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FROM CROTON UNITED...
A FACE-SAVING EXIT STRATEGY
The following letter was published in this week’s issue of the Gazette.
To the editor:
It is not easy to admit a major mistake, especially when the reasons for the failure were predicted at the outset of the venture. It helps if a face-saving exit strategy is offered. Mr. Lippolis of River Towns Realty has offered the Croton Board of Trustees an exit strategy, and they would do well to consider it.
Croton is not a place where open government is welcome, and that is once again the case with the latest chapter in the decade-long Laurel Gouveia saga. At the same time the Board of Trustees was telling us the implausible story that various village offices would be relocated to the Gouveia residence, they were secretly reviving plans to lease the house to a family seeking to live in the middle of what purports to be a public park.
Enter Mr. Lippolis. After viewing the property last summer, on August 31 he wrote a memo to Village Manager King and basically said that the “deferred maintenance” (realtor-speak for “the house is a dump”) and other factors make it impractical to attempt to rent the property as a residence. MORE AT https://bit.ly/3oKIJdR