Friday, May 04, 2012
ECC needs to be more positive--negativity hurts property values
I don't think alot of people read my blog. But, I know that when I comment on Robert Bernstein, the former head of the Edgemont Community Council, I usually get a response. Almost every day the ECC posts negative comments about the town on its facebook page. Most Edgemont residents who I speak with are upset --because these negative comments impact property values. Why would anyone want to buy a house in a community that is always featured on a neighborhood civic association page in a very bad light? There is almost nothing positive about Edgemont on their facebook page. Almost everything is negative--and it's been like that for months. When the town received its AAA bond rating a few weeks ago from Standard & Poor's & Moody's Bob said nothing about the good news on the ECC facebook page. There are over 1,000 localities in NYS and only 15 have the highest bond rating that is given. During my tenure as Town Supervisor the bond rating has increased a few times --also something Bob likes to ignore. Almost every day Bob reads the dailygreenburgh.com website and posts negative comments about everything we do. Nothing positive. A few years ago Bob arranged for NYC TV to interview him about burglaries in Edgemont. He exaggerated the crime problems --making people think that Edgemont was less safe than it actually is. There are burglaries in Scarsdale..there are burglaries everywhere. Do local leaders think it's in their interest to make people scared? It's my hope that the Edgemont Community Council page will start being more balanced. They should criticize the town when we're doing things that are wrong --but they should also highlight some of the good things that the town is doing in Edgemont. Their facebook page should encourage people to want to move to Edgemont --it shouldn't encourage people to want to move out. My guess is that Bob will respond. I hope he shows this e mail to other civic leaders in Edgemont and that they will reflect on the impact negativity is having on Edgemont property values. The Edgemont community leadership should be publicizing the great things that are happening in their community. People invest their life savings in their own town and want to feel proud of their neighborhood.