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Sleepy Hollow

“This Could Be…The Start of Something Big”

The inner Village of Sleepy Hollow has had ongoing problems with illegal apartments, overcrowding to the point of some rooms being rented by the day and in blocks of hours –  then rented again, garbage spewing out of backyards, sewage leaking and general deplorable living conditions in buildings, several of which are on Cortlandt Street. Cortlandt Street has a rich history, and during the early 1900s received immigrants from Ireland, Poland, Italy and other European countries, who made their homes there and contributed with their cultural identities to making a vital inner Village.

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Opinion Editorial: Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely

No Permit, No Inspection, No Approval, No Problem!

Let’s address a simple fact for any Sleepy Hollow resident who wants to put a tool shed in their backyard. Regardless of its size, color, or composition of environmentally sustainable materials, a permit is required. Yes, a permit from the Village of Sleepy Hollow. That only begins the process and many a resident can attest to a long and somewhat arduous process before that tool shed is home to tools.

Let’s address another simple fact. The Village of Sleepy Hollow, comprised of elected officials, put up a large metal Quonset structure at the western end of Elm Street and Andrews Lane. Was a permit issued? Was an inspection done? Was an approval given? Say “no” three times and you’ve answered correctly.

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Sleepy Hollow’s LDC...Where’s the Development?

Sleepy Hollow’s Local Development Corporation (LDC) is the owner of 27 acres of land referred to as the East Parcel of the former General Motors site. The lion’s share of the site is rigorously being developed by Edge-on-Hudson, with fill being delivered from barges and trucks along with the demolition of the entire existing concrete base.

By comparison, the Chairman of the LDC, David Schroedel, has requested an extension from the Sleepy Hollow Planning Board for beginning to bring in fill.  On January 19, the Board granted a one-year extension to Mr. Schroedel, who was initially granted approval for fill in January of 2016. 

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The Big Dig… Edge-on-Hudson

If one were to compare the activity at Sleepy Hollow’s Edge-on-Hudson site to a ship at sea, “full speed ahead” would be appropriate. The temporary bridge crossing over the railroad tracks on Beekman Avenue has been completed.  The reinforcement of the bridge has allowed trucks to proceed to and from the site bypassing an alternative route through Tarrytown.  Within the next sixty days the entire site will have seen demolition work of the concrete base, and not just Phase 1.

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Phelps Hospice: More Than I Could Ever Have Imagined

In September 2015, my husband, David Kornreich, and I arrived at the oncologist’s office for what was to be the beginning of his chemotherapy treatments. David asked the doctor, “Given my current condition, what are the chances that chemo would be successful?” She said, “About twenty percent.” We looked at each other and agreed that those were lousy odds. He declined the therapy, knowing full well what that meant.

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