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Letters – Don’t Shed a Tear for Governor Cuomo on Bridge

To the Editor: Don’t shed a tear for Governor Cuomo complaining about a petition against naming the bridge for his late father Mario Cuomo.  Motorists and taxpayers are more concerned about how Governor Cuomo will find $2.6 billion outstanding balance of $3.9 billion needed to pay for the Tappan Zee Bridge rather than naming rights. Don’t shed a tear for ... Read More »

Letters – Goals for Greenburgh for 2018

 To the Editor: Thank you to the river villages of Irvington and Tarrytown for re-electing me as Greenburgh Town Supervisor. On election day I received 17,482 votes and am most appreciative.  The time to celebrate is now over. We’re proud of our Aaa bond rating (the highest rating possible), the fact that the portion of the budget impacting the villages ... Read More »

Letters – Thanks to Community for Supporting TEDxTarrytown

To the Editor, I want to thank our wonderful rivertowns community for supporting the TEDxTarrytown event held on October 22, 2017 at the Irvington Town Hall Theater. We had 8 wonderful speakers: Ethan Schutz, Irvington, Jennifer Walford, Yonkers, Hugh Locke, Ossining, Jamey Barbas PE, Tarrytown/NYC, Pablo Mayor, Sleepy Hollow, Amy Whitaker, NYC, Michael Alcee Phd, Tarrytown, and Jaron Benjamin, Sleepy ... Read More »

Say No to Climate Change

To the Editor, Climate change is one of the single biggest threats to our environment, our public health, and our economy. Pumping carbon and methane emissions into the atmosphere is accelerating climate change and is responsible for more extreme weather.  New York State has spent billions of dollars over the past decade working to restore communities that have been devastated ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor: Re: “A Piece of Tarrytown History Appears Doomed,” published August 3, 2017 in The Hudson Independent

Article Captured Essence of Life at Brace Cottage What a wonderful job Elaine Marranzano did capturing the essence of life at Brace Cottage and Braceholme for posterity in her article in the August issue of The Hudson Independent. The article will be a permanent testament to the vision of Dr. Brace, the daily work of the good Mr. Hutchinson, and ... Read More »

Letter  To the Editor: Permanent Solution Needed for RiverWalk Upkeep

As many of you may know, the Scenic Hudson RiverWalk has been transformed. Invasives are gone and thousands of new plants are in place. New sitting areas have emerged near the Overlook spiral and, in the northwest lawn –  amphitheater seating formed from relocated boulders. Cedar Hill Landscaping of Katonah, the contractors responsible for the large project, have done their ... Read More »

Bikeway/Walkway on New Bridge Should be Named for Seeger

To the Editor: Last month the NYS Legislature voted to rename the Tappan Zee bridge after Mario Cuomo. I believe the Legislature should also consider naming the new bikeway/walkway on the bridge for Pete Seeger–the folksinger and environmental activist who worked hard to focus public attention on a cleaner Hudson River. I also would like to suggest that the state ... Read More »

Letters – Many Questions Surround Closure of Indian Point Plants

To the Editor: I want to congratulate you on your unbiased article regarding Indian Point. After reading your article I saw further back the “Inquiring Photographer” had asked five people their opinion of the closing, of which I thought only one person gave a thoughtful answer. The first three wanted it closed as soon as possible and the fourth was ... Read More »

Letters To the Editor – Setting the Record Straight on the East Parcel in SH

To the Editor, Thank you for the opportunity to respond to recently published comments regarding the redevelopment of the “East Parcel” of the former General Motors assembly plant in Sleepy Hollow. As Lead Agency in this matter, the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (SHLDC) will include and respond to all public comments made or submitted during the Public Hearings as ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor – Reminder to Greenburgh Residents to File Phase-In Paperwork

To the Editor: This letter is being written to remind residents of Greenburgh that if they qualify for a phase-in of assessment increases as a result of the recent reassessment that they must file their application no later than September 15th. The Greenburgh Town Board approved legislation authorized by the New York State Legislature and signed into law by the ... Read More »

Letter to the Editor – Unanswered Questions About Reassessment

To the Editor: Thank you for your ongoing coverage of the Greenburgh reassessment. Perhaps you might have better luck getting some answers than I have had. At an almost three-hour, videotaped, public meeting held in the Village of Irvington April 5, Town Assessor Edye McCarthy stated that the reassessment land values involved the creation of “neighborhood delineations”; that those delineations ... Read More »

Letters – Letter Writer was Mistaken

To the Editor: In the May 2016 edition of The Hudson Independent Anthony Saraniti indicated that I own a condo and a few years back “that subdivision won a major certiorari against the town.” I would like to state for the record that everyone in my condo with the exception of me and my wife received a check for about ... Read More »

Letters – East Parcel Offers Sleepy Hollow Amazing Opportunities

To the Editor: An article in the most recent issue of another local publication regarding the Sleepy Hollow Local Development Corporation (SHLDC) warrants a public response as it contains numerous factual errors. What is most concerning is that prior to the article, the SHLDC CEO was provided with written questions which were answered promptly, yet none of the written responses ... Read More »

Setting the Record Straight on Tarrytown’s Finances

To the Editor: In a recently published local newspaper, the statements by the three Republican/Tarrytown First trustee candidates demonstrate, among other things, a lack of understanding of the issues facing Tarrytown. While they made misleading assertions about numerous matters, we believe it is particularly important to set the record straight regarding their statements about the central financial factors affecting Tarrytown, ... Read More »

Letters – Tarrytown Could Benefit from New Traffic Light

To the Editor: Re: “Making Our Streets Safer for Pedestrians” – Dec. 2015, Page 23 I would like to add to the writer’s suggestions for making our streets safer. My priority would be: A traffic light with a left-turn arrow at the corner of West Franklin St. and Rte. 9. The current situation causes problems in all directions: At busy ... Read More »

Letters to the Editor – December 2015

New Bridge Should Keep Tappan Zee Name To the Editor: I concur with Olympia Lynn Quarto that there is No Reason to Change name of the New Bridge. I believe that “Tappan Zee Bridge” is the only appropriate name. Obliterating the name “Tappan Zee” will be a great loss to the spirit of Hudson Valley region. I have never met nor ... Read More »

Crowded Streets are No Reason to Celebrate

To the Editor:  Re: “Lighthouse Celebration Focuses on Coming Riverfront Development (July 2015 issue) I think it’s great to celebrate the lighthouse restoration. However, I am not celebrating the addition of 1,177 condos and townhouses, a 140-room hotel, and office/retail space. How are we going to handle an additional 2,000 or so cars on our already overcrowded streets? Irene J. ... Read More »

Schools Need Better Procedures to Handle Allegations

To the Editor:  On May 1st, Pearl River High School and Sleepy Hollow High School played each other in boys’ varsity lacrosse. What happened that day highlights that schools need better procedures for handling allegations of racism. During the game, three Sleepy Hollow players reported racial slurs by Pearl River players. The Sleepy Hollow players told their teammates (one of ... Read More »

Hanna a Great Choice for Irvington Board of Ed

To the Editor: I am writing a letter in support of Michael Hanna in his candidacy for a seat on the Irvington Board of Education in the upcoming election on May 19th. I have gotten to know Michael very well over the last couple of years, working together as board members of Irvington United for Education on issues that are ... Read More »

State Referendum Needed for Road Repaving

To the Editor: I was disappointed that the NYS budget included almost no additional funding to localities for road repaving. The $50 million dollars approved state-wide will be of little help in addressing the thousands of miles of municipal roads in desperate shape. Many local governments around the state have roads that look like third world countries. Communities are trying ... Read More »

Hanna is a Perfect Fit for Irvington School Board

To the Editor: I write to express my strong support for the candidacy of Michael Hanna for Board of Education in Irvington. I have been fortunate to work with Michael on the Executive Board of the Irvington PTSA and as a fellow board member of Irvington United for Education for the past two plus years. Michael is someone who is ... Read More »

Privileged Document on Officer Should Not Have Been Made Public

To the Editor:  As the Mayor of Sleepy Hollow, I was surprised to see a story in the February Hudson Independent that was based on a privileged work document written by the Village’s labor attorney. The public has been demanding for months that Trustees Wompa, Campbell, Stupel and Handelman explain their actions in voting not to hire a highly qualified ... Read More »