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Croton's Kenny Pens Metro Enviro Article in NYT

October 8, 2005

In this weekend’s New York Times Westchester Section, there is a very well-researched and thoughtful article called “Rail Spur May Sidetrack A Waste Station’s Closing” about Croton’s dilemma with the Metro Enviro site.

Alice Kenny did a wonderful job of putting this very complex situation in understanable terms. I hope all residents will read it and use it as a basis for considering what options our Village has in dealing with this situation and their effects on the long-run future of the Village.

Ann Gallelli

On October 11, 2005 10:13 AM, Mrs. Smith said:

Perhaps it is time to ask Mayor Schmidt at a Board meeting exactly what he menat by his comment to CCC1 and what he intends to do - is his stance still NO Negotiation?

What are his plans when Greentree could conceivably win in court and be allowed to put another transfer station there? We are not hearing much from the “open government team” except it appears through CCC1.

On October 11, 2005 10:05 AM, cherrio said:

It makes me nervous that there doesn’t seem to be anything going on.

That’s a very valuable piece of property and it’s unrealistic to think the owners are just going to walk away. I hope our Mayor, Village Board and attorneys are talking with them to work out an appropriate use for that site.

On October 9, 2005 7:56 PM, Pat Barua said:

Why is the mayor communicating this information through ccc1 and not directly to all Croton citizens?

And what does it mean?

Is he saying he won’t negotiate with anyone? Does this mean he won’t talk to Greentree, even if they want to open something other than a waste transfer station? Does the rest of the board, or at least the majority, agree with him on this? When did this decision come about? Was there a secret meeting? Does the public get any input on this?

Isn’t the mayor aware he is under court order not to put up any unreasonable obstacles to an entity wishing to operate at the Metro Enviro site?

Does this mean the mayor views the ccc1 subscriber list as “his supporters?” Do they get information the rest of us do not? Or they get it first?

What is going on here? Or did ccc1 just make up this blooper?

On October 9, 2005 7:29 PM, weewill said:

After posting the previous comments, the latest “trash news” came out today from ccc1 with the following statement attributed to Mayor Schmidt.

…”Thanks for your continued support, I continue my pledge to fight Metro and any other company wishing to open there.”…

Someone should point out to ccc1 and the Mayor that they no longer need “to fight Metro.” The previous board, with the fine legal advice and guidance of Seymour Waldman, already fought and won that hard earned victory.

This Mayor and village board have to face and fight a totally different battle, having nothing to do with Metro. Metro was only one of many short-term, interim operators of a site that for the last 50 plus years has been operated as a trash holding or transfer site.

On October 9, 2005 4:43 PM, weewill said:

A couple of comments -

Yep, we have “Clinton, Liebel and Schummer and a host of others” just as New Jersey had Corzine, Lautenbach and others, and just as Massachusettes had John Kerry and others, all of whom vigorously supported local government’s objections to the STB.

So too did we have have a strong board that worked very hard to defend our future by sound legal decisions not based on emotion and notwithstanding the constant badgering and lobbying by a few misinformed residents.

So too did we have an attorney who meticulously and laboriously guided the strong board to lay the legal ground work for success in litigation resulting in the closure of Metro Enviro.

Let’s hope “we will prevail” with the STB on the NIR application as well as any additional and promised plans by Greentree to “avail itself of the ability to seek the pre-emption of such state and local regulations if their application interferes with or prevents rail operations”.

We can’t allow ourselves to become complacent. Much work and effort lies ahead and many difficult decisions will have to be made by the present board.

On October 8, 2005 9:29 PM, culliganman said:

Yes, they vowed, as Metro, Hickey, and Steinmetz vowed. It did them no good. It will be the same here as well. Croton will prevail. The health, safety and welfare of the village and the environment across two states depends upon it. This time, however, we have Sens. Clinton, Liebel, Shumer and a host of others, not to mention a strong board, who stand ready to defend our future. It is also important to note that it is unprecedented that the STB has not issued a decision in over a month. Normally decisions are rendered within 3 to 10 days. Citizen groups across the county are currently working with Croton and lobbying the STB and their elected officials. We will prevail.

On October 8, 2005 9:16 PM, TeaDrinker said:

From the NYT article, final paragraph:

The Mack report gave Croton what it needed to close the site, the Court of Appeals decided in July. But the Village’s victory may be short-lived. In applying to the Surface Transportation Board, Northeast Interchange Railway vowed, if necessary, to “avail itself of the ability to seek the pre-emption of such state and local regulations if their application interferes with or prevents rail operations”.

For much more information on this subject, please see the Metro Enviro section of Crotonblog.

On October 8, 2005 9:03 PM, culliganman said:

The operative word here is “may” derail…not WILL.

In addition to the NY Times article by Ms. Kenny, residents might also want to read the Ottaway News Service which today reported that Dennis Vacco (Regus/parent of Northeast):

Criminal probe into Vacco firm By John Milgrim, Ottaway News Service

Albany - Albany County’s top prosecutor is launching a criminal probe into former Attorney General Dennis Vacco’s lobbying firm and its effort to aid an Indian tribe seeking a Catskill casino.

“I’m disappointed the former chief law enforcement officer in the state would find himself in the position of having been accused of violating the very laws he was formerly sworn to uphold,” Albany County District Attorney David Soares said in a statement.

In addition, Regus is being sued by a citizens group in Ohio and is the subject of the Ohio AG’s scrutiny as well.

Same story as Metro Enviro. No difference at all. Environmental crimes, criminal investigations in two states, lawsuits by citizens, troubles in NY and Ohio.

Only the names have changed.


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