July 7 FASNY OPENING HEARING ON NEW FASNY SITE PLAN & SPECIAL PERMIT and HATHWAY CLOSING, STILL ON, CNA REPORTS

WPCNR SOUTHEND TIMES. Special to WPCNR from the Council of Neighborhood Associations. June 25, 2014: 

The President of the White Plains Common Council, Councilman John Martin has responded to a letter from the White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations from CNA Co-Presidents, Howard Waldman and Ken Kristal, asking the July 7 scheduled opening of the public hearing on the newly submitted site plan for the French American School of New York planned campus for the former Ridgeway Country Club be postponed.

Martin has written the hearing is on, and that the French American School of New York is entitled to be treated like any other landowner in the city . Martin also noted in the letter to Mr. Waldman and Mr. Krystal that residents would have “months” to make comments as the public hearing continue or in writing. For himself, Martin said he would weigh all the facts before he would cast his vote.

The letter the Co-Presidents have sent out to neighborhood associations reads:

Mr. Waldman told WPCNR Mayor Thomas Roach did not reply to the association request for postponement.

Dear WPCNA Members,

The attached letter ( please read ) was sent to the Mayor and Common Council. To date, we have not heard back from the Mayor. The President of the Common Council wrote back, denying our request. He stated that the July 7 date was still on, and that, there would be ample time in the coming months for citizen input. He encouraged further citizen input in writing and at hearings.

Please note that WPCNA does not hold regular meetings in July or August. We resume our meetings at Education House, 5 Homeside Lane in September.

Have a wonderful summer from all of us on the Board.

Howard Waldman
Ken Kristal
Co-Presidents, WPCNA

(The original CNA Letter sent to Mayor Roach and the Common Council, requesting postponement:)

White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations (WPCNA)

June 16, 2014

Dear Mayor and Common Council Members,

The White Plains Council of Neighborhood Associations has been informed that the White Plains Common Council has scheduled for its regular session on July 7, 2014, the first night of public hearings for three components of the French American School of New York’s (FASNY) application to construct a campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club property.  The components include de-mapping of a portion of Hathaway Lane, a Special Permit for use of the property as a school, and a request for Site Plan approval.

Monday, July 7, is a day following the July 4th three-day holiday weekend and the start of the summer vacation period for many White Plains residents.  In light of that fact, at the June 10th Meeting, the WPCNA Board and neighborhood reps voted unanimously to request that the initial public hearing on these matters be postponed to September.  As you know, the FASNY proposal has generated significant local interest, and in the spirit of open government, we respectfully urge you to reschedule the initial hearing, so that all interested citizens will have the opportunity to attend and comment.

Sincerely Yours,

Howard Waldman

Ken Kristal

Co-Presidents, WPCNA

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