GREENBURGH, NY — June 6, 2021 — A press conference came to order on Saturday, June 5th at 11 AM with Assemblyman Tom Abinanti, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner, town and civic leaders at Greenburgh’s Theodore D. Young Community Center. they gathered to lobby for legislation requiring a fair process by which to determine whether Edgemont should incorporate. They requested changes in the incorporation of law with respect to the villages within the Town of Greenburgh.
They gave notice of their collective intent in support of requiring a Comptroller’s approval of any incorporation petition and a full vote from unincorporated Greenburgh.
“I am extremely disappointed and quite upset about major changes made this week to Assembly Bill 2553,” said Supervisor Feiner. “The original legislation, if passed, would have offered at least some protection for the Town of Greenburgh if Edgemont activists file another incorporation petition. The amended bill eliminates essential language requiring a State Comptroller’s determination that Edgemont’s breakaway would not have negative social and economic impacts before a referendum could take place.”
“I cannot tell you how it was accomplished, or who intervened in this process, but I believe that we should re-double our efforts to lobby our elected officials, displaying a level of outrage proportionate to the actions of those involved.”
On that front, the Town, with full Board approval, has launched a petition online, found at https://www.change.org/edgemontinc.
“We must move aggressively and quickly to ask our NYS Legislative Delegation to act on behalf of those most vulnerable in our Town,” said Feiner.
Abinanti concurred. “If Edgemont incorporates, the programs the Town offers the most vulnerable will be in jeopardy and services offered to the poor will be at risk of being eliminated,” he said. “I will support State llegislation to facilitate the Edgemont breakaway.”
Abinanti concurred. “If Edgemont incorporates, the programs the Town offers the most vulnerable will be in jeopardy and services offered to the poor will be at risk of being eliminated,” he said. “I will support State legislation to allow the entire unincorporated area to vote and oppose legislation to facilitate the Edgemont breakaway.”
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