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Eastchester OKs $1.4M Bond to Fix Roads, Sidewalks

EASTCHESTER, N.Y. – Eastchester will have money for street and sidewalk repairs and for equipment purchases after a $1.4 million bond issue was approved at Tuesday night’s Board of Trustees meeting.

But the board denied a month-old request for a moratorium on the subdivision of lots in Bronxville Manor.

Town Supervisor Anthony Colavita justified the cost of the bond, saying the maintenance and purchases are needed for the upkeep of Eastchester's infrastructure and equipment.

“This is consistent with what we have done year-to-year, and we are weighing everything out to keep things going,” he said. “We have been asking our departments to do more with less, but we have to look at the big picture and take appropriate action.”

The five-member board unanimously endorsed spending $500,000 for resurfacing streets; $250,000 for curb and sidewalk repairs; $180,000 for a dump truck; $35,000 for a pickup truck; $33,500 for park equipment; and $40,000 for the purchase and installation of a parking meter kiosk.

“Our highway superintendent needs trucks. We have one truck that is constantly being repaired that is 20 years old,” said Trustee Luigi Marcoccia. “It is better to do a little each year than play catchup at the end of the road. It’s not a small number, but it will definitely improve our infrastructure.”

The town will receive a low interest rate on the borrowing because of its high municipal credit rating, which will also be advantageous, Trustee Glenn Bellitto said.

Later, Colavita and other trustees turned back a bid by members of the Bronxville Manor Preservationists to stop a controversial lot subdivision in their neighborhood by placing a moratorium on future parceling of lots.

“It is a very drastic remedy and not at all appropriate,” Colavita said of the moratorium. “We have spent countless hours reviewing the information presented to us and our own records. And based on that, a moratorium is simply not warranted.”

The application pending before the Zoning Board does not require any variances and the area in question is not covered by the remediation proposed by an earlier drainage study, Colavita said in turning down the request.

“It does not raise it to a level of crisis to create a moratorium,” said Trustee Fred Salanitro. “Based on the evidence I see now, there is simply not substantial evidence to deprive anyone of their property.”

He said the group might consider tackling the larger flooding issue in the neighborhood.

“We are disappointed by their response and are a little concerned about their analysis,” said Sandra Tocco, co-founder and spokesman for the preservationist group. “We think that we have demonstrated sufficiently that there should be some kind of rezoning.”

“We are going to review their analysis and then determine next steps. Meanwhile, we will charge ahead with our efforts with the Zoning Board and hope that they won’t be swayed by the Town Board’s decision.”

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