To the editor,
I am a native of Hastings on Hudson. Six years ago I returned from overseas for a last assignment with the UN in New York so I could prepare to retire in my home area. My wife and I chose Croton, lovely and semi-affordable, as the place to raise our children. But Croton is becoming ever more unbearably costly. Under the current Mayor and Board, property taxes are up 22% while inflation has risen only 7%.
To keep Croton liveable and affordable, we must protect the environment and create new businesses. If we don’t do both, taxes will continue to soar. The current administration has only one half of the equation right: keeping the waste transfer station at 1A Croton Point Avenue closed. It must stay closed. But the Mayor and Republican majority have woefully neglected the other side of the equation: economic development. For instance, they want to take 1A Croton Point Ave off the tax rolls. They are not considering alternatives like attracting a tax-paying, non-polluting business. This is a recipe for ever higher property taxes.
As a UN official, I was barred from participating in local issues, but I have followed them keenly. Retired a few months now, I am thrilled to be able to contribute actively to my community. I am running for Trustee because village taxes and fees are rising too steeply, with no real examination of options for lower cost solutions to problems, and no real effort to redevelop the village to make it a more attractive and viable business environment. I have 40 years of local, national and global public policy experience, protecting the environment while promoting sustainable economic growth. You can find more at www.crotondems.org.
Don’t let the Republican majority’s costly plans go unchallenged.