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Quay Dwellers Most Impacted by Bridge Planning to Speak Out at Tonight's Hearing

Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner will also address the need to form a citizen advisory committee for people like Goldberg and Chorost who reside in the adjacent Quay.

 

“We live at ground zero” said Sherwood Chorost an hour before tonight's hearing about the environmental impact statement on the Tappan Zee Hudson River Crossing Project. Chorost and his wife, Alice Goldberg, have lived in the since 1994. They moved here, like many, for the view.

It looks all but certain that their view, and much more, is about to change forever. “We are going to have an extraordinarily major impact,” said Goldberg, who serves as President of the Homeowners' Association for the 89 units occupied by mostly older citizens.

“We will hear an awful lot of pounding. If it's anything like it was in 1955, there will be major noise, dirt, pollution, and that's just during the construction phase,” Chorost said.

, which on paper might seem minor “in the grand scheme of things” compared to the wider swath of land that will be taken over on the , Goldberg said. But, “for the people who live here, it's major.”

For residents who may be interested in selling out, “it's too late,” Goldberg said. “Who knows what this will do to the retail value.” Those closer to South Broadway in the complex feel that they will be less impacted, but for those living on the southern end, the bridge will loom that much closer.

“The pool will be covered by the shadow from the bridge. The tennis, the clubhouse won't be the same,” said Goldberg. “We won't lose the amenities here, but it will be much less pleasant.”

The Homeowners' Association hired an engineer to help them wade through the massive impact statement. Chorost plans to read a letter at the hearing this evening. Greenburgh Town Supervisor plans to speak to the need for state officials to create an , as he posted on Patch today.

Meanwhile, as much as they will continue to voice their opinions, citizens like Goldberg and Chorost admit to feeling helpless in the path of what seems to be a massive engine that will move forward no matter what. “We are feeling very unsupported by anybody,” Goldberg said. “We don't feel like we get any real answers or that there's any real regard for people who will be impacted the most.”

Public Hearing Tonight
Thursday, March 1, 4 p.m. - 9 p.m.
Westchester Marriott
Grand Ballroom
670 White Plains Road, Tarrytown

joy March 02, 2012 at 01:51 PM
I feel for the residents.
Heron March 02, 2012 at 02:23 PM
I attended the meeting last night and I thought that both Mayor Fixel and Paul Feiner spoke very well and made it clear that they are not happy with the bridge project as it now stands. In fact the moderator had to tell Mayor Fixel that he needed to stop talking. They feel it is unconscionable for the bridge to be rebuilt without mass transit. The speaker that made me the angriest was the woman in purple from the Westchester Business Council. I had to restrain myself from booing.
Blue March 02, 2012 at 02:24 PM
I think they should be compensated to move elsewhere just as if the complex had to be demolished. The quality of life is severely diminished short and long term.
DeeplyConcernedabout T-town March 02, 2012 at 02:38 PM
If you think that the proposed barriers will block the sounds & muffle the noise, THINK AGAIN. When the World Trade Center was being built, large canvases were stretched to contain the dust & ASBESTOS.....DIDN'T WORK. Flew all over the area. Can the barriers with stand the winds on the river? Don't trust the politicains who 'fast tracked' the bridge. Follow the money trail!
David Cartenuto March 02, 2012 at 05:21 PM
The best way to alleviate the concerns of those who live in the Quay is to build the bridge just to the south of the existing one. There is a natural straight line if one looks from the curve in the eastbound side to the toll booths. It is straight line which leaves no one impacted as it ends right at the toll booths. I am told that if the bridge goes that way, it enters another jurisdiction, either the MTA or the Port Authority. I do not understand the latter since the bridge is entirely in NY. Surely grown people can negotiate something which would save a substantial number of people on both sides of the bridge a lot of grief, and save money since no land would have to be twken, and the bridge would be shorter. Dave Cartenuto, Briarcliff Manor, NY

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