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Resident Seeks Input about Port Chester's Amnesty Program

When the amnesty program was first introduced, we thought it was good.  We thought their main purpose was to eliminate illegal apartments and overcrowding in PC.  What it has become is a nightmare for the good taxpaying residents.  They have turned it into a "cash cow" by using a threatening strategy of using a deadline to sign up for the program.  They even gave an example showing the public that if they don't sign up, the cost for complying with the codes would cost you many thousands more.  It is so much easier to get money from the "good guys" than work a little harder going after the "bad guys."  This is absolutely wrong, and we should do all we can to rid ourselves of this scourge.  I am asking all of you to make yourselves heard, in any way you can, to let the BOT know that you're against the amnesty program.  Many of you have already suffered because of it and many are still suffering.  We can only overcome this unfair and possibly illegal practice to go on by uniting against it.  Unfortunately, so many residents are intimidated to appear at BOT meetings, but you can write, call, e-mail or FAX your feelings.  This will go a long way, because they might pay some attention to many voices speaking out against the amnesty.  You can also post your comments here, because they pay attention to what is said on the Patch.  Please give some help to this senior who was born and raised in PC, and who can't help but fight against a program that is wrong.
Silvio V. Buccieri May 15, 2014 at 03:40 PM
LINDA, I know you are finished with this, But what have done about OVERCROWDING, AND YOU LOVE PORT CHESTER. HA HA .OOOOOOOW
Bea Conetta May 15, 2014 at 03:56 PM
This is quite unbelievable. Four people who truly want nothing but the best for Port Chester, are bickering back and forth to each other. Let's bury the hatchet and continue what all of you do best; work for the betterment of our village. Don't harbor ill will towards each other and do continue to comment on things that need fixing. I respect all four of you!!!!
Anne Latella May 15, 2014 at 04:04 PM
Linda -I am not offended by either yours or Keith's negative comments regarding my comments. I am not so vain that I expect everyone to agree with me. If a person is able to dish out negative comments they also need the ability to accept them. As you stated these comments are supposed to be a means to hopefully influence the BOT to do what is in the best interests of Port Chester. Certainly Monday Morning Quarter Backs could lose but also sometimes win. Quitters absolutely cannot win. So hang in there and keep saying whatever it is you want to say, positive or negative. These issues are really stirring up peoples passions, just as the issues of this country also are.
JJ May 18, 2014 at 11:25 AM
The best way to "influence" the BOT is to attend the meetings and be seen and heard. It's very doubtful that any of them read the Patch at this time.
Bea Conetta May 20, 2014 at 03:27 PM
You're absolutely right, but it's hard to get residents to come to meetings and speak out. Thanks for your comment.

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