Environment Impact (SEQR)
The Town, through it's lead agency (initially the Town Board and now Zoning Board) must review the impacts to the surrounding community and determine if independent study is required before rendering a decision. The Town debated doing a SEQR review but then realized it would be bound by the findings and chose specifically not to do it so they could ignore inconvenient data. Click on the image to the right (or above) to see and hear this specifically discussed by the Town.
Positive or Negative Declaration
Initially on Shelbourne, the Town issued a negative declaration. However, they subsequently rescinded the negative declaration, not because of the data presented, but for erroneous reasons which resulted in a lawsuit. Click on the image to the right (or above on mobile) to see and hear Ken Jones and Paul Feiner's full throated support.
Lawsuits and Zoning Board Hearings
Because the Town then subsequently rescinded the negative declaration, the Private Equity Firm is now suing the town after suing individual residents (click here for an explanation from the fund manager), the story of which has parts that directly conflict with Paul Feiner's statements, and is pursuing a variance and while hoping to stop any further discussion on the matter. Click on the image to the right (or above on mobile) to see and hear how Jim Ryan, Shelbourne's consultant, and Lino Sciarretta, Shelbourne's lawyer attempted to mischaracterize the data in front of the zoning board. Click here to see the data Shelbourne claim's is annectdotal and the negative impact they are clearly attempting the zoning board to ignore.