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Letter To The Editor: Yorktown: A Shining City On The Hill?

Letter writer gives a "few suggestions" for a new Yorktown Town Hall.
Letter writer gives a "few suggestions" for a new Yorktown Town Hall. Photo Credit: File Photo

YORKTOWN, N.Y. -- The Daily Voice accepts signed, original letters to the editor of up to 350 words. Please send your letter to yorktown@dailyvoice.com .

To the Editor:

Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace boasted he’ll build a colossal ultramodern combination Highway Garage /Parks Department facility at the sprawling Organic Waste Yard (The Hill), arguably at no cost to taxpayers.

Grace said he’ll beautify downtown Yorktown while increasing its dwindling tax rolls. Why stop there?

Town Hall has long been neglected. Its leaky roof has caused black mold to fester in its ceilings.

Why not bulldoze Town Hall, declare it surplus property, apply for New York state grants, then sell the property to another friendly millionaire land developer?

Supervisor Grace can once again revitalize Yorktown, increase the tax base and build a new ultramodern Town Hall, arguably again, at no cost to taxpayers. We may have to wait until state Sen. Murphy and the same old cast of characters run for re-election again before Yorktown sees any grant money, though.

By repositioning a few compost piles, Supervisor Grace can build the new Town Hall up on the hill next to the Highway garage /Parks Department megacomplex across from the sewer plant.

This "organic wasteland" is ideally suited for conducting Town Board meetings where recent dialogue has been filled with such disrespect and disdain.

A few suggestions for the new Town Hall: Install revolving doors on the council chambers; put in high ceilings to accommodate the Town Board member's big egos; and to speed up the revitalization process, make a “drive-through window” for land developers.

Grace can gaze upon his prefabricated steel empire from his new hilltop office. Add solar panels everywhere, and you'll have an eco-friendly mini-municipal utopia. That will help offset the not-so-eco-friendly provisions of Yorktown’s new more accurately described Tree Cutting Law.

Is this the tin-plated “shining city on the hill” that Yorktown wants or needs?

The promises surrounding getting something for “free” may be too costly to Yorktown in the long run.

Everybody knows that there’s no such thing as a free lunch or a free building.

David Witkowich

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