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To the editor:Over the years I have received numerous emails/calls from cyclists and pedestrians who love walking/bicycling on the South County trail. There is a missing link in Elmsford. This is finally being addressed.
I received the following update from the county:
"The Planning Department has completed design for the missing link on the South County Trailway between Route 119 and Warehouse Lane. Funding for construction was approved by the Board of Legislators in early June. A contractor should be selected soon and construction could begin late this year or by spring 2017."
According to NYC Bike Maps , "the South County trail and North County trail are part of an ambitious rails to trails project that connect Van Cortlandt Park in the Bronx to Putnam County trailways via a scenic car-free bike path.
"The South County trail is 14.1 miles. The North County trail is 22.1 miles. The North County trail connects to the 7.5 mile Putnam County trail way in Baldwin Place in Somers. The three trails provide a 43.7 mile route."
When I was a member of the Westchester County Board of Legislators in the 1980s and early 1990s I lobbied aggressively for the county to purchase the Old Putnam Railway and to turn the abandoned rail into a bike path.
At almost every meeting of the Board of Legislators for over a year I presented Legislators with petition signatures calling on the county to purchase the property as open space.
One of the last votes I cast was for the acquisition of the property.
Paul Feiner, Greenburgh Town Supervisor