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CROTON UNITED MEMBER JOEL GINGOLD'S 1/29 GAZETTE LETTER, POST GOUVEIA ACQUISITION VOTE
To the Editor,
For better or for worse, the Gouveia
Park will soon become part of Croton. I sincerely hope that, five years
or so in the future, I will be able to look back and say that the
decision to accept it was a wise one. But I remain skeptical.
questions surrounding the acquisition were never related to the
property itself. While few people have actually been permitted to visit
it, from the descriptions provided, no one disputes that it is a very
desirable piece of land. What remains unknown is the cost of developing
and maintaining it and whether it will become a drain on the village’s
finances. And this question was not adequately addressed in the village
board’s rush to commit to the acquisition.
As in so many
of the board’s actions, the problems lay less with WHAT they did, but in
HOW they did it. The mayor announced some time ago that a decision
would be made sometime in the spring. Then, out of nowhere, it appeared
on the agenda for last week’s meeting. Published on the Friday
afternoon before a holiday weekend for a meeting Tuesday night. And
buried in the over forty documents attached to this item were two
critical reports which had never been seen before, namely the report of
the ad-hoc committee and the updated cost-benefit analysis.
assuming that someone had found them, and I admit that I missed seeing
the financial analysis, there was not adequate time to properly review
them, formulate questions, and have them answered. The mayor’s review
of the cost benefit analysis, projected on a screen that few could read,
was inadequate at best. Perhaps, this was not an accident, but part of
the board’s strategy to rush the approval through before any serious
doubts could be raised. A subsequent reading of the financial
statements indicated a number of questions regarding both the estimated
costs and the projected revenues.
The legitimacy of the
entire process was brought into question last year when it was revealed
that the mayor and Ms. Gallelli had secretly conspired with Barbara
Sarbin of Something Good in the World to establish SGW’s school on the
property without the knowledge of the public or even the other board
members. And this issue has not gone away. READ MORE HERE https://www.facebook.com/notes/croton-united/croton-united-official-joel-gingolds-129-gazette-letter-post-gouveia/402557009901336
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