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What To Do Now!
April 7, 2017—For those of you who joined us at the April 5 public hearing, we cannot thank you enough. It was a long night but we believe everything went well and that the Mayor and Common Council heard the FASNY opposition voices loud and clear.
While there were many important issues raised at the hearing, public safety and the numerous negative traffic impacts FASNY would create were a major focus of the opposition message. In fact a recent study we commissioned that was conducted by noted traffic expert Mary Manning, P.E., who spoke at the hearing, directly challenges many assertions regarding traffic impact put forward by FASNY. According to Manning’s study, FASNY’s “alternative plan” now under consideration by the Common Council, is based on numerous false assumptions, significant mathematical errors and factual inaccuracies.
Among the significant findings from the Manning report:
At this point, written comments are being accepted into the official public hearing record until April 15. If you’re concerned about the public safety issues cited in the Manning report and the impact it will have on you and your family, we encourage you to write to Mayor Roach and the Common Council. This is a great opportunity to share your thoughts before the final vote on the project. Written comments can be emailed, mailed or dropped off at the City Clerk’s office. The email and mailing addresses are as follows:
Common Council Members:
City of White Plains - City Hall
255 Main Street
White Plains, NY 10601
ATT: Anne M. McPherson
Thanks again for your continued interest and support.
Together, let’s continue to Say NO to FASNY.
Gedney Farms Scores Again... The Little Neighborhood that Could!
March 23, 2017--As most of you are probably aware, on Wednesday, March 15 the White Plains Common Council, by a 5-2 vote, determined that the proposed FASNY development parcel is considered an environmentally sensitive site (ESS).
While we won this battle, this was one we never should have had to fight since all the evidence clearly indicated that the land always was an ESS. The Common Council has scheduled a public hearing on Wednesday, April 5 concerning FASNY’s “alternative plan.” The hearing will be held at 6 p.m. in the White Plains Performing Arts Center, at City Center in White Plains. Mark your calendar and join us on April 5.
The ESS ruling by Common Council is critically important since it reinforces that a supermajority vote (5 to 2) is required to approve FASNY’s project. However, it came at a significant financial cost as we were forced to retain outside experts and legal counsel to assist our efforts and will continue to engage these same experts as we prepare for the April 5 public hearing.
To that end, we are seeking contributions from our members to help defray these costs. We know this is not the first time we have reached out and we thank those who have generously donated in the past. Unfortunately, we are facing an opponent with tremendous financial resources. The good news is that we’ve been able to prevent the FASNY project from advancing for more than five years and remain confident that we will ultimately prevail in stopping this massive regional school complex in the middle of a residential area. But to do so we need your help so we ask that you contribute to our cause by sending a check today to The Gedney Association at the above address.
On another note, our petition has generated over 800 signatures so we thank all those that have signed. If you still haven’t, please go to our website: www.saynotofasny.com and sign the petition. Help us pass the 1,000 mark! And for those that have signed, please help spread the word to your family, friends and neighbors and encourage them to sign as well. Sharing a link to the website on Facebook is a great way to spread the message.
As always, thank you for your continued participation and interest, including your financial contributions to support our ongoing fight.
Together, let’s SAY “NO” to FASNY.
"The Incredible Shrinking Conservancy....What is the meaning of the reduction of the Conservancy from 78 acres to 51 acres? Surely the new proposal should add to the size of the Conservancy, not reduce it. The entire original property is 130 acres, rounded off. Deducting Parcel A's 29 acres and the 51 acres for the Conservancy leaves 50 acres unaccounted for. What is FASNY planning for the remaining acres? Will FASNY attempt to expand in the future? There is speculation that FASNY plans residential development. If this is so, we should be informed of such an intention. There is also speculation that should FASNY get its permit, at some future time, it will submit a proposal to build the lower school after all on Parcel D. Why else does the footprint for this building remain on the site plan diagram submitted by FASNY?"
—Ellen Alzerez in a letter dated March 13, 2017