Edgemont village proponents to sue Greenburgh town

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Greenburgh residents who want to incorporate the Village of Edgemont say they plan to sue the town supervisor for denying their petition to hold a referendum on the issue. Greenburgh residents who want to incorporate the Village of Edgemont say they plan to sue the town supervisor for denying their petition to hold a referendum on the issue.
GREENBURGH -

Greenburgh residents who want to incorporate the Village of Edgemont say they plan to sue the town supervisor for denying their petition to hold a referendum on the issue.

"Fourteen-hundred people in the community is a tremendous amount of support," says Jeff Sherwin, who leads the Edgemont Incorporation Committee. "We would like to have local control, just like our school and fire districts, over planning and zoning and services."

But Greenburgh Supervisor Paul Feiner says recent petitions to incorporate have failed to meet requirements under state law. 

"Eleven  of the 14 objections were invalid, and three were valid," Feiner says. "We rejected the petition on that basis."

He claims that some of the signatures were forged, which an attorney for the incorporation committee disputes.

"There was no evidence presented at the hearing to support any findings of forgery," says Bob Bernstein, the attorney. "You cannot prove forgery by comparing a signature on a petition with a signature on a voter registration role."

Bernstein says the residents will go to court to overturn the decision to invalidate their petition.

Feiner says he expects the town to prevail.

"Very slim chance a court will overrule the recommendations," he says. "We really were careful."

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