PETER KATZ REPORT NOW AVAILABLE ON YOU TUBE SEE LINK BELOW. FASNY SUPER HEARING GOES INTO THE NIGHT. ENDS AT 11 PM. 125 WAIT TO HAVE THEIR 5 MINUTES OF “SAY”

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The Common Council Dais setup on stage at the White Plains Performing Arts Center awaited its Councilpersons slightly before 6 PM Wednesday evening for their apparently final hearing before a vote on the French American School of New York which could be held after 10 days, the final chance to comment on the controversial school proposal to build a school campus complex on the Ridgeway Avenue side of the former Ridgeway Country Club. The process of approval or denial has lasted six years.

UPDATED: PETER KATZ HAS PUT TOGETHER A VIDEO REPORT OF SOME OF THE HIGHLIGHTS OF WEDNESDAY NIGHT’S MEETING WHICH IS AVAILABLE ON YOUTUBE AT THIS LINK: https://youtu.be/j61B6ew_H6Q

WHITE PLAINS TELEVISION ANNOUNCED THURSDAY MORNING THEY EXPECTED TO HAVE A 5 HOUR TAPE OF THE PROCEEDINGS AVAILABLE ON THE CITY OF WHITE PLAINS WEBSITE AND ON www.wpcommunitymedia.org  FRIDAY MORNING

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Citizens to be heard on the FASNY issue filed in about 5:40 PM  having had to sign up to speak. It was said some 60 persons had signed up to speak, and 3 hours later after the public started speaking, it was still going on.

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Mayor Thomas Roach (to right of yellow City of White Plains flag) opened the Hearing on schedule at 6, reading the ground rules for speakers.

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The French American School of New York was first up, present two school administrators who extolled the reputation and philosophy of the school, and presented a video. Michael Zarin, attorney for the school throughout the six years of this review, presented how the project had change. He also showed excerpts from the original 6-1 decision that the effects of the French American School campus could be mitigated, where the city in its decision allowed that the parcel A was not environmentally sensitive, which has been the basis apparently for the FASNY contention that the Parcel A was not environmentally sensitive and should be approved for construction of their alternate site plan

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