Edgemont could become village in March 13 votePosted: Updated:
Residents of the Edgemont hamlet in Greenburgh are one step closer to forming their own village.
The affluent, idyllic 2.5-square-mile stretch has fought to separate itself from the Town of Greenburgh for decades. On Thursday, a judge ordered Greenburgh to hold a special vote to begin the process.
Bob Bernstein, the president of the Edgemont Community Council, is one of more than 1,400 people who signed a petition seeking the separation.
"This allows us to exercise our right of self-determination," he says. "To determine the form of local government we wish to be under."
Jeff Sherwin is another local leader in the charge to establish a unique identity for Edgemont.
He says money is not the motivation -- but Edgemont's share of Greenburgh's taxes is reportedly 26 percent, even though it makes up just 17 percent of the local population.
Greenburgh Town Supervisor Paul Feiner says he'll decide next week whether to appeal the judge's ruling. If Edgemont does incorporate as a village, he says the town would lose about $17 million in revenue a year.
"It's very possible that there could be significant layoffs and cuts in services," he says.
If the town of decides not to appeal, a special election on whether Edgemont should become a village will be held on March 13.