Residents of Poets Corner,
On March 1st, the Hartsdale Neighbors Association held an informational meeting regarding “What the Edgemont Incorporation means to the residents of Hartsdale and the rest of Unincorporated Greenburgh”. Several members of the PCCA Executive Board attended the meeting to hear what the Hartsdale Neighborhood Association had to say. Both Paul Feiner, representing the Town of Greenburgh, and members of the Edgemont Incorporation Committee (EIC) were on hand to give their viewpoints.
The following summarizes some of the factual points that were discussed during the meeting.
An explanation of how the incorporated (currently 6 villages including: Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings, Irvington, and Tarrytown) and the unincorporated areas of Greenburgh (currently includes Hartsdale, Greenville a.k.a. Edgemont, Fairview, and other areas) participate in the Town’s Tax Structure.
Edgemont has notified the Town that it intends to have a referendum on incorporation. This was formally acheived on February 27, 2017 when the EIC presented Supervisor Feiner with a 1,455 signature petition.
Should the referendum go through and Edgemont does incorporate, the Town Unincorporated Budget would be reduced by approximately $17.5 M. This represents approximately a 22.3% reduction in funding available for the remaining unincorporated areas of the Town.
Intuitively, this would lead to a reduction in services or an increase in taxes for the remaining unincorporated residents of the Town, or most likely some combination of both to off-set the $17.5 M reduction to the tax base.
Incorporation can be unilaterally accomplished by the Edgemont residents. The rest of the unincorporated residents (including Harsdale) do not vote and do not have veto power.
If Edgemont goes through with the referendum, a simple majority is necessary to effect incorporation.
The estimated timeline for all this to happen and take effect would be June 2018 at the earliest.
These were the salient points. What is not included is the rhetoric, political or otherwise, that is also taking place throughout the Town regarding this very sensitive topic..
The PCCA Executive Board will be organizing a General membership meeting some time in April to present the facts, answer questions,inform, and discuss the ramifications of the potential Edgemont Incorporation. Look for an invitation to be sent sometime in the beginning of April.
As a reminder, PCCA remains apolitical and will only take positions that will benefit the residents of Poets Corner.
Nat J. Federici / Mona Fraitag
As we are all digging out from a major snowstorm, please remember to aid our firefighters with their jobs by digging a 3 foot wide accessible area. This can greatly save lives!!
The Hartsdale Fire District is officially established as a Safe Haven Site. These sites allow parents to drop off babies, up to 30 days old, with no questions asked and without the threat of prosecution.
Safe Haven laws have been established and are designed to avoid situations where unwanted babies are abandoned and tragically left to die.
For more information please visit the National Safe Haven Alliance at: http://www.nationalsafehavenalliance.org/.
Ruth Jacobs and her husband Howard lived in their home in Poets Corner since 1958. She pass away recently, but while they were here they were always very active with the Greenburgh Public Library.
A celebration of Ruth’s life is planned for January 15 at the Greenburgh Public Library. Below is a message from her sons.
We are writing to let you know that we have arranged for our Mom’s memorial celebration to take place after the holidays, on Sunday, January 15, 11:30am at the Greenburgh Public Library. Both Ruth and Howard had been very active with their local library, and wished that they could be remembered there; we are grateful that the library has been so accommodating.
Please join us for refreshments immediately following the memorial at the Jacobs House: 89 Longfellow Street in Hartsdale.
We hope that you can join us to celebrate a life well lived.
Kenneth and David Jacobs
OPERATION CANDY CANE will take place on Saturday December 10, 2016, from 9:00am – 2:00pm.
The Hartsdale Professional Firefighters will spread Holiday Cheer by escorting Santa Claus and
his helpful and friendly elves around the Hartsdale Fire District in a Fire Engine handing out
Candy Canes to all attending children & adults. Printed below is a full list of all Stops & Times
and to make sure that all are at the right location awaiting Santa’s arrival, look out for our
new marker signs as well. Due to the busyness of Santa’s schedule, please allow for some
flexibility with our estimated arrival times. Also, due to safety concerns, we ask that all
children are at the designated locations approximately 10 minutes prior to arrival times to
avoid children running around and near the fire trucks. In the event of inclement weather,
this event will take place on Sunday December 11, 2016. For more information regarding
Operation Candy Cane, updates, cancelations and rain dates, or for more interesting
information about the Hartsdale Fire Department’s services, news, activities, or fire safety
and prevention please check out our website at hartsdalefire.org.
We want to wish everyone a safe and healthy Holiday Season…!
9:00 HARTSDALE TRAIN STATION
9:15 ROCKLEDGE CIRCLE / ROCKLEDGE ROAD
9:22 EAST HARTSDALE / CATERSON TERRACE
9:29 LAKEVIEW AVE / MAPLE STREET
9:36 WEBB FIELD PARKING LOT
9:43 CORNELL DR / PRINCETON DR
9:50 IFO 15 FIELDSTONE DR
9:57 BRIAR CLOSE / COLONY DR
10:04 IFO 125 N. WASHINGTON
10:11 75 WEST HARTSDALE, “THE HAMLET”
10:18 PINEWOOD RD / WILDWOOD RD
10:25 HOMEWOOD CT
10:32 WOOD PL / MAPLEWOOD RD
10:39 WOODS END RD / WOODS END LN
10:46 SHAW PL / SPENCER CT
10:53 STEVENSON AVE / POE ST
11:00 TENNYSON ST / HOLMES AVE
11:07 HOLMES AVE / BURNS ST
11:14 BARBARA LN / JEAN LN
11:21 CROSSWAY / DUNHAM RD
11:28 SHERBROOKE / BURKEWOOD RD
11:35 SOUTHERN RD / HOWARD PL
11:42 JOYCE RD / SINCLAIR PL
12:45 TRADER JOE’S
1:00 RIDGE ROAD PARK PARKING LOT
1:10 MARION WOODS
1:30 300 SOUTH CENTRAL AVE
1:45 HARTSDALE TRAIN STATION/VILLAGE
Tax Watch columnist David McKay Wilson explores how a citizen activist, our very own President of the PCCA, Mona Fraitag, fought to understand how the Hartsdale fire company spent its ‘2% tax’ money.
Great article about a very important topic if you care about your tax dollars!