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Schmidt's Croton, July 2008

March 1, 2009

Under Schmidt, village code violations are not enforced and routine maintenance is ignored.

Link to set: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28307334@N07/sets/72157614536239811/
Link to slideshow: http://www.flickr.com/photos/28307334@N07/sets/72157614536239811/show/

For more of the same, please visit http://www.schmidtbrennankonig.com.

On March 15, 2009 10:40 PM, Anonymous said:

Aes-thet-ics \ (es-‘thet-iks) 1. 1. the branch of philosophy concerned with the study of the concepts of beauty and taste

While I agree that this slideshow is a gutless cheap shot (sign your real name if you want single others out!) used in order to convey their message, the root of the message is clear. Homeowners who live here are sick and tired of paying exorbitantly high taxes without getting the beautiful town they deserve in return.

Considering the amount of taxpayer money going to “Services” and the service people who perform them, we all deserve better in clean-up, governance and appropriate legislature in place to prevent these eyesores.

How nice the woman behind the counter is, whether they let you slide for a day on the occasional gallon of milk…those are traits of any good salesperson who wants continued business (though not as common as they used to be but I digress).

The point being made here is that no one seems to be looking at the aesthetics of the town, and if they are, there is nothing being done to mitigate the situation. Where is the ‘Advisory Board on the Visual Environment’ when you need them?

I was born and raised in this town and have never quite understood how simple aesthetics have avoided this town like the plague. I would like to make a recommendation that the members of said board have a pre-requisite in aesthetics before availing themselves a position on this board.

“Members must be village residents, and qualified in architecture, community planning, landscape architecture, real estate or other relevant activities.”

The minutes of these meetings seem to suggest that the only role is to review store signage…yet none of the members are required to have an art, graphic design, or aesthetics background.

I am not attempting to take a cheap shot at the members of this board, I am simply expressing confusion around the name of the board, the function it performs, versus the perception the name creates (and what taxpayers expect it to do for us!). Maybe we need a change in function or name or both, but more importantly we need someone looking out for the real visual environment. While so many who post on this contentious blog complain but offer no solutions, I will outline a few possibilities…

Someone in this new role could start by enforcing current policy while also paying attention to the studies we have paid for in the past around burying our electrical wires (would have been nice to couple this effort when we dug up and patched Maple Ave and the middle of the entire upper village!), creating some sort of consistency (and written standards) for signage, and giving this board a little power to levy fines against those who continuously offend the visual environment with their trash or dumpsters improperly shielded from sight (notice the word “continuously” - meaning they’ve received warnings).

Businesses of the town should be encouraged to utilize materials native to this area (Brick, Stone and Wood) to create harmony that is consistent throughout the town. Stucco (bleck!!) or Vinyl should have no place in our visual environement. Wood embossed signage with gooseneck lighting and awnings versus the lightbox style crap that continues to fly through the approval process would be a major step in the right direction. These guidelines could also help set a standard for any new devlopment in Harmon.

The town has taken steps in the right direction lately with the sidewalks and curbs going up around the town…but how about inlaid brick crosswalks in Harmon and the Upper Village to add a little pop? While we’re at it…let’s force homeowners to park their cars in their garages or driveways at night rather than littering the street with their functioning car while a junker sits in their driveway. This rule would cause a general change in homeowner parking habits while providing more on-street parking (particularly in the upper village) for those looking to frequent the few businesses we do have.

Last, let’s all take ownership of our town and clean up if we see garbage laying around…rather than taking pictures of it!

And let’s encourage our children to do the same.

Sincerely, Adam Schmidt

On March 16, 2009 9:56 AM, Georgianna Grant said:

Adam, congratulations on a well written and interesting post. I agree with what you say but want to point out the role of the Visual Environment Board. They are talented and caring residents who again, volunteer their time, to improve the quality of life for all of us. The problem, I think, is that they have no enforcement power. They can point out violations of an ordinance but that’s the best they can do. They can require certain criteria for signs, sizes, placements, colors etc., but they can’t make it happen. This is true for the Planning Board as well. Both boards do excellent jobs but it’s up to code enforcement to insist on complaiance. And even they are limited in what they can do. They write up the violation ticket and then its up to the courts to enforce it if the violator ignores the ticket. And then we have the additional cry of “be friendly to businesses in Croton”. Are we being “unfriendly” when we insist on compliance with requirements intended to beautify our village?

Of course routine maintenance and clean up is our DPW responsibility but there’s no reason in the world that shopkeepers can’t or won’t sweep outside t heir establishments and water a few plants.

On March 6, 2009 12:01 PM, scottdavidson said:

As much as it pains me, I have agree with Maria Cudaquest & Co on this particular issue. Nothing in those slides is especially bad - or, as our mayor might say, “egredious.” I think the origional poster is looking for a problem where there isn’t one, and strikes me as the kind of stick in the mud who might call the cops if I forget to mow my lawn.

On March 6, 2009 5:59 PM, bluebird said:

so since crotonblog redesigned, i’ve had a harder time finding stuff from the past.

well anyway i disagree with scott davidson. plus i want to share a link here because it shows that crotonblog has definitely always been against schmidt and his side. here it is. i mean look through all the posts in this whats up doc section.

i never liked schmidt from the start so i always liked reading the posts here because i agreed.

anyhow, schmidt is the guy who takes credit for everything but actually does nothing. he’s a mayor without a plan and croton will continue going down with him in charge.

so, on march 18, vote NO MORE bullschmidt!

On March 5, 2009 2:00 PM, Susan Konig said:

To the Gazette:

My name is Susan Konig and I am running for re-election as your Village trustee, along with Trustee Tom Brennan and Mayor Greg Schmidt.

I want to address a disturbing slide show I came across from the anti-Croton Web site Crotonblog highlighting one of our hardest working businesses as an undesirable neighbor. There are nine photos of the Dairy Mart in Harmon under the heading “Schmidt’s Croton.”

There’s a quote from Mayor Schmidt: “Croton is a great place to open a business.” I agree. But on this site, which has always opposed our mayor, the slide show snarkily suggests that the Dairy Mart is simply not our kind of business.

The proprietors of this dawn to late hours shop provide a valuable service to anyone who needs staples like milk and bread in a hurry. But it also is a lifesaver for moms looking for baby Tylenol and chicken soup at 10 o’clock at night, or teens who forgot they had a project due and need some school supplies or folks who work late and need a bite of food.

I shop in the Dairy Mart every day and sometimes twice a day. The woman behind the counter is always friendly and helpful and many people don’t realize she has her sweet little baby son back there, all bundled up and delightful while mom works.

I value all our hard-working business owners in Croton and am proud to patronize them. Posting vitriol on the Internet is not the way to attract commerce to our lovely Village and anyone seeking to hold office in this community should quickly disassociate themselves from such garbage.

Susan Konig, Village Trustee

On March 13, 2009 7:29 PM, cm said:

dear Susan i agree with you very much i think that the people who did that slide show was unprofessional i wish we can find the so we can get theme. good luck

On March 5, 2009 10:58 PM, marion said:

Thank you Susan

On March 5, 2009 11:02 PM, hopeful said:

marion says “thank you Susan.” Susan who? Susan Konig? Susan Schmidt? Susan who? Who the heck gives a damn?

On March 6, 2009 8:38 AM, Wintermeier said:

Hopeful:

The opening post in this column clearly states that is was Susan Konig who wrote the letter that seems to have agitated you. Evidently you have a reading problem or didn’t read it completely.

Susan is the incumbent Republican/Alliance Party candidate running for RE-ELECTION this year.

She knows the industrous owners of the Dairy Mart very well because she shops there. She was upset that her opponents were making an issue about Dairy Mart’s business and wanted to defend them. She was right. Don’t you agree?

I’m working on a NCN posting to counter the nasty tone of the pictures and the phony attempt to put the blame on Mayor Schmidt.

However, if we just focus on the Dairy Mart pictures which were taken last summer and do not reflect any changes since then, the photos target a few scraps of paper left by inconsiderate litterbugs or drivers passing by, cob webs, signs in the window, a box to collect plastic bottles for recycling and a garbage can left to collect litter.

There was no attention given to the benefits of placing these receptacles to minimize publc litter OR that the hardly noticable summer cobwebs were on an overhang that protected folks sitting on the 2 merchant provided benches below from rain or sun OR that signs in windows were a standard legal way for many merchants to advertise their products to passerbys. Of course, these complaints are from the same folks who want to rezone Harmon to improve business viability! Give me a break!!!

More significantly, Mayor Schmidt was not responsible as the photagrapher tried to imply! Of course, his opponents feel he is responsible for everything including the current housing mess and the economy.

I know Susan was upset that a hard working family, trying to make a living, was being targetted by her opponents and wanted to make her support of this merchant clearly understood. I suspect she also wanted to make clear her support of Mayor Schmidt and his accomplishments and put an end to this form of “scorched earth” politics! How do I know? She told me about the former purpose…I just guessed at the latter!

Susan is that kind of lady and I hope you will show your support for her by voting for her on March 18!

On March 6, 2009 10:59 AM, Truth Hurts said:

Winterliar:

What about the disgusting rats and roaches flier delivered to North Highland residents last election by Susan Konig (and Im sure you had a hand in it too!). Talk about “scorched earth” politics!

And on the Chamber of Commerce, businesses didnt join because under Schmidt’s “leadership” the organization was completely and totally INEFFECTIVE! It was an absolute joke among business owners and NO ONE had any faith that he could get anything done!

Under an effective leader, droves of businesses would join a Croton specific Chamber of Commerce. I applaud the Democrats for committing to reform the Croton Chamber. As a business leader Schmidt is a complete failure! And he is obnoxious and full of himself as well.

When Schmidt went down to the boat club to talk with members, he pissed off EVERYONE! We know he is planning to jack up our rent on the next lease agreement. Keep taxes low and FEES high, thats his M.O.

On March 6, 2009 10:25 AM, maria said:

Many people have stopped in to the Dairy Mart, and other businesses portrayed, to let them know about the photos taken. These business owners are understandably upset. Said one irate shopkeeper in an email yesterday:

“We are all just hanging on, yet many of us have brought in new stock and are making small renovations nevertheless. Now we see this. Does whoever took these photos think that because they cropped out the name of a store, people won’t know? Property owners, the village staff and businesses sweep a dozen times a day yet we are now to be held accountable for the spider that takes up residence in our eaves and the careless folks that toss their litter about despite an abundance of cans? FROM LAST YEAR! Do they want us to simply fold our tents and go away, how does that help anyone. Or is that part of the plan so they can raze Harmon to the ground and build their mixed use utopia. Thank God for your more positive slideshows”.

What more is there to say except that the following slideshows are still online:

Springtime in Croton http://www.ncnlocal.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1203

Allen Design Clocks now in stock at Trinkets http://www.ncnlocal.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1166

Another Pleasant Hour Spent at Serious Toyz http://www.ncnlocal.com/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1125

Let’s continue to shop locally when we can and ignore the bashing of our business community for political expediency.

On March 6, 2009 2:13 PM, karenmcc55 said:

This is just too sad for words, more lovely people you seldom meet. If there’s an upside to any of it, its that one businessman in the upper village is so irate, he is now actively campaigning, all day long, to get people to vote for Konig Brenann and Schmidt.

On March 9, 2009 7:34 AM, marion said:

I heard yesterday that some local businesses are exploring their legal options. Good for them!

On March 5, 2009 11:20 PM, marion said:

Hopeful, Susan Konig wrote the letter and everyone should see it. Let’s all make sure they do and the one about the chamber too.

I think the Dairy mart might give a damn along with all the other businesses who were portrayed and not too happy about it I’d bet.

On March 5, 2009 11:23 PM, dclap10520 said:

Apparently the Dairy Mart didn’t know, he does now. We should make sure ALL the other businesses portrayed know as well, including Manhattan mortgage who re-did that entire building and Trinkets should be told too.

On March 5, 2009 2:47 PM, Harmonite said:

Newsflash for Trustee Konig:

I tried to identify your favorite store in the pictures as the Dairy Mart, but couldn’t. You see, the sign is all busted up. Whoops, longstanding village code violation.

And to the contrary, ma’am, the point of the slideshow is that this business looks like crap. Have the owners no pride in thier business or for our town?

Frankly, I won’t shop there because I am so pissed that it is so run down. I guess the litter, debris, and broken signage are fine with you. Too boot, there are sign ordinance violations all over the place. Beer and cigarettes signs falling down everywhere…not to mention. Don’t look now Croton teens. Trash strewn about. Now that’s a great thing to promote in the Gateway.

Face it, you and your runningmates all got caught with your pants down and trying to portray Crotonblog as anti-Croton is stupid.

Anti-Schmidt though? You got that right…and deservedly so. And these pictures prove it.

This guy is Croton’s Brownie, as in “heckava job Brownie!”

And while I’m at it. F&%k Nappy and his corner junkyard too. What a disgrace.

On March 5, 2009 2:06 PM, commonsense said:

Apparently, the anti-Croton blog wanted to show that they can do slideshows as well !

And I do hope whoever made this, picked up the litter that he/she photographed—like any good citizen would ? Well….did you ?

And what exactly is your beef with the Dairy Mart, anyway?

Good for Trustee Konig to bring this to public light.

And again, what does it say about the candidates and politicians who repeatedly post at that site ?

On March 5, 2009 2:15 PM, maria said:

At a time when the economy is in near-total meltdown, unemployment is rising, and retail is suffering even in trendy Beverly Hills, my heart goes out to the hard working men and women of Croton’s business community. Struggling against incredible economic odds, as all are struggling in this economy, they also have to contend with the business hurdles that Mr. Scott so eloquently laid out in one of his recent BACKING INTO ZONING CHANGE installments. See http://www.ncnlocal.co/bb/viewtopic.php?t=1145

The last thing they need is to be singled out for negative attention on the internet.

I know the owners of Croton’s Dairymart only peripherally yet on a night when I was short a few dollars—and not knowing me from Adam—they insisted that I take the quart of milk I was going to put back. You can come back tomorrow and pay me the woman said cheerily.

I’ve been a regular customer ever since.

What a shame. Perhaps it’s time to do a slideshow on this business as well. The kind that points to the important service they provide to the village. They may not be upscale enough for some, but Croton needs its locksmiths, its shoe repair shops, and yes, the Dairymart.

I wasn’t going to put up the Springtime in Croton/Easter slideshow until tomorrow. Clearly, it needs to be done sooner than that. Stay tuned.

On March 5, 2009 3:12 PM, maria said:

Residents should be aware that every time they post a comment at this forum, it is being placed on the Crotonblog as if it came directly from you, i.e., as if you went to the blog and posted it there yourself, including the main forum topic at North County News, and someone assumes your identity when they post on that site, also infringing on your copyright. No references are made back to the newspaper as well. I suggest, as has been the case before, that you bring this matter to the attention of the the Administrator Jim Garber and the moderator Mr. Bruce Apar

On March 2, 2009 9:58 AM, Liz Jacobson said:

You have got to be kidding me! This is “evidence” of “Schmidt’s Croton”?! I’m not a democrat. Nor am I a big fan of our mayor and his ways, but this is ridiculous. Talk about divisive behavior! Unfortunately, this seems to have become the common operating mode here. Let’s try something different. For those people complaining about the trash, pick it up. Or better yet, organize a group to walk around and beautify the village together. We are a community, and need to act like one. Let’s work together, or nothing will get done. As it is, we have seen business fall away at an alarming rate. Let’s bring life back to our lovely little village. It’s time to come together and heal, stimulate and reinvigorate. Best regards.

On March 2, 2009 11:32 AM, SoRiAv said:

I think Croton looks shabby and neglected.

And Schmidt has done nothing to enforce the village code on his commercial-property-owner-friends, like Franzoso, who’s business is leaving Croton anyway.

After all, village laws are meant to protect residents from uncaring landlords like the ones included in this slideshow. Left unenforced, this is what you get.

On March 2, 2009 7:35 AM, Carolyn G said:

With businesses struggling everywhere and without any care or concern for those businesses or how the village is portrayed, residents might like to know that supporters of the Harmon proposal and Democratic candidates have put up a series of photos on a local blog. Those photos are of businesses, trash cans, winter debris, that those people feel are somehow Schmidt’s fault. Properties belonging to Fransozo, the Dairy Mart, and more are shown. I will be contacting these businesses and property owners immediately. I suggest we all do the same. One building’s cob webs under an eave are being shown as “Schmidt’s Croton” and a bottle in a pond too. The photographer was obviously too busy trying to portray the village in the worst possible light than he was with picking it up. With desperation to achieve power and shove these changes down our throats now escalating to this latest show, aren’t you all way past wondering what is REALLY going on here? My family and I are.

On March 2, 2009 10:56 AM, Carolyn G said:

Residents might want to know that their comments posted here are showing up copied and pasted on a local blog as if they went there and posted those postings themselves to that blog. I do not post to that site. I guess they are so desperate for hits they are even resorting to pretending that people are posting on that site. I was told that my post above showed up pasted on that other site.

On March 2, 2009 10:58 AM, Wintermeier said:

Other blogs try to create controversy so that readers will post on their blogs. Your best bet is to stay on the blog you are most comfortable with and post there even if your comments are moved to another blog. This also holds true if you want to respond to a posting on the other blog. Post your response on the blog where you are most comfortable and bring the users of the other blog to you. They can’t last for long if they keep losing customers. Eco 101!

There is no form of ethical conduct on some of these blogs or from their posters. That’s why I prefer to post on the NCN blog!

On March 2, 2009 12:38 PM, SoRiAv said:

Bob Wintermeier is the head of Croton’s Republican party.

And he is such a joke. It was just last week that Dolores Gariepy was outed as being the person who libeled Kieran Murray on the NCN by saying:

A SUBJECT NO ONE HAS YET ADDRESSED IS WHO WILL REALLY BENEFIT FROM THIS GRANDIOSE PLAN OF MR. MURRAY? AS I UNDERSTAND IT, MR. MURRAY IS A DEVELOPER, ALSO ON THE COMMITTE IS JULIE WIEGAM, WIFE OF CANDIDATE LEO WIEGMAN WHO IS AN ARCHITECT. AM I THE ONLY ONE WHO SMELLS SMETHING ROTEN IN DENMARK? ALSO HARMON RESIDENTS NEED TO KNOW THAT WHEN MR. MURRAY WAS THE OWNER OF THE APARTMENT BUILDING ON CROTON POINT AVENUE, THE GATEWAY TO CROTON, THE RESIDENTS OF WAYNE STREET HAD TO GO BEFORE OUR VILLAGE BOARD TO TRY TO BRING HIM INTO COMPLIANCE WITH OUR CODES. GARBAGE PAILS WERE ON THE ROAD 24/7 THE PLACE WAS A MESS AND THEY HAD TO CONTEND WITH CARS THAT CAME AND WENT AT ALL HOURS OF THE NIGHT. SOME OF THE RESIDENTS THERE WERE HEARD TO CALL HIM A SLUM LANDLORD, OR SO THE GRAPEVINE SAYS.

Here’s the blog post.

So much for your moderated forum Bob.

On March 2, 2009 12:41 PM, Anonymous said:

This link goes nowhere.

On March 2, 2009 12:50 PM, Admin said:

The link posted by SoRiAv has been fixed.



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