Thursday, January 10, 2013

copy of letter I sent to ken jenkins inviting him to meet with Town Board re: WESTHELP

From: Paul Feiner
Sent: Thursday, January 10, 2013 10:15 AM
To: Jenkins, Ken; Shimsky, Mary Jane; County Executive (WEB); Plunkett, Kevin J.; Williams, Alfreda; Smith, Michael; ''; ''; ''; ''
Cc: ''; Town Board; Timothy Lewis; Townclerk
Ken: I would be most grateful if you would attend the Town Board work session on Tuesday morning at 9:30 AM. I would like to request that you provide the Town Board with a commitment that you will allow the members of the Legislature to vote for or against the Ferncliff lease sometime in February.
Ferncliff has submitted their application to the state. We expect a response in the near future.
Members of the Town Board unanimously support the Ferncliff application. It's a great use for the property. Ferncliff is a terrific cause -they provide essential services to the developmentally disabled population. Ferncliff has offered the town the most revenue ($140,000 a year more than the closest competitor in our recent bid process). The additional revenue will help the town keep taxes as low as possible. And, Ferncliff requires the least amount of local/school government support --also helping local taxpayers.

If you would commit to an up or down vote of the Legislature - it will be very helpful to the town. It's not in anyone's interest to keep fighting - to have an on going feud between the county and town. And, for nothing to get done. If the Legislature says yes to Ferncliff we will be most grateful. If you say no we will promptly award the lease to one of the other affordable housing developers that bid on the property.

I hope you will response to this request and invitation. Hope to see you Tuesday morning. If you can't meet at 9:30 AM board members meet the entire morning -usually till early afternoon on Tuesday mornings. We will immediately call on you--so there will be no waiting time on your part. Our Greenburgh Legislators, Mary Jane Shimsky, Alfreda Williams, Michael Smith are invited to join you at the meeting.