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Public Hearing: Those Against Rivertowns Square

Find out what those who are opposed to the project said Thursday.

Nightmare traffic conditions, increased storm water runoff and flooding, a local business killer and detrimental to the Ardsley School District and Village of Dobbs Ferry are among the descriptions used to explain the proposed Rivertowns Square development at a public hearing Thursday, held at the Embassy Community Center in Dobbs Ferry.

Click on our videos to see what those who are opposed to the multi-use development proposed for the former 17.7-acre site Akzo Nobel off the Saw Mill River Parkway in Dobbs Ferry said at the hearing.

Click here to see what those who are for the project said at the hearing, and here for all of our coverage on Rivertowns Square.

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change can be good November 19, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Dr J . I know equal amounts of people who support this as I do.
BPIsYourFriendJustFollowFredosLead November 19, 2012 at 02:30 AM
Take it easy on Dina, Patch has nothing to do with traditional news or journalism. Dina is overworked, underpaid and in a no win situation. This is an ill conceived venture,which is failing miserably. It doesn't help that job titles such as editor are being employed, Hostess is far better. At no time in history is there a greater need for the 4th estate to reappear, with no better place to start than the local level. There is so much potential for a site devoted to local news and politics, none of which AOL has any interest in. This site has no interest in asking tough questions are "reporting" on issues. It is about regurgitating blurbs from other sources and whitewashing issues, with strong bias being paid to the communities from which it is trying to receive advertising revenues from. It's all about mindless, making nice. Patch reminds one much more of red journalism than anything else. As sad as this is, making matters worse is that Ms. Sciortino actually has some old school instincts for actually reporting a story, but alas this is the last place for such instincts or anyone interested in real journalism.
Paddy Steinschneider November 20, 2012 at 02:41 AM
BP makes a good point. Those of us old enough to have been schooled on McLuhan and Toffler should understand what has been happening. There has been a shift in the way the news and reporting work. No where is this more apparent then in the line up of channels on television trying to cover the news almost before it happens. This causes the presentation to have to shift from a supposed unbiased presentation of something that has already happened to paying attention to something that is happening in real time and trying to understand it as in unfolds. There is a great scene on Newsroom when Jeff Daniels is pressured to report that the Congresswoman has died from the shooting in Arizona. The fear of the network is that someone else will report the news first and being first is what it has become all about. Is it more important to be first? Or right? Is it more important to provide useful information? Or to attract attention? This site is part of a new idea, which has not yet been perfected. The opportunity for dialogue is a positive. The problem is when people try to present opinion as fact or, worse, offer legend as reality. For example, there may be things that can be improved on Rivertowns Square, but that won't be achieved by vitriolic hyperbole misrepresenting very real community needs. Rabid obstructionism prevents the meaningful dialogue that can lead to the best solutions.
The Polite Irony November 20, 2012 at 04:45 AM
Paddy, the state of journalism in general is disturbing enough, however this 'yet to be perfected concept' (and let's pray to God that it is never perfected) goes far beyond gentrified, shallow, reporting which does not require anything approaching investigation. Patch is in the business of presenting local businesses and municipalities in positive lights. Myself and others have found that here in these comment boxes, Patch and it's editors or as BP suggests, 'hostesses,' do not want anything to do with investigating local Mayors, case in point Mayor Swiderski and his handling of the deer issue and or Hastings' relationship with BP and their public thanks to them, both while oil still spewed uncapped and most recently while 60 percent of homes were without lights in the village of Hastings. They have no interest in real stories or what is actually going on the Rivertowns and brewing underneath. In short, Patch is a reflection of where we find ourselves. It is a shame.
Paddy Steinschneider November 20, 2012 at 05:13 PM
At 62, I still can't fathom how words are transformed into electronic signals that reorganize themselves after going through the air to match what was sent. The "yet to be perfected" is the idea of instant reporting from the actual place with the people who are doing the reporting identified for whatever association they may have with the story. Rachel Sterne created an amazing web source "Ground Report" that enables people to really know what is really happening in real time. Often the reporting from the field more accurately reflects the facts better than the regurgitated and filtered version that we get on the networks. Personally, with the exception of Rachel Maddox, the only accurate reporting that I have seen about some major issues has been on the fictional television show "Network" or on "South Park". I can imagine that, at some point in the future, we will have learned how not to compromise the value of this form of exchange, as we continue our transformations back to being citizens first and consumers second. Integral to being good citizens is civility. I am sincere when I thank people for expressing their honest opinions, even when they differ from mine. That is how we build consensus to solve real problems. Two things concern me: when people on sites like this bombard or bully people with nonsense, and when people simply post information that they know to be false. I think this medium offers the opportunity for a quicker response to misinformation.

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