In the Monday, August 24, 2009 Journal News article “Ridge Hill to oOpen in 2011” Yonkers Mayor Phil Amicone criticized project opponents for delaying the start of the construction. I take great exception to that remark. The Mayor has forgotten that the action taken was in response to a ram rod approach to push the project through. As one of the so called “opponents” I wanted answers to many unresolved issues surrounding the project. I could not allow Yonkers to sign an agreement with a seasoned developer without having those issues addressed up front and in writing. Would you let a contractor perform a major job on your home without your requirements in writing? I don’t think so.
The most pressing issue was traffic. I wanted roads built, at the developers cost, to alleviate traffic on Tuckahoe Road. You and certain Council members wanted the community to sign off now and fix the traffic problems later. Are you kidding? And at who’s cost?
In the end the citizens got stiffed and the project was approved without the traffic concerns resolved. However Mr. Amicone there was a lesson learned. You learned that a strong group of citizens can put up a resilient fight if you don’t ask for community input.
Had you and those certain City Council members not been so anxious to move it fast and furiously through, with community input, it would have been resolved in a timely manner.
I am ready to fight again to obtain what’s right for ALL Yonkers citizens.
The writer is a Republican Primary candidate for Yonkers City Council in the Sixth District.