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Welcome to Watch Croton!

We’re glad you stopped by.  Since you did, we’re assuming you have an interest in the Village of Croton On Hudson.  We do too!

Other sites dedicated to the happenings in and around Croton seem to lack the capacity to have an actual dialogue or at the very least the ability to “agree to disagree” on any given issue.  In fact, the vicious personal attacks that occur on a daily basis on one blog in particular led us to our only alternative – which was to start our own.

You see, we think there’s room for all voices, pro or con, on any given issue.  We don’t care with which party you are affiliated, on which end of town you reside (or for how long!), or whether or not you have a college degree.  We’re only interested in a dialogue that results in benefitting Croton and its residents.  If we happen to put a smile on your face once in a while, we’ll take that as a productive moment as well!

To that end, we don’t think it matters who is doing the writing here.  What matters is that the ideas we put forth are honest and respectful.  If you choose to participate, we ask you to do the same.  And we ask that you post under one name only – no doubling or tripling up with different pseudonyms.

We welcome your comments at editor@watchcroton.com.

30 Comments leave one →
  1. bruceapart permalink
    January 26, 2010 12:30 pm

    I have high hopes for this site. The other “Croton” site is doing a fine job of a community billboard, listing events and answering questions about overall functions of Village life. What we DO NOT have is a place for a lively exchange of ideas. Maybe that can happen here.

  2. boba permalink
    June 3, 2010 9:24 am

    Am loving the pretty much civil back and forth here. If discussions regress to the all caps screeching like I’ve seen on other sites I’m out of here. Until then, consider me a faithful reader!

    • June 3, 2010 7:48 pm

      That’s certainly our intention! Passion is one thing and we try to make allowances for that. We’d like to keep it as civil as possible and hopefully add something constructive to the Village dialogue.

      Glad to have you reading!

  3. Karen Jescavage-Bernard permalink
    June 4, 2010 11:43 am

    As president of the Arboretum, I would like to clarify 2 points in wileycoyote’s June 4 comment about Thursday’s work session.

    First, re the comment on reduced water rates, the discussion focussed on the rate charged for the water used by Hudson for the Arboretum, not the rate charged for the entire golf course.

    Second, re the discussion of a proposed study, there was not a consensus among attendees on what the study would study. A study designed to identify and measure all the components of water flowing into the Arboretum stream from the golf course has vastly different objectives, requirements, and costs than a study designed to select a metering system that can record, transmit continuous data about stream flow, and trigger automatic release of municipal water when the stream flow falls below what is contractually obligated.

    In the context of the work session, it’s important to know that while the Village, the Arboretum and Hudson are working toward a solution, neither the technical monitoring issues nor agreement on the goals and objectives of a study were resolved.

    The interested parties agreed to work together in the month before the next work session that will, hopefully, result in agreement on the issues.

  4. J Philip Faranda permalink
    April 12, 2011 6:31 am

    I’d be more inclined to participate in this forum if the editorial staff were not behind some anonymous screen name. I find that platforms such as this are far more civil when people use their real names. There is nothing wrong with transparency.

    • April 13, 2011 11:15 am

      We understand your sentiment.

      Unfortunately, there is a history here in Croton of a prolific poster/blogger who has a habit of keying cars, mailing dog poop, slashing tires and harassing the kids of people who use their own names on these types of forums, when she disagrees with their point of view. We’re not up for that kind of abuse.

      Further, we feel that if you agree (or not!) with something we post here, the message is what’s important, not the messenger.

    • Mrs. Jones permalink
      April 29, 2011 7:29 am

      Somehow, Mr. Faranda, I suspect that this site has been started by the same people who pulled out of the other croton blog. As for the claim that party affiliation will be irrelevant, judging by the comments, I doubt it. Although I am a sworn blue-stater and union member, the so-called discourse appalls me as I’m sure it does you. I think what is so astounding is the lack of questioning and challenge to the powers that be. I guess that no one learned the lessons of Watergate — people in power lie and they lie to stay in power. This is true in DC and it is true in Croton.

      • bugsy permalink
        April 29, 2011 1:52 pm

        Poor MC. She doesn’t like the comments on this site. Maybe the editor shouldn’t allow them like SaveHarmon, or refuse to post disagreeable ones like EverythingCroton!
        As far as questioning goes, why hasn’t anyone questioned the fabric of lies that constitutes Susan Konig’s campaign website? Can’t wait to see her “lawsuit” against Borgia when she loses. Again.

  5. Marcia Drut-Davis permalink
    August 28, 2011 9:11 am

    Can anyone tell me how Colabough Pond Road is faring during Irene? I have an Uncle living there. They are in their 80’s.

  6. georgianna33 permalink
    March 30, 2012 3:50 pm

    Can you tell me why the post relative to a law suit filed by Susan Konig vs some bloggers on this post and other blogs – attorneys representing are Roseann Schuyler. It came across my computer earlier today and now it seems to have been removed?

    March 30th 2012
    Georgianna Grant
    grantgk@ optonline.net

    • March 30, 2012 8:45 pm

      We removed this post on advice of legal counsel.

      • georgianna33 permalink
        March 31, 2012 10:30 am

        Too bad! CrotonWatch has been a voice of reason since its inception in my opinion. You guys work really hard to remain open and non-partisan – unlike some other blogs that claim to be about anything and everything Croton but present and allow only myopic and one-sided arguments. Open dialogue and debate should not be silenced with lawsuits! I would hope this lawsuit, if pursued, would accomplish true identities of the bloggers on the other well known Croton blogs as well.

  7. Liz Jacobson permalink
    May 5, 2012 8:53 am

    I also hope for good things from this blog. I’ve watched other blogs that purported themselves to be for Croton. However, it quickly became clear that was ONLY if you agreed with their very one-sided agenda. You couldn’t even argue a valid point, without being personally attacked. Or… Your point of view wasn’t even posted.
    I have friends with various political affiliations, and lean only toward the person that is best for the job/Croton. I feel it is necessary and vital that every community have a forum for open & respectful discourse. I hope this blog doesn’t get bogged down in the miasma of nastiness that seems to be a hallmark of the local blogs. (I’ve seen a bit of it rear its head here already. Hopefully it won’t take this one over like it has the others.)
    What’s important is to remember that we all want what’s best for Croton – we just have varying ideas on what that is.
    Here’s wishing you the best on your endeavor.

  8. May 8, 2012 7:53 am

    Agreed. We all want what’s best for Croton. We’re not into editing comments (though bad language is a no-no!) and strive for open and respectful discourse. Of course, sometimes we have our own opinions – we don’t purport to be without them. But we welcome diverse opinion and even heated exchanges. To date, we think we’ve achieved our goals as stated above.

    And here’s to wishing YOU the best on your future endeavors! Keep reading!

    • georgianna33 permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:36 am

      All the above are exactly what we need — good, open discussions between people with opposing views. I am a life-long Democrat, have never tried to hide that fact, am proud of it and have learned a great deal about “politics” and behavior by interaction with the other side of the aisle. I don’t have to agree with them but need to respect their right to be expressed. I admit to that being really hard when in my heart and from history I know a position to be incorrect and deliberately misguiding. Keep it up Crotonwatch. Keep giving us both sides of issues and may the best for Croton win in the long term.

  9. Kelly permalink
    May 9, 2012 9:29 pm

    One question, if you know who the “other blogger” is and they are known to be destructive is there a way you could catch them? Just because this person disagrees with people doesn’t mean that they should destroy property, isn’t that childish? I’m shocked that this would happen here. I myself have been a victim of destruction, and expensive as well. I don’t take lightly to these situations.

  10. June 10, 2012 12:35 pm

    How do I go about posting stuff on Croton Watch? Is it a free service?

    • June 12, 2012 11:18 am

      You can’t post a new topic yourself, but write to us at editor@watchcroton.com and we usually post. Sometimes we get busy and timely posts get by us, but we try our best.

  11. georgianna33 permalink
    February 11, 2013 4:22 pm

    What ever happened with the lawsuit field a year ago by Susan Konig and the
    GOP in Croton filed in State Supreme Court in March charging libel for anonymous bloggers. Has it been dismissed or is it stilll pending? Thanks

    • February 12, 2013 7:45 am

      Still pending.

      • georgianna33 permalink
        February 12, 2013 9:10 am

        Thanks for getting back so quickly. We have so many lawsuits going on at one time in our bucolic little village, it gets hard to keep track!

      • d-con permalink
        February 16, 2013 8:26 am

        What’s really interesting is the bulk of these lawsuits are being prosecuted by one particular local law firm.

  12. georgianna33 permalink
    July 21, 2014 7:10 am

    Mrs. Bruno … who are you ? Perhaps we can meet over a cup of coffee and have an intelligent conversation and discuss our different opinions and assessments of the current political environment in our beloved Croton –

  13. Johne986 permalink
    September 11, 2014 7:05 pm

    I really enjoy reading on this website, it holds great articles. Don’t put too fine a point to your wit for fear it should get blunted. by Miguel de Cervantes. bkceeabadgdg

  14. georgianna33 permalink
    September 12, 2014 7:18 pm

    I do indeed read the blogs and if there is something posted about which i have opinion I’d like to share I will reply (or initiate). It seems however that I’m “banned” from posting on the EverythingCroton Blog and have never been informed that my comment weren’t welcome. So be it. WATCH CROTON, in my opinion is a much more meaningful and diverse blog and I continue to post there and am happy to sign my name.

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