Greenstein, Katz, Brodksy Have Earned Chance to Complete Major Tasks
Four years ago, then-candidate for supervisor Robert Greenstein brazenly campaigned on stopping Chappaqua Crossing, opposed to any retail that would compete with the hamlets.
He and running mates Adam Brodsky and Lisa Katz, also set out to put the brakes on Conifer Realty’s maligned affordable housing project on Hunts Place.
When Faced with the realities of serving in public office, they realized they couldn’t fulfill those promises, in part because of the actions of the previous board. Embarking on a legal fight would have been costly and futile.
However, during the past two years, Greenstein, along with Brodsky and Katz, have concentrated on what was achievable – updating the Comprehensive Plan, starting the downtown infrastructure and streetscape project, increasing road paving and bringing greater recreation amenities to town. Although there’s been an improving economy, tax increases have been minimal.
For their ability to competently handle a multitude of issues and for being in the midst of several ongoing projects, the incumbents have earned a chance to see if they can finish the job rather than risk upheaval.
It may seem minor, but in local government quality-of-life improvements count almost as much as the big-ticket items. During the current term, there have been plenty of those. A new playground at Gedney Park and obtaining the old Wallace Auditorium at Chappaqua Crossing and turning it into the Chappaqua Performing Arts Center have been completed. The planned construction of a basketball court and playground behind Town Hall will be done next year.
The Examiner noted “there has been too much time pointing out the faults of the incumbents”…….“Insisting that Greenstein and company could have stopped the Sunshine Children’s home expansion doesn’t wash”. “Also trying to link him to right wing Republicans may be a smart strategy in New Castle but rings hollow. No right winger would have supported a reusable bag initiative and the Solarize program or started the Community Inclusion and Diversity Committee.