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Let's Talk Illegal Apartments in Croton

January 24, 2009

Dear mayoral and trustee candidates,

An article about illegal apartments in Croton called, Legally or Not, 1-Family House Is Often Home To 2 Families by Tessa Melvin appeared in the New York Times on February 5, 1995.

Since there were an estimated 150 illegal apartments then, how many illegal apartments are there in Croton now? And what are your plans to reduce the current number?

Please leave your responses in the comment area below.

Thank you.

A citizen

On January 27, 2009 10:09 AM, Georgianna said:

All the more reason to “legalize” existing apartments throughout the village. Code enforcement could then be done in a legal and effective manner and owners would be required to meet safety standards. Owners would also then be required to pay their fair share of taxes based on the value of the apartments. And therein lies the truth of the results of zoning changes in Harmon to bring in market value rated apartments and increased taxes (revenue) for the village coffers.

On January 27, 2009 12:06 AM, Scott said:

The solution is to build more affordable housing.

On January 25, 2009 12:41 PM, Anonymous said:

I agree with the previous comment. Overcrowding these old Croton homes present a safety risk. The fact that the illegal tenants are not sharing the school tax burden to educate their children is unconscionable. And to come home after a long day earning enough to pay my ever rising school taxes and find the streets parked up with the cars of the illegal tenants only adds insult to injury. Why are we supporting greedy homeowners? The village has no gain from this situation, only drain. Let’s put a stop to it.

On January 25, 2009 6:39 PM, Helpful said:

To find out if a residence in Croton has an illegal accessory apartment, call village engineer/building inspector Daniel O’Connor at 914-271-4783 or send email to

On January 25, 2009 9:18 AM, Anonymous said:

Lets not forget how illegal apartments strain our schools, put tenants safety at risk, and negatively impact our quality of life, all on the backs of law abiding taxpayers. It is absolutely disgraceful that this is allowed to continue.

Lets also not forget illegal home businesses. There is great benefit from a personal tax perspective to having a home based business, yet most are not in accordance with local zoning code and are robbing us of fair real estate taxes, hurting our quality of life and causing our unnecessary vacancies in our commercial districts.

On January 24, 2009 9:40 PM, Georgianna Grant said:

There remains a desperate need for neat, clean, small apartments for our young people, mid-level professionals and senior citizens. We have a delightful village and unfortunately very few can find a place to call home with reasonable monthly costs. We are in danger of losing our vibrant young people and too many of our seniors because of this lack of rentals. Check out the link of the article in the NY Times published close to 15 years ago. It remains relevant today. It reflects a value add to our community as a whole. Our accessory apartment has very definitely allowed my husband (a life-long Croton resident) and me to remain in our beloved Croton. Why fear apartment dwellers? We should welcome them and seize the opportunity to add good, productive people to our community. We pride ourselves on the diversity of our population.

To date and since the article was written in 1995, we’ve made absolutely zero progress toward filling the rental void. The recommendations of the Harmon Committee for mixed use - retail and apartment units - would be a strong beginning in moving forward and filling this void.


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