I’m writing this letter because a decision to execute Eminent Domain will have huge ramifications for the Village into the foreseeable future and I feel we all need to know much more than we’ve been given so far.
While reading a Robert Ludlum novel, Amber Warning, p. 240, I came across the following paragraph which I think is apropos to this decision:
“….there’s a difference between risk and uncertainty … Risk is quantifiable. Uncertainty isn’t. Its one thing to know there is a 50 – 50 chance of something going wrong. It’s another to not know what the chances are at all. It’s a matter of knowing what you don’t know.”
With regards to the Village Board’s recent steps towards acquiring a 9.8 acre site at 1A Croton Point Avenue (Metro Enviro) for an admittedly much-needed DPW facility using its powers of Eminent Domain, I think this action veers more toward the uncertainty side of this equation.
Here are some things that we, as residents who will pay for this, know we don’t know:
Perhaps sooner rather than later, the Village Board will be able to quantify these questions and tell us the answers. So far that has not been the case. We need those answers to understand how exercising Eminent Domain will affect our future and whether it is a risk we want to take.