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The following letter was published in this week’s issue of the Gazette.
To the editor:
Croton government officials and politicians wanting more space is nothing new. That was part of why in 1992 the Cortlandt offices moved out of the then-shared building on Van Wyck Street. Only a few years ago, there were complaints that the building (now exclusive to Croton use) was beyond hope, and that it was necessary for Croton taxpayers to pay for a magnificent municipal palace on the grounds of the Katz property. A change of mayoral administration put a stop to that, but Croton politicians’ desire for expansion will never stop.
Two years ago, Croton bought the large building out on Route 129. We were told it would accommodate DPW and also some other offices. We were told that the multi-million dollar building could be modified at low cost to reduce the large lobby atrium, and that would add even more office space.
Laurel Gouveia’s supposed “gift” was anything but a gift from the perspective of Croton taxpayers. The claim was that this was to be a park. The “park” quickly became a parking lot for municipal trucks.
Now the much-touted Gouveia residence that was to be the pride and joy of Croton, where we could sip afternoon tea on the patio overlooking the Hudson, will become a municipal office building and storage facility.
Meanwhile, the Croton Police Department is going to have a breathtaking expansion of space, taking over the first floor of the Municipal Building. The Village Manager assures us that this will keep the department content for about 2 decades, which is about how long it is going to take Croton taxpayers to pay off the bonds that will finance this series of real estate boondoggles.
To sum up where we are today: the DPW just moved into a big new building, the Recreation Dept is taking over our supposed crown jewel (Gouveia Park) for vehicle storage and office space, and the Police Department will soon have spacious facilities capable of handling Bonnie & Clyde if they come thru Croton plus handle any zombie apocalypse.
This is insane. Read more at http://www.crotonunited.org/news-views/2019/2/6/a-fiscally-foolish-plan
You may also have an interest in:
--A BRIAN POWERS LETTER; more here
--A LETTER FROM JOEL GINGOLD; more here
UPDATED 3/21/19 http://www.crotonunited.org/news-views/2019/3/21/math-is-not-a-strong-suit-of-our-croton-board-of-trustees