The fiscal crisis at the Postal Service has nothing to do with "the financial realities resulting from America’s changing mailing habits". If that were the case they could align costs with revenues through staff reductions. The truth is that the Post Office is inundated with post-retirement benefits paid to the United Postal Workers Union. If not for the union, the Post Office would be like any other non-union institution and have the option of offering a defined contribution retirement plan (401-k), vs the defined benefit plan (pensions) that the union forced on them. Organizations like the Post Office will not be able to dig themselves out of the hole their unions dug them into until this 1950's pension mentality goes away. View Comment
The fox was released because the town didn't have the proper trapping permit required to relocate the animal. I agree that the fox was observed as healthy. You can ask the woman that was chased by the fox, fell and lost her teeth if the fox was acting aggressively. Just my opinion, but if you want chickens move to an area where you can do so within the parameters of the local zoning laws. There are farmers markets in Yorktown, Peekskill, Muscoot, and plenty of other nearby areas where you can get fresh farm eggs. View Comment
I believe the party that I alluded to is the party named in this article. Unless I am mistaken and there is a SECOND family in Croton Manor that is looking to raise chickens. I would think that the author of the article could answer your questions on what action was taken if it is indeed the same family, I would only be guessing. In my opinion, a fence would slow the predators from catching the chickens, however it would not deter them from the area, which is pretty densely populated.
With regard to the Winery, I really don't have any knowledge about that situation other than what I've gathered from the articles I've read. I have some recollection of the area being zoned as wetlands, though, not residential. I could be mistaken about that. View Comment
What this article doesn't say is that this person a couple of months ago went out and bought a bunch of chickens and put a chicken coup in her back yard without getting any permits. In addition, the chickens were allowed to roost around the neighborhood and frequently wandered into the streets and onto other people's property.
I for one am against this request as I feel that having the livestock in such close proximity to the other homes will attract foxes and coyotes into the area to prey on the chickens and disturb the residents. I don't want to be out walking my dog at dusk or dawn and have an encounter with one of those animals. Talk to the residents in Ossining that have been dealing with a family of aggressive fox all season and ask them how that feels. View Comment