Supporters, opponents of FASNY meet at public hearing

Tempers flared in White Plains Wednesday night as supporters and opponents of a plan to put a school campus at the site of the former Ridgeway Country Club met at a public hearing.



The French American School of New York, or FASNY, has for years been trying to get a new campus built on Hathaway Road. The school already has locations in Larchmont, Scarsdale and Mamaroneck, but residents in White Plains have fought them on the proposal.



"It has been deemed environmentally sensitive land, yet they still want to build a school," says John DeMartin.



FASNY purchased the Ridgeway Country Club in 2011, a site specifically zoned for public and private schools.



Due to so much backlash, the group significantly reduced their plans - cutting back on traffic, eliminating their proposal to have nursery classes through fifth grade and essentially slashing the number of students in half.



Wednesday's hearing was the last chance for the public to voice their opinions on the project, but they will still have time to mail in their comments before a final decision is made.


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