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When I first suggested a roundabout as a possible creative
option to improve our Main and Spring Street intersection (AKA 5
corners) I had no idea how much controversy this option for the public
safety project would cause.
As a Village Trustee it is important that the confidence you
have placed with me for the past 5 years continues. I am committed to
making sure all decisions are done as a community as much as
possible. I have heard the public comments and concerns on this issue.
What is clear is that we need a holistic plan for our downtown to be
developed with community input, a process that had started originally
and was abandoned in 2014. We've waited this long, I don't believe
waiting a few more months to make it as right as possible would cause
We have many talented and experienced people in Ossining
and our community should absolutely draw upon those valuable skill
sets. I kindly ask and encourage all such people to apply for the
Downtown Redevelopment Working Committee [DRWC]. The
selection for the DRWC should and will be impartial. As one member
of the BOT I can tell you I will be looking for the best qualified people
to represent our community even if they have never before been
involved in Village affairs. For those not chosen for the committee or
those who can not make the commitment, I strongly encourage your
participation through emails, letters or phone calls.
We can all agree that we want what is best for our Ossining and
its future. Please note, I am not stuck on the idea that a roundabout
must be part of the plan. In fact, I believe that the DRWC's mission
will be less than optimal if they must work around a roundabout.
Maybe they’ll decide it is a good idea and maybe they won’t. The
important thing is that we have a collaborative process that puts the
best plan possible forward for the future of our Downtown Ossining.
Manuel Quezada, Ossining Trustee