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Man Drowns at Mayo's Landing in Croton-on-Hudson

July 17, 2007

Village of Croton-on-Hudson police, emergency medical technicians and firefighters responded to a report of a swimmer in distress in the Croton River, at village-owned Mayo’s Landing, off Nordica Drive (map) just before 7:00 PM today, July 17, 2007.

According to a bystander at the scene, an unidentified man, said to weigh approximately 250 lbs. was pulled out of the Croton River and given emergency medical treatment by a rescuer. Despite plans to transport the man by ambulance to Croton Harmon High School, where a STAT (stabilization, treatment and transport) Flight helicopter awaited to fly him to the Westchester County Medical Center in Valhalla, he died.

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On August 20, 2007 5:29 PM, dors said:

supersilver, nor should you have to pay $7 when we have a beautiful refreshing river to swim in. The summer days are waning - go have a swim :-)

On August 20, 2007 3:20 PM, supersilver322 said:

you can swim in the river all you want, because you can afford to spend $7 every time you want to cool down (or you can just swim outside your house, because no one will call the cops on you), i can’t.

On August 10, 2007 7:04 PM, Just The Facts said:

Dina,

First of all, you really need to chill out. Really.

Second, I think your last email proved that you lied in your prior posting on July 23, 2007 where you said you didn’t live anywhere near Mayos.

If such was the case, how would you be able to make the statement as to when and how long the residents in the area lived there.

THe hostility you display clearly indicates that you are trying to use this tragic accident to push your own personal agenda, shutting down Mayo’s because it effects your property value. I think you should be ashamed of yourself.

The fact of the matter is that Mayo’s has been used by swimmers for many, many decades. Yes there are risks in swiming, but there are risks in everything. If you want to stay isolated in your house on Nordica in a plastic box fine. Personally, I want to live life to the fullest.

On August 10, 2007 6:28 PM, Dina77 said:

YOU CAN SWIM IN THE RIVER ALL YOU WANT AT SILVER LAKE—

NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT STOPPING ALL SWIMMING IN THE RIVER.

NO ONE SHOULD ENDURE SOMEONE ON THEIR ROOF EVEN ONCE.

Or fires, burglaries, theft, vandalism, indecent exposure, drugs, drinking and all the other stuff which happens still at Mayos.

It’s too small and fragile to support open access to the world.

EVERYONE on that street lived there for years. Only this year was it designated a park.

NO ONE BOUGHT who lives on that street deserves to buy into that kind of careless, ignorant, insensitive behavior by selfish people who won’t support Silver Lake and the the effort th village makes to provide services.

NO ONE SAID ANYTHING ABOUT SHUTTING DOWN THE BOAT LAUNCH.

GIVING SIMPLE MINDED HYPERBOLIC ANSWERS displays your ignorance and stupidity.

On August 5, 2007 4:24 PM, bojangles said:

This post has prompted more comments than any other in the history of Crotonblog. And rightfully so. We are extremely blessed to have the beautiful natural resources provided by our rivers. There is no way the pleasure and enjoyment should be restricted to Croton residents. Riparian rights belong to all and this kind of beauty and pleasure was meant to be shared and enjoyed by all creatures great and small

On August 5, 2007 2:03 PM, dors said:

A-a; if you return 120 bottles (@ 5¢ each) you could get a coveted Rec Pass and be part of the fun without recrimination. I’ve said before I don’t want access to the river denied but unfortunately, because of past bad behavior some controls had to be in place. I’ve been to Mayo’s at least 20 times since June and each time it’s been enjoyable. Truth be told the kayak/canoe traffic is more troublesome than any kids jumping off the cliffs. I love the sound of laughing and splashing while I swim and I’d hate to see that end.

On August 5, 2007 1:37 AM, Big A Little A said:

“Village residents have complained enough and the police have been overwhelmed by calls…to the point they purchased a police boat.”

Residents of Truesdale and Nordica going door to door asking residents to sign a petition to shut down public access to Dickies hardly counts as a fair cross-section of village residents.

My theory is, as I’ve seen in the blotter as of late, the limiting of access to Dickies has done little but boost police quotas.

I have been asked to present parks ID at Dickies. Unfortunately for me, I can’t afford one. Why is it that I have less of a right to enjoy what the Croton River has to offer? I am a Village resident, I have been for 12 years.

Notorc, I find a lot of the statements you make to be vast generalizations of the people who frequent local parks. You do make a point of saying that a few bad apples have the ability to ruin it for everyone, but I would assume that people peeping into your daughter’s bathroom window is not a daily occurance, or even a weekly occurance. The same can most likely be said about those who have similar experiences. The crimes of the individual, in this case, do not reflect on the people frequenting the park.

On August 4, 2007 10:45 AM, notorc said:

This has happened to me before on Crotonblog. I want to discuss what to do about the parks and others turn it into a racial / elitist issue. Me, all I want is to maintain quality of life. In the summertime, our river parks attract hundreds of people looking to cool off. Unfortunately, a few act like “bad apples” and ruin the bunch. What recourse do we have other than simply enforcing the laws. One of the rules state you must be a Croton Resident to access our parks. Enforcing this at Senasqua and Black Rock improved the situations there…hence it has been extended to Mayo’s Landing. Why? Because the village residents have complained enough and the police have been overwhelmed by calls…to the point they purchased a police boat.

Folks, unfortunately, there is a real problem of bad behavior at these parks and Mayo’s. The village owns these parks and is responsible for staffing and patrolling them.

Why has nobody but me addressed the issue of finding someone peeping into their teenage daughter’s window?

Yellow, a minority admitted he had never been asked to show ID. As a non village resident, he freely enjoys the parks.

Someone climbs up on your roof and peeps into your teenage daughter’s bedroom and you start screaming for action. Other residents witness people urinating outside their window (there are no facilities at Mayos or Black Rock). Others complain about the noise.

The village staff is enforcing the existing laws to alleviate complaints by residents who live near the parks. How is that being elitist or exclusive?

On August 4, 2007 10:20 AM, weewill said:

When all is said and done, Yellow Perilist has confronted an ugly truth head-on. No more beating around the bush. It is sad that some still” harbor racist and elitist attitudes.” Many of us are not willing to accept “that’s just the way it is” and reject that “it’s not right — or wrong” . It’s wrong!

I don’t know “yellow” but I think if I did know him/her, we’d be friends. I welcome him to our community, our parks, our playgrounds and our village. I hope we meet someday so I can shake his hand and thank him for his no-nonsense capture of this very real problem.

Georgianna

On August 3, 2007 3:08 PM, notorc said:

One more thing that’s relevant. Yellow mentioned that he is a school district resident but does not live in the village. Therefore, he pays no village tax yet he has free access to parks which are mantained by village employees using village funds and patrolled by village police.

I can’t recall how many others are in this category; school district residents but not village residents - hundreds of families I believe.

That hardly sounds like an “exclusionary” policy to me.

On August 3, 2007 12:17 PM, notorc said:

I agree, there’s no difinitive way to correlate a robbery with living near a park. I mention it being my friend’s “last straw” in regards to fighting back to obtain quality of life.

I think it’s reasonable for people who live near parks expect park visitors to follow the rules. For years, they didn’t and now the village board is taking action.

The so called “exclusionary attitude” comes as a reaction to a problem. If everyone behaved, would the parks ID be enforced? Obviously not becuase the program is fairly new and has been expanded to help resolve real, well documented issues.

“How are you going to buy a house next to a “public” park or river and then complain about people being there. “

It’s not people “being there” that’s the problem…it’s someone climbing on your roof to peep into your daughter’s window. It’s people urinating and leaving dirty diapers.

Simply put: Do you have a better solution other than limiting access which is being translated into “racism” and “exclusionary attitude”? The only one I could think of is manning the parks with village personnel….but that would increase Village Residents’ taxes.

On August 3, 2007 11:40 AM, yellow perilist said:

As a minority in this predominantly “white” village, I’ve observed two contradictions:

1 - Croton-on-Hudson welcomes diversity in its population yet it has xenophobic policies regarding access to its parks that may be deemed as ‘elitist’ or ‘exclusive’. Whilst this is hardly original for similar villages or towns with high median income levels (see Greenwich, CT), it breeds an air of exclusivity that — admit it — some people crave. Schools are among the best, real estate values are relatively high. In short, the people that live here love it here.

2 - As a resident — a “school district” resident nonetheless — I can’t tell if I am welcomed 100% in the village. Can I vote in the village elections? Do I have to look over my shoulder every time I’m in a village park, “afraid” that one of my so-called “neighbors” may challenge my residency? (It has yet to happen…but when it does…you’ll probably read about it in the police log!) Sure, I am guilty of not having a village pass to use the parks (too busy at work in NYC during the week to make it to the town hall to get one…) but will I be more up for scrutiny because of my race? Probably…but that doesn’t stop me from loving my life in Croton.

As a minority, I admit that do stand out more when I go to local stors like Wondrous Things, Zeytinia, Blockbuster, Cappricio’s, etc….whatever…the point is…I am aware that my mere presence may lead some folks to think that I am from outside Croton even though it doesn’t have to be that way. Am I hurt? I have thicker skin than that! Will I move if one of my neighbors judge me for the car that I drive or the non-white guests that I bring into town from NYC or abroad? Of course not.

Regardless, I do feel a tinge of sadness and it stings me to read that people still harbor racist and elitist attitudes towards others. I am guilty too. Unfortunatley, this happens to be the reality for some of us here in Croton and other places like it, but that doesn’t mean it’s right…or wrong — that’s just the way it is! The question is: What can we do to change attitudes? I suggest starting at home: Croton.

On August 3, 2007 12:47 AM, Just The Facts said:

This exclusionary attitude has got to stop. How many of us have visited Central Park? the Brooklyn Promenade? Boston Common? Or gone abroad and visited numerous parks in europe?

How would we all feel if we went to any of these places and were told, sorry, unless your resident your not wanted as you are likely a criminal or an undesirable.

Come on people, lets be civilized to our neighbors (and I have a very expansive view of who I consider my neighbor).

On August 2, 2007 5:25 PM, supersilver322 said:

Well for starters i don’t see what someones house being robbed has to do with keeping “out of towners” out of parks. Restricting access to parks doesn’t stop people from robbing houses. And i too would be interested to see what portion of “crime” (lol) in croton is caused by out of towners. I have a feeling theres no noticeable difference between the amount of “crime caused by out of towners and croton residents. And as far as their being alot of “crime” around dickies, yes there is, because now it’s a “cime” to go down there; without a croton id card, after dark, or to make any sort of noise. I barely see any real crime with one or two exceptions, but the location was not the cause of the criminal acts. And not that it’s really anyones business where i live, but i do live fairly close to basically all of the croton parks. And i resent the fact that i can not use them to their full potential without being hassled by police. I don’t really care to hear complaints from people who live closer to parks, because they chose to purchase houses within close proximity to parks. How are you going to buy a house next to a “public” park or river and then complain about people being there.

On August 2, 2007 9:53 AM, notorc said:

Why are our parks not open? Probably because the majority of residents do not want them to be. The fact is, only Silver Lake and Senasqua are manned checking for IDs. The park ranger handles the rest on a limited basis (Sat-Sun I believe). Therefore, the parks are open during non-peak hours.

Ask the police or parks department why the parks are not open (I did). Apparently, our neighbors around Black Rock have complained about noise, filth, people urinating, etc. When a resident’s home was robbed then an attempt was made on stealing their car, they raised hell and asked for the park ranger. With the park ranger, the noise and filth has stopped, that is an undisputable fact. Ask the people that live there (I have).

I don’t know anybody living near Mayo’s but I do read the police blog. Alot of crime is committed down there and often enough, the person caught is not from Croton. It would be an interesting exercise for the village to do, review the police blotters for the area and see if indeed it is non-village residents arrested.

I have been to Silver Lake when there was a waiting list to get in. This to me is a no-brainer as to why the park is limited to residents…if it wasn’t, we wouldn’t be able to enjoy it.

Senasqua is manned also but Croton Landing, just up the road is open to all.

In the end, the answer to why are our parks not open is simple…when they were, there was crime filth and other quality of life issues.

I’m curious, do any of the proponents for open parks live near these river parks (Mayo’s or Black Rock)?

If not, ask the people that DO live there what they think.

On August 1, 2007 10:45 PM, sdavidson said:

Supersilver makes very good points. I’m not going to jump to any conclusions because I don’t know any of the concerned parties personally, but this business of keeping nonresidents out of Croton parks is very suspicious. It sounds a tad racist. It sounds like some people don’t want Hispanics coming from over from Ossining or wherever. I’ve heard other people say the same thing.

I’ve never swam at dickies (I refuse to call it “Mayo’s Landing”) because I don’t know how to swim. But I have been to the area many times and it is incredibly beautiful. I can see why people like to go there, like to jump off the cliffs, etc. Almost all of my friends have swam at dickies, as did some of their parents when they were young.

Dickes is kind of dangerous. It is terrible that there have been drownings there. But at what point does personal responsibility come in to play? Obviously there is a certain risk associated with swimming in the river, with no lifeguards, etc. Shouldn’t people have a right to do it anyway?

I’m glad I didn’t have to grow up in a bubble. I hope future generations of Crotonites won’t have to either.

On August 1, 2007 4:18 PM, supersilver322 said:

Why is it that people from croton are free to use most other town’s parks, but “out of towners” are either restricted or forced to pay a somewhat large fee to use ours. I view this issue as croton’s version of illegal immigration. It’s just a bunch of people who fear the “outsiders” because they cause crime and litter. These fears are usually based on nothing more than (yea i’m going to open that can of worms) racism. Theres no reason to fear a wave of out of towners who are going to invade our parks and destroy croton. It’s really insane.

On August 1, 2007 1:22 AM, KWilly said:

SuperSilver322,

1) Your right in saying that there are more dangerous things out there than swimming in Mayo’s Landing such as driving however the main difference between Driving and Swimming is that Driving is necessary and Swimming is recreation. However if it isn’t necessary to close Mayo’s Landing then we should not do it. Make sure people know the possible dangers they are dealing with and that it is their responsibility if anything happens if this is possible.

2) I don’t think that the reason why some people want to close down Mayo’s Landing is because they want to take away Recreation from Youth but rather because they are concerned about safety and out of towner’s “invading” Croton. Although we all believe that the youth need Recreation many believe that it should be privately financed because they don’t want a tax raise or a spending cut for something that doesn’t benefit them.

3) You are right in saying that you get kids to not use drugs by not making it so that the only Recreation options available cost money. Having Pay To Play Recreation like we had with the Skatepark will be a big failure in the future. If the plan for the Community Center ever comes up, that they should make sure before approving it that Kids wont have to pay too much or anything for certain activities. Having kids pay for Recreation is a disincentive for doing the activity and we should give kids as much of an incentive as we can to participate in Village Recreation programs.

Kevin W. Davis

On July 31, 2007 11:32 PM, supersilver322 said:

Making dickies off limits to everyone because of one tragic incident is just as insane as croton closing 9A permanently because on several occasions people have crashed. It’s actually more crazy than closing 9A because way more people die in automobiles than in accidents involving swimming. And the way i always heard it was that only half of the river is even croton town property, the other half is ossining, or at least thats always what i’ve heard. But really this issue is much more disturbing than it seems. Dickies is one of the only un developed spots of land in croton, anyone who wants to take that away from the youth of croton is truly disgusting. I’m 17, and i swim at dickies, and i will continue to swim at dickies regardless of town laws. What’s up with this notion that the croton parks need to be patrolled more. I can’t go into any park without being asked for ID anymore. Just two weeks ago i drove into black rock park, and within 30 seconds there was a cop asking me to see my id and questioning me about my use of a video camera. This is truly insane. If you were on the street and a cop asked you for id would you show it to him? You have the right not to on the street, why not in a park. I’ve made this point before and I’ll make it once again, you don’t keep kids off drugs by making it so teens have nothing to do that doesn’t cost money or involve adult supervision.

On July 24, 2007 9:04 AM, weewill said:

“…, and I read that they had to call on Croton police for backup.”

It sounds as if Dina77 is concerned that Croton Police were called to respond to a cry for help from just “another of those people up from the city.”

Now that would be unbelievable and cause for real concern!

Georgianna

On July 24, 2007 1:04 AM, Just The Facts said:

Dina77,

By the hostility I drew from you, I think I probably actually nailed it right on the head regarding your background.

While on the subject of spreading rumors, is that not what you are doing by spreading hearsay about what Mr. Kane’s daughter said. Were you there? Did you hear her say that? Do you know for a fact that she was actually there?

Furthermore, you should actually get your facts straight. The second drowning was actually off Croton Point in the HUDSON river. And in fact such person was swimming off a boat. Dina77, wouldn’t you liken swimming off a personal boat similar to the couple of people swimming off their personal docks (similar to the one you have in the back of your house on Nordica?)

What are you now proposing, that Croton try to ban people from boating in the coastal waters of the Hudson and Croton rivers? This is clearly not possible. But, perhaps you are advocating that Croton close down all of the boat/canoe/kayack launches it has on the rivers. I mean, clearly as this latest incident shows, if we allow people to launch boats onto these scary rivers eventually someone is going to drown again.

It is seriously time that people in this society start taking responsability for their own actions. Every activity involves assuming certain risks. If people engage in such activity, they should accept such risks. I for one do not want a partiachial society telling me that I can not do something (like swim in a relatively calm river) because some other person may not be able to swim.

On July 23, 2007 7:16 PM, dors said:

Yikes! Let’s step away from scary bloggers…no need to comment on nonsensical verbiage. Another horrific drowning at Croton Point reiterates the fact that people who can’t swim shouldn’t swim and moreover that swimming accidents are a fact of life. It’s pretty simple - bad things happen to good and bad people. I’m still going to wake up and go about the business of living a full life. I appreciate that I can decide for myself what my limits are and I want to be the one to decide what’s best for me.

On July 23, 2007 7:14 PM, Mrs. Smith said:

Dina77 Perhaps if you were to explain why you are so angry at Charlie Kane, - a man who has spent his life trying to preserve the Croton River as a safe and healthy place, it might shed some light on your very unpleasant comments. You were the one who started passing rumours about Charlie’s daughter so no point in going after JUSTTHEFACTS for that. You also raise the specter of a lawsuit. It is not the village’s responsibility if a person wants to take a chance - as you point out, the river cannot be policed 24 hours a day and sadly, as witnessed by the unfortunate drowning off Croton Point, accidents happen - it is very sad, but you can’t always blame someone else when bad things happen to good people.

On July 23, 2007 5:31 PM, waffels said:

Dina what does that mean “another person up from the city, another drowning yesterday”?…….slow down, take a breath……talk about aggressive…..

On July 23, 2007 1:02 PM, Dina77 said:

Hey “Just the Facts”. Boy don’t you just show yourself for what you are:

You call yourself “Just the Facts” and then you post comments that are JUST assumptions NOT facts which spreads rumors. So you’re really doing a lot to promote quality of life in Croton and community spirit, aren’t ya? I’ll bet “just the Facts” is a Kane or Kane neighbor.

No, I don’t live near the spot, but based on your hostility I’m sure not posting my address. You’ve shown you like to hit below the belt and use outrageous arguments to counter instead of thinking.

Another drowing in Croton yesterday. Another person up from the city, and I read that they had to call on Croton police for backup.

So how many people have to drown in the river before you might consider that the system is broke, living in the past and needs fixing.

On July 23, 2007 1:34 AM, Just The Facts said:

I would be willing to bet that Dina77 is an owner/resident of a house next to Mayo’s landing. In fact, I would go further to say that Dina has one of those ‘personal docks’ referred to in her post. I would go even further to bet that it is not Mr. Kane’s daughter who is using this incident to promote her interests, but Dina77 who is trying to capitalize on the unfortunate death of a fiancee of a Croton resident to push Dina77’s own personal agenda.

But I say lets go even further, if you look at this week’s police blotter, you will see yet another DWI arrest. DWI crashes kill more people every year then Mayo’s landing will in a lifetime. I say we move quickly to shut down all bars in Croton. Then we should make every restaurant go dry, after all how are the patrons who drink at such establishments supposed to get home without driving on Croton Streets? Next lets get ShopRite to stop selling beer.

Pleaseeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee!

On July 21, 2007 12:59 PM, Dina77 said:

Dors That’s exactly the kind of head in the sand thinking that prevails with the old timers in the village. You miss the point ENTIRELY!

It’s one thing for one or two people to swim off a personal dock.

It’s a whole nother legal issue, when a local government passively allows danger to a community and takes no action especially when there is a police blotter a block long with incidents every season.

Every one of those people who drowned camed from outside the community from poorer socioleconomic demographics. If someone says this, they get branded as a racist. But that’s the facts.

Are you willing to give swimming lessons to everyone and stay down there 8 hours a day to protect the access? NO!!! A large majority of the people standing watching this were hispanic immigrants who claimed to live in Croton, altho no one asked for their proof of residency. Are you will to give up your time to stand there and check ID’s along with all your other do good buddies? You won’t do a damn thing to help immigrants assimilate into the community. But is Croton responsible to provide swimming for people in a 50 mile radius?

We’ll see what the lawsuit says and who wins.

On July 21, 2007 10:45 AM, dors said:

These comments are getting sadder by the minute. ‘Passive murder’, are you kidding me? Every day we go to work, drive our cars, take mass transit; there are inherent dangers in everything we do. It is our personal responsibility to make safe choices to get through life. It should also be said that if there were, in fact, 30 people watching that man drown what does it say about our society? Horrible things happen around us all the time. Whether we get involved or sit and watch says something about one’s character. Either one chooses to help or hide - no one can dictate that behavior; again personal responsibility.

It could very well be that ‘a bunch of old timers’ are remembering days of yore. I’ll tell you what though, we sure had a blast in the ‘old days’. Imagine hundreds of us functioning without supervision AND without incident. I’m not sure what that says about todays society but we were carefree and funloving. I’m not sure that’s true today. Too many restrictions, rules, laws, and babysitting. No one has to think for themselves. Everything is dictated through laws and restrictive rules. Too bad and too sad.

You’re right Dina77, life changes. But being one of ‘those people’ doesn’t mean I have to ‘wisen up’ to your reality. I want my world to stay safe, fun, and healthy. Swimming in the river with all the personal responsibility that goes along with it is part of my reality and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Go out and have some unsupervised fun :-)

On July 21, 2007 2:57 AM, Dina77 said:

There were nearly 30 people in the water at the time. NO ONE could swim. (And, obviously this guy couldn’t either. I know people who’ve been down there and it’s very tricky to swim there because there’s a lot of rocks and it drops off suddenly. You really can’t go in there safely unless you in with someone who knows the place).

NO ONE would help him. No one came up the hill for help. I know this for a fact from an eye witness. They just stood there! Hasn’t anyone heard of the Good Samaritan law. That’s not the community spirit that Croton is known for. That’s because most of those people down there weren’t and aren’t from the community. So the ID thing ISN’T working.

When they passed the rule that you had to have an ID, they also said only 2 guests per person. NO ONE had an id. The woman lived in the village. But her boyfriend did not. There were 7 people in her group and a several young kids. Only a couple of the others were residents who also brought a ton of friends along. That’s usually what happens down there, especially in the hot afternoons after work.

Witnesses said the woman was screaming for 10 to 15 minutes before help came because there’s always screaming going on and you can’t tell what was going on.

But even if someone had called immediately, and that officer who was a true hero rushed to the spot, it still takes too long to get there to save someone who’s drowning which can happen in less than 5 minutes.

This place has always been a problem. It’s a problem looking for a place to happen. If it’s not a drowning, it’s been fires, drugs, cars stolen. And, there’s been plenty of near drownings too! The village can’t even keep staff at Silver Lake to the end of the season and always has to close the site early. Everytime locals use this spot instead of supporting Silver Lake it just undermines keeping that open.

I heard he police had been there just 20 minutes before doing a routine check. But if there isn’t someone present 100% of the time, something can happen.

I also heard that Kane’s daughter was there when they hauled the body out saying, even then, “Oh I hope they don’t close it down now just because of this.”

What is it going to take? 6 more people drowning, car crashes, murders? If you don’t make a place safe, it’s passive murder.

It’s just an issue of a bunch of old timers remembering days gone by. All they’re thinking of is when it was one or two of them at a time or one family. Now, it’s really 100’s of people down there a week. It’s un realistic to think that hundreds of people a week without supervision are going to function without incident. Life changes and these people need to wise up to the reality. It should ABSOLUTELY be shut down for access for good.

On July 20, 2007 12:44 PM, dors said:

Hey MoozMan, what gives? Why the hostility? Are you sure you know where Mayo’s is because it’s certainly not a ‘body of water at the side of the road’. The Croton River flows freely for everyone to enjoy. It’s the way it’s been and hopefully the way it will always be!

On July 20, 2007 1:08 AM, TheMoozMan said:

The site should be off limits to everyone, Croton residents included. The side of a road that happens to have a body of water cannot be made into a psuedo beach. It is the only logical solution to this spot that may have been a “local” secret decades ago, but it’s obvious that it can only bring more headaches down the road. I would not be surprised if sleazy lawyers get involved in this tragedy.

On July 18, 2007 2:46 PM, ekvikmost said:

I think last night’s incident is truly a tragedy, but one that will NEVER be prevented no matter how many park rangers you have in place. All of these park rangers will come at a price to local residents, and policing the area of the river is impossible. True the new police boat is doing a great job, as are our local police department members, but trying to prevent people from using Mayo’s Landing is going to make people sneak to use it which will inherit its own set of dangers.

I think this was a rare accident that can happen any time, any where, including in our own backyard swimming pools, and I think that the policy in place which is allowing only Croton residents to use these areas is the best way to “police” the area to ensure that it is as safe as possible.

Creating a NO TRESPASSING, NO ADMITTANCE zone in that or any other area is just going to make it a challenge and perhaps create more danger.

My prayers for the man’s family that lost their loved one. This posting is in no way meant to trivialize your loss.

On July 18, 2007 12:51 PM, dors said:

I disagree that this incident shows the need for change at Mayo’s. Police patrols and Park Ranger patrols are more than enough monitoring. No amount of policing can save a non-swimmer or perhaps an intoxicated person from drowning. Short of a lifeguards chair at the landing tragedies will happen. I have no doubt our PD responded quickly, professionally, and with great care to try and save the man.

It brings me to tears to think of the family of the deceased and for Officer Smith who did his best, for naught. This incident will stick with Officer Smith for a long time but rest assured, there will be more emergencies like this one. Thankfully we have a professional team of Police Officers and medical personnel there when we need them. Kudos and thank you.

On July 18, 2007 10:40 AM, rangerjef said:

This incident show’s that something needs to be done at this site and other’s. The Village took a step forward this year with restricting the access, but more needs to be done. The Croton PD (officers and Marine unit) and Park Rangers have done a fine job enforcing but there are times like last night that they can’t be there 24/7. The PD units have enough work to do during there regular tours to constantly babysit the parks, maybe increase the Park Ranger presence, as in 7 days a week?? I don’t really have a definite answer, but something needs to be done.

On the side note, I give the Croton PD, and Croton FD credit for doing a fine job. Officer John Smith did a great job, as he went above and beyond his regular duty and attempted to rescue and revive the victim. The Croton FD showed that they not only can drive around in their beautiful rigs as they handled Patient care, rope rescue, and showed the most upmost professionism!!

Great job to Croton FD and PD again, and look into a resolution for the Park’s issues.



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