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Rivertowns Square Set for Second Public Hearing

DOBBS FERRY, N.Y. – With the board room filled to capacity and crowds spilling out into the hallway last time, the Rivertowns Square second public hearing has been moved to the Embassy Community Center to accommodate the crowds.

“With the number of people that showed up the last time we want to make sure we have enough room for everybody to get into the building,” said Dobbs Ferry village administrator Marcus Serrano.

Each hearing looks to focus in on various aspects of the project, Serrano said traffic will be the focal point of Monday night.

“They’re trying to focus on traffic so they’ll express a traffic count and do some computer graphics in regards to what the traffic looks like and then of course people can ask questions, but through this process there are no required answers at this point as it will be part of the final document,” he said.

To help get the meeting moving along while also allowing everyone a chance to voice their opinion, Serrano had a few words of advice for residents preparing to speak.

“The whole thing is to ask a question or make a comment,” he said.  “We’ve had a couple people make long winded statements and the statements are not really part of the [Draft Environmental Impact Statement].  It’s for comments and questions so the more specific the question or the comment the better it will be for the response.”

While most of the comments from residents at the first public hearing were negative, Dobbs Ferry resident Paddy Steinschneider said these comments don’t necessarily reflect the consensus of the village and the surrounding community.

“It would be a mistake to assume that the people who have concerns and who come to these meetings represent the feelings of the entire community,” Steinschneider said in the comments section after the first public hearing.  “My experience is that this process properly encourages those who are troubled by the proposal to voice their opinion, but there is no real need for people who don't have questions and support the project to come to these meetings to voice encouragement.”

The second public hearing will be held Monday, Jan. 9 at 6:30 p.m. in the Embassy Community Center and all concerned residents are encouraged to attend.

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