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Sleepy Hollow Mayor Ken Wray Discusses The Clean Up Of The East Parcel

SLEEPY HOLLOW, N.Y. -- The following is a letter from Sleepy Hollow Village Mayor Ken Wray.

Dear Sleepy Hollow friends and neighbors,

Most of the portion of the GM site located east of the Metro North tracks (the 'east parcel') will be given to the Village, as well as a much smaller piece across from Bridgeview Tavern on Beekman. As part of its cleanup plan for the entire GM site, the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) required certain remedial measures.

The east parcel contains methane gas, remnants from days when it was used as the village dump. While the required remediation measures are fairly simple and straight forward, we want to ensure that the Village is not in the chain of title.

As we look forward to acquiring the east parcel, it makes sense to keep the Village out of the chain of title while still being able to use and benefit from the land. We are considering the creation of a Local Development Corporation (LDC) to do just that. An LDC would accomplish that first goal, but there are other significant benefits to an LDC. 

For example, an LDC could build the proposed new athletic fields and Public Works building on the east parcel at a 20-25 percent lower cost than what it would cost us to do it directly, a substantial benefit to Village taxpayers. The LDC could also play a significant role in revitalizing the downtown. I look forward to your input in the weeks to come.

If you have questions or issues you would like to bring to the Board’s attention, I urge you to attend our regular Board meetings every other Tuesday (second and fourth Tuesdays of the month) at 7 p.m. at Village Hall. 

I look forward to hearing from you as we all look to Spring.

Ken Wray Mayor

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