At the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees meeting, held on November 7, 2005, Village Manager Richard Herbek, presented a letter from Regus Industries, LLC Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Andreas Y. Gruson requesting a meeting with Mayor Dr. Greg Schmidt to discuss Northeast Interchange Railway, LLC.
During the "citizen participation" portion of the meeting, two Croton-on-Hudson residents, including former Trustee Georgianna Grant, asked the mayor about the board's intentions in meeting with Mr. Gruson. Schmidt, rebuffed the invitation, citing a "lack of consensus on the Board", a shift from a position he appeared to take at the last meeting where he said, "We are considering all of our options with that. We are working through advice of counsel to see what we need to do moving on that issue forward.”
Schmidt was also asked by Ms. Grant to read the complete letter during the meeting from Mr. Gruson, and declined. Though he suggested that she could get a copy from the Village Manager's office. Then, later in the meeting, offered the second speaker his own copy, while Treasurer Zambrano voluntarily got up to make photo copies for anyone else.
The following letter (download scanned original) from Andreas Y. Gruson, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Regus Industries, was stamped "received" on October 24, 2005 by Village Clerk Peggy Kessler.
Regus Industries, LLC
2730 Transit Road
West Seneca, NY 14224
Phone: (716) 675-2700
Fax: (716) 675-3996
“Solid Waste Rail Transportation, Logistics & Disposal”
Re: Dialog Regarding Northeast Interchange Railway, LLC
Dear Mayor Schmidt:
We have made several attempts in the past several months through Village of Croton-on-Hudson (“Village”) attorney Michael Gerrard and Village Manager Richard Herbek to reach out to the Village to start a dialog regarding Northeast Interchange Railway, LLC’s (“NIR”) proposed operations at the rail property on Croton Point Avenue in the Village, and to address any concerns or issues. We are rebuffed each time and informed that the Village had no interest in meeting with us or having any dialog.
At the September Westchester County Solid Waste Commission (“Commission”) meeting, we (NIR and the Village) were strongly urged to sit down, have a dialog and work out a mutually beneficial situation. We once again reached out to the Village, this time by contacting Village attorney Marianne Stecich, who attended the Commission meeting on behalf of the Village. Ms. Stecich informed us that the Village continued to have no interest in meeting with us, or having any dialog whatsoever.
We are now aware of public accounts of citizens of the Village urging you and the Village Board to negotiate with us. We are still open to the prospect and welcome the opportunity to do so. Please feel free to contact me to schedule a meeting. I can be reached at (X14) X3X-3X4X, or on my cell phone (9X4) 5X5-X5X5.
Andreas Y. Gruson
Chairman and Chief Executive Officer