WPCNR THE LETTER TICKER. JUNE 27, 2015:
Dear Mayor and Council,
I am writing to you with concern about the absurd idea of allowing an elementary, middle, and high school campus to plunk right down in the middle of a tranquil neighborhood.
I am 23 years old and have lived in White Plains (Gedney area) all my life. While I do not live facing the old golf course, I can appreciate that beautiful neighborhood which I feel privileged to be able to walk and bike ride through peacefully.
White Plains is an extraordinary city that manages to balance peaceful neighborhoods with open spaces and a vibrant downtown. At least for now until the open spaces are all taken up by concrete.
My point of this letter is not to repeat what I’m sure has fallen upon deaf ears numerous times now but my point is to ask a simple question. The French-American School does not reap any benefits for the citizens of White Plains. It would make traffic a living hell, ruin a tranquil neighborhood, diminish property value, and increase taxes.
Therefore, my question to you is a simple one regarding logic (or perhaps common sense). Is it not logical for the mayor of our city to protect and listen to its citizens?
Why is the mayor of our city favoring those who don’t even live in White Plains (like the populace of FASNY) over those who do?
It seems illogical to me that the citizens of White Plains should even have to fight this hard against the intrusion of FASNY. As mayor, how can you look at the situation at hand and not see the common sense? If you consider the benefits to the White Plains community (none) and consider the damages to the White Plains community (many) how is there even choice? It seems like a no-brainer!
As mayor, is it not your responsibility to listen to your citizens and improve their quality of life? I do not see that happening here and I hope not to see my beloved neighborhood turn into a neighborhood I would have no desire to live in.
White Plains, N.Y.