Comments rightly take the reporter to task yet by focusing on the picture captions (the trees) they miss the larger picture (the forest). Here is an online journal which calls itself The DAILY whatever and on December 18 it is running a story about an event which occurred on December 10. Text to Perry White: hold the presses, I've got a breaking news story...
And how many people attended this event other than its managers? Don't worry you won't need extra fingers to count. And what exactly was this event? Nothing but a hopeful opportunity to sell books since the holocaust is hardly the book-signing event that Barnes & Noble is going to stage during "tis the season to be jolly".
Where are the (2) prior comments ? This post has eliminated all reference to them and now appears as the only comment.
As for the press release from Feiner, would it be remiss of me to suggest that the video include some of Feiner's less reported good news brought about by his mismanagement and costing taxpayers upwards of $10 million in unnecessary taxation. Let's visit the 108 affordable housing units which brought tax relief of $1,200,000 yearly to residents ($12,000,000 in total) yet ceased when Feiner refused to extend their Lease which expired in September 2011. No tenant since; no rent dollars for Greenburgh.
Let's also include a visit to the land owned by the Fortress Bible Church which Greenburgh taxpayers funded when the Town lost a lawsuit brought against it by the Church. This forgotten moment (last year) cost taxpayers $5,500,000 due to Feiner's denial of the Church's constitutional rights and a Federal Court judge ruling that Feiner was not a credible witness.
Let the camera take in the vista of the vacant former Frank's Nursery which remains vacant and unsold by the Town (the owner) due to Feiner's unwillingness to bend to reality and sell the property fairly and legally. His approach leading to an illegal lease, an aborted insider purchase and two postponed Auctions. The Town continues to lose money from tax obligations to taxing Districts and from that which would be due under private sector ownership.
All of the above should be good news to unwary residents who continue to vote for Feiner's re-election. And next year will no doubt include the family, relatives and friends of this would-be film-maker which, of course, is the only purpose served by Feiner's press release dignified here as "opinion". View Comment
Journalism 101 (for those who write lacking such experience)
"According to a press release" used twice, a twice missed opportunity to reveal the source of the press release.
"Compromise" of paragraph one is already diluted to a "suggestion" by paragraph two.
And what did the Town Board see on December 6 when they met?
Where is the Application from Westchester Square? Is it still before the Planning Board (the Planning Board will discuss the compromise at its Work Session") or has the Planning Board already voted to accept it? Did it fail to pass (some of the members voted against it) which if so, then no compromise is needed and the Application is dead. Or is before the Town Board?
Golly gee, the Town Board appoints the members of the "independent" Planning Board. And what was the vote, ? yeas ? nays. Oh, the press release didn't say and you don't have access to a phone...
The purpose of a news article is to answer questions about events which have occurred.
The Daily Voice should stick to what it does best, handle puff pieces from Feiner and reports like it MAY (or may not) rain in Greenburgh, tag sales, minimum wage jobs available.
Hal Samis View Comment
Yes it's Christmas and you're supposed to be kind, forgiving and generous.
Paul Feiner, once again manages to pull off yet another event which binds himself to the hearts and minds of another slice of the voting pie.
What is not so clear is what Feiner did to deserve this "praise". Allowing the taxpayer owned and supported Town Hall to be their meeting place?
What is clear to me and what he is not getting or claiming any award for is that he has caused taxes to rise and rise not for understandable reasons but for his mismanagement of situations which come under his power to control as the Town Supervisor. Instead he spends his day dreaming up new ways to reach every last person capable of voting -- even those who have been granted a second chance at life.
Of course I'm once again reminding readers that taxes are going up because he refused to renew the WestHELP lease which he had two opportunities to do but ignored both times. WestHELP you may recall paid the Town $1,200,000 per year each year of its 10 year lease, a net total of "$12,000,000 for Greenburgh". When its lease expired in September 2011 and did so because Feiner chose not to extend it, the 108 affordable housing units no longer contributed a penny to the Town to avoid a tax increase and have remained vacant, unused and deteriorating for over three years. But Feiner accepted an award Monday night and confides that he was "inspired".
Of course I fault Feiner not only for the money not coming in (WestHELP) but also for how the money goes out.
It doesn't take much imagination or creativity to come up with the Fortress Bible settlement in which a Federal Court ruled that Feiner conspired to violate the civil rights of a Church which had purchased a building plot in Greenburgh. This already "forgotten" incident (if ever known widely) is costing taxpayers, not chump change, but a net $5,500,000 plus legal. Instead Feiner wants you to know that he has accepted an award from this transplant group. Feiner, by the way, is not a surgeon or doctor unless removing money from your wallet is part of the Affordable Care Act.
But more akin to the notion of "transplant" is the disposition of the former Frank's Nursery site which the Town has failed to sell in the over three years of its ownership. Taken by the Town because Frank's failed to pay its property taxes, the Town is responsible to pay the School and Fire District taxes unpaid by the former owner and going forward. Greenburgh taxpayers are already on the hook for $1,400,000 of taxes while no new property taxes are generated since the Town became the owner. And in one mismanaged scheme after another, Lease, Sale, Auction, Feiner has managed to ignore well-intentioned and correct advice and run up taxpayer expense after expense for bogus schemes to dispose of the property. The November Auction was junked only after the Town spent $50,000 to market and pay the broker off. But, this too doesn't matter since Feiner has accepted an award from the transplant group which "inspires" him.
And what has Feiner learned from these and other financial missteps which cause some residents to whine that they can no longer afford to live in Greenburgh while at the same time, in election after election, they return Feiner to office. With a bellyful of Feiner's kook-aid, they have no room to learn the hard facts since Feiner is not about to use the Town's email system to alert them to this brand of "good news".
So, when "you're unhappy and feeling blue" refer to Feiner's words in this article: "What impressed me: The smiles on the faces of all the attendees. The members of the Transplant Support Organization are appreciative of the small things in life that many of us take for granted. They have been given a second chance at life. Don't get stressed over the small things.
Don't get angry when you face minor obstacles or setbacks. Enjoy every day. Be positive. And. if you or a family member requires a transplant, don't give up or get discouraged. Transplant survivors can live long,"
One thing to be happy for, Greenburgh taxpayers won't have to pay copyright royalties because he didn't write:
"Keep on smiling/don't worry be happy/the sun will come up tomorrow/put on a happy face/count your blessings instead of sheep"...ad nausea.
All I want for Christmas next year is a Greenburgh without Feiner.
and for those who need an upbeat ending,
"God bless us all, even our governing turkey"
"About a dozen town business owners...". Hard for a reporter to get an exact count when 'so many' are present and yet saving a thousand words, the photo itself confirms that this meeting was a bust serving no purpose other than to get Mr. Feiner's name in print. As for the "input" he received, the already released draft of the Comprehensive Plan (six years in the making and still making) incorporates this "first time he heard it" input so perhaps it would be incumbent upon Feiner the incompetent incumbent to actually read the draft (a big waste of taxpayer dollars) so that
Feiner could even pretend he performs his job role. Instead he uses these opportunities to engage with voters: in this example making those in attendance feel like he is listening to their concerns and going to do something about them -- even while the concern already appears in the Comp Plan. As for the comment about how easy it is to get permits, in other venues where applicants vent difficulties, Feiner is the first to sympathize and allow that business owners find it hard to do business in Greenburgh -- i.e. vacant storefronts. So given that there are likely two sides to every issue, fortunately we have Paul Feiner who speaks one side from the left side of his mouth and takes the other side from the right side of his mouth -- which side, where and when being his only skill. Come re-election time, this strategy fools everyone; especially when there are so many fools voting. View Comment
And these from the "now a word from our sponsor" department. Here's a few of his earlier Daily Voice comments (cut and pasted) on the Frank's site -- by the always pure at heart, mr. fun.
Commented on Greenburgh Gets Recommendations For Frank's Nursery Cleanup
Sell it to highest bidder. Clean it up. Develop it for sports. Let the kids enjoy it.. right now it is an eyesore. View Comment
Commented on Second Lawsuit Filed In Greenburgh Sports- Bubble Fight
Let the property be sold to the highest bidder, period. Who cares where someone lives, for how much, who divorced who, etc... that is all meaningless, personal, issues with no relevance. Let the market be the market. Greenburgh sells the real estate to the highest bidder so they can develop the property for the highest and best use. View Comment
Commented on Game On Proposition Passes In Greenburgh
Can't see how increasing competition by having more sports related venues would increase the cost of local sport participation. I think it is great to have more choices and more places for kids and young adults to recreate. Plus is solves an eyesore to the Town. The tax revenue aspect is another benefit. View Comment View Comment
How is that this "reporter" (Mr. LoPriore) still can't get the facts straight Is it because he is too lazy to avail himself of even online resources or because all he needs to dope out a story is one call to the Town Supervisor? The Game On 365 offer was "yesterday's news" not 2014's. Note that when Feiner "announces" it is unqualified while critics "claim" and House of Sports "alleges".
That the $1,300,000 balance is in the form of an unsecured promissory note is in the black ink of their offer and therefore it is a fact (not the dubious sounding "claim" by critics) while unmentioned by Mr. LoPriore is that payment of the balance is conditioned upon successfully obtaining the favorable commercial zoning necessary to their project. Lacking such, Game On 365 would not be responsible for payment of the note and could own the property for only $1,700,000 presumed paid even though Feiner now "talks the talk" that the parcel may be worth upwards of $5,000,000.
Only because the Town's officials were unable to proceed with holding a sale in a fair and unbiased manner (twice attempted, twice withdrawn) did it become necessary to hire an outside firm to create the illusion that an "arm's length" transaction is at hand. Interviews for professionals were held (partly in public, partly in the secrecy of Executive Session) in the Spring but anyone watching the public portion was aware that those seeking to earn a substantial commission (5%) would have to comply with Feiner's wishes and direction. Thus all in the running (including Mr. Bordwin) did not refute Feiner's then original intention -- to hold the Auction as early as this July -- as being unrealistic.
What taxpayers need to understand is that the property is owned by the residents of Greenburgh -- not by Town officials. It was taken by the Town because the former owners, Frank's and its Bankruptcy Trustee, perceived that it was better to let it go for the then unpaid taxes due rather than to target market a property with already known environmental contamination and default zoning which limited its successor use mostly to residential applications. Note: all of the Frank's Nursery locations were offered for sale during the original Bankruptcy filing (circa 2009-10) and no one stepped in with an offer for this location higher than the outstanding taxes -- why the Town took title. Note too that the real estate market has since improved and that the location is an outstanding one being a short distance from North and South highway access/egress. However, its commercial use was lost with the closing of Frank's and since 2011 the Town has demurred from going the distance and finding out the exact nature and cost to mitigate the known carcinogens found onsite: something that should be of concern to anyone seeking to develop, say, outdoor playing fields for use by children's soccer leagues.
The real problem is that for over four years, Mr. Feiner has been meeting secretly with his favored would-be owner, Game On 365, even to the extent of labeling the narrow State road (Dobbs Ferry) a second Greenburgh "sports corridor" and backing their plan for a non-conforming 8 story "bubble" as "good news" for Greenburgh. That structure and presumed traffic concerns were given short shrift by Feiner in his misleading Referendum which promised "$5,000,000 for Greenburgh" as the outcome and the outcome claimed as a victory by Feiner even though he knew that Game On 365 had neither the funds to pay the $5,000,000 (15 years of under-market rent with minimal taxes)or to fund their development…not to ignore that Feiner knew in advance of the Referendum that renting the property was illegal. This being the reason why the proposed Lease with Game On 365 never happened and $5,000,000 never found its way to Greenburgh coffers to reduce taxes…
So what's ahead? Perhaps the Broker will provide some professionalism, integrity and permit all the pertinent facts to be represented in an offering brochure. While I agree with the outcome of the most recent flip-flop (July-August) on allowing the property to be sold to anyone intending to develop it in whatever lawful manner (now or in the future) they seek, the take away point is that these "Town officials" still are clueless or, worse, tainted in their judgement and, that the professionals hired to provide impartiality continue to give no evidence that they are in control of the process.
As for the post "Auction" results, taxpayers and VOTERS should be mindful that the proceeds will be reduced by repayment of "District" taxes already advanced by the Town (around $1,600,000), the fee/commission earned by Mr. Borwin (likely 5% of the price), the marketing fees paid not by Mr. Bordwin but by the Town (so far $25,000 budgeted) and the near $125,000 the Town paid for half-assed appraisals and halfway environmental studies (an amount once promoted as to be funded by Game On 365 but [unspoken] ONLY if their Lease were executed). As for future property taxes, there is nothing to prevent the site from being land banked as an investment prime for future development when another use can be shoehorned in should the Town find itself in need of maximizing property tax revenue. A day which may not be too far off.
Yes, Mr. LoPriore, there is obviously much more to this story than your space or skill permitted. Nevertheless, "in the symphony of life here in Dogpark USA, the rests are as important as the notes".
$5,500,000+ net cost of Fortress Bible judgement to taxpayers; thank you Paul Feiner.
$1,200,000 (per year) of revenue (to reduce taxes) lost (3 years vacant and mounting) by not renewing the WestHELP lease; thank you Paul Feiner.
$5,000,000 for Greenburgh (pre-Referendum lease of Frank's), never happened; thank you Paul Feiner.
Cost of NYC water to Greenburgh, $1.49, cost of Greenburgh water to Greenburgh users, $5.25; thank you Paul Feiner.
Cost of Feiner's master con moments since he won office: over $25,000,000.
"Greenburgh Supervisor Challenges F.A.S. T. Kids In the Pool" is not priceless!
Hal Samis View Comment
"Lulu (Lulu Enterprises, Inc. and Lulu Press, Inc. are collectively called "Lulu") is a company offering self-publishing, printing, and distribution services with headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. Since their founding in 2002, Lulu has published over 1.1 million titles by authors in over 200 countries and territories, and adds 20,000 new items per month to their catalog. In addition to printing and publishing services it also offers online order fulfillment. The company's CEO is Red Hat co-founder Bob Young.
Authors retain the copyright to materials printed/published by Lulu.
Optional services offered by the company include ISBN assignment, and distribution of books to retailer outlets that requesting specific titles (Lulu does not accept returns, which limits distribution to physical bookstores). Electronic distribution is also available.
Lulu Enterprises was founded in early 2002. OpenMind Publishing, founded by Bradley Schultz and Paul Elliot, merged its publishing company and staff with Lulu in the latter part of 2002. OpenMind Publishing was a publisher of customized texts for college professors."
Imagine adding 20,000 new titles a month to an existing catalogue. Perhaps I should send them my collected comments made on these pages.
With that in mind, readers should ask the questions which Mr. LoPriore never does . Only through Lulu, an online store, can readers purchase this novel/novella (in paperback only) and do so without the guidance of book reviews by independent reviewers. Amazon does not carry this imprint, Pteron Press (based in the publishing world's ground zero…Finland) and it is not because of Amazon's current dispute with biggie Hachette. So I'm not shedding crocodile tears for the likes of John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell, Stephen King or the estate of Jack Kerouac being confronted by the arrival of this newest competitor for book buyer dollars. On the other hand, perhaps the new writer on the block is thisclose? to Mr. Lopriore and is merely illustrating his fictional skills depicting the travails of newly acquired fame (Mr. Trotti, the car is here) "I'm enjoying the interaction with readers, doing book signings and developing new ideas as a writer". Yes, fame and fortune are beckoning but perhaps this oeuvre is misfiled under fiction when its back story really places it in "science fiction" set in the world of tomorrow when readers are transported to book signings held at online stores.
I look forward to Mr. Lopriore's "book review" when he has actually read the book. Here's suggested opening lines: "When Wilson Hart finally woke up he found himself on the way to the moon. That's when he first remembered he had forgotten to pack his toothbrush".
Less promotion, kind words, "possible" weather forecasts and more hard news would be a loftier goal for the Daily Voice.
The Toll Brothers development is located above the shooting range. Thus...
Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird. It's a plane. It's Superman. No, it's a bird.
Let's see if I can hit a moving target.
And that is surely how a bullet fragment (probably ricocheting off rock surfaces) came to hit the victim.
The "investigation" should be able to determine who was firing at the time of the incident but remember that this week celebrates the 3 year anniversary of the still unsolved theft of 18 laptops from the TDYCC, so too will this investigation fail to connect the dots. View Comment
Now here's another stunt encouraged by Feiner for the purpose of showing voters that despite his lack of management skills, he can still get re-elected by faithfully following the six degrees of separation template. Each college student has a parent(s) and other family members…all of which have friends and neighbors who in turn have families, friends and neighbors…all of whom will think what a caring and responsive to all needs both the Town Supervisor and the Town Clerk are (the two being elected officials) finding themselves in increasingly dangerous waters should voters ever get wise to their misdeeds.
Feiner, especially, wants to forget that tax bill in facing Greenburgh property owners is higher because he incurred a $5,500,000 (uninsured portion) due bill paid by taxpayers when he lost the Fortress Bible lawsuit (and Appeal) for denying a Church of its Constitutional rights. And, for this piece of good news, Mr. Feiner and Ms. Beville received raises.
Feiner, especially, wants to forget the 108 affordable housing units on the Westchester Community College campus which have remained vacant due to HIS decision not to extend the sub-lease with tenant, WestHELP, a revenue stream that brought relief to taxpayers in the amount of $1,200,000 a year ($12,000,000 over its 10 years) but $0 when their sub-lease ended in September 2011. Ever since, the property has remained vacant and deteriorating (mold, peeling paint, missing fixtures) while Feiner has "tried" to lease it to entities lacking rent money or for uses not permitted by the terms of the Town's master lease with Westchester County (the owner).
Feiner, especially, wants taxpayers to forget that the higher and higher water rates charged by his Water Department are due to mismanagement and inefficiencies within and NOT due to the cost of water charged by NYC which sells water to Greenburgh. The most recent Greenburgh increase brings the cost to its users up to $5.25 while the most recent NYC increase brings the price charged Greenburgh up to….$1.50. Both Greenburgh and NYC are in the same business and subject to the same costs: payroll, capital costs and infrastructure repair and I suspect that NYC (5 boroughs AND bringing the water to Greenburgh's door) is responsible for maintaining a great many more miles of piping than are located solely within that portion of Greenburgh which it serves.
But as far as this latest fling (above) bringing newspaper mentions, here there and everywhere, reduces to Feiner spending his waking hours in self-promotion and distraction (running the Town for the benefit of individual, gullible voters rather than taxpayers who pay the piper) and will conclude with another ream of Certificates of Appreciation conspicuously distributed.
Regarding this latest scam, what is so new about grads seeking jobs that it needs a stunt so that area graduates will have what amounts to an opportunity to "mix" however in an alcohol or drug free environment after a day at the pool.
How shocking is it to find out that college students who have been through years of schooling to prepare themselves for this moment yet presumably have just woken up to the fact that they must still be hired by employers if they want to receive a paycheck? And while newer generations have found extensive employment in a new industry, internet businesses, these same internet business were purposed specifically to do away with this very old school approach of filling a room with live warm bodies to commensurate face to face rather than utilize the new order social and job hunting media available to them. Instead, what is proposed as this new vision for "networking" comes down to the timeworn social interaction known on college campuses everywhere as a "mixer".
Yes, Ms. Skovron has found a way to help herself and by cleverly hitching her star to Feiner's coat tails she has found an ally who will spend taxpayer paid time and resources to promote what she was shrewd enough to seek: her passport out of Greenburgh. But to suggest that college graduates are unaware of the world that awaited them post 'cap and gown' is simply an admission that her generation has not been in residence on Earth for the past 8 years or two cycles of college enrollment. All of the itemized talking points in the story reduce to one thing: grads need jobs. And reading the Daily Voices online compendium of jobs is not encouraging for those parents and their offspring who have invested in college curriculums.
Unless there are employers ready to hand out jobs at this meet and greet the unemployed, the only ones making hay while the sun isn't shining are Feiner, Beville and the sharpest light in the dim bunch, Ms.Skovron.
A sure sign that Feiner is running scared is his repeating that Mr. Bordwin is a former "Edgemont resident" as though that has anything to do with his qualifications.
Interesting 2013 quote from Town Attorney Tim Lewis who said the opposite in 2012 that he had no problem with the Town leasing the property to GameOn 365 which never made good on $5,000,000 for Greenburgh.
Let's ask Mr. Lopriore to audit 5th grade English or at least have him diagram the sentence which comprises paragraph four. Afterward, he can explain what is meant by "Greenburgh has struggled through in the fifth paragraph.
Woodward & Curran conducted an environmental study for the Town. A study of the Frank's property. Does Mr. Lopriore know something that residents do not? Has Game On 365 already acquired the property? If not, to write that it will be months before they can develop the property illustrates that Mr. Lopriore needs more assistance as a reporter than merely repeating fifth grade.
What he might have written is how GA Keen Realty Advisors did advise the Town that it would be sensible for the Town to at least complete the environmental review of the property before putting it up for auction. That, if not actually, undertaking the mitigation would invite more bidders were some of the uncertainties removed from the table. Nevertheless, earning a commission is more important to this firm than earning a larger commission on a higher sales price. So, the "broker" is equal to the task of adjusting their scruples accordingly in order to win the exclusive agency.
Let's see how long it takes for Danny to remove this post.
Actually the story that ran May 5 in the Daily Voice is the story and the Daily Voice is considering as "new" news that only their re-editing of the article was one of the top stories of THIS WEEK! Thus this week's top story is merely the reprint of the original story --- less the comments. If this were on YouTube, it would appear as the sound of one hand clapping.
Hal Samis View Comment
Still another distraction from the Greenburgh Town Supervisor to fool residents that every things ok in Dog Park USA. What Feiner DOES NOT want voters and taxpayers to remember is that Town taxes are so high in Greenburgh because he caused the Town to lose a Court Case brought by a Church against the Town -- a $5,500,000 expense coming from YOUR taxes. If that weren't bad enough, until October 2011 the Town subleased 108 units of affordable housing to an operator, WestHELP which paid the Town $1,200,000 annually or $12,000,000 over the 10 years of its lease. Feiner would not meet with them to extend their expiring lease, WestHELP had to pack up and leave and the facility has remained vacant and deteriorating ever since. Without this revenue and that coupled with the $5,500,000 expense to fund the Fortress Bible settlement, taxes would be a lot lower in Greenburgh. Instead, Feiner sends a new email every three days to make it look like all is well. Some residents know better and now so do you.
Incidentally one of the major concerns of Human Rights Commissions everywhere is housing issues especially discrimination. The reason Feiner did not renew the WestHELP lease is that it would have continued the teneancy by those of lower incomes including single mothers with children. Feiner, as landlord, avoided any possibility of discrimination charges by choosing not to rent to anyone.
But since he has access to online readers and resident minds 24/7, voters tend to believe him and follow the path he wants them to tread. Like all those voters who are still waiting for the $5,000,000 for Greenburgh that never happened either.
Hal Samis View Comment
Regardless of the seriousness of the transgression(s), the charges have yet to be verified either by the BOE or a Court and residents should consider responses within the "innocent until proven guilty" context. Suspension is not termination and any employee is entitled to receive a paycheck until such a conclusion is effected. Mortgage payments, food and gas are not suspended. Nevertheless with continuance of paychecks on the table, this should "inspire" the BOE to rule quickly and publicly. There is nothing to prevent seeking the return of such proceeds after the fact (even if new legal action is required) or issuing them "provisionally": either course being fair to both parties.
However, I am intrigued more by the silence of Town Supervisor Feiner. That the School District is not under his jurisdiction has never stopped him from issuing press releases before. Even those with short term memory loss may remember that it was just a few weeks back that Feiner was in the press and all over the Fairview Fire District (another entity over which Feiner has no jurisdiction) and crying anti-semitism and proposing a visit to the Holocaust Museum. How come he isn't speaking regarding these allegations and suggesting that Ross attend a screening of "12 Years a Slave"? View Comment
The Daily Voice publishing trifecta.
First story we'll tell you what we're going to tell you.
Next story we'll tell you.
Finally we'll tell you what we told you.
And as a bonus, we'll repeat it as the story of the week.
And when this bill comes to the floor, the Voice will have another turn at bat.
Considering that there was nothing implicitly urgent about this "news", one wonders why the Voice couldn't wait until "more information becomes available". What this translates as is: we're not going to ask, we'll wait until they send us a press release.
And, for a presumed "community" centered publication, when is the Voice going to learn that the six villages are part of the Town of Greenburgh. Residents living in Ardsley, Tarrytown, Hastings, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and "Elmsford" do not get two votes: one for the village or section of their abode and a second for living in Greenburgh. One hoped that by now the Voice or Ms. Cousins would be diligent enough to add "unincorporated" next to Greenburgh when listing the villages separately. View Comment