiner, so of course, its okay because he isn't doing this during business hours. But while he may be able to justify his actions for the takeover of the fire departments, voters will probably not realize the difference. He should remain on the sidelines silent - until after the election.

The intentional, and we'll even go so far as to say the unintentional, consequence of this action is that once again Mr Feiner's unethical action is undermining the fire district election by injecting himself into them. He knows this. But again, the public does not. While the Paul Feiner political machine is behind Mr Goldstein and Ms Pizzuti in Fairview, we should not have Mr Feiner's politicization of our fire services as part of these elections.

Each community with paid fire departments has Fire Commissioners within their respective Fire Districts. That is where you should begin your action for change. Running for a Fire Commissioner position should not be a cavalier undertaking for ulterior motives and causes, but one of commitment and resolve to better both the firematic side and taxpayer side. To date the fire Chiefs from Fairview and Hartsdale have extended themselves to the communities and the civic associations and have proven their resolve to communicate, work with and answer to the public.

We ask our neighbors to not be swayed by in-person or robo calls from Town officials. We have endorsed several candidates and will reiterate that here:
Fairview: Todd Cammisa
Hartsdale: Andrew Lee and Anthony Frasca
Greenville: Walter Grodin
Greenville Propositions 1, 2 & 3: Yes.

If you are curious as to how we made our decisions, please see our previous articles.

Hoffman Letter Exposes Link to Pizzuti

Our readership is a smart one. They prove this time and time again with their comments, suggestions and emails to us that they are informed and appreciate our dedication to telling the other side, sometimes the real side, of the story. While we always appreciate their input, apparently our posts about the pending Fire District elections on Tuesday have touched a nerve with some new readers and frankly campaigners. We will remove articles from other publications and accusations allegedly from other media sources whether in quotes or not. Another policy we maintain is to not allow profanity or attacks against others. 

In our last article, we mapped out the plan we believe Mr Feiner has launched some time ago to take over the Town's Fire Departments. While this is not Area 51 type information, some comments have been made that Claire Pizzuti does not know or is not involved with the Fairview Fire Monitors. This is not true. At several Fire District and other meetings Mr Hoffman attended, he stated the Fire Monitors would be putting up their own candidate. In the beginning of her campaign,this point was touted. In fact, on her campaign flyer it says, "Member of the Fairview Fire Monitors Committee and chosen without opposition by the Committee to be a candidate for Fire Commissioner". Third, we have reprinted below an email Mr Hoffman has sent out to his team seeking help for the elections, which clearly indicates their involvement.

Hoffman's letter to his team (in blue; other media outlets redacted by ABG):

Dear Fellow Monitors:


          We are nearing the end of our mission to place a taxpayer with no special interest on the Fairview Board of Fire Commissioners. On behalf of Claire Pizzuti, our energetic and great candidate and myself as a co-ordinator, thanks go to all of you who have put in time to deliver our fliers and spread the message in other means such as email, telephones and personal contact. We have had a large mailing to areas that could not be covered by door to door distribution. Some foot distribution ends today. I think, for beginners, collectively we have done a terrific job in letting people know there is an election and Claire's community activity bio and her message is known.
            As we look forward to voting on Tuesday, we must get the voters out. Our task will be more difficult because of the rain that is forecast for that day. I believe that telephone reminder calls, or even email messages, should be made tomorrow (Monday) and even Tuesday. I happen to have some phone listings in the district. If you want any names and numbers for your area, please email me with the names of the streets. I'll try to accommodate as many people as possible.
          For those who are able, I suggest you offer to drive to the polling place those who have no transportation. In a message I attached to the fliers I distributed, I offered rides and gave my telephone number. I have received several requests and expect more.
          Our media release was picked up so far by the internet news agency called Patch, by two weekly newspapers, the White Plains Examiner and the Rising.
          We do have a special need. We need a volunteers to sit at the twi polling place as watchers. If you volunteer to be a poll watch for the entire six hours or even for several hours, please message me at once because we have to notify the district clerk.  Thank you.
          Ours is not the only  contested election in Greenburgh. A group somewhat similar to our committee is running Michael Goldstein, for Hartsdale commissioner. He is a former auditor of federal agencies and a person who served four years ago on a town study commission of the three fire districts--a commission that predicted The Perfect Storm in taxes that now faces us.
          The Greenville district does not have a contested election, but some residents might have wished they had. Today's Journal News has a story on page 3 detailing an investigation of the Greenville commissioners by police and the district attorney into allegation of a million dollar insurance fraud. If you do not read the Journal News, you may go to Lohud.com for the story. The newspaper also has another story on page 7 that mentions a controversial bond issue that voters have to decide in Greenville.. 
         Again, thanks from me, Milt Hoffman, on behalf of the entire Claire Pizzuti team tghat means all of you.       

The article Mr Hoffman refers to of a probe of the Greenville Fire Department and District’s handling of an accident was when the aerial ladder was involved in an accident in August 2012 while going to Pelham to standby in their firehouse. Why was a Greenville ladder going to Pelham when other area fire departments and their ladder trucks are closer and could have gone? That’s a subject for future discussion. 

Mr Hoffman refers to this article because the article links the aerial ladder in this accident as the one that will be replaced if the bond proposal is passed. That’s it. And, the damage was $4,000 to repair the truck. Anyone who has been to a body shop lately knows a simple fender-bender averages $5,000. ABG is not saying there shouldn’t be an investigation and if wrong-doing is found, punishment meted out. What we are saying is the two issues are unrelated – unless you need to sell newspapers or help in your campaign for fire commissioner.

By the way, to the campaign people for Ms Pizzuti who keep copying and pasting in the comments section what we posted about her, you can stop now. Have you noticed we keep deleting it? We have left your campaign comments for Ms Pizzuti posted even though we don't have to. As for the person who claimed this was a biased article, feel free to write an article, send it to us and we will post it. Otherwise, too bad. And, based on a suggested post, we have turned off the ability to post anonymously mostly because of the actions of some who were abusing the feature. 

Regardless of your feelings about what we have written, we hope our residents will go to their respective fire houses on Tuesday evening and vote. As an aside, we learned that absentee ballots are not available for these elections. Again, state mandates without local control keep fueling the difficulty of these elections and must change. Only then will we have A Better Greenburgh.