Greenburgh supervisor hires investigators to probe Edgemont petition
The Town of Greenburgh paid $50,000 to send private investigators to the homes of those who signed a petition supporting Edgemont breaking away from Greenburgh and incorporating as its own village.
Eliana Weissman, one of the 1450 who signed their names on the petition, says investigators showed up her door last Friday in an attempt to verify her signature.
During the meeting, which was caught on her home surveillance camera, she says one of the investigators gave her an affidavit to sign, without explaining what it was.
"They were trying to nullify my signature. I'm certain of that," Weissman told News 12.
Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner says the town's decision to send private investigators door to door to neighbors in Edgemont is justified.
"We hired a former judge of the appellate division of the state of New York and he's given us advice I'm following," says Feiner.
When asked about using taxpayer money for the town's investigation into the signatures, he said he has a "responsibility by state law that the petitions are compiled by and we have to be there and careful and this way nobody will feel it's based on politics, but by the law."
Twelve people signed the affidavit last week. Weismann did not.
"I believe they would have used that document as proof that I wanted it to be nullified," says Weissman.
Supervisor Feiner says Greenburgh would lose around $17 million per year if Edgemont incorporates. Edgemont would be the first village to incorporate in Westchester since Rye Brook in 1982.
Feiner says if the petitions are in compliance with state law, a referendum will be held in June or July.