Petition against proposed Valhalla group home garners hundreds of signatures

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A proposed group home in Mount Pleasant is drawing concerns from residents.

An online petition against the proposal for the home at 5 Halsey Place in Valhalla has already gained 334 signatures.

News 12 cameras were not allowed into the hearing at the New York state Office of People with Developmental Disabilities in Tarrytown concerning the proposed group home that would house six women with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  It would also require routine maintenance and 24-hour staff.

Residents cited concerns that the home will lower property values, cause congestion on the dead-end street and cause safety concerns.

Officials from the nonprofit YAI, which is proposing the home, were at Monday's meeting with the Town of Mount Pleasant.

Although town officials wouldn't comment on the matter, a public notice says the town planned to present evidence of an overconcentration of similar facilities in town, which is also a concern because group homes are tax-exempt.  The town loses tens of thousands of dollars each time a new home is established.

YAI has not commented on the matter.

The state will make the decision on whether the proposal will move forward.

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