The open government long promised by Mayor Dr. Gregory Schmidt has yet to materialize and see the light of day. A case in point: The stakes are getting higher in the controversy over the fate of the former Metro Enviro property at 1A Croton Point Avenue owned by Greentree Realty, and village residents are still being kept in the dark.
Croton is now engaged in another escalating battle, this time with Regus Industries, to be decided by the Federal Surface Transportation Board. The STB may decide that in order to use the existing former Metro Enviro rail spur, Regus-controlled Northeast Interchange Railroad and its new subleasing partner Buffalo Southern Railway have common carrier status. A common carrier designation would exempt an operator at the Greentree Realty property from certain local, county and state regulations—a privilege enjoyed by other railroads, including Metro North.
But before the axe descends, after a year of being rebuffed by the Republican “no negotiate” Schmidt administration, Regus CEO Andreas Gruson finally was invited, as a result of an unusual village board consensus, to meet with Village Manager Rick Herbek and Special Counsel Mike Gerrard in a “listening session” at the end of June.
The results of that curiously described circumlocution have not been made public. Croton’s economic and fiscal future may very well be riding on what was discussed. So, once again on behalf of the citizens of Croton, Crotonblog is compelled to ask the Mayor, “What’s up, Doc?”