Top Stories 2012: Greenburgh Faces Several Major Lawsuits

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The Greenburgh Town Board has been taken to court several times this year. Photo Credit: File/Samantha Kramer

GREENBURGH, N.Y. — As 2012 draws to an end, The Greenburgh Daily Voice is looking back at some of the top stories of the year.

The Greenburgh Town Board raised a series of hot issues over the past year — a few of which resulted in court appearances for the town.

Not long after the State Supreme Court ruled that Valhalla School District had to repay more than $1.8 million to Greenburgh over an illegal town grant, courts upheld that the Greenburgh Town Board violated a church's constitutional rights by keeping it from building on town property.

Fortress Bible purchased a 6.5-acre parcel of land on Pomander Drive nearly 15 years ago and sent a proposal to the town to build a facility. The town board stated that such a facility failed its environmental review process (SEQRA), citing traffic concerns.

U.S. Court of Appeals Judge John Walker wrote in the unanimous three-judge panel decision that town council members "disingenuously used SEQRA to obstruct and ultimately deny the church's project."

The Fortress Bible lawsuit will be a major hit for Greenburgh taxpayers, said local attorney Bob Bernstein. Insurance is unlikely to cover any of the damages costs — which could exceed $6 million.

The town board is also under fire for a lease with Game On 365 to build a sports complex on Dobbs Ferry Road. Petitioners say such construction would violate environmental laws and that carcinogens found would endanger residents who use the facility.

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TJRUSSOJR:

One party rule - no checks and balances....

Greenburghmomof2:

As a taxpayer, this information is quite scary. Will no one run against Paul for Town Supervisor? Or get onto the Board to change some things...maybe they need new legal advisors? Any which way you slice it, this is bad for our town.

TWilliams:

The other part of the Valhalla School District story is that Feiner supported, with Town Board approval, a settlement that allowed the school district to repay 60 cents on the dollar.

mammamia626:

Way to go, Greenburgh. Responsible actions like these will force homeowners like myself out for sure as we will be the ones footing the bill tin order to pay the lawsuit since your D & O liability policy won't cover it since it was an intentional act on the part of our Town Supervisor. Good job. Thank you.

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