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Letter to the Editor: Bill Gaston on Tuckahoe Planning Board’s Decision to Proceed with Marriott Hotel Project PDF Print Email

To the Editor:


Oct. 26, 2016:  Amidst rounds of catcalls and boos from angry village residents, the Tuckahoe Planning Board voted on October 19 to proceed with the highly controversial Marriott Hotel Project on Marbledale Road.

In a bitterly divided 3-2 vote, the board gave its approval to build the hotel atop a confirmed toxic waste dump. Adding insult to injury, the board also rejected pleas from two members of the board who urged a full environmental impact statement be required before digging begins on the site, where, God knows, what ticking poisonous time bombs lie buried below it.    

In moving forward, the board basically told the community, "Trust the developer. Don’t fret your silly heads about clean air and community health, we have your back."  

Is it any wonder after months of being stonewalled on basic facts about the hotel site, the community is angry and is ill disposed to heed these reassurances?  Is it too much to ask that an environmental impact statement, supported by nearly 3,000 members of the surrounding communities, be conducted to allay the well-founded fears of a village whose residents do not want to be the next Flint, Michigan? 

Members of the Marbledale Road Environmental Coalition, who have waged a valiant fight from Day 1 against the obvious environmental risks of this project, are plenty angry and determined. 

Quoted in the Journal News, Rachel Zolottev, the head of the coalition, called the vote a “travesty,” which it most assuredly was. They have promised to continue the fight in the courts, which they most assuredly will.  

They will do so at their own expense, no courtesy of a village board, which displayed its skill last Wednesday burying its collective head in the sand and placing its trust in a developer whose only interest is making a tidy profit at the expense of the wellbeing of its neighbors. Shame on both of them! 

Bill Gaston
9 Bolton Gardens
Bronxville, NY  10708

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Thank you Mr. Gaston for bringing this to the attention of our community. We share Tuckahoe's air... the groundwater flows from that dump under our school on its way to the Bronx River. Even though we don't drink the Bronx River- that river floods and leaves its waste in our grass... It is all connected. The communities should appeal this decision.
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I couldn't agree more with Mr. Gaston. As a 23+years resident of Tuckahoe on Marbledale Road, all I can say is that travesty is too gentle a comment regarding the decision. I am more than disappointed. As a past president of the League of Women Voters of Westchester please note: The League of Women Voters has longstanding positions on preserving, protecting and managing life-supporting ecosystems and public health as well as the need for adequate data to make informed decisions. The League believes that the public has a right to know about pollution levels, dangers to health and the environment, and proposed resource management policies and options. Thus it is logical and necessary that a full environmental impact assessment (including a health assessment) be required before the property is developed. -
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