Let’s set the record straight. I have been accused of lying by Maria Cudequest on March 4, 2008, about being on the board that granted a variance for rail spurs at the Metro Enviro site. The document to which my accusers point is a draft (not final) statement prepared by Attorney Michael Gerrard in December, 2002. Gerrard’s draft erroneously stated the “Planning Board” rather than “Zoning Board of Appeals” (ZBA) approved the variance in 1998. Only the ZBA may grant variances. I have never been a member of the ZBA.
Further, the ZBA minutes of October 14, 1998 show the side-yard variance approved for Metro Enviro was to allow for the proposed processing building to extend over the already existing rail tracks. The already existing rail spurs were approved by the Planning Board in 1995 when I was not member.
In sum, I was on neither the Planning or Zoning Boards for either of the rail spur decisions. It is an absolute fabrication to say that I was.
— Ann Gallelli, 914-271-5301
Editors note: The author currently serves as a Croton-on-Hudson trustee.