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Change for the Sake of Change in Harmon?

March 17, 2009

To the editor:

I thought I could get something in the Gazette before election day but missing that deadline I’ll try for a post here as it concerns my concern of multiple housing in Harmon where I grew up some many years ago when any vacant lot could be turned into a makeshift ball field or place of exploration.

I wonder how many folks have been to the Post Office parking area at any given time trying for a quick access and exit? You know what the parking is like. I wonder about the overtaxing of our school system, not is a monetary way, but the overcrowding of the physical plant. What about the size of our police force? Will there be a necessity for a larger budget and more officers?

It has been suggested there may be racial undertones in the resistance to an increased population. There were houses, very pricey houses, built on the corner of Prospect and Old Post Rd. South with one now being rented and the others unfinsihed. The ancient tree on that property cut down with an “ooops”. Is there a class type of warfare going on here? I can’t help but wonder how many supporters of the Harmon re-development would be so vociferous about the issue if the multiple units were put at this corner of Croton?

I remember and quote a piece of JFK’s inaugural speech when he referred to American’s as being “proud of our ancient heritage” and I submit, that preserving that small part of the history of Croton on the Corner of Benedict and Riverside, is most important to our culture in this community.

The restoration of the BLVD. is a welcome site and that also is a part of “Mayor Schmidt’s Croton” which has been conveniently left out of certain photos. Change can be a good thing, change for the sake of change is usually counterproductive. I, a life long democrat, will be voting Republican this time around.

— John Clifford

On March 18, 2009 11:49 AM, Seth Davis said:

John C, my old friend, you have been misled!

Demolition of the Harmon sales office (now a nail salon) is NOT recommended by the committee. The misimpression comes from a study that was done solely to determine maximum buildable floor space. NOBODY wants to tear down that building.

We have a Historical Preservation Law in this Village that was written during the 1988 moratorium, in which I was active. The Village Board on Monday night voiced its strong support—unanimously—for having that building declared a landmark on whatever level is necessary to preserve it. Moreover, the SEQRA process, which the Republican majority has blocked, would require specific examination of historical resources and would assuredly protect that building.

Preserving our history and landmarks is something on which we all should—and do—agree, and any suggestion that candidates in this election feel otherwise is, as my somewhat newer friend John McB states, a red herring.

On March 18, 2009 9:40 AM, John McBride said:

Another letter showing a fundamental misunderstanding of the recommendation of the Harmon Committee.

The recommendations are not change for change sake. They change that is needed. Many of the vacant and underused properties in Harmon will not be brought back into use because there is no viable economic model for that to happen. The proposal provides owners with options which will allow them a reasonable return on investment. Without that option, Harmon will remain the same or deteriorate.

People will be counting herring on the Croton River coming up soon, we had better warn them not to count red variety. It will throw the counts way off.

On March 18, 2009 8:54 AM, Mrs. smith said:

Of course Mayor Schmidt, while taking credit for the waterfront park and the brown water clean up in Harmon with necessary improvements after the underground work was done, conveniently omits to mention that all this was in place before he took office. The previous administration had bid this out and set it all up, so that all Schmidt had to do was come in and see it to fruition.


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