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Solid Waste Commission Hears NIR Application

September 22, 2005


In conjunction with my interest in developments affecting the Metro Enviro site, I attended the public hearing of the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission (WCSWC) yesterday (Sept. 21) at the County Center in White Plains.

One topic on the agenda was the application before the WCSWC to license Northeast Interstate Railway LLC (NIR) for activity in Westchester County. There were also 3 other license applications on the agenda, two of which also involved Regus Industries.

The WCSWC has the mission to ensure that licensees in the County are of ‘good character, reputation and integrity’. They are also supposed to facilitate bringing new, ‘clean’ companies into the waste business in the County as a counter to organized crime in the industry.

Attendees from Croton were Village Attorney Marianne Stecich, Village Manager Richard Herbek, Trustees Jim Steinberg, Tom Brennan and Charlie Kane, Planning Board Chair Ann Gallelli, and residents Robert Wintermeier and Alice Kinny.

At the beginning of the meeting the Chair announced that this meeting had attracted more interest than any other since he had been on the commission. He announced that speakers and written comments would be permitted and recommended that the WCSWC not make a decision until the October meeting so they could consider any comments. He then turned it over to Bruce Berger, Executive Director of the WCSWC to make his report on the background of the applicants and his recommendations.

Mr. Berger recounted his research of all properties and operations under the ownership and/or control of Regus Industries. He also spoke about the principals involved, their backgrounds and credentials; identified where there had been violations, consent orders, transfers of ownership, etc. At the conclusion, he recommended in favor of the WCSWC granting the requested license.

Of the seven member commission, two or three asked follow up questions. The Chair then allowed speakers. First was Croton’s Village attorney Marianne Stecich. Ms. Stecich provided each member with copies of her brief which included exhibits as well and was about 40 pages in length. She then summarized the Village’s position (comments were limited to 4 minutes).

Most of the comments were to the point that Regus Industries had been involved in either an ownership or management capacity in the Warren Hills landfill in Ohio and how the serious violations, mishaps, consent orders and other environmental infractions that occurred there provided good reasons why they should not be allowed to operate in Croton.

Ms. Stecich was followed by Mr. Andreus Gruson, CEO of Regus Industries, who stated that Croton’s opposition was for local “political reasons”; that Croton was trying to besmirch the reputation of NIR by alluding to organized crime connections which were not true. He also stated that the absence of representatives of Mamaroneck or Mt. Kisco at this hearing was proof of Croton’s opposition being a local issue and not of broader concern to the other Westchester communities where NIR would also be operating.

Mr. Gruson stated that Croton simply did not want the operation in their village. He stated that NIR and Regus had survived the scrutiny of NJ authorities - far more rigorous. He was followed by Dennis Vacco, Vice President of Regus Industries and former Attorney General in New York. Mr. Vacco spoke mainly on the issues surrounding the Warren Hills Landfill in Ohio. He contended that Regus-controlled companies never owned the facility and,while they operated it for slightly more than a year, they left the operation because of not being able to clean it up as they had hoped due to changes in Ohio’s environmental regulations.

One commissioner, who I later learned was Larry Schwartz (Andrew Spano’s right hand man) asked whether NIR would give up their STB application if they were granted the County license. Mr. Vacco never really answered this directly but turned it around and said that while they had applied for the STB exemption, they were in front of the WCSWC to prove their commitment to comply with county and state regulations. He stated that NIR intends to be ‘monitored, scrutinized and regulated’. They would continue to seek STB exemption but have agreed to be bound by the WCSWC and the DEC.

Mr. Gruson then made another statement to the effect that Regus Industries was a ‘railroad logistics’ company and getting the STB certification was consistent with that; they had tried to meet with Croton officials but had been rebuffed in July by Special Counsel Gerrard speaking for the Village Board.

Trustee Steinberg then spoke briefly saying that if the STB exemption was granted, NIR would be exempt from local regulations and that he took exception to Mr. Gruson’s statement that Croton was slandering NIR or Regus.

Trustee Brennan also spoke briefly about Croton being a little village which had already spent a lot on this matter.

The last speaker was Perry Matrano, General Mgr. of Suburban Carting, who said he was speaking just as a resident. He applauded the Regus companies as being very concerned about operating sites correctly and hoped the license would be granted.

At that point Larry Schwartz pointed out that the WCSWC would decide the application on its merits but asked if it would not be possible for the two parties - Regus/NIR and Croton to meet and iron out their differences and reach some resolution on their own. Mr. Vacco stated that they had tried and been rebuffed since July. Ms. Stecich said she could not answer for the Board as it was their decision.

The WCSWC then moved to postpone the decision to the October 19 meeting. The Chair reiterated that the commission’s prime responsibility was to look at character of applicants.

Ann Gallelli, Chair, Croton Planning Board

On September 28, 2005 7:43 PM, weewill said:

Does anyone have information about what will happen with all the toxic debris, water, organic waste and C&D left by the wrath of Katrina and Rita?

This is an important question we must have answered by our Senators and Congressmen and Women. This is a huge problem and its important that it be controlled and handled only by appropirate organizations and with proper controls.

If the waste industry is so riddled with corruption and mob activity as has been claimed, then it’s even more important that we insist on accountability from our elected federal, state, and county officials.

On September 28, 2005 3:39 PM, cherrio said:

Does anyone know how much the village has spent on legal fees for the transfer station? I was sorry and surprised to see Mr. Waldman replaced by the new board as he had done a good job keeping us out of trouble with Metro Enviro. We were told we won the case yet we’re still in court. CCC1 reported that “We Won” and Mrs. Cudaquest was quoted in just about every local paper saying “We Won”.

The new board came in cold and brought in a new, inexperienced lawyer to take over. What is she doing and more important, what is she telling the new board? The only thing the Mayor tells us is that they are meeting and waiting to take the next step. What next step? The wait is endless and the silence is deafening. Isn’t this what the Elliot board was criticized for doing, dragging their feet and not telling us why. We were promised a more open government? That means you can’t just let us know after decisions are made. That’s not open government.

On September 28, 2005 11:40 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Once again Deepsix, it would be so easy for you to post these articles and papers to the blog and they would then reach a larger audience. Does Ms. Cudaquest not allow her “work” to be posted to the blog?

On September 28, 2005 11:16 AM, deepsix50 said:

CCC1 has released articles, documents, and attendance proceedings from yesterday’s Warren contempt hearing to the board, the CClist, etc. One is a large PDF. If you would like copies, you can request them from ccc1@bestweb.net

On September 27, 2005 12:10 PM, poppins said:

Sorry Puppuluv, but you do need to be conditioned or educated about garbage, toxins, trash, and environmental concerns. It seems your 20 years of living here have not taught you well.

It’s commendable that you’ve read Hinchey’s report as well as the reports of the Solid Waste Commission in the 90’s. That was an important study and much good has been achieved as a result. There are literally hundreds of thousands of scientific and research journals out there that you might take a look at to get even more information.

You do realize that the toxins released in the air by Ms. Cudequest’s second hand smoke are more damaging to the residents of Croton than the “alleged” or “suspected” health and safety hazards your friends Konig, Pollici and Cudaquest claim come from MetroEnviro. The same is true of the environmental damage caused by fumes from the very cars we drive and the household chemicals we use. Do you ever go into NY City? What do you do (or direct contractors to do) with the sidewalks they replace in front of your houses or the roofing, shingles and other renovation debris from work done for you?

Better to have had a regulated MetroEnviro at that site than what we may be faced with as a replacement.

On September 26, 2005 7:55 PM, waffels said:

pupp-u-luv… where’s the luv?… you continue to mention how the people have spoken with regards to last March’s elections with a little smug edge I might add… obnoxious!… for you not to see the politics at play with this whole Metro issue means you are either convinced of the threat and scared or so politically motivated yourself as to agree with these nuts… Garbage is a reality of life, it always has been and unless we really get our act together as a people it always will be… the argument about garbage and organized crime is ridiculous… organized crime is everywhere… you may not like it but you support it everyday… every major union, casinos, restaurants, all forms of garbage not just ME type facilities… organized crime is connected to all… If it makes money they are involved… not right, but a fact of life…Tom Brennan’s union is riddled with organized crime & corruption but he continues to go to work each day… As far as ME poisining our kids and community, I’ve said it before and I say it again the railroad and Karta in peekskill are polluting our air more than ME ever will and neither you or anyone from this outspoken bunch ever seems to mention that… Pellici and Cudaquest especially because they constantly remind the population of this… trucks garbage, dust etc… If you really believe what you’re saying, echoing the words of these nuts I feel sorry for you because it is all so tranparent politically it nauseates me… if you’re just about politics that is obnoxiously-nauseating and just as transparent… either way you’re wrong… I have lived here for over 50 years and know this village very well and all the wonderful people that have lived here… ever since these above mentioned narcisistic idiots started their obnoxious politically motivated campaign this “New Croton” gets stranger and more divided… and believe me it’s not about the past administration, these are very good people who I have know for 50 years… Pick another subject, Indian point, Iraq war, evacuation farce, global warming, gas pipeline, george bush… choose your poison because they are all a bigger threat than ME ever was.

On September 26, 2005 10:18 AM, TeaDrinker said:

dear deepsix50/puppaluv: ann gallelli wrote a very extensive account of the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission (WCSWC) meeting for us here. let’s please stay on topic and discuss it.

for example, she says, “Trustee Steinberg then spoke briefly saying that if the STB exemption was granted, NIR would be exempt from local regulations and that he took exception to Mr. Gruson’s statement that Croton was slandering NIR or Regus.”

by saying earlier in your comments, “I don’t believe one should negotiate with terrorists”, in the context of the metro enviro issue, i am disturbed. isn’t that precisely the type of speech that trustee steinberg defended croton from at the meeting? is this helpful to OUR cause?

i’d prefer to see some meanigful dialouge about things like this:

“Mr. Berger recounted his research of all properties and operations under the ownership and/or control of Regus Industries. He also spoke about the principals involved, their backgrounds and credentials; identified where there had been violations, consent orders, transfers of ownership, etc. At the conclusion, he recommended in favor of the WCSWC granting the requested license.”, from paragraph 6.

or this:

“One commissioner, who I later learned was Larry Schwartz (Andrew Spano’s right hand man) asked whether NIR would give up their STB application if they were granted the County license.”, from paragraph 11.

so here goes, sounds to me like the county might be posturing towards negotiation…

On September 26, 2005 8:33 AM, puppuluv said:

I apologize Poppins if my comment came across as turse. But I don’t need anyone to “condition” me about garbage. I have been living here for twenty years. That has taught me well and my neighbors too. I have also made it my business to speak with and read congressman Maurice Hinchey’s reports and those of the solid waste commission hearings from the 1990’s. The words terror, violence, intimidation and coercion pops up everywhere in these reports. This idea that people like Konig, Policci, and Cudequest have some sort of hold on the residents is very funny. We make up our own minds. We did last March.

On September 25, 2005 5:41 PM, weewill said:

The waste industry is, was and always will be a bunch of terrorists? Who told you that? CCC1? That’s quite a stretch. Even for CCC1.

Terrorism is “the use of violence and intimidation in the pursuit of political gain.”

On September 25, 2005 5:21 PM, poppins said:

Wow! How did you jump from what I said to where you are in your response to my blog?

You have been well conditioned to selectively hear what you want and to pick and choose perceived facts from what you read. Your fondness for the one-sided arguments presented by ccc1 have apparently trained you well in the art of limited thinking. Too bad.

Let’s talk again 6 months or a year from now.

On September 25, 2005 4:29 PM, puppuluv said:

Sorry but you are about to be disappointed. I don’t believe one should negotiate with terrorists. That’s what the waste industry is, was, and always will be. That’s why I voted for Schmidt and two Republicans. That’s why my family did too.

And my neighbors, all Democrats. I think the new board is doing just fine given what they were left to work with. I wouldn’t worry about Ms. Cudequest and the CCC1 people not knowing what they are talking about. they’re doing just fine too.

On September 25, 2005 10:04 AM, poppins said:

Puppuluv,

Your post is a welcome relief from the vitriolic and opinionated posts from a few others. I would urge you, however, as only a ‘time-to-time’ reader of the posts, to do so more regularly and you’ll see that many sides and opinions about an issue are posted.

Clearly, ccc1 supplies information about issues that the author picks and chooses from meeting minutes, websites, and news articles. It would appear that she passes only what she herself determines appropriate and in reality she is ill-equipped to make those choices.

There is a raft of information, legal maneurvering, discussions, and posturing out there that she can’t possible know about. The Mayor and Village Board are struggling in executive sessions and behind closed doors to position themselves in the best position for the village within the legal parameters surrounding them.

My point therefore, is that none of us should “rely upon ccc1” or any other single media to dictate what should be done. We should rely only on information supplied by those in a position to know and question that as well.

We all wish there was more open government and statements from the new Mayor and board. But it looks as if now that they’ve been elected they’ve learned they need to responsibly discuss, barter, compromse and yes, even “negotiate”, in order to accomplish what’s best for village.

On September 23, 2005 11:01 PM, puppuluv said:

I enjoy this blog from time to time but I rely on CCC1 for documents, reports and white papers and because they do not get hung up on national politics. They also do enormously good work for the village through an extensive network of volunteers that they match up. My family and I are their biggest fans.

Their focus is also mainly Croton and that’s what I want. Also I am one of many residents and a Democrat too, who could not accept the old board’s position and tactics on MetroEnviro.

Anyway I can get the rest of the national stuff from the NYTimes or CNN. What I also like about CCC1 is that because I can’t do Acrobat files, they will go the extra mile and send me documents in plain writing. I was sent the comments of the Mt Kisco board to the county on Northeast. I am happy to share them as Ms. Cudequest was happy to share them with me. Here they are.

September 21, 2005 Mr. Bruce Berger, Executive Director Solid Waste Commission Mount Vernon, NY Re: License Application Regus Industries

Dear Mr. Berger:

I am writing on behalf of the Board of Trustees of the Village of Mount Kisco relative to the application of Regus Industries, LLC seeking to obtain a hauler license in Westchester County.

In a previous series of communications between Special Council Michael Gerard and Regus Industries they have continued to not be responsive to requests for records of compliance regarding its affiliates and operating units. Their response to date is anything from complete and it raises serious concerns about their compliance. Of particular concern are a series of violations at the Warren Hills Landfill in Ohio, which include accepting municipal solid Waste as construction and demolition debris, problems with odor, fires and surface runoff.

It is our perception that Regus may have broken environmental laws, on one or more occasion and that these violations pose a significant threat to the environment, human health, and present a constant pattern of non-compliance.

Based upon the above we feel the commission should at a minimum delay a permit to Rcgus or any of its affiliations until a full and detailed investigation is completed. Thank you for your consideration.

Sincerely,

William F. Williams, Village Manager

Cc: Mayor Cindrich and Board of Trustees Michael Gerard, Esq.

On September 23, 2005 9:01 PM, TeaDrinker said:

weewill: it is too bad that Deepsix50 (This reader was BANNED from Crotonblog for comment spamming on 12/06/05, see “A Penal Process Known as Banishment… Explained”) wasn’t able to provide both you and other residents of croton with the information you were looking for.

fortunately, i was just sent a copy by email from a crotonblog reader.

———— Original Message ————

Subject: NORTHEAST INTERCHANGE—STATUS OF LICENSE Date: Thu, 22 Sep 2005 10:36:46 -0400 From: “Maria Cudequest” mcudeque@bestweb.net Reply-To: mcudeque@bestweb.net To: ccc1@bestweb.net

As you know, despite the fact that Northeast Interchange Railway is claiming that it is a railroad—and therefore exempt from local, state, etc. controls—it has nevertheless played both sides of the equation—and applied for a county license.

This is what we know thus far. More information will be provided as it becomes available.

Yesterday a hearing was scheduled at 3 p.m. at the County Center to consider this license application before the Solid Waste Commission.

Also on the agenda besides Northeast, was the Amodio situation in White Plains.

The license was NOT issued. It has been “tabled” instead.

Written comments, some of which were submitted by residents (in opposition), WILL be taken into consideration, which included information about ongoing issues regarding Gruson, Hopewell Junction, the contempt hearing (Regus) in Ohio—still scheduled for 9/27/05.

Thank you those that wrote. You may still submit comments today. Comments should be sent to:

  • Bruce Berger, Exec. Direc. Solid Waste Commission - bbb1@westchestergov.com
  • Legs. Tom Abinanti - tab2@westchestergov.com
  • George Oros (his asst.) - geooros@aol.com

Copies should go to the Croton Board:

  • drgreg412@aol.com - Mayor Schmidt
  • thomaspatrickbrennan@yahoo.com - Dept. Mayor Brennan
  • james.steinberg4@verizon.net - Trustee Steinberg
  • trusteew@bestweb.net - Trustee Leo Weigman
  • ckane@bestweb.net - Trustee Kane

Please send a copy to CCC1 for our files. CCC1@bestweb.net

The subject should be NORTHEAST INTERCHANGE RAILROAD LICENSE APPLICATION

Back to the meeting:

In attendance for NIR was Mr. Vacco, who made a brief presentation; also present was Andreas Gruson

Mr. Steinmetz, the attorney for Allied, was also present. A representative for the haulers spoke in favor of keeping the Croton site open.

Present for the village (and there may have been others—I will add more names as they become available) were:

  • Dep. Mayor Brennan
  • Trustee Steinberg
  • Village attorney Marianne Stecich

I believe but have not confirmed that Mr. Herbek was there as well.

Feedback from others in attendance indicated that Ms. Stecich was excellent.

On another note, as of this morning, the STB has issued nothing with respect to NIR’s request for an exemption.

More information will be sent later.

———— End of Message ————

On September 23, 2005 8:54 PM, Pat Barua said:

Oh, please —

Does anyone at this point really believe that CCC1 actually distributed anything comparable to Ann Gallelli’s coherent, comprehensive and objective account of the Solid Waste Commission hearing before (or even after) Ms. Gallelli did?

The bluff was called and deepsixfifty folded.

On September 23, 2005 8:03 PM, Jeff T. said:

I receive numerous emails at my home email address from CCC1. I try to read them when I can, but I have a fulltime job and I am not able to post every bit of correspondence I receive, especially if it is sent to me at 10:41 am. Anyone who has any important information can please post it as a comment to a related article. I, our blog, and indeed our village appreciate any important information anyone has to share… Don’t let my lax email/blogging habits get in the way of Crotonites having the info they need…

On September 23, 2005 3:55 PM, weewill said:

What nonsense is that deepsix?. What’s the problem with posting the letter that supposedly went out to over 600 choice residents? We’re hungry for as much information as we can get so we can make our own decisions about this threat.

You lose all credibility by raising issues and then refusing to follow up with proof. Residents need to be involved and communicate our ideas and comments to the Mayor and VB. They’ve asked for our help and the more information we have the better able we will be to help them do what’s right for the whole village.

On September 23, 2005 3:49 PM, TeaDrinker said:

dear deepsix50: i don’t think that it is nonsensical that you accuse crotonblog of not posting information from the CCC1 mailing list to the blog.

speaking for myself, i think it is very presumptuous of you to even suggest that “If the blog doesn’t want to post something they already have, that’s their decision”.

btw… it is our decision… please don’t forget that.

why do you insist that it is our responsibility to even read what ms. cudequest has to say in any of her emails? even worse, how can you be sure that “one” of our “staff” read it either? and why should any of us do a copy n’ paste job for YOU. it is obvious that your computer works just fine.

now, with that said, i don’t have ms. cudequest’s version of the WCSWC meeting that took place on wednesday. so, please post it here in the form of a comment, as per weewill’s request, since you are obviously in possession of the email.

On September 23, 2005 3:31 PM, deepsix50 said:

Enough of this nonsense. The fact that the document was foiled, paid for, scanned, pdf’d, and mailed to the CC list,Ohio, the legislators, the board, the EPA, AND the blog staff should be enough responsibility.

If the blog doesn’t want to post something they already have, that’s their decision.

On September 23, 2005 3:09 PM, TeaDrinker said:

dear deepsix50: i won’t, speaking for myself, not our “staff”, search through ms. cudequest’s numerous emails looking for information to post in the form of a comment on behalf of HER email list.

if ms. cudequest/mr. rooney has something to share, it is their responsibility to do so, for the good of our community.

the metro enviro issue is a VERY serious matter. if you or your group have anything to say that may benefit our community as a WHOLE, then please, say it here without putting a barrier in front of our readers, who may not want to give ms. cudequest their email address.

On September 23, 2005 2:51 PM, weewill said:

Thanks deepsix, I’m sure if comments about the Mt. Kisco letter (whatever that was) and Senator Clinton’s letter to the STB were both sent to the crotonbog they would have been or will be posted. To the best of my knowledge nothing is edited or turned away.

From your recent post you state “All you have to is ask for the documents Ms. Smith….” and “…… much of this information was already distributed to over 600 residents earlier today,

What I asked you to send was the ccc1 letter reporting on the Solid Waste Commission meeting. I’m relatively certain you must have been “one of the 600 residents” who received it? Ann Gallelli reported in depth (and we assume accurately) because she was there. We need to read Ms. Cudequest’s or ccc1’s report to make sure both have accurate information.

Thanks for helping us understand this complicated stuff.

On September 23, 2005 2:48 PM, deepsix50 said:

No one was shifting any responsibility Ross. Weewill asked if anyoe reading this blog had a copy—would they post it. Copies of documents including the kisco comments WERE sent to someone reading the blog, i.e., a member of the staff. Perhaps Weewill you should ask the Crotonblog staff to post it. They have it and many other documents as well I have been told. As to why Ms. Cudequest or anyone has stopped posting, I cannot say. What CCC1 has done however, in the spirit of coperation, is to send documents to members of the blog staff. Why they choose not to post them…

On September 23, 2005 2:40 PM, TeaDrinker said:

dear deepsix50: please do not try and shift the responsibility of openess and document sharing to the crotonblog staff.

as always, if there is a document that is important for ALL citizens of croton to have access to, without having to seek permission or be on a “select” list, the author of the ccc1@bestweb.net mailing list, should consider posting them directly to the blog herself.

further, ms. cudequest/mr. rooney are both registered commenters on crotonblog and have posted thoughts here before. why did they stop?

as an editor, speaking on behalf our “staff”, you, ms. cudequest/mr. rooney are ALWAYS invited to share your information and research on crotonblog in the form of a comment or letter to the editor for ALL village residents to consider.

On September 23, 2005 2:18 PM, deepsix50 said:

i have been told that documents, in the appropriate CCC1 spirit, are sent to the blog staff all the time. The last one before the Mt Kisco letter which was sent to a member of the blog staff this morning, was I believe, Sen. Clinton’s letter to the STB. They were not posted however.

On September 23, 2005 12:07 PM, weewill said:

Even better than our requesting a copy from ccc1@bestweb.net, Deepsix50, will you please post the mailing to the 600 residents on the blog? That will reach many more people and it’s been stated publcly that ccc1 newsletter is written not for political purposes but to get information out to the public.

Posting on the crotonblog could be a whole new audience. One should never be afraid of sharing truth and facts. If you, deepsix, don’t feel comfortable doing it maybe someone reading this has received a copy and would be willing to share it.

On September 23, 2005 10:43 AM, deepsix50 said:

CCC1 has just released a document obtained pursuant to FOIA. It is the objections of Mt Kisco filed with the Solid Waste Commission regarding the NIR license application. If you would too would like a copy, please request from ccc1@bestweb.net.

On September 23, 2005 10:04 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

You are right, I apologize, but I get annoyed and disgusted when people constantly denigrate others who have basically volunteered years of time to do what they feel is in the village’s best interest.

On September 23, 2005 9:41 AM, Jeff T. said:

Let’s stick to the issues and cut the name calling. If the latest commenters were in my class at CET I would give you all time outs. Let’s make this a civilized discussion!

On September 23, 2005 9:31 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Oh really, you know it all. I said that I get my information from official sources, I said nothing about getting it from former board members. I went to many pre-election gatherings , first of all Bob Elliott chose not to run again, secondly, I am sure that your pre- election gathering was the group of democrats who constantly complained and besmirched the dems on the previous board. It is natural that after fourteen years in office, you will not make decisions that please all of the people all of the time.

Your insistence that the previous board did what they did for some selfish motive is absurd and ridiculous. They made hard and unpopular choices based on legal advice. They were not elected to do what Maria Cudaquest and her crew want them to do. Read the report from the hearing yesterday and see what the current Board majority’s intransigence is doing for Croton now.

On September 23, 2005 9:10 AM, deepsix50 said:

Oh, and I don’t need anyone to tell me why my fellow Democrats lost. But as it turns out, I was at a pre-election Democratic get together in which it was openly admitted that three of the biggest mistakes committed by the then administration were M-E, the Something Good permit, and Elliott’s trip to the editorial bd. at the Journal News. You know who said it and so does everyone else. All that said, however, again, I recognize that one can get appropriate information from many sources and have, from the village website, the foiling process, and everyday residents as well. The former board is not the be all and end all for information.

On September 23, 2005 8:46 AM, deepsix50 said:

All you have to is ask for the documents Ms. Smith. But you never will. Fortunately for Croton residents, people like Cudequest, Minett, Goldman, Palicci, Daubny, Steinberg, Brennan and a host of others from Demcorats to Republicans, follow up on what is said, and DO ask,not merely report it.

Again I thanked Ms. Gallelli. I just also recognize that there are far more people who work hard on Metro than just the very people who approved Metro in the first place. For those who are interested, here is the latest information from CCC1:

——-Original Message——- From: Maria Cudequest [mailto:mcudeque@bestweb.net] Sent: Friday, September 23, 2005 8:31 AM To: ‘james.steinberg4@verizon.net’; ‘drgreg412@aol.com’; ‘trusteew@bestweb.net’; ‘bbb1@westchestergov.com’; ‘ckane@bestweb.net’; ‘thomaspatrickbrennan@yahoo.com’; ‘tjaesq@aol.com’; ‘geooros@aol.com’ Cc: ‘dr6761@aol.com’; ‘katharina.snyder@epa.state.oh.us’; ‘ccc1@bestweb.net’ Subject: MOUNT KISCO OBJECTIONS TO NIR

Dear Mr. Berger, Members of the Solid Waste Commission, and the Croton Board:

It is my understanding that at the NIR hearing, Mr. Gruson represented that because Mamaroneck and Mt Kisco residents were not present, this was somehow proof that Croton’s opoosition was based on local issues and not of concern to the other villages where NIR seeks to operate.

Please be advised that Mt. Kisco filed comments in opposition to the STB.

Please also be advised that I received a phone call this morning from a Mount Kisco resident who indicated that at Monday’s Mt. Kisco Board of Trustees Meeting, the mayor and board stated that the village attorney would file comments in opposition for the hearing the next day and that these comments to the commission were allegedly sent. The resident will obtain a copy for me either today or tomorrow, although I assume that the commission, as part of its due diligence, already has copies of Kisco’s objections on file with the STB and their objections to the NIR license as well.

Therefore, pursuant to FOIA, I am requesting that the commission provide me with copies of the two above referenced documents. If the commission does not have these documents, I will obtain them and share with the commission accordingly, as has been the case for many of the documents and records provided to it thus far.

Thank you.

Maria Cudequest

cc: CCC1AllOhio/Legs. abinanti/oros/Gerrard/Press/Will someone please see that Ms. Stecich is given a copy

——-End of Message——-

On September 23, 2005 8:10 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

I guess you know it all, don’t you, why the Dems lost, how MS. cudaquest is the expert on all things garbage. I am merely pointing out that Ms. Gallelli gave a factual account of what happened at the WCSWC, and you come back and try to give all the glory to CCC1. As far as I am concerned, MS. Cudaquest and her small cadre of angry supporters are the biggest dividers in this village. As I have said many times, I will get my information from official village sources where I know that I am hearing the truth.

On September 23, 2005 7:44 AM, deepsix50 said:

Mrs. Smith: This is precisely the sort of attitude which resulted in the loss by the Democrats last March. I thanked Ms. Gallleli yet because I also thanked others, the reactionary posture of my fellow Democrats had to kick in.

The insistenace that only certain people in this village know who to talk to and how to be informed is sad. It is possible to be informed from sources other than the “old guard”, many of whom are responsible for precisely why we are in this mess starting with Dec. 20 1996. This constant condescension is why Ms. Gallelli lost by such an astonishing margin and Ms. Grant came in dead last.

Become a subscriber to CCC1 and the rest of your questions will be answered. Until then, preteding that only our fellow Demorats know what is best for the village will ensure that they never get into office again. That would be shame. There qre qualified people on both sides. Small town politics and holier than thou attitudes have no place in a village this size.

On September 22, 2005 10:40 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

And those 600 residents were no doubt informed by CCC1 which always puts it own slant on issues. And how is it that you know each and every phone call made by messrs. Schmidt, Brennan and Steinberg, not to mention Oros and Abannanti? At least Ms Gallelli is willing to share a factual report on what happened and we are able to read it and decide what we may.

On September 22, 2005 7:31 PM, deepsix50 said:

I would like to thank Ms. Gallelli as well. However much of this information was already distributed to over 600 residents earlier today, additional information not covered here was provided along with appropriate documentation, the Ohio Attorney General and the New York Attorney General was copied, information was sent to the STB, calls and emails were returned by board members to the public (along with the assistance of Messrs. Abannanti and Oros), there were five other Croton residents present at the meeting (I know I was one of them), along with members of the press. Many people work hard on this issue and regularly attend work sessions and meetings. They will continue to do so. As do the current members of the board of Trustees.

On September 22, 2005 6:49 PM, weewill said:

Thank God for Ann Gallelli, Chair of the Planning Board. She’s the only one giving us accurate and valid information about what’s going on. And that’s only what she learns from attending every single VB meeting, both regular scheduled and televised meetings as well as worksessions.

She’s a remarkabe asset to village government. Thanks Ann.



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