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Metro Enviro Set to Close July 23

July 12, 2005

According to an email sent to Crotonblog by Croton resident Maria Cudequest via her CCC1 mailing list, Metro Enviro has been ordered to close on July 23, 2005 by the Village of Croton-on-Hudson Board of Trustees.

(Updated at 07/12/05 15:41:30 with the letter sent by Village Attorney Michael B. Gerrard ordering Metro Enviro to close.


July 12, 2005

David Steinmentz, Esq.
Zarin & Steinmetz
81 Main Street, Suite 415
White Plains, NY 10601

Dear Mr. Steinmetz:

As you know on July 6, 2005, the New York Court of Appeals affirmed the Appellate Division's order in the above case. The applellate Division had reinstated the January 27, 2003 decision of the Village Board that refused to renew Metro Enviro's permit and directed it to close.

The Court of Appeals decision had the effect of allowing the Village to order the immediate closure of the Metro Enviro facility. However, so as to provide for an orderly closure, Saturday, July 23, 2005 will be the final date that the facility may receive waste. The facilty may not accept any waste after that date, and must immediately after that date begin the 90-day closure process provided by the Operation and Maintenance Manual.

Any violation by Metro Enviro of this direction or of other applicable legal requirements would be regarded as serious matters and would be dealt with accordingly.


Michael B. Gerrard
Arnold & Porter LLP
399 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10022-4690


On July 15, 2005 12:05 PM, weewill said:

Thanks dors. What a breath of fresh air and points very well taken. I don’t remember anyone having the guts to express these opinions before the opponents of ME and I congratulate you for reminding us of the other side of the ME issue.

On July 15, 2005 11:14 AM, dors said:

So many times I started writing about the Metro Enviro (ME) debacle but stopped short. Too much rhetoric, too many blow hards and know it alls, and too much disinformation swirled around the issue. A few excerpts I’ve read recently, “..regional trash can..”; “..desperation to keep the facility here will always remain suspect..”’; “..the community was never divided on Metro Enviro..”.

I attended a number of village board meetings concerning ME and the seemingly one sided debate was, in my opinion, because of the cat calls and the juvenile behavior of some audience members. Many people would have given their opinion in favor of keeping employees of ME working, truck drivers working, and railroad workers working but were so intimidated by the spectacle that they remained quiet. The community was greatly divided, and still is. Don’t for one minute think that the waste TRANSFER station will be boarded up and go unused. There are other companies chomping at the bit to get in there. Hmm…next to a railroad yard, right off the highway, completely contained, and monitored by a government agency. Keeping railroad workers, truck drivers, and site employees all working and making money for their families. Subversive, shady, and ill conceived reasons to keep a TRANSFER station opened for business, I’m sure!

One more small thought. What are all the builders of the McMansions and the home remodelers going to do with their roofing shingles, floor boards, windows, etc.? These projects don’t happen in a vacuum. ME is a waste TRANSFER site for such debris - NOT a “regional trash can” as touted throughout this debate.

On July 14, 2005 6:23 PM, william rooney said:

I thought readers would be interested to know that the North County News article, “Waste Station Gets the Boot” is now online.

Today’s Journal News story, “Croton orders waste station shut” is now online.

Link to weekend News 12 coverage can be found here.


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