PETITION TO SAVE GREENBURGH AS WE KNOW IT: Amend NYS Assembly Bill 2553

PETITION TO SAVE GREENBURGH AS WE KNOW IT: Amend NYS Assembly Bill 2553

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Town of Greenburgh started this petition to State Representative Thomas Abinanti and

We the residents of the Town of Greenburgh strongly believe that the current NYS Village Law which permits small communities within our Town to incorporate, effectively removing themselves from unincorporated Greenburgh, without consideration of the social and economic impact on those vulnerable residents left behind, is morally and socially wrong. Even more egregious, currently those outside of the proposed, incorporated territory, the larger majority population is not afforded equal voting representation under NYS Village Law and thus has no vote in an incorporation referendum.

As late as Wednesday afternoon, then Assembly Bill 2553, would have required the NYS Comptroller’s Office to make the final determination as to the economic and social impact of proposed Village incorporation and decide whether a referendum vote could be scheduled. However, it seems a great deal can happen in just a few hours as the Bill has now been “gutted,” removing the Comptroller’s decision-making authority, ending any potential protection for those most vulnerable in Greenburgh and providing no additional regulatory requirements for incorporating a Village.

The criteria for the Comptroller’s decision were to be based upon factors such as:

“that the overall public interest shall be served by the incorporation of the territory into a village,” and “that the cost of the village shall not be an undue burden upon the territory to be incorporated or the remainder of the town.”

That language is now gone! Having the NYS Comptroller render this decision as to whether an incorporation would be acceptable would have removed any perceived political agenda or motive and allowed a neutral governmental agency to determine the feasibility of incorporation being successful for the proposed Village without devastating the balance of the remaining Town.

Although the earlier amended legislation did not offer voting representation to the remaining residents of the Town, a fact we believe to be unacceptable and most undemocratic, at least it offered a modicum of protection and some level of consideration for our residents.

We your constituency, are reaching out to the NYS Legislative delegation representing our community, imploring you to amend this critical legislation to provide protection for the residents of Greenburgh. 

Assemblyman Abinanti is working aggressively to make change in this legislation and has vowed to fight this threat to the economic and social viability of Greenburgh which portends for the isolation of its most vulnerable communities.

Senator/Senate Leader Stewart Cousins, Governor Cuomo, and Assemblyman/Assembly Speaker Heastie, pass legislation to allow all of Greenburgh to vote; stop legislation that makes Edgemont incorporation easier. You together wield great influence and have demonstrated your appreciation for equity and support for those in need.

YOU HAVE THE POWER TO SAVE GREENBURGH NOW!

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