Hartsdale Neighbors Association (“HNA”) is a volunteer driven community based organization whose goal is to promote, advance and protect the interests of the property owners and residents across all Hartsdale neighborhoods. Our mission is to work towards protecting and enriching a quality of life that is expected, deserved and welcomed by those in our community.
- Edgemont– As you all know, we at Hartsdale Neighbors have been actively following the Edgemont Incorporation Saga. The hearing for the towns appeal of New York State Judge Cacace decision that the incorporation petition was legally valid was expedited by the courts and has now been scheduled. A four-judge panel will hear the Town’s appeal on June 14th at 10:00am, in Brooklyn. The hearing is open to the public for those who are interested.
- Property Assessments– If you are a property owner in Hartsdale you should have received a recent notice indicating any changes in the assessed value of your property. You have the legal right to challenge this assessment and if you choose to do so you must do so by June 19th. Many people choose to hire a professional to assist in this process but that is not required. For more information on challenging your assessment you can go here for additional details.Please note that a change in your assessment does not necessarily mean an increase or decrease in your taxes. This is a complicated subject involving tax rates set by multiple municipalities (School, County, Town and Sewer) and the impact on your tax burden is a result of a combination of factors and inputs. We are looking to put out a more detailed bulletin on this in the coming weeks but please note the June 19th deadline to challenge your assessment.
Greenburgh School Updates- The Hartsdale Neighbors Association May meeting featured Dr. Tahira Chase, the Superintendent of the Greenburgh Central School District. If you did not get to attend you missed out on an engaging discussion. Following the meeting and speaking with Dr Chase, I was asked to join the newly formed “Construction Advisory Committee” for GCSD. The goal of this committee is to provide input, advice and support to the five-year capital plan. Our first meeting was this past week and we were privy to some exciting news. Details are still being finalized and coordinated, but in 2018, the School District will be looking to hold a referendum on a bond to totally overhaul the existing school buildings. This would involve a new building for a Grade 3-8 school, an expansion of Lee F. Jackson, and a total overhaul of the Woodlands building. I believe this is an exciting opportunity for us to transform the GCSD and will be sharing more details with you as they are developed.
Current Initiatives:Updated 6/12/2018
- Four Corners Revitalization-
- The town board passed a resolution on 5/23 in support of a grant application associated with the Four Corners Study area. A link to the resolution can be found here and more information about the grant being applied for can be found here.
- On 4/10, Inspired Places presented its vision for revitalizing the 4Corners intersection in Hartsdale. This presentation was given to the Town Board during a Town Work Session from at Town Hall with the town board and several current and former members of the planning board in attendance. Over 50 members of the public also attended the work session and at the end of the session Supervisor Feiner asked if it was possible for a written supplement to the Comprehensive Plane to be given to them within a few weeks. The Board appeared to be hoping to move forward with public hearings as soon as possible. This was the first important step in asking the Town to adopt a supplement to the comprehensive plan that would include the zoning changes required for revitalization. You can watch the presentation online here.
- Further details and the ability to join the conversation are on the dedicated Four Corners page. If you have not already signed the petition make sure to do so at the above link!
- Elmwood Country Club Property Development
- The developer has submitted their plans to the town and we are now waiting f
- The former Elmwood Country Club has been sold to private real estate developers who are looking to develop the property. The property is currently zoned R-30 which allows for a variety of uses but is most often associated with single family detached homes. The developers have an as-of right to develop the property in this manner if they wish.
- The developer Ridgewood Real Estate Partners would like to see the property rezoned to allow them to build an “Active 55+ Adult community” with townhouses. This would allow them to build a higher density community and increase the number of units on the property. There are many issues at stake here including density, traffic, impact to Greenburgh schools, taxes (single family homes are taxed much higher then condos & townhouses), parkland, and more. It is also important to note that any zoning changes could lay the groundwork for similar projects in the future.
- Click here to see the town work session with the developers.
- Edgemont Incorporation- Click here to see the HNA Presentation on the potential impact of Edgemont Incorporation
- A four-judge panel will hear the Town’s appeal on June 14th at 10:00am, in Brooklyn. The hearing is open to the public for those who are interested. If the appellate division affirms Judge Cacace’s decision, the town may seek to further appeal, but this will require permission from the Court of Appeals in Albany and the town cannot appeal on its own. Should the town choose not to appeal, the town will have a 40-day window with which to schedule and hold the referendum. Should the decision be affirmed, and no appeal follows, a vote would likely take place in the late summer/fall.
- If you are new to this topic, Click here to see the HNA Presentation on the potential impact of Edgemont Incorporation on the rest of Unincorporated Greenburgh and Hartsdale.
- Potential Edgemont Incorporation is the topic on everyone’s mind in Hartsdale and Unincorporated Greenburgh. Hartsdale Neighbors Association was first formed in response to Edgemont potentially becoming Greenburgh’s 7th Village.
- Currently tied up in litigation, if Edgemont were to incorporate, remaining residents in Hartsdale and Fairview could be facing a combination of severe services cuts, and tax increases. The latest news update is the proposed Village Incorporation law that New York State Assemblyman Tom Abinati has proposed in the New York Legislature. This bill would give Town Supervisor’s significant ability to limit new village incorporation and give residents of the remaining areas more say in the process. See this Lohud article or more details on the proposed bill.
- Confused about villages, towns, town outside village designations? Click here for some background on Hartsdale and the makeup of the Town of Greenburgh.
- Town Response to Storm Impact
- At the 5/23 Town Board meeting, a representative from Con Ed came before the Town Board. Here is an article about that presentation. At the meeting Supervisor Feiner noted Con Ed is “Enhancing their tree-trimming program; working with municipalities and residents to take deeper cuts out of trees on residential property to avoid property outages”. We still have not heard what if any steps the town will be taking to mitigate the impact of future storms.
- Check out the HNA statement on the towns response to the recent storms in our area and what we’d like to hear from our local officials.
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