Monday, April 16, 2018

Hartsdale 4-Corners Needs Change


A presentation to the Town Board at their weekly work session by the owners of Inspired Places touched on a good number of items that could potentially change the Hartsdale 4-corners (4-C) area. However, for this area to change, some radical thinking, fresh ideas, money and most importantly zoning changes will be required. Whether or not these changes can happen must begin with the Town Board. To that end, Mr Feiner asked for a report in two weeks on how to make this process move forward. Cooler heads prevailed, however, and it was decided that Garrett Duquesne would work with the women and notify the Board when the information required would be ready for the next step.

Much was said as to what might be required to transform the 4-corners area from what it currently is now to what it might become. There were six topics of discussion: zoning, mobility, infrastructure, environmental, aesthetics and community well-being. Zoning, the first and probably foremost catalyst to a 4-C change, rests solely in the lap of Mr Feiner and his Board. Since we know they are more than willing to change zoning codes for any developer faster than a hooker asking if you’re looking to party, we don’t see much resistance here. However, while his Board’s zeal to please their master aside, it will be up to residents to ensure the zoning changes are correct, qualified, and will not be used by others elsewhere. An example is that the apartment buildings on Hartsdale Avenue in Hartsdale are zoned M-174. Mr Feiner pushed for the Westhab building in Fulton Park to also be M-174. Fortunately, after much community opposition, Westhab acquiesced from a 7-story building to a 4-story one with an assurance from them and Mr Feiner’s Board that they would never build “up” in perpetuity.

So with no cohesive zoning plan for the Town, Mr Feiner routinely offers zoning changes to developers for what zoning we do have and then informs the public that the Town will benefit from the changes and reap millions in taxes, permits and fees – even though those numbers rarely, if ever, materialize. Or, if they do materialize, those funds are used to pay off guilty verdict fines such as the Fortress Bible Church discrimination case for $6.5 million. Given Mr Feiner and his Board’s willingness, if not eagerness, to spot-zone, the Town needs to have a vehicle to control this wanton disregard for the early Town planner’s vision for the Town. This could have happened when the Town spent, or rather wasted, 8-years and $600,000 developing a Town Comprehensive Plan that effectively does nothing to address zoning, future growth and/or growth limitations for the Town. Nor does it reign in control of the Supervisor and his Board from spot zoning as they please. This too is one of the costs of not having term limits. After some 25-years in office, most residents are hungry for a leadership change. Sadly, both the Democrats and Republicans will offer none.

Based on the recent and very protracted Edgemont Incorporation Council’s (EIC) attempt to have the Edgemont Unincorporated section of Town seek to incorporate and become a village within the Town, we believe Mr Feiner will appear to make every attempt to placate Hartsdale residents. This is primarily because since Mr Feiner has tried numerous ways to thwart the EIC attempts, the rumor mill began churning of Hartsdale incorporation talk ­– which must scare the hell out of Mr Feiner and his Board! They don’t need to be dealing with incorporation on two fronts.

With Inspired Places, LLC, presentation, represented by Hartsdale residents Patrice Ingrassia and Christine Broda, they highlighted some of the issues that have plagued the 4-C intersection. Basically, the retail environment has suffered due to high permit fees and length of time to acquire them, inadequate parking, flooding, heavily congested roadways with bottlenecks, internet purchasing, a lack of foot or pedestrian traffic and so on. These problems have all been talked about before, lamented by the Town administration and later ignored as they move to the newest shiny object that they can publicize and politicize.

Other issues also factor in to the equation, such as an abhorrent area of uncoordinated signage, strings of overhead wiring, old and outdated building facades and that there is little if any pervious space. The entire area is taken up by the various buildings’ footprints, concrete and asphalt. As pointed out during the presentation, the 4-C area is mainly regarded as an intersection of two major roadways. Central Park Avenue and Hartsdale Avenue, providing the lion’s share  of east-west and north-south automotive connectivity. What is seriously lacking is a safe and easy manner for pedestrians to park and frequent the businesses that have staked a claim in the 4-C area.

We are happy to see this study undertaken and endorsed by many. And while it would prove interesting to see how well it progresses, it is but the tip of the iceberg. First, traffic congestion and flow needs to be addressed beyond saying everyone should use mass transit or we should have more buses. We have witnessed repeated issues with the Bee-Line bus system cutting routes and frequencies of buses due to declining ridership, limited schedules (including holiday schedules), availability to key areas and cost to operate. Several years in a row have seen the Express Bus System in jeopardy as well as other routes abandoned as not being cost-effective where they were.

Second, flooding must be addressed as a Town and County-wide issue if we are to truly make any inroads in controlling flooding, assisting our taxpaying residents and businesses, and helping everyone in the Town flourish. The Bronx and Saw Mill rivers are the two major pathways for flood and runoff water to exit our area. Both of these rivers must be cleaned, dredged, widened and then maintained so our residents can live safely and dryly. The County, Towns and Villages must also limit new construction and upgrade existing infrastructure to help with all of this.

Third, zoning must be changed in a way that will not allow it to be bastardized by a developer and then agreed to by any elected officials. The pseudo-Comprehensive Plan could have addressed this and put forth a zoning plan that assisted in the Town’s future growth. But they did not. Instead, they chose to politicize the effort and create a document that discusses global warming and such. Want to address global warming? Create a document that does what the residents told you they wanted: less impervious space, smaller buildings, more green space, bike and walking paths to name a few and leave the political statements for another time.

Finally, with or without a Comprehensive Plan that is viable, we need to have a direction that the public requests and that politicians can join in to have a focus to improve the Town (and County) resident’s lives. The Hartsdale 4-Corners project could be the first step in the right direction. Let’s hope so. Only then will we get A Better Greenburgh.

Saturday, April 7, 2018

Black Women's March in Tarrytown

















The Black Women’s March across the new Tappan Zee Bridge was planned for today, Saturday. Its organizers were on schedule to march across the bridge despite the threat of mass arrests at about noon. Vanessa Green, one of the march organizers, said the march would go on as planned, as other Black Lives Matter and anti-racist groups have committed to attending and some volunteering to be the first arrested. 

There appeared to be about 100 or so people (see photo above) making up the crowd. At least half appeared to be white and the rest of color. We overheard one man offer a sign to another that said “Black Lives Matter” and when thanked, he said he was just there to hand out signs. At one point Ms Green led the crowd in several chants, with the one most often used was, “Black Lives Matter here!”

There were many apparently hand-written signs saying the same thing but differently. “Listen To Black Women” and “Slavery Never Ended, It Just Evolved,” White Silence = Violence.” There were others, but not everyone had signs. Some were there to support the movement and some frankly were just curious to see what was going on. 

With a helicopter flying overhead, which we assumed was the state police helicopter, Tarrytown police officers, as well as state police officers seemed to be everywhere, even on the rooftop of the stores in the extremely crowded CVS (formerly Stop and Shop) parking lot! We spoke to one officer who said his post was right here but the parking lot was a zoo. His sergeant happened to walk over and said basically the same thing. 

There also seemed to be a lot of media coverage here with about five news trucks, and numerous video cameras hoisted overhead to capture Ms Green as she spoke to the crowd. It remains to be seen if they make it across the bridge or not as state troopers had set up a row of officers at what would be considered their access point. We’ll just have to see how this plays out. A peaceful protest and no arrests would be preferable. That will help us toward A Better Greenburgh.

The website callblackline.com espouses a list of thirty issues that they are hoping to address, listed here as presented on their website:


A few demands provided by Black Women in Westchester, Ulster, Orange, and Rockland Counties:
  • Improved services for Black LGBTQ gender non-conforming folks
  • The silence and complacency regarding the continued murder and brutalization of trans women, especially black trans women
  • Eradicate poverty
  • Address environmental racism that occurs in communities like Newburgh’s PFOS water contamination and generational high lead levels
  • Improve education, especially in the East Ramapo School District
  • Transform and dismantle the police
  • Disinvest in police, invest in community
  • Eliminating cash bail in New York - we need legitimate Alternative To Incarceration (ATI) programs that are not electronic monitoring, probation and other fucked up governmental programs 
  • Improve mental health services
  • Address drug use impacting Black families, through public health not criminalization
  • End the mass incarceration that is tearing Black families apart
  • Address disparity in the foster care system
  • End sexual violence against Black women. Believe them.
  • Job opportunities that include a living wage
  • Affordable childcare
  • Safe, decent and affordable housing
  • Safety in our homes (from state and intimate partner violence)
  • Address inadequate or non-existent legal criminal defense
  • Stop policing Black Women on their anger
  • Stop using us for legitimacy in your predominately-white agencies
  • Financial institutions cease charging fees for minor transactions
  • Access to bank accounts without being charged fees for not maintaining a certain balance
  • Ability for undocumented Black and Brown women to secure Drivers' licenses
  • Stop arresting Black and Trans Women for survivor crimes
  • Improved transportation infrastructure
  • Reduce and eliminate states’ social control and punishment in the judicial system (criminal and family)
  • We are not a monolithic people and the One Black Women in the room is no longer acceptable
  • NY state enact racial impact laws- provide opportunity for policymakers to consider alternative approaches that do not worsen disparities. (Similar to fiscal and environmental impact statements)
  • Access to necessary and needed hormone treatment
  • Reproductive justice, having a say over our bodies, choice to have many children or none at all

Socio-hydrology: Flood Protection Is Everyone's Responsibility

In an article published on April 6, 2018 in the Homeland Security News Wire, we read this interesting take on flooding. Since we have pointed out numerous times to deficiencies in our Town, County and State regarding flooding in our area, we believe that this puts an interesting perspective to the problem, so we thought we would share it with our readers.
 

We have an impact on water - through dams, regulations and agriculture. And the risk of flooding affects us and our economic decisions. Researchers are investigating the complicated interplay of these factors. “The field of hydrology has been investigating the impact of agriculture and building work on the risk of flooding for decades,” says a researcher. “But research on the two-way interactions between water systems and society is an extremely young field of research.”
 

The complex interactions between floods and society are currently being investigated at TU Wien Institute of Stochastics and Mathematical Methods in Economics Centre for Water Resource Systems in Vienna. The economy needs the central government to organize flood protection.
 

We have an impact on water - through dams, regulations and agriculture. And the risk of flooding affects us and our economic decisions. The complicated interplay of these factors is being investigated at TU Wien. TU Wien says that the mathematical economist Johanna Grames has developed conceptual models to describe economic decisions for long-term flood protection strategies. Private businesses should not shoulder the responsibility for flood protection alone. In prosperous countries in particular, it makes sense for central government to establish the necessary infrastructure for flood protection.
 

Socio-hydrology
“The field of hydrology has been investigating the impact of agriculture and building work on the risk of flooding for decades,” says Johanna Grames. “But research on the two-way interactions between water systems and society is an extremely young field of research.”
 

Implementing these interactions is important to make the right decisions in the long term: How do people behave if flood risk decreases as a result of dams? Should capital-intensive businesses be located in flood risk areas and increase flood protection, or should they be (re)located to areas that are less vulnerable to flooding?
 

Johanna Grames investigated these questions as part of her PhD thesis supervised by Prof. Alexia Fürnkranz-Prskawetz at the Institute of Stochastics and Mathematical Methods in Economics at TU Wien. This thesis forms part of the ‘Vienna Doctoral Program on Water Resource Systems’, an interdisciplinary doctorate program led by flood expert Prof. Günter Blöschl.
 

Central government and the economy
Mathematical and economic analyses have shown that both central government and the private sector have an important role to play in flood protection: “Companies naturally want to reduce their own risks. The risk depends on the probability that a dangerous flood occurs, and on the capital that is at risk. Therefore, investments, made to avert possible flood damage, might not pay off, even if they are subsidized by central government,” explains Johanna Grames.
 

That is why it makes economic sense for central government to provide long-term flood protection. “Each party should focus on what they can do best,” Grames stresses, “Central government is best at building infrastructure, and private companies can then be sure that their investments are not at high risk.” 

The calculations also show that government investment in infrastructure is better than direct subsidies to companies. Direct subsidies are not invested in flood protection but are often invested in measures that merely maximize profit in the short term. Contrary, if the government invests into flood protection instead of giving subsidies, firms will produce more and consequently earn higher profits in the long term. Flood protection allows for higher economic growth than direct subsidies to firms in flood risk areas. However, the best investment strategy may not be the same for each country.
 

“Interestingly, from a macroeconomic point of view there are two scenarios, each with a different optimal solution,” explains Grames. In rich economies, such as Austria or the Netherlands, substantial investments in flood protection are best to both reduce flood risk and enable economic growth. The existing technology and capital allow a significant reduction of flood risk. In poorer areas, such as the Mekong Delta in Vietnam, where there is very little capital available, it may make more economic sense to boost their economic performance and accept a degree of flood risk instead of pouring resources into flood protection measures which have very little success anyway.”
 

Transparency and education
Johanna Grames emphasizes: “People can only make the right decisions if they have all the important facts at their disposal. We need transparency and education so that all parties involved can make rational, well-informed decisions, and this can only happen with interdisciplinary cooperation.” Thus, a lot remains to be done in the research area of socio-hydrology in the future.

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Projected 2-Year Traffic Congestion on Rt 119

Beginning tomorrow the MTA will be undertaking a major renovation of the White Plains Metro-North train station.

Total time for this renovation is projected to be approximately two years.

We anticipate that the first phase of this project (beginning tomorrow) will cause severe traffic congestion on Route 119 for the next six weeks.

This will include work on the two bridges that carry the trains over Main Street and Hamilton Avenue in White Plains, resulting in lane closures on both roads.

Please consider alternative routes during this time period.

Respectfully,Chris McNerney
Chris T. McNerney
Chief of Police
Town of Greenburgh Police Department
(914)989-1740

Saturday, March 31, 2018

Sunday, March 25, 2018

Abinanti Legislation Removes Greenburgh Residents Right To Vote - Again

There is no shame in politics. Mr Feiner proves that regularly. Now his Albany cohort and co-conspirator has re-introduced legislation hastily requested by Mr Feiner to remove the right of Greenburgh residents to vote should they desire to secede from the Town and incorporate as a village. This was brought about as Mr Feiner desperately tried to stop the Edgemont Incorporation Council (EIC) from succeeding.

At first, Mr Feiner played down the movement, believing it would never gain any traction. But this was big news and the lifetime supervisor was caught off guard as momentum and interest swelled. Mr Feiner wasn’t the only one against the incorporation. His Town board was most likely instructed by him to be against it as well, however Ken Jones was the only one who would speak openly against it.

When pushed at several community meetings as to why the Town leaders were not sitting down with the incorporation leaders to discuss contingency plans and the possible charging for services as presented by the incorporation proponents, Mr Feiner continued to say he didn’t believe the referendum would go through, should it come to that. He was convinced there would be no incorporation!

Next he took it upon himself to illegally hire a judge to be his scapegoat under the guise of providing advice on the ballot petition signatures to the tune of an unauthorized $50,000! His Town Board would later push through another $50,000 for the judge. On behalf of Mr Feiner, the judge engaged private investigators to go out into the Edgemont neighborhood with a new petition to get the incorporation petition signatories to sign which would unknowingly invalidate their original incorporation petition signatures! You can’t even find these kind of corruption twists in Hollywood!

Once exposed by a pro-incorporation resident’s home security/nanny-cam system, and the defecation began hitting the ventilation, Mr Feiner realized he could really lose this and decided to double-down. That’s when he reached out to his career politician friend, Assemblyman Abinanti* and asked him to push through legislation in Albany that would help him stop the incorporation. Probably a bit concerned about what he was being asked to do and his political future, Mr Abinanti was no doubt aware that former Town Councilwoman Sonya Brown had publicly stated at a Town Board meeting that Mr Feiner had told his running mates (her included) not to bother campaigning in Fairview because those residents were not intelligent. Could this come back to bite him? We’re sure if this did take place Mr Feiner instructed him not to worry and just do it.

So, once word on the street reached the Edgemont Incorporation Council (EIC), they decided to take a road trip to Albany. Once in Albany, they sought out Mr Abinanti who refused to meet with them! Phone calls and emails to other legislators were enough to slow the out-of-control Abinanti freight train from submitting the bill for a vote at one of the infamous 3AM votes. That bill, essentially the same as what’s being offered now, was to negatively affect Town of Greenburgh residents by taking away their right to vote for incorporation! Pressure mounted and the bill was withdrawn.

Like most diabolical plots hatched from the corner office, bad ideas and/or proposals don’t go away. Rather, they return repackaged as something different with the more objectionable portions sanitized and made to seem like a benefit to those about to get screwed. Such was the case with Mr Abinanti’s previous bill. First, while his original bill was Town of Greenburgh specific, the second one is for all Towns in New York State – with a voluntary “opt-in” by any Town government. Now, while most Towns throughout the state will not care about this, Mr Feiner will and will instruct his Town Board to opt-IN. So with a little massaging, one hurdle was eliminated. As an aside, no other legislator was willing to vote for the first iteration as most believe they shouldn’t be voting on what is considered Greenburgh’s home rule. Mr Abinanti obviously does not care about constituents, his own or those of other jurisdictions.

Next up in Mr Abinanti’s Eliminating Voter Right’s legislation are numerous roadblocks that force residents seeking to incorporate to perform numerous studies, which ironically the EIC had provided, among other requirements. But if one requirement is good, then two is better, and three is, well, you get the idea. The new bill is essentially the core of the hastily authored original bill. Although Mr Abinanti claims he is not attempting to affect the petition process or invalidate the Edgemont Incorporation Council petition, those in the trenches who have been following this entire process know this is too convoluted to believe. He has increased the number of steps, designed to wear-down those seeking incorporation, by putting numerous hurdles in the way.

Several requirement’s in the new bill are designed to make incorporation incredibly difficult and cumbersome for those seeking to incorporate. In the earlier version the Town Board would have had approval to authorize an incorporation referendum, under the guise of whether or not incorporation would have “significant impacts on the rest of the area.” This is blatantly specific to Edgemont! How do we know? It’s the  argument Mr Feiner has been making all along about Edgemont's incorporation. Huh? Still don’t see the setup? We believe Mr Feiner concocted the elements of Mr Abinanti’s bill that he would need and began the argument before the introduction of the bill so when the bill passes at 3AM in Albany, he’ll be able to continue his argument against it and say, “No!” to the EIC. 

This is similar to the sidewalk to no-where when the Stop and Shop on Rt 119 near the Marriott Hotel was proposed. No one understood why he was letting them build a sidewalk there, instead in front of the supermarket. Two years after the supermarket was built, he and his Board approved the Brightview Assisted Living facility to be built immediately behind the sidewalk. Who knew? Only Mr Feiner and his Boards...

Another requirement is that this updated version will change New York State law to include “group think,” providing the rest of a given town the ability to vote against a community’s incorporation. This is one of the key points Mr Feiner so desperately needs to thwart the Edgemont incorporation. Just like the referendum for the GameOn 365 “deal” that promised to hurt the Worthington Woodlands neighborhood should the referendum pass, Mr Feiner knew he could get his faithful followers to approve it – and they did.

So Mr Abinanti, well along into his professional career as a politician, also knows to mention certain buzzwords for those not in the know to think his concerns are genuine. He uses words like “fairest approach” and “require community impact statement.” This legal change, should it happen by June as he has planned is anything but fair. It takes away voting rights of some and allows them to be controlled by others. It heightens the argument in the book 1984. What’s next, meet us in the Ministry of Love’s Room 101? 

This legislation is nothing but a blatant attempt by Messrs Feiner and Abinanti to help Mr Feiner get his way and stop the Edgemont incorporation. It is wrong. Both of these politicians are proof of why term limits are so necessary. It’s time for them to go. Only then will we get A Better Greenburgh.

* Mr Abinanti had lived near the Fortress Bible Church property that was purchased by the church with hopes of building a school and church for their congregation. We believe once Mr Feiner was found guilty of discrimination against the church, lying under oath and destroying evidence in a Federal trial among other charges, Mr Abinanti tried to distance himself from this by relocating his home to Pleasantville and office in Tarrytown.

Thursday, March 22, 2018

A Utility Worker, A Meteorologist and a Politician Walk Into A Bar

Sure, the headline is a take on how most jokes used to start before political correctness hijacked our ability to laugh at ourselves, considering us insensitive should we tell one. But this time, it isn’t really a laughing matter. All we have heard for the last week are sensational claims that the fourth nor’easter was headed our way. 

Many businesses that can have their employees working from home are doing so. Those that cannot work from home and must report to work to get paid will lose a day’s pay because their employer has closed as the doomsday predictions have been so incredibly hyped. All schools in the area were closed in anticipation of the snowmageddon. Of course, we do it for the kids.

In general, we are thankful that we can go to sleep knowing what the weather holds in store for us the following day. We can get the kids off to school properly dressed as well as ourselves. We know to bring an umbrella even though it might not be raining as we leave for our respective destinations. Yet in spite of any fore-warnings we may receive, it should be incumbent on those proffering the information to not over-hype it. In this age of 24-7-365 information overload, it seems that every media outlet makes what we used to simply experience as a snow storm into a state-of-emergency event.

As we sit perched atop the hill in the ABG office, we believed we were going to get clobbered at approximately 1PM when the snow's intensity appeared to be growing. Maybe the forecasters were correct after all? We decided to close at 2PM and go our separate ways. Everyone made it home without incident as the roads had little traffic and mostly covered with slush. One person joked, “This just in… there is 1-3” of rock salt on the roadways. Please stay inside and off the roads for your own protection…” Yes, it was humorous in a sarcastic way, but it highlighted what was going on and a bigger problem down the line.

Once the media pundits begin to make the lead story the impending weather and then make it a perpetual story for each of their newscasts, including the scrolling banner on the bottom of your TV screen and the interruptions of the shows you are watching, they’ve become part of the problem and part of the news they should only be reporting. We’ve also seen every politician come out and add to the hysteria. The governor has declared a state of emergency and the Town is closing early under the better safe than sorry mantra – which does make sense. So what’s the problem?

The public is getting weary of the weather-related hype to the point where they’re starting to ignore the real information. That’s the real problem. We saw it during Hurricane Katrina when the populace were told to evacuate. Reporter after reporter would interview residents who insisted they would stay and ride or tough it out as they’ve been through this before and everyone is just trying to make news. With traffic jams and limited roadways, a shortage of fuel, seniors with the inability to relocate and more, it’s understandable why staying put may have made some sense to them. But as more and more people come to realize these storms as reported are not coming to fruition, people will continue to adopt a wait and see attitude or worse – they’ll ignore it. And, while it’s an understandable reaction, it could be deadly.

Our suggestion is to weigh the information as objectively as possible. Go online, watch television and listen to the radio. You can even check out the National Weather Service and get weather information that may not be local but will show the storms, their projected paths and what we can expect. All of the media forecasters are watching it too! Then watch the local news and listen to the area radio stations. With all of that information, you can make an informed decision. If the police department and various levels of government officials are saying to do something, pay attention to that too. Obviously, if you have kids, your decisions could very well be different. Either way, sift through the hype and make better choices for your own safety. It will make for A Better Greenburgh.

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Snow Clearing Operations










While our local Snow Ordinance ended on March 15th, we are asking for the public’s assistance during this upcoming late season snow storm. Snow is expected to start during tonight’s overnight hours and continue until approximately11:00pm Wednesday night. Please make all efforts to keep cars off town roads to expedite snow clearing operations. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.
Respectfully,
Chief Chris McNerney
Chief of Police
Town of Greenburgh Police Department
(914)989-1740

Saturday, March 17, 2018

Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Beware of ESCO Scam Mailing

With all of the junk mail the post office delivers on a daily basis, it’s easy to get it confused with legitimate mail. Couple that with scammers, identity thieves and the like, it’s no wonder that some people are easily duped. Mr Feiner has continually railed against the postal service for poor service and spotty mail delivery, but as a government entity, can we really expect a change? This is more an example of the pot calling the kettle black.

Regardless, a new mailing found it’s way into our offices from a company called North American Power of Norwalk, Connecticut. Make no mistake about it, this is a solicitation from an ESCO trying to sign up unwitting residents to use them as your power supplier with a confusing and official looking document. 
Notice there are several telltale issues with this very official looking document. First and foremost as you remove the paperwork from their envelope, the first thing you’ll see is CONEDISON CUSTOMERS: Please COMPLETE, SIGN and RETURN this Emrollment Consent Form/Terms of Service in the enclosed postage-paid envelope. This is nothing more than an attempt to fool ConEd customers into thinking this is official and from ConEd and to act immediately. YOU SHOULD NOT!

We have previously written about ESCO's and especially the ESCO that Mr Feiner got into bed with here in the Town of Greenburgh, Sustainable Westchester (ESCO). Mr Feiner and his Town Board enrolled all 90,000+ residents into it without their authorization or approval. Next, he and his Board passed a law forcing ConEd, most likely your current supplier, to release your information to this group of lawyers. Finally, after extensive studying of ESCO’s elsewhere, it was proven that the savings are minuscule at best, if at all.

You are certainly free to choose who you wish your energy supplier to be, whether it’s ConEd or someone else. Keep in mind though that ESCO's are not providing you with the energy itself, but the transmission of it. You’ll still be paying ConEd for your energy and now another company for the transmission of it. If you look on your current energy suppliers bill, you’ll see the transmission rate and your cost. It’s usually only a couple of dollars at most and sometimes only manages to be pennies. And, once you sign in, you cannot easily or inexpensively opt-out. Another ploy they’ll use is to tell you they are using “green” energy. That too is difficult to validate and worth further investigation. 

Do what you will, but we are simply providing a caveat emptor for those who may not be aware of what ESCO’s are about or trying to do. We just want you to be informed. It will make for A Better Greenburgh.