NORTH CASTLE, N.Y. Howard Arden, North Castles new Town Supervisor as of Tuesday, Jan. 3, will focus on a number of key issues at the outset of his term.
Having a grocery store in Armonk is high on the list, he said.
Arden said hes been involved in negotiations with Alan Zaretsky and Dominic and John Diguardi, the developers of Armonk Square and Michael Ferari, the developer who filed a petition against the town and the Armonk Square developers, which seeks to stop the construction of Armonk Square and DeCicco Family Markets, the anchor tenant.
Ive had meetings with the parties to see if we can come to an understanding, Arden said. But so far it hasnt been very fruitful.
Arden said the meeting between the parties was very civil but that the groups didnt agree on a solution.
Arden didnt specifically say what the parties discussed during the meeting. To tell you too many details would compromise the possibility of success, but hopefully well meet again after the holidays so we can come to some sort of understanding without going to court, he said.
Feraris petition is currently pending at the Supreme Court of the State of New York in White Plains.
Among the other key issues on Ardens table are town union contracts, which expire on Jan. 1. Weaver said the Triborough Amendment allows union contracts to continue if new ones arent signed, with union employees paid retroactively once new contracts are enacted. It makes it not motivating for unions to settle quickly because theyre not losing anything, he said.
He also plans to tackle the brush pick up issue. Storm damage materials on the road havent been picked up quickly because we havent had the manpower to do it, Arden said. One of my first issues will be to focus on getting the town cleaned up and brush off the road.
Part of the solution to this problem, he said, is to notify residents that the companies they hire to remove brush from their trees cant leave the brush on the side of the road for the town to clean up. Well be sending out notices so residents understand that, Arden said.
Finally, Arden has some positions to fill. He will replace Anna Maria Marrone, North Castles treasurer who resigned and appoint a town administrator, a new position he has created.
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