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Wishing For Happy News

December 20, 2005

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During the conclusion of the regularly scheduled Board of Trustees Meeting held on Monday, Decemeber 19, 2005, Village of Croton-on-Hudson Attorney Marianne Stecich weighed in with her reaction to the recent decision (also see: “The Vote Was Unanimous”) by the Westchester County Solid Waste Commission (WCSC) to grant Northeast Interchange Railway (NIR) a licensing permit for three solid waste transfer stations in Westchester County, one of which is the former Metro Enviro facility.

During an exchange between Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt and Village Attorney Marianne Stecich about the WCSC decision, the Mayor said “It was very hard with the Solid Waste Commission to get a sense of what their threshold was, you know, what they were looking for that would tip the balance, I mean…” while Ms. Stecich added, “Dead bodies.” to Mr. Schmidt’s amusement, he responded by saying “Well that’s what I said but, you know, uh…”

Noticably absent from the podium for the “Citizen Participation” portion of the meeting with feedback about this noteable setback for the Village were outspoken Metro Enviro activists/opponents Maria Cudequest, Richard Pellicci (see: “Entering Bizarre World”), Robert Wintermeier, Susan Konig, Don Daubney and Joanne Minett.

To date, NIR has not made any application to the Village to resume operations at the former Metro Enviro site.

On December 20, 2005 7:57 PM, bojangles said:

I’d be interrested to hear from Trustees Steinberg, Wiegman and Kane. Are you taking this WCSWC license seriously and are you concerned that it was granted despite Mrs. Stechich’s objections?

On December 20, 2005 3:30 PM, Devil's Advocate said:

Well the Cudaquest Puppet Regime has really stuck it to Croton residents now. With the WSWC hurdle behind them, I am sure the full application to STB is soon to follow.

The negotiating leverage has now swung in the direction of Regus and I am sure they will take full advantage. Negotiation 101 says negotiate from a position of strength. Whats the matter guys, if Cudequest doesn’t say it then it aint so?

Hey Schmidt, you are gambling with ALL of our money. You need to do whats right and negotiate before it is too late!


On December 20, 2005 1:50 PM, bayswaterguy said:

Isn’t it convenient that the Village Attorney and the Mayor, both of whom found it disappointing that the solid waste committee gave the company a license, DID NOT TELL CROTON’S RESIDENTS that the Ohio agency which oversees the landfill in question RENEWED THE LANDFILL’S LICENSE. How could the solid waste committee then not issue a license to the company operating the supposedly bad landfill? See the Journal News article from December 16th.

This is open and honest government?

On December 20, 2005 12:32 PM, weewill said:

Mayor Schmidt, Trustee Brennan and Village Attorney Stecich had better wake up and take their heads out of the sand. Mayor Schmidt seems to think this NIR issue is a joke - “looking for dead bodies ” - from Stecich and Schmidt who begin to look like Frick and Frack. Schmidt says “jump” and Steich asks “how high?”

And Trustee Brennan assures us not to worry, that this license doesn’t give NIR the right to operate. He fails to mention or maybe to understand, that the licensing is but the first step in clearing the way to operate by Regus.

Once the DEC gives permission, we can bet the site will be up and operating again and the Village will need to initiate more expensive and uphill legal actions to try to stop them.


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