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Suggestions wanted- Crane's Pond in Edgemont looks like green peak soup, not a pond!
Release Date: August 07, 2012

SUGGESTIONS WANTED—CRANE’S POND IN EDGEMONT LOOKS LIKE PEA SOUP…WHAT SHOULD WE DO TO GET RID OF DUCK WEED?
In recent weeks I have received some complaints from residents about the duck weed at Crane’s Pond.  The pond looks like pea soup. It’s located in Edgemont, off of Pipeline Road/Edgemont Road.
 
We are trying to find a solution to the problem. On July 27th we removed about 75% of the duck weed from Crane’s Pond.  Please see the following memo from Mike Nestler of the Parks Department: 
 
On Jul 27, 2012, at 1:46 PM, "Michael R. Nestler" <mrnestler@greenburghny.com> wrote:
Good News!!!

About 75% of the duck weed has been removed today from Cranes Pond. The information provided to me by Jeff Stahlm from the Pond Connection and with the assistance of the Greenville FD working along with my staff, we were able to clear a large amount of growth from the surface of Cranes Pond.

The is only a temporary fix as duck weed multiplies rapidly in warm weather. I am, as you know researching longer lasting solutions.

I will continue to keep all of you in the loop.

Enjoy the weekend!
 
Obviously, this did not work.  A day after we cleaned up the pond the green algae was back.  We're searching other options next year, which include hiring a company that specializes in pond maintenance.  The cost is $2,700 for one year.  I will support the inclusion of this appropriation in the 2013 budget.   If you have other suggestions as to action steps the town should take please e-mail me at pfeiner@greenburghny.com.  I love Crane’s Pond and don't want it to be an eyesore. 
 
A SUMMARY OF THE REASONS WHY I DON’T BELIEVE THAT THE TAPPAN ZEE BRIDGE TOLLS NEED TO GO UP TO $14 (IN A FEW SENTENCES)…
The NYS Thruway Authority wants to increase tolls on the Tappan Zee bridge to $14 after the new bridge is constructed. Although I support the construction of a new bridge because it is necessary - and because it will create jobs - I am concerned that only downstate residents will pay for the bridge.
Everyone who uses the Thruway system pays to maintain the entire system, except for the construction of the Tappan Zee bridge which is now being separated out for only downstate users to pay, in addition to paying for upstate repairs as well. This does not meet the Thruway practice over the past 55 plus years! Also, does not meet the statewide purpose for which the Thruway Authority  were established.
If the Thruway Authority treated the Tappan Zee bridge project just like they treat every other project in the state that they are involved in, the tolls would not have to increase to $14.  The cost of the bridge should be assumed by everyone state-wide.
 
PAUL FEINER
Greenburgh Town Supervisor

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