Ed Krauss served as vice-chair of the Greenburgh Democratic Committee, chair of the Ardsley and Tarrytown Democratic Committees, president of the Central Park Avenue section of the Edgemont Community Council and public relations chair for the Westchester County Democratic Committee. He is also a marketing executive/entrepreneur who has lived in Westchester County for 43 years, splitting his time between Ardsley and Edgemont.
First let me offer 1.9 million thanks to Herb Rosenberg and Bob Bernstein for helping to right yet another wrong committed by Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner.
In his email to the Scarsdale Inquirer regarding the Valhalla court decision, Mr. Feiner stated that after the comptroller opined that the agreement to give the Valhalla school district $650,000 a year for 10 years was improper, Feiner said he would comply with New York State law.
In newspaper articles and at open town board meetings aired on government cable stations, Feiner actually stated that he would try to make what is illegal (the contract) legal, and had the temerity to ask the comptroller's office what he could do to accomplish this. He also stonewalled any efforts to get back the nearly $2 million that Greenburgh paid to Valhalla. Even today, he states that he continues to believe that the concept of providing benefits to neighborhoods that have homeless shelters or other government programs that no one wants in their community is good public policy.
Mr. Feiner has been on record, several times stating in one fashion or another if there's a law he doesn't agree with, he won't observe it.
And, as far as his stated goal to make it a "win-win" for everyone, he did nothing to help Ardsley when a motel on Route 9A was used as a homeless shelter, nor did he speak up when Elmsford was probably the homeless shelter capital in Westchester County.
Mr. Terry Williams, the president of the Greenburgh Central 7 Board of Education, said it succinctly. The problem with the contract was a lack of leadership at the town supervisor level. But the bigger problem is that the major proponent of this illegal contract is still in power, and neither the comptroller's opinion nor the Supreme Court judge's ruling has changed his mind.
If Mr. Bernstein's quote that the town's leadership (the supervisor) is, unfortunately, still impeding our efforts to defend the town's tax payers is accurate, Bernstein and Rosenberg should be retained to handle any possible appeal. We should be leery of anyone connected to the supervisor: the town attorney, law department or any outside council hired by them.
Hiring Dracula to guard the blood bank is never a good idea.
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