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Riverfront Property Gifted to Village

February 7, 2011

At tonight’s VB meeting, a letter was read from Edward A. Davidson, Esq., re: Laurel Gouveia – property at 1300 Albany Post Road. Ms. Gouveia wishes to gift her property located at 1300 Albany Post Road to the Village. Terms and conditions are under discussion between Mr. Davidson and James Staudt, Village Attorney.
Ms. Gouveia has gone forward with this specifically under Mayor Wiegman’s watch, rather than a Schmidt or possible Aarons tenure, for several reasons. This is 16 acres of waterfront property, adding more to Croton’s waterfront ownership. Directly opposite the Brinton Brook sanctuary, Ms. Gouviea has stipulated that her land be used for public use to tie into the existing trail system and perhaps as space for cultural events. Ms. Gouveia would remain responsible for maintaining for the property while she is in residence.
Trustee Schmidt continued to campaign (further fueling expectations that he will be running for higher office) by berating his colleagues for accepting the terms of Ms. Gouveia’s gift. After telling residents that the Village would be paying for Ms. Gouviea’s groundskeeper (?), he went on to argue that the Village would be taking the property off the tax rolls as several houses could fit onto the property. How many children could fit into those single family houses, this poster wonders?
As discussion continued, ex-mayor Schmidt detailed how he opposed the purchase of the land eventually to be Croton Landing and how much he disagreed with the prospect of working with the County to produce what is arguably one of Croton’s parkland jewels.
“Dissension is the hallmark of democracy” was a statement made by Trustee Schmidt near the end of his diatribe. I’m all for dissension when it is worthwhile. Political gain is not a worthy cause.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. bugsy permalink
    February 7, 2011 11:24 pm

    Now GS is dissing safety updates to the approach to the train station. He is really good at arguing against anything that people have put a lot of thought and hard work into, but really bad at collaborating with anybody and coming up with any sort of plan! I guess it’s about the easy way out.

  2. d-con permalink
    February 8, 2011 11:29 am

    Seems like this discussion over land acquisition has happened before.

  3. A-OK permalink
    February 8, 2011 11:45 am

    This property owner has repeatedly offered her property to TWO previous administrations–Elliott’s and Schmidt’s. Obviously, the idea was rejected. Oh, it’s a nice place, that’s s certainty, and one might even consider (with an emphasis on ‘might’) if it were part of an estate, the owner were deceased, etc. However, that’s not the case here.
    It was also pointed out by Trustee Gallelli that good things can take a long time to materialize (ie: Croton Landing). With the Gouviea property, we’d be essentially letting the now-tenant live rent and maintainance free, possibly for a long time.
    Lost taxes aside, has anyone looked into what the upkeep for this place might run per year?
    20K ? 50K? more? For how many years?
    Important questions that absolutely merit real answers. Be less impressed and more alert, because, as always, there is no such thing as a free lunch. Ever.

    • d-con permalink
      February 8, 2011 10:03 pm

      Hi A,
      From the discussion last night, it was apparent that the property owner–not a tenant–there is no rent to be paid–is responsible for maintaining the property while she is living there. Accusations that the Village is going to be paying for a groundskeeper are unfounded and designed to rile up a tempest in a teapot. I would be interested to see what the village paid for “upkeep” of the Croton Landing property prior to its revitalization.
      And if the Republican backed trustee and candidates had their way, Croton would never take any steps to maintain a decent quality of life. Ever.

  4. Mrs Smith permalink
    February 8, 2011 8:25 pm

    I think that this is not actual waterfront property – it is surely a gem and has a magnificent waterfront view, but is separated from the Hudson by Route 9 and the railroad tracks. I hope the village goes ahead and accepts this gift – what is the downside – a loss of tax revenue when we get another beautiful park in our lovely village where nine currently exists. Thank you Ms. Gouveia for your generosity. If Trustee Schmidt cannot see what an incredible jewel we have on the Hudson river in Croton Landing then he is truly myopic and just opposed to anything which a former Democratic mayor conceived and put together.

    • Mrs Smith permalink
      February 9, 2011 11:29 am

      *nine – should read none – apologies.

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