A Transition-Talk Tent set up, on the fly, to hear ideas for the new Town Board

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You heard the milk cartons!  Now talk!
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Here.  Now.
With 76 comments since publication
November 22, 2013


Editor’s Note:  Here’s NCNOW’s temporary tent, à la De Blasio (his is at Canal and Sixth Avenue) , set up to hear ideas, suggestions or complaints from residents over the next month, between holidays.  What issues should Rob Greenstein, Lisa Katz and Adam Brodsky pay attention to?  Come into the tent by clicking “Read more….”—and leave a comment.

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Comments(77):
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This is confusing. Where is the tent ? NYC ?

Editor’s Note:  Sorry.  The “tent” is this article, and your “TALK” are these comments. 

By Confused on 11/22/2013 at 11:03 am

Negotiate with Summit Greenfield – do not lose Whole Foods. It’s a quality upscale super market and would fit perfectly with town demographics and needs/wants. Allow the developer additional condos or townhouses in exchange for a smaller retail foot print. If you the current 120000 square ft retail plan is too big than make them a counter offer in exchange for something else. Don’t let them lose Whole Foods! We need the taxes, we want the market, and we/you can negotiate a smaller retail complex. Smaller retail will result in less traffic and noise which is the overwhelming concern of those near CC.
As an emptynester, I would love the opportunity to move into an “age restricted” townhouse type community at CC. Like other emptynesters in town, the high taxes make it prohibitive to stay in my house with the kids gone and out of school. I would love to downsize, lower my taxes, while also staying in the community. Age restricted town houses at CC will not stress the school district and still generate school and town taxes. It’s a win – win. Properly planned, CC can house some commercial tenants, a few hundred condos, affordable housing, age restricted townhouses, and controlled retail that includes Whole Foods.
I hope the new Town Board is sincere in their calls to work together, hear what residents want, work with developers and owners, and improve our town. We voted for Team New Castle to bring change and improvements. Your victory was not a mandate to stop and obstruct ALL retail at CC. It was a mandate to end the status quo and find solutions that benefit the town and it’s residents. This is such an opportunity - go for it!

By The nest is empty on 11/22/2013 at 11:24 am

to The nest is empty

if you drive about 1 mile up the road from Chappaqua Crossing, you will come to Mrs. Greens, which just renovated and is a beautiful store. Frankly, we just don’t need another supermarket of any kind. Mrs. Greens offers everything that you would find at a Whole Foods and its already here.

I agree that a holistic approach should be taken with CC and the new Board should work with residents to figure out what would work best there. I know that many other suggestions were made at various town board meetings all of which would benefit the town to some degree from a tax, recreation, aesthetics, etc. I’m just not convinced that any retail is even slightly necessary or beneficial to our town.

By The nest is NOT empty on 11/22/2013 at 12:31 pm

Are there town laws by which someone with a tumble-down building can be required to remove it (or fix it)?  If not, can we pass some?

By Buildings that are falling down on 11/22/2013 at 12:47 pm

Town website is completely confusing. Other towns’ sites are better.

By Fix town website on 11/22/2013 at 12:49 pm

Mrs Greens is not nor will it ever be a super market. The renovation is an improvement but parking is a joke and the selection is extremely limited. Try buying household goods and baby needs at Mrs Greens. Cleaning supplies, paper goods, bathroom items, diapers are all but nonexistent unless you want to spend a fortune for the one or 2 brands they carry that are insanely expensive and ” environmently safe”. They rarely have more than 3 cash registers open at the same time. The purpose of a supermarket is to allow for one stop shopping and large selections hence the word “super” market. Whole Foods is expensive but they offer variety choices and brand names.. Mrs Greens does not.

By Rickie on 11/22/2013 at 12:58 pm

We would encourage open minds regarding development at Chappaqua Crossing. Shopping options there do not preclude a vibrant downtown.

We think Chappaqua would benefit from an indoor sports location, like the bubble in Armonk, potentially located at Chappaqua Crossing. Our sports teams give SO much money to Armonk Indoor and waste much time and gas getting there. 

Finally, we wonder if there is any possibility that the sidewalk along 120 might be extended to reach Roaring Brook School? We live north of Marcourt on 120 and think being able to walk safely to town and to friends’ houses would (cut down on traffic and) increase independence for kids who spend a lot of time being driven around… A sidewalk extension would also allow many more residents to walk to the train, cutting down on single passenger car traffic.

Thank you!

By Sarah Hodder on 11/22/2013 at 4:21 pm

Please end consideration of party when appointing people to our volunteer boards. Please look at a candidate’s qualifications only.  The current board has left a planning board seat vacant for one year, and it has looked very much as though it was because of party considerations.  Very wrong.

By For board appointments forget party affiliation on 11/22/2013 at 5:36 pm

Please do not provide Conifer with an easement to Hunts Place (a town road) for their entrance.  Please express concern to the County, HUD, the MTA Metro North and NYSDOT that the Hunts Place site is unsafe for human habitation.  Please find a legal way to provide affordable housing on a better site, like Washington Ave near Town Hall.

By Hunts Place on 11/22/2013 at 6:25 pm

Post the current Official Zoning Map on the town website.  Thanks.

By Zoning Map on 11/22/2013 at 6:27 pm

Please bring the website up to par and up to date. Post agendas for TB meetings earlier and list current info rather than that which is long gone. Make significant info available.
Make the site possible to navigate.  Thank you.

By The Website on 11/22/2013 at 8:32 pm

A letter to the editor before the election highlighted issues in town hall and DPW which include nepotism and cronyism as well as town board members who look the other way when things aren’t being done in the manner they should.  What’s the plan to address that?  With Penny retiring, the people who live in this town, as well as those who work for the town deserve an administrator and others in management positions who will objectively clean up the mess.

By There's more than just CC and Conifer to work on on 11/22/2013 at 9:05 pm

Agree wholeheartedly with There’s more than…

The DPW is a mess.  Robin Murphy’s letter exposed and documented the serious issues.  We want an administrator who can clean it up.  We need someone with strong executive and leadership abilities who will not allow the status quo of prejudice, harassment, violence, wanton damage to town property, nepotism, and failure of proper management to continue.  it is time for some to go.

By It is time on 11/23/2013 at 1:19 am

Clean house in all departments.

Hire a new town attorney.

Rewrite the town ethics code and replace incumbents on the ethics board when possible.

Don’t fix the atrocious website. Scrap it and start over.

Aim for a 0% tax increase.

Get rid of Conifer and re-site affordable housing.

Bring in DOT now not later to review Chappaqua Crossing.

Do not be bullied by a loser developer but resolve CC in a thoughtful, sensible way.

Revitalize downtown and remove downtown development barriers.

Tell the truth and be above board.

That’s a start!

By bob on 11/23/2013 at 9:07 am

Marion Park next to Citibank is aesthetically UNpleasing.  The pointy zigzag design of the planters is silly.  However…at least the town could conceal the garbage dumpsters RIGHT BEHIND IT, HIGHLY VISIBLE, at the end of the bridge.  Please dress up THE DUMPSTERS—OR BETTER: MOVE THEM TO ANOTHER PLACE, SOMEWHERE IN THE PARKING LOT BEHIND THOSE STORES.

By PLEASE hide or move the dumpsters at citibank on 11/23/2013 at 10:31 am

The big signs at the triangle are still extremely junky looking. The backs of the current signs still show past events on them.

Not only junky but confusing.

By Triangle Signage in center of town on 11/23/2013 at 10:33 am

PLEASE PLEASE pass a law prohibiting outdoor clothing rack displays. Everytime I come over the 120 Bridge and into downtown we are struck with this clothing rack at Squires complete with a ugly “sale” sign. It looks like a garage sale.

By downtown shopper on 11/23/2013 at 12:29 pm

Allow Summit Greenfield Whole Foods. Negotiate a deal with them that down sizes the current 120,000 sq ft retail proposal to say 90000 sq ft - thats a 25% reduction. In return we allow them a few more condos. Negotiate a deal with them that they require their merchamnts to hire some number of students as part time and summer workers. Our kids would do well by working some. Maybe we can get SG to build a pool or turf field for Greeley swimmers/mens softball etc.

By lets make a deal on 11/23/2013 at 12:34 pm

Will Team New Castle be the ones to finally take a long and hard look at the toxic and costly practice of putting hydrofluorosilicic acid in our water supply? Barbara Gerrard refused to address it, Jason Chapin promised but did not deliver a town wide discussion about it. It is an unethical and dangerous practice to put this byproduct of the fertilizer industry into the town water for the supposed benefit of a small % of the population (those ages 1-8). At the very least, the town should we sending warning letters to parents of babies younger than 12 months (both the CDC and ADA agree, infants should never be ingesting fluoridated water). There are many health issues associated with this outdated practice. It needs to be stopped. We’ll save approximately $30K/ year as a result. http://fluoridealert.org/issues/water/

By Susan Rubin, DMD on 11/23/2013 at 12:54 pm

“Negotiate a deal with them that they require their merchamnts to hire some number of students as part time and summer workers.”

That can’t be legal.

By legal? on 11/23/2013 at 3:56 pm

PLEASE hide or move the dumpsters,

I agree with you.  The only good thing about Marion Place is its name.  That pocket park is an eyesore.  The planters look like weapons.  I do like the wood structure that Wally Toscano designed.  It helps, but those dumpsters should be moved.

By move the dumpsters on 11/23/2013 at 9:54 pm

Funny, I thought the board had 5 members and not 3.  I guess this is symbolic of how “Team New Castle” is going to operate - they have the majority, so every one else will be shut out.

By really too bad on 11/24/2013 at 11:52 am

I AGREE with LEts Make a Deal - I would add this…
Allow Summit Greenfield to lock in Whole Foods. We demand that SG d0ownsize the retail complex by 25%-35% to say 80- 90 thousand sq feet down from the currently proposed 120,000. In return for smaller retail we allow SG 25% more condos AND affordable housing units. If we can get this deal we can tell Conifer to take a walk and comply with the state affordable housing mandate at CC. Then Hunts Place debacle goes awa, the Town gets Whole Foods, the folks near CC get a much smaller and less busy retail complex.

By jj on 11/24/2013 at 12:06 pm

to those who complain learn the history of the problems. 1. what is missing is the fence-town
dpw was suppose to b build one at citibank.  It went to a bottom of someones list because the bridge took too long 2.  clothing rack problem falls under code enforcement. 

NJH 11/24/2013 1:57 p.m.

By NJH on 11/24/2013 at 2:00 pm

Wait. Because the bridge took too long to build the DPW can’t build a fence now?

By huh on 11/24/2013 at 2:24 pm

1)DO NOT under any circumstances delete the valuable slip lane from South Greeley Ave to King Street. Anyone who takes that route regularly knows that there is already a problem with backed-up traffic turning left from the bridge.  Consider a traffic light at that corner.

2)The Hunts Lane site for affordable housing is insane and a serious safety hazard, wedged between the railroad and the Sawmill exit, and cut off further by the bridge and the very busy Hunts Lane traffic. The Planning Board, the Fire and Ambulance Companies, and the Architectural Board of Review have all objected.  The road is narrow and inadequate already for the current World Cup, Highway Department, recycling and the entire school bus fleet traffic.  The land on Washington Avenue would be ideal in many ways for affordable housing.  The excuses for Washington Avenue have been wetlands (it’s not that wet, and the stream can be managed) and the need for more commuter parking. Deck the parking area if necessary, and use the Hunts Lane lot for merchant parking.  All of downtown Chappaqua is a former swamp. All it takes is extra pilings and no basement.  Surely it was never the intention of housing authorities to provide inadequate, unsafe housing under the guise of “affordable.” 
3) Lots of good suggestions have already been proposed for Chappaqua Crossing: pool, indoor sports complex, senior housing, more affordable units, an auditorium, an assisted living facility, and less retail that still includes a Whole Foods.
4) Is it time to send an all-household questionnaire, online or by mail, on some of these pressing issues?

By Marian Williams on 11/24/2013 at 4:18 pm

The last time I heard a wish list list like yours was in junior high school.  You left out soda in the water fountains, sofas in the lavatories, television in the lunchroom , and early release every Friday .  Will someone please put him out of OUR misery!!!

By Dear bob on 11/24/2013 at 6:53 pm

The creative suggestions are excellent but nothing less than a stake in the heart of the project will satisfy the vocal Nimby minority.  Hey Rob, man up, be our lawyer supervisor, don’t let the tail wag the dawg.    You are top dog now.

By New reader on 11/24/2013 at 6:58 pm

Make the deal

By Make the deal on 11/24/2013 at 7:02 pm

These comments are great - please keep them coming!

By Rob Greenstein on 11/24/2013 at 7:17 pm

Tuesday night the town board is passing the budget which included a number of capital projects.  Yes we need water and sewer line upgrades, but we do not need to spend $25 million to do this.  A serious discussion needs to take place with resident input before this goes forward.  What is the cost being added to our tax bills?  Who designed this nonsense?
Please rethink King/Greeley.  Trucks 63 feet long deliver all over town.  Bus stops were ignored.  Parking was removed.  Traffic with this proposed fix will be worse than ever.

By NJH on 11/24/2013 at 7:45 pm

@ Dear bob,

Who is this “Our” to whom you refer ?  I appreciate bob’s comments.

By speak for yourself on 11/24/2013 at 8:55 pm

You are not qualified to make the pronouncement as to what is or is not insane.  If the scaled down conifer is able to be built according to building codes and future residents trip all over themselves to live there, who are you to tell those people that they are crazy to live there?  Let them move next to your house. The location is perfect, boondoggle aside.

By Dear ms williams on 11/24/2013 at 9:08 pm

Please, Team New Castle: Persuade Verizon to make its ugly, ugly building across from Rite Aid better looking.  Or else DISGUISE IT with screening.  For all the bucks they make off of us, they can’t LOOK GOOD?  Ugh!

By Verizon too ugly! on 11/25/2013 at 7:01 am

More

sidewalks

please

 

 

 

By Heather Lafortezza on 11/25/2013 at 7:20 am

Yes by all means divert our town board’s attentions from the hard issues facing us To start up with a private property owner of 50 years and tell it that newcomers don’t LIKE the way it’s building looks to them. Sheesh. It sounds like a volunteer job for the garden club or the merchants association.

By Dear verizon too ugly on 11/26/2013 at 8:43 am

You are sincere and well meaning, but you are not today’s chappaqua.  Like me, you are obsolete. We can give our thoughts but the 30-45 set runs this place now, and that is natural evolution

By Dear ms Williams on 11/26/2013 at 9:55 am

Return the Town Clerk to an elected position

Editor’s Note:  What’s the significance of this?

By The old days... on 11/26/2013 at 4:37 pm

Where’s that pathway from the high school into town? Whatever happened to it?

By HGHS to Chappaqua WALK on 11/29/2013 at 9:14 am

Improve town website please

By town website on 11/29/2013 at 9:15 am

And better than filming them - live broadcast the town board’s work sessions

By No reason work sessions should not be filmed on 11/29/2013 at 9:16 am

The town website has been changed and is even worse than before.  Is the idea to keep people from finding stuff?

By Please fix town website on 11/29/2013 at 9:53 am

Before anyone ignores and dismisses older residents suggestions, get a clue that people do
know what they are talking about with regard to town.  Many years as residents trumps
those who only move here for the schools.  We care deeply for what happens to all parts of
New Castle!!!  We are here for the long haul.

By LBG on 11/29/2013 at 12:05 pm

The new Walgreens has GOT to be violating our lighting laws.  Have you seen their outside lights?  THey’re blinding!  Architectural Review Board where are you?

By Walgreens blinding lights on 11/29/2013 at 4:08 pm

sheesh.

By dear walgreen lights on 12/01/2013 at 6:50 pm

The truly old are irrelevant, but their input is valued. today’s children and their parents, who will be living here 20 more years are more relevant than those of us who may not remain here anywhere near that long. I am a 34 year area resident. But, today’s Chappaqua is not about old timers, it is about the new comers to a greater extent. Long timers’ children have been out of the school system for a long time.
I defer to the new, (not)“out with the old”, just respect the old and listen to their wisdom and understanding of how things used to be. That is the point, “used to be” 20-30 years ago, which is not today. Also, generally, but not entirely, the new earn enough to pay our greater than exorbitant taxes. It’s their call….so long as they have the long view that us old timers can help them see.

By older resident on 12/01/2013 at 7:01 pm

@ older resident

As a new Chappaqua resident, I completely disagree with your above comments. ( The truly old are irrelevant? ) I’m not sure who you are or where you come from, but your comments are a bit disturbing.

I would much rather have an “older” Chappaqua neighbor than someone like yourself.

By New Resident on 12/01/2013 at 9:13 pm

CORRECTION

Does anybody know where to find the agenda for the Dec. 3 TB work session meeting?

Thank you.

Editor’s Note:  http://www.ecode360.com/documents/NE0395/public/58655524.pdf

By Does anybody know? on 12/01/2013 at 10:15 pm

(1) Please hire or appoint people to positions in town because they are qualified. Do not hide behind closed doors and appoint people based on relationships or patronage. Everything should be open. You campaigned on transparency. Regardless of the position, make your opinions and selection process public. Hire and retain the best because of their qualifications. Nobody wants to see a wink and a nod. The only favors you owe are to the community to do what is best.

(2) When deciding what to do at Chappaqua Crossing, please make sure our educated townspeople understand just because SG claims to have Wholefoods interested (and even assuming they want to come) does not mean in fact there is a signed agreement that they will come.

(3) I do not live on Cowdin Lane or in Lawrence Farms, but assuming the overall benefit is greater to the town, we should still not place our benefit at Chappqaua Crossing on the backs of our fellow townspeople who may equally suffer as a result. Greater good does not mean others should lose the values of their home or suffer a financial / quality of life loss. Comparing Readers Digest in terms of traffic, disruption, etc., to what is planned there is insulting to our intelligence.

(4) Recognize that you are not a product of a mandate, but people were tired of the old board and their handling of SG. Respectfully, you are merely local government officials, not County, State or Federal. This is neither your fiefdom nor some big government position. Dont let this election go to your head. All of you, just like the rest of us, are just a bunch of local yocals (I say that tongue and cheek of course). You can be voted out just as easily as you were voted in. We may disagree at times, but be open, explain and listen too.

(5) Do not let Hunts Place happen. This is a blight on our town. The PC police may clamor for it, but if it must happen in terms of affordable housing, it need not happen there.

Good luck. You’ll need it (hard work will help too!)

By Honesty in Government on 12/01/2013 at 11:43 pm

Will the master plan review include town policy on sustainability? Things like plastic bag use or leaf pick up (as opposed to letting lawn mowers chew up leaves and letting them stay on the lawn to fertilize it) or getting our houses insulated to save energy?

By Where does sustainability fit in? on 12/02/2013 at 7:20 am

Please try and act like you care about something other than CC. I watched the board meeting last week on TV and Greenstein looked so disinterested (watch the tape) until someone uttered the words “Summit Greenfield” at which point he perked up.

By we're watching on 12/02/2013 at 7:44 am

I believe that if we get a grocery it should be in the downtown hamlet.  We already have one in the Millwood hamlet.  We do not need 2 super drugstores .  The town really fell down on their diligence in ‘96 when they allowed the Rite - Aid to move into the Gristede’s space.  It could have been prevented with appropriate zoning.  Walgreen’s could have been prevented from taking the Dag’s space if we had had the zoning in place.

We do have an opportunity with..FINALLY.. the review and update of our master plan.  Every board to date, including the latest has been derelict in not getting this done.  Think how much time the TB has wasted on their ‘pet projects.’

I disagree with older residents opinions above.  The younger folks, many of whom leave after their children graduate from school are no more relevant than those of us who have lived here for years and plan to stay.  Nor do I believe that they are fine with the high taxes that we all pay.

I hope we all get involved in the update.  We need everyone’s input.

By longtime resident on 12/02/2013 at 8:35 am

@Honesty,

Why does “comparing Readers Digest in terms of traffic, disruption, etc., to what is planned there is insulting to our intelligence?”  The fact of the matter is back in the day when Readers Digest was in full swing, there was significant traffic disruption twice a day.

I am curious, what do you suggest for CC?

By My 2 Cents on 12/02/2013 at 5:06 pm

I think I know what “Honesty” means about the traffic in RD’s heyday.  It can’t possibly have been near what Summit Greenfield was proposing now for its grocery and retail (total, including the office space). Since Summit Greenfield is asking for a CHANGE in zoning, they should be made to accept current day traffic levels, and work around those.  The fact is a lot of us now DO drive our kids to the HS. And there IS more traffic than there used to be. No one is going to come to work at CC by bus, as they did in former days. 

It’s baffling that our town board never required the developer to cut down something—either the retail or the office space—in order to reduce the unmitigatable traffic impacts that were the big sticking point.

By I know what Honesty means about RD traffic years p on 12/03/2013 at 12:34 am

I’d like to see government take some real measurements. Find out what works for residents and what doesn’t (like the town’s website). The town budget is tiny compared to CCSD budget. We shouldn’t be stingy when it comes to spending dollars, for example, on the town website. Whatever we’re paying now, we need to pay more. Buy a better one!

By Town budget it tiny compared to CCSD on 12/03/2013 at 12:38 am

@Town budget it tiny compared to CCSD,

Of course the town budget is much smaller than CCSD’s. Keep in mind though that the town has been increasing its spending at a higher rate than has the school district. That must stop.

But you are right about the atrocious and disgraceful website. It goes deeper than how the site was designed though. The past and current administrations have obviously and purposely made the website difficult to navigate and find pending material because they wanted that information hidden from a concerned public that might disagree with their agendas.

By bob on 12/03/2013 at 7:45 am

Am I really the only one having difficulties with parking in town?
I’ve all but given up visiting the library as there is just no place to leave my car. And as happy as I would be to see a restaurant at the train station, I’m clueless as to where patrons would park when I can’t find a single spot when taking a later train into the city. My only hope then is parking across from the library, but ONLY if there is no event there that morning, otherwise the overflow goes there.

Also, wouldn’t mind a traffic light in town, especially for those battling to make a left into town after coming over the bridge from 120.
C’mon, we can still be bucolic with a light!

By Sharon on 12/03/2013 at 10:09 am

New town board members: we need to talk seriously about whether to do a public-private partnership deal to construct a parking structure that could free up land for other uses. I’m thinking it wouldn’t be bad to have my car OUT OF THE SNOW during winter.  I’d pay extra to NOT have to clear off my car and not be plowed in by the town plows.

Across from Lawrence?

Behind Village Market?

In the train station parking lot?

By parking structure in town on 12/03/2013 at 10:36 am

@Sharon,

I could not agree more on a light(s) in town, particularly at the King Street/South Greeley intersection.  It is only a matter of time before some one gets killed.  Lights would make downtown more conducive to pedestrian traffic.  Simply put, crossing, especially with small kids in tow, is dangerous.  No lights may have worked when Chappaqua was a much quieter town, but that time has passed.  Rye, which has a very nice down town, has a number of lights, creating a much more conducive and safer environment for shoppers and pedestrians. 

By My 2 Cents on 12/03/2013 at 11:18 am

I agree with a parking structure for part of the commuter lot as a great use of space and a win/win for everyone. In an ideal world, the train platform could shift south from the current access bridge to allow for a second access bridge directly from the second floor of a new parking structure onto the southern end of the platform (note that a town master plan from a few decades ago recommended a southern shift of the platform towards the larger commuter parking lot). This would (i) free up valuable space for new retail that would add to the current mix in town - including a supermarket, (ii) allow for more parking for customers of the town businesses, (iii) allow for more people to park closer to the train platform, generate additional tax revenues given the new businesses, (iv) allow the town to become more ‘walkable/strollable’ for residence and visitors alike, etc. I also agree with the last poster that I would pay more for the ability to park inside a structure that would keep my car dry in rain/snow.

Regarding traffic flow in town, numerous past town studies have suggested connecting Woodburn ave to Senter Street which would alleviate the back-ups at the bridge. Makes a lot of sense to me.

While at it, I would also suggest looking into moving/rebuilding the town hall/police station to make better use of that space (and even potentially the baseball field next door). Chapp Crossing would be a great place to relocate all of these facilities…

By Win/Win for downtown on 12/03/2013 at 12:58 pm

Pass a law or ordinance prohibiting sidewalk solicitation, clothing racks, and other merchandise from being displayed outside except for designated shopping days. EVERYTIME I come off the bridge and into downtown there sits a clothing rack with an ugly sign outside of one particular store. It’s ugly, unsightly and looks like a yard or tag sale. This merchant has been spoken to but yet he continues with this display. Little things matter. Impressions matter.

By RK on 12/03/2013 at 3:06 pm

“Win/Win for downtown” makes a lot of sense in his/her post above.

By bob on 12/04/2013 at 8:07 am

@ win/win and bob:

That is the worst idea yet.  Stop the propaganda, it does not serve our new board members!

By No more hype on 12/04/2013 at 1:20 pm

Have Brodsky tear down that dilapidated building. It makes that neighborhood look like a slum.

By a real idea on 12/05/2013 at 8:54 am

@@ win/win,

Don’t listen to “No more hype.” Your ideas are good ones. They are honest too.

By bob on 12/05/2013 at 9:11 am

Work with the DOT to explore a one-way on-ramp directly from the south end of the commuter lot over the train tracks (either via a bridge or at-grade with gates) onto the sawmill north. Then extend this on-ramp to enable a larger off-ramp lane at the existing Chappaqua exit. This will dramatically reduce traffic issues in down-town.

Much more costly, but much more beneficial, would be a bridge over the sawmill at the Readers Digest exit. This would reduce the dividing effect of the Sawmill on our Chappaqua Community and allow much better flow between the East and West sides of town.

By Traffic improvements on 12/05/2013 at 9:28 am

Our town building codes are incredibly restrictive and make it difficult and costly to make modifications to private residences. Our builder and the various sub-contractors have told us that the requirements in Chappaqua are significantly more onerous than those in neighboring towns such as Armonk and Pleasantville. It would be great if a study could be conducted that compares our regulations with those of towns nearby, followed by a plan to update our code so that it is in line with what is typical and not so burdensome for residents. For example, why do we need to hire a plumber to lay the propane line for a new generator when the propane companies are fully equipped and trained to handle the task? Plumbers are more expensive and not necessary. Fees and permitting fees in the thousands… the requirement to commission survey after survey of your property… it just goes on and on.

By Jen on 12/05/2013 at 10:56 am

@Jen,

Well said!

By bob on 12/05/2013 at 3:34 pm

Amazing!  The propaganda has already begun for the Napoli plan and it isn’t January yet!

By That's transparency for you! on 12/05/2013 at 7:25 pm

My issue is road safety.  The ditches are choked with weeds and debris in most places.  When it rains, the water flows over the roads which causes eventual asphalt rot.  When that freezes, it causes dangerous black ice.

Roaring Brook Road is a textbook of what a road should never be.  When it was paved a few years ago, the workers paved over the drain ditch.  Now rain sheers across the road.  In the spring, bushes and weeds further narrow it.  Add to that the rocks that jut into the road, and you have the “perfect storm” for a nasty accident.  Let’s not wait for that to happen.  It will be a long and expensive job but it will add to the safe infrastructure that our high taxes indicate.

By Rosemary on 12/07/2013 at 9:27 am

@ dear Verizon too ugly
Why on earth would the Chappaqua Garden Club have a say in the appearance of the. Verizon building? 

By Chris Wolff on 12/13/2013 at 9:31 pm

No ridiculous “tribal” arm tattoos for our local police officers. Our officers should be role models for our children. NYC police officers can’t have ‘em. Ours most certainly should not.

Current cops should simply cover them up with light colored long-sleeve tee’s (as required in NYC). Future cops should be prohibited from having them.

By I'm serious on 12/14/2013 at 10:07 pm

NC Media Center now knows how to stream live, and it’s not expensive!  TB meetings are broadcast live, but then take a while to get onto vide on its website.  Live stream, if I’m not mistaken, goes onto the web for replay right away.  And while you’re at it, can we please live stream the otherwise inaccessible work sessions.  I can’t come myself to meetings. Work sessions are, in effect, closed meetings.

By Stream meetings live on 12/15/2013 at 8:04 am

“Stream meetings live” is right on the mark.

By bob on 12/16/2013 at 10:49 am

Why, for heaven’s sake do we have different town addresses within New Castle?  Moreover, we have roads with the same name (i.e. Woodland Road), on opposite sides of town (one with even numbers, one with odd…which results in Fedex frustration of just tossing Christmas packages along the side of the other road, in frustration…each and every year). Those with the “unfortunate” PO (i.e., outside of Chappaqua), as described by some - it does not, according to the urban myth—give you lesser plumbing, electric, etc fees if you say you live in Mt. Kisco, but really are in New Castle and Chappaqua schools, constantly have missed taxi connections, lost packages, calls from delivery or service people inevitably off of Crowe Hill Road, completely lost. Why can’t we have each road with its own name - not shared by another entity across town?  We try to mitigate errors by telling people - oh, there are two roads by our name - we are NOT the ones off of Crowe Hill…our packages have been left on the doorsteps of Woodland Road in Bedford Hills, the Woodland Street in Mount Kisco, the Woodland Street in Chappaqua, and pitched on the side of the road on Woodland Road in Mt. Kisco off of Crowe Hill…planes have been missed, service people have given up…and to top it all off, we can’t even get our road plowed by the town.
I’ve complained about this before (during the Hurricane Sandy aftermath, when even Con Ed couldn’t find us and thought we were on the other side of town)...I was told we would be helped after the storm. Nada. Nothing.

By Cynthia Metcalf on 12/17/2013 at 6:20 am

Please, please, please reorganize the My New Castle website.  It is dyslexic.  I showed it to a web designer, and he couldn’t stop laughing.  He said it is a hot mess.

Thank you.

By Please redo the town website on 12/17/2013 at 11:34 am

I agree with Rosemary and Ms. Metcalf.  I’ve had to alert the road department to dangerous situations and each time I’m told that the road department is understaffed and they will “get to it” as fast as they can.

My advice is not to wait until a UPS truck drives over that black ice and crosses the double yellow line into an SUV carrying three kids - just put these clean-up tasks on the list and find some part-timers to take care of it.  If the road department is chronically understaffed and can’t afford two part-time employees, look at the schedule and hire temporary, summer part-time employees to take care of the most urgent matters.

By Just Mom on 01/03/2014 at 2:13 pm


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