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Letter To The Editor: What Will Grace's Vision Cost Yorktown Taxpayers?

Supervisor Michael Grace 's vision for an urban renewal project will cost taxpayers, says one Yorktown resident.
Supervisor Michael Grace 's vision for an urban renewal project will cost taxpayers, says one Yorktown resident. Photo Credit: File

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- Yorktown Daily Voice accepts signed letters to the editor. Send signed letters to Yorktown@dailyvoice.com .

To the editor:

Michael Grace's push for a big money urban renewal project is like a used car salesman trying to fill his quota on the last day of the month.

The ultimate price to Yorktown taxpayers is currently unknown. It could range anywhere from much less than $2,000,000 to $4,800,000 depending on if you listen to Grace or his opposition.

Supervisor Grace is long on vision but short on details.

If New York state doesn't approve Grace's Revitalization Grant, and it appears as if they haven't, the cost to taxpayers will no doubt be much closer to $4,800,000.

Right now, Grace's only speed bumps in fast tracking his obsession are Council Members Vishnu Patel and Susan Siegel. Both Patel and Siegel have consistently looked out for the interest of taxpayers and pushed hard against Emperor Grace's attempted one-person rule.

Council Members (Greg) Bernard and (Tom) Diana appear to be just yes men and serve as Grace's rubber stamps. Like court jesters, their sole purpose is to poke fun at Siegel and mock Patel at every Board Meeting.

Their philosophy seems to be roll their eyes, shake their heads, and, if you don't like the message, simply attack the messenger.

Siegel will leave in January. Siegel's departure will drastically change the makeup of the Town Board and leave few checks on Grace's ambition.

I'm afraid if Grace gets his way most decisions will be made in closed work sessions with little input from the public.

Town Board decisions will be made at breakneck speed and not slowed down by the need to answer questions or explain how things are going to be paid.

The public will ultimately be informed of the Town Board's decisions and allowed input a 3-minute intervals before implementation.

We may never know what's exactly in the secret sauce that makes up Grace's vision for Yorktown. All I am sure of is that taxpayers will be left to foot the bill.

Can Supervisor Grace answer why he so set on building a Taj Mahal when so many roads and bridges are falling apart?

David Witkowich

Yorktown

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