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THE GAZETTE 10/10-10/16/13 EDITION features a story on the Gouveia property and some
of the events which transpired at the 10/7/13 meeting of the board of
trustees. Highlights only from that article will follow. (For those who
have asked, it is a copyright violation to print entire
articles/letters/postings from other sources without permission.)
As always, you are encouraged to read the 10/10/13 article in its entirety. The Gazette is on sale just about everywhere.
The title of the article is: RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION SAID TO BE 2ND IN LINE FOR GOUVEIA PROPERTY. (Residents may want to keep in mind that we were also told by Trustee Gallelli that the Open Space Institute and the Town of Cortlandt wanted the property in 2011; Trustee Gallelli retracted her statements. Residents may also remember that in October 2011, Trustee Murtaugh stated that an organization such as the Westchester Land Trust was interested; former trustee Schmidt contacted that organization. They denied any interest citing "too high maintenance" according to the October 2011 Gazette article.)
Here are the highlights from 10/10/13 The Gazette article:
RELIGIOUS ORGANIZATION SAID TO BE 2ND IN LINE FOR GOUVEIA PROPERTY
--If Croton doesn't take this "gift", a religious organization "likely will".
--"Trustee Ann Gallelli said that Laurel Gouveia 'has made an offer to a religious institution' should the village decline her long-time proposal to give the property to the village in return for living on the property tax-free"
--Gallelli said she does not know the identity of the organization. The mayor says it is coming off the tax rolls.
--The biggest financial loser in terms of taxes: "the Croton-Harmon School District which gets the largest chunk of the property's current $40,000 annual property tax bill".
--"When it comes to the likelihood of the 71 year old Mrs. Gouveia property going tax-exempt, village attorney James Stoudt essentially contradicted the mayor when it comes to future ownership by the village or a not for profit entity like a religious organization...Indeed Mr. Stoudt said the granting of tax-exempt status is "fact-specific", dependent on the actual use."
--Roseann Schuyler, local attorney and former ZBA member said: "...she believes it could be unconstitutional for the village to allow Mrs. Gouveia to reside at the property sans (without) paying future property taxes."
--The village board declared themselves "lead agency" in the upcoming SEQRA review. Trustee Davis voted no. You can read his statement here: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/10/trustee-kevin-davis-votes-no-on-seqra.html
There's much more covered in the article. Again please read it in its entirety. EverythingCroton will provide highlights from the 10/7 meeting audiotape not covered in the Gazette article soon, including Mr. Murtaugh's berating of a resident during citizen participation. You are encouraged to watch that meeting for that and much more. http://webcasting.granicus.com/croton/player.php?clientname=croton&eventname=-board&eventdate=10.07.2013
Mr. Chesnard has a letter in the paper this week. Please make the time to read it: http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/10/dan-chesnards-oct-10th-gazette-letter.html
You may also have an interest in http://everythingcroton.blogspot.com/2013/09/village-proceeding-on-gouveia-property.html