Response to Mayor Amicone’s Landmarks Preservation Board Letter By Chuck Lesnick

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Lesnick_Chuck with Flag Yonkers, NY, March 23, 2011 — "Adaptive re-use of historic buildings is one of the best ways to stimulate economic development, help the environment and preserve the unique character of our cities. The land marking process with the Yonkers Landmarks Preservation Board ("LPB") is one of the best in the region, despite the efforts by the mayor to gut the process. As an engineer predisposed to tearing down our historic treasures and starting anew, this mayor has repeatedly tried (unsuccessfully) to change the City Charter to reduce the powers of the LPB and when that failed, to change the ideological make-up of the board, sacrificing hard working moderate consensus builders such as the prior acting chair. As council president I have and will continue to use our role of advice and consent to ensure the board reflects the values of the community and that it maintains its integrity and respect for the process," wrote Yonkers City Council President Chuck Lesnick yesterday.

Editor's Note: It would have been posted yesterday but I could not find the time to get it done. – Hezi

Source: Adam Brill, Director of Communications, Office of the Yonkers City Council President


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eHeziResponse to Mayor Amicone’s Landmarks Preservation Board Letter By Chuck Lesnick

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  1. Yonkers unveils office complex in bid to nab small businesses
    March 25, 2011 01:30PM
    A new, 8,000-square-foot state- and federal-funded business center is set to open in Yonkers next month, according to the Wall Street Journal, as part of an ongoing effort to attract more small businesses to the area. The business complex, known as the Y-Enterprise initiative, will provide eight small businesses with office space for three years, with low-cost rents ranging from $500 to $2,500 per month. This so-called business incubator, which received almost $1 million in state and federal funds, is the latest step Yonkers has taken to revitalize its business community, after large manufacturers, such as Alexander Smith Carpet and Otis Elevator, moved out. Louis Kirven, Yonkers’ city planning and development commissioner, said the city is trying to transition out of its manufacturing roots. “We’ve been making investments for the past 15 years, and now the key is to attract the next generation of entrepreneurs who will build the wealth, start companies and create jobs that stay in Yonkers,” Kirven said. [WSJ]
    More of our tax Money given away!!!!!

  2. excuse me but the entire city council with the exception of annabi and gronowski, just handed over the development of the downtown to a down and out SFC

  3. The question that we all should be asking is why could the City Council not put the nomination to a vote? What is the big deal with holding a vote? Instead, Chuckles tries the pocket veto trick of letting it die a slow death. If people are serious about improving Yonkers they need to do it in the light of day, not some sleazy side show.
    It is almost time to give up.
    Time to vote them all out.

  4. LOL! “the buildings are a mental institution on the river”
    That is very funny. They do resemble the bldgs up at Wingdale.

  5. Adaptive reuse would actually put some money in the pockets of people who currently own property in downtown Yonkers instead of the knock-it-all down and start over developers with their bad designs and shoddy construction. The Riverfront Library won awards for an adaptive reuse of the old Otis Elevator building. What did Collins win other than speculation that the buildings are a mental institution on the river.

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