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Scarsdale to Continue Land Use Issues Discussion

SCARSDALE, N.Y. – When the Scarsdale Village Board of Trustees received a petition with more than 200 signatures complaining about building and land use issues, it promised to thoroughly study the situation. Monday, that study will continue when the municipal service committee meets at 6:55 p.m. at village hall.

"This meeting does continue discussions and definitions of building issues," Mayor Miriam Levitt-Flisser said Friday. The meeting is open to the public and public input will be solicited.

The meeting will be the second dedicated to the topic. The first was held Feb. 22 , with about 10 members of public attending, half of whom spoke about their concerns. Tempers flared as Building Department Chief Nunzio Pietrosanti attempted to defend himself and his department against allegations of showing favoritism toward contractors and of being unresponsive and unpleasant to residents.

The petition, initiated by Ruth Frankel, said the building department has failed to "represent the best interests" of Scarsdale residents and "most of the signers of the petition had their own negative experiences in dealing with the building department."

Trustee Richard Toder said at the meeting that, for all complaints, it was necessary to establish whose jurisdiction the situation was in. Many complaints aired at the meeting and addressed to the building department should have been addressed to other land use board and committees, he said.

Pietrosanti said his department could only enforce village and state laws, and if people have problems with those laws, "that's a board problem." Flisser and Toder agreed, and said the board would continue to listen to the residents and continue to discuss methods and procedures for doing business

"This isn't over, it's just beginning," Toder said. "And I promise you that, no matter what we do to fix it, it won't be perfect."

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