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