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[UPDATE]FASNY Officials Surprised by Meeting Postponement

People leaving the White Plains Common Council Chambers Monday, following Mayor Thomas Roach's announcement that a vote on the findings statement for the French American School of New York's plan for new campus is postponed. (Monday, Dec. 9, 2013)
People leaving the White Plains Common Council Chambers Monday, following Mayor Thomas Roach's announcement that a vote on the findings statement for the French American School of New York's plan for new campus is postponed. (Monday, Dec. 9, 2013)
Geoff Thompson, a spokesman for the French American School of New York, said he was surprised by the White Plains Common Council’s decision Monday night to postpone its vote on the findings statement to next week.

FASNY officials found about the decision shortly before the rest of the general public, Thompson said.

“I think everyone in the room was surprised, but it’s been a long process,” Thompson said. “Now, it’s going to be one week longer.”

Councilman John Martin said the decision to table the matter was made just before the meeting was scheduled to begin. That didn’t leave enough time for the Council to address the changes that needed to be made Monday.

“I thinkers members on the Council were commenting from when the document came out up through today,” Martin said. “After sufficient comments were in, it was decided that there were some changes that needed to be made.”

The Common Council still hasn’t said what changes or concerns needed to be addressed in the findings statement.

Kevin Clampet lives on Gedney Farm Drive, in the vicinity of where the school would be built. Clampet said the main concern he has with FASNY’s proposal is the amount of traffic it could attract to the area.

“I really don’t have  a dog in the fight because I live in the outskirts [of the proposal],” Clampet said. “But it seems that if this  is that up in arms against a project that’s going to be in their neighborhood,you would think the council that these people elected would listen to them.”

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AMC December 10, 2013 at 07:53 AM
Ouch. Teflon FASNY finally gets its first set back. The calculus changes in this inappropriate proposed mega-development. The Common Council may be waking up and listening to the people of White Plains, finally. Several issues forced the postponement and rethinking of the entire proposed development: "de-mapping" the iconic Hathaway Lane, dumping the equivalent of four and a half Super Stop&Shops in the middle of an award-winning residential neighborhood, realignment of the WPHS entrance and the impossibility of the enforcement of "mandatory" busing. All options hold water and that's the problem. Postponement? The real conclusions of the findings demonstrate unequivocally that no special permit should be granted.
Kristoff Lukas December 10, 2013 at 10:57 AM
City Council Political Nonsense. Enough is enough wasting (our) taxpayer’s money, city hall costs, studies, and city council salaries. Wake up city council our taxes are not inexhaustible with your out of control taxpayer cost for your indecisive continuing FASNY smoke and mirror delays. Continuing obstacles you continue to create, meetings after meetings. Remember the “REZOING RECREATIONAL DISTRICT DELAY” THAT WAS DOA! It’s your incapability, inability to lead, take leadership, exhibit leadership, execute any leadership and end your political career nonsense; it’s three years now since January 2010 FASNY entered into our community. Again at the last minute you table delay the public’s decision? What you just exhibited is the city council’s ineptness after three years to make a simple yes or no special permit FASNY community decision and move on. It’s time you end this taxpayer political circus and let the public know where the city council stands on this issue. Make a decision VOTE that is what you’re elected to do, lead! Carl Albanese

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