Mr. Feiner's Allegations Say More About Him Than They Do About Us.
Town Supervisor Paul Feiner continues to smear Edgemont’s motives with baseless and insulting innuendo. He again claims, in the attached LoHud article, that our effort to incorporate is driven by Edgemont residents’ unwillingness to fund critical social services at Greenburgh’s Theodore D. Young Center Community Center (TDYCC).
See the article here: http://lohud.us/2FV95mY
The EIC has been exercising our rights under the Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) to request all documents and correspondence to and from the Town regarding Edgemont's incorporation. None of the hundreds of pages of material we received from the Town in response to our FOIL contained any survey, emails, information, or statements indicating even one resident was for incorporation because he or she did not wish to pay for social services programming offered at TDYCC.
Thus, Paul Feiner has either not fully complied with FOIL, and there is some survey he has illegally kept from us;
Paul Feiner has completed a limited, casual survey without the use of a single document or taxpayer dollar;
Paul Feiner is making an allegation based on no discussion at all.
The EIC, on the other hand, has a statistically significant number of survey responses (please take the survey here: http://bit.ly/2EeMvFq ) where not one person has mentioned wanting to avoid paying for TDYCC as a reason to incorporate. Even more telling: after the EIC announced our support for TDYCC, our second petition received over 1700 signatures, and nobody indicated that financially supporting TDYCC was a motivating factor.
Based on this research, we also find it difficult to believe that there is a cohort of people who are both pro-incorporation and willing to only reveal their motives to Mr. Feiner. We’ve met thousands of pro-incorporation residents, and haven’t met anyone in this unique group. The idea that Mr. Feiner can speak for Edgemont is even harder to swallow when we note that only 13% of the eligible voters in Edgemont voted for him in his last election – when there was no one else running.
One aspect of Mr. Feiner’s interview in the attached article that pleases us is that he has made a commitment to announce by tomorrow, February 9,whether he will appeal the Court’s decision ordering an election for Edgemont.
Edgemont residents, the rest of the unincorporated area, and numerous Town employees are all waiting for Feiner’s decision and a go-forward plan on how we can all work together and reduce uncertainty. In the past, Mr. Feiner has often chosen to go low; we hope this time he considers going high on leadership, on Edgemont, and on best steps toward a working relationship with a Village of Edgemont.
Accepting the judge’s well-reasoned, thorough decision (click here: http://bit.ly/2EBLV5Z ) would be a giant step in that direction.