After his unopposed re-election as Greenburgh Supervisor on Tuesday, Paul Feiner issued a set of goals for his next term. Last but not least on Feiner's list of 17 initiatives is considering a referendum by residents of the Edgewood section of town to incorporate as a separate village.
Feiner's longtime opposition to a public referendum that could allow Edgemont to secede from the town attracted unflattering media attention on Sunday in this article in The New York Times.
Feiner reacted by saying: "There is no referendum scheduled. We're waiting for a court decision which probably won't happen until the end of the year or early next year."
In an email sent to town residents on Wednesday, Feiner wrote that 17,482 Greenburgh residents voted to -re-elect him as town supervisor. "I promise you that I will work very hard to make Greenburgh an even better place to live,'' Feiner wrote.
Feiner included "Edgemont Incorporation Possibilities" as the final item on the priority list for his next two-year term.
Feiner wrote: "It's possible that a referendum on incorporation of Edgemont as a village could take place in 2018."
Under New York state law, only Edgemont residents will get to vote, Feiner said.
"However, there will be town wide impacts," Feiner wrote. "We need to prepare for this possibility, whether we think it will happen or not. It's my hope that before a vote takes place that residents of the entire town, including Edgemont, will become aware of the risks, possible service cuts and tax hikes if Edgemont does break away."
Between now and any referendum, Feiner promised to "continue working hard to provide Edgemont residents and the rest of the town with the best services possible. These are just a handful of initiatives that will be pursued."
The 36.1-square-mile Town of Greenburgh already has six villages within its borders – Ardsley, Dobbs Ferry, Elmsford, Hastings-on-Hudson, Irvington and Tarrytown.
Edgemont, also known as Greenville, is a census-designated area with a population of 7,116.
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