Echoing his 2017 denial of the Edgemont Incorporation Committee’s first petition submitted in an effort to make Edgemont Greenburgh’s seventh village, Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner rendered the EIC’s newest petition legally insufficient, citing the petition’s failure to include an accurate list of regular inhabitants, the inclusion of signatures before the petition’s submittal, a failure to include a metes and bounds description of the proposed incorporated area and a lack of common certainty in the proposed territory.
“After carefully considering all of the testimony that I heard at the public hearing and everything that has been submitted, and after giving very careful consideration to this decision, I have decided … that the petition does not comply with the requirements of Article 2 of the Village Law,” wrote Feiner in his decision dated July 26.
At a public hearing July 16, Feiner refused to hear testimony from those objecting to other's who posed objections to the petition. Instead, he closed the hearing and exited through the back door when EIC President Jeff Sherwin attempted to speak.
“Given that Feiner refused to take any testimony as to the objections, we didn’t believe he was going to approve the petition. In fact, his decision to suppress the clear will of Edgemont for a vote on incorporation again runs contrary to the law and the facts that would have addressed the objections were we allowed to speak. It’s almost as if because the state rejected his demand for a law banning incorporations, he’s implementing a voting ban in his own special way,” said Sherwin.
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