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.

Updated 10/17/2018

Edgemont Incorporation Breaking News

The town has won their Appellate Division Appeal in the lawsuit regarding the Edgemont Incorporation Petition.

As a refresher, Supervisor Feiner ruled that the incorporation petition was invalid and the EIC filed an Article 78 lawsuit in NY Supreme Court (NY’s trial level) to challenge that ruling. The EIC won that challenge and the town appealed to the Appellate Division. In a ruling issued today the Appellate Division, Second Department, overturned the Article 78 decision and ruled “Accordingly, the Supreme Court should have denied the petition pursuant to CPLR article 78, dismissed the proceeding, and declared that the petition for incorporation does not comply with the requirements of Village Law”

Read the decision at the link below.

http://www.courts.state.ny.us/…/H…/2018/Decisions/D56881.pdf

What this means for the future of Edgemont Incorporation is unknown but we wanted to share across for those interested.

Please join us at our next meeting of the Hartsdale Neighbors Association on Wed 10/17 at 7:30pm at Highview Elementary, 200 N. Central Avenue Hartsdale NY.

We will be featuring a Q&A Round table discussion with local real estate agents from Westchester Choice Realty, MJ Pastor Realty, and Grand Lux Realty. Please join us for a conversation about the local real estate market, industry trends and get the opportunity to ask questions.

We will also be giving updates on a bunch of important topics. Please join us next Wednesday at 7:30pm.

 

  • Hartsdale Fire District Budget for 2019 released.  The proposed budget for 2019 for the Hartsdale Fire District was released. HFD Proposed Budget 2019 The amount to be raised by property taxes is increasing by 1.67% from $12.14mm to 12.34mm.  There is a public hearing on Tuesday October 16th at 8:00 at the Hartsdale Fire Station at 300 W. Hartsdale Avenue about the budget. Any questions email info@hartsdaleneighbors.org.
  • Four Corners Revitalization-  There was a Town Board work session(watch online) held 9/25 where the 4 Corners Revitalization Vision statement was discussed.  There was overwhelming community support in favor of this proposal.  The Town Board has finally agreed to take the first tangible step forward in the process.  Paul Feiner has “promised” that the vision statement will be referred to the Planning Board in October.  At that point, the Planning Board would review the proposal, make suggestions/comments, and send it back to the Town Board.  If the Town Board adopts the proposal, it becomes a supplement to the overall comprehensive plan.  At that point a new zoning designation could be drawn up, and applied to the 4 Corners.  We have a long road ahead of us, but we are finally moving forward. Thank you to everyone who emailed and spoke. Without you this would not be happening.
  • Elmwood Country Club Property Development- Ridgewood Realty, the private developer who purchased the Elmwood property with an eye to redevelop it into an Active 55+ Townhome community recently met with the Planning Board. This was despite the fact, that just like 4C, the Town Board has not moved to act on this proposal.  Click here to read the Letter to the Editor in the Scarsdale Inquirer by HNA President Eric Zinger on this subject.  We believe whether you are for or against the requesting PUD and zoning change, the Town Board should act.

Current Initiatives:Updated 9/09/2018

  • Four Corners Revitalization-

    • There is currently a Town Board Work Session for 9/25(Time TBD) scheduled to discuss the proposal. You can watch online at greenburghny.com
    • 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 met with the Town Planning Board informally in August.  It is now pending action from the Town Board to move forward in the process.
    • 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 heard the Town’s appeal on June 14th at 10:00am, in Brooklyn.  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.
  • 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.

Make sure you sign up for our email list to stay up to date on all the latest information on this topic. Have something you are interested in or what to know more about?  Interested in working with us on one of our initiatives or something you are passionate about? Email us at info@hartsdaleneighbors.org