Statement originally divulged July 12, 2020 at approximately 8pm
WHITE PLAINS, NY — July 13, 2020 —There has been a significant public uprising over rumors surrounding what the County is planning to do at Scout Field. I have seen in the last 24 hours numerous assertions that have exacerbated tensions that existed well before our administration took office. It has been my understanding that my prior order was clearly understood by all: no action was to commence on any development at Scout Field without my direct and personal order to proceed.
It is my understanding that there was a project scheduled to begin this week to apply herbicide to stop non-native plants from continuing to overtake native growth. Some have theorized this was part of a plan to kill grass meadow and trees en route to implementing the soccer field plan approved by my predecessor. Concerns have also been raised about the herbicide itself and its potential environmental impacts; I want these questions cleared up to the greatest extent possible.
Let me be clear. NO action whatsoever is authorized nor shall be undertaken at Scout Field without my direct, personal approval. Please make sure all relevant departmental staff understands that; also make sure they understand they are not to conjecture with the public about what or may not be done at Scout Field in the future because nothing has been authorized to advance under this administration.
There will be a meeting scheduled on the 9th Floor on Tuesday to discuss the current matter with all relevant personnel. Meeting details will be provided tomorrow. Due to the public interest in the matter, I will be the sole communicator on this issue with the interested parties outside of County government.
Scout Field is a controversial matter. How we choose to act cannot be triggered by any departmental initiative. It is the prerogative of my office to make these decisions as it will be my responsibility to explain and/or defend whatever path we choose to travel. At the very least, we owe the public on both sides of this issue transparency and dialogue.