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MEETING MONDAY EVENING OF COUNTY LEGISLATURE RE: SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS ON JACKSON
Release Date: April 12, 2013

SPEAK OUT MONDAY EVENING AT 7 PM AT THE COUNTY LEGISLATURE FOR AN IMPORTANT SAFETY IMPROVEMENT ON JACKSON AVE ---STRAIGHTENING OUT S CURVE CAN AVOID ACCIDENTS AND SAVE LIVES

In 2012 there were 65 accidents on Jackson Ave

This Monday evening, at 7 PM, the Westchester County Board of Legislators will consider a resolution requesting state legislation that will enable the town to straighten out an S curve along Jackson Ave (near Jackson and N Sprain Road). Once the road is straightened out it will be much safer for residents and the many motorists who use Jackson Ave to get to Costco, Stew Leonards, Home Depot and Ridge Hill. The town, villages of Ardsley & Hastings received $5 million after the Ridge Hill lawsuit settlement to make safety improvements on roads impacted by the Ridge Hill development. This safety improvement is one of the most important safety initiatives that are being pursued.

Westchester County Legislator Mary Jane Shimsky has been involved in the effort to help make this road safer. She has encouraged me to highlight the importance of the resolution being considered by the county this Monday evening. I will speak at the meeting of the Legislature at 7 PM on Monday evening. The Westchester County Legislature meets at 148 Martine Ave (8th floor), White Plains. If you have the time and can join us at the meeting it would be appreciated. The following was sent to me by Legislator Shimsky. We appreciate your help with this matter. We also hope that County Executive Rob Astorino will support this very important safety initiative.

The first of two Board of Legislators resolutions needed for the safety improvements on Jackson Avenue to go forward is scheduled to come to a vote at 7 PM on Monday evening, April 15. This resolution will request the drafting of State legislation to alienate a small strip of parkland along the Jackson Avenue border of Sprain Ridge Park -- a strip needed to straighten out the S-curve along Jackson Ave, a straightening needed to reconfigure the Y-intersection at the corner of Jackson and North Sprain Road.

Once the State provides us with legislation, the Board can then consider and pass a Home Rule resolution, which is required for the State to proceed. Once the State approves the alienation, the County will cede the roughly four tenths of an acre in question to the Town (the Town will give the County the same amount of parkland elsewhere in the Town of Greenburgh as consideration); and the process for commencing work can begin.

It is my understanding that, once Monday night's resolution is passed, the Town will begin the environmental review (SEQRA) process on a parallel track with the parkland alienation legislation.

PAUL FEINER
 
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