YOU MIGHT HAVE QUESTIONS...
WHO ARE WE?
We are a group of residents from Mamaroneck who worry about our tax dollars being spent wastefully. The most vocal/active members of our group are Daria Locher and Kevin Duarte, who speak up in Village meetings and post on our Facebook and Twitter.
Property taxes help pave our roads, fund our schools and provide critical services to the Village of Mamaroneck, Town of Mamaroneck, and Village of Larchmont. In the Village of Mamaroneck alone, just in the past decade, millions of hard earned taxpayer dollars have been spent on failed lawsuits against the Village. Developers are often turned down in spite of a property’s zoning rights. We cannot continue down this road.
WHAT DO WE DO?
We meet (either virtually or socially distanced) and talk about what our elected officials are doing. We go to town hall meetings and speak up when we hear about wasted tax dollars or inefficient governance. We file Freedom of Information requests to make sure we know more than our elected officials are telling us -- so that we can share our concerns with you and other residents.
Listen for us at the weekly Board of Trustees meetings ask the trustees the hard questions for you!
WHAT ARE ALL THESE LAWSUITS AGAINST THE VILLAGE?
AVC Properties Lawsuit
This ongoing litigation involves three occupied, single-family homes located on Grove Street. The three homes were approved in May 2015 but challenged by three neighbors. Their challenge was denied. During construction, AVC discovered architectural drawing errors on the approved plans, and submitted amended plans to the Building Department. The ZBA subsequently ordered AVC Properties to fix a fence, window wells and more, and warned that certain certificates would be revoked unless AVC Properties complied.
In November 2018, the Building Inspector determined that AVC failed to modify the fence and window egresses in compliance with the Planning Board’s final plan and on November 1, 2018, the Building Inspector revoked the certificates of occupancy for the homes. Following a hearing before the court, it was undisputed that the only remaining issue is whether to annul the ZBA’s resolutions as they relate to the fence and the window wells.
Stuart Tiekert was charged with several violations for renting an illegal apartment in his home. Even though though the Village Board voted against seeking a court order, raising suspicions of favoritism, Mr. Tiekert believed he was wrongly accused of building code violations and sued the VOM.
Hampshire Recreation sued the Village of Mamaroneck in June 2020 for $58 million following rejection of its proposal to build housing at Hampshire Country Club. Hampshire’s Article 78 suit cited eight causes of action alleging that the Village Planning Board was arbitrary and capricious in its decision given the property’s residential zoning and the lengthy environmental review that was undertaken to study its plan. Most recently, Hampshire Recreation sued the Village and Planning Board another $58 million in a takings claim of Hampshire's property.
In November of 2019 the Board of Ethics found Cynthia Goldstein guilty of multiple ethics code violations and recommended she be removed from the Planning Board. The Ethics Board wrote in its finding that, “The facts of this case are unprecedented. It is the most serious ethics case in memory.” Ms. Goldstein sued the Village and the Ethics Board to set aside the Ethics Board recommendation even though Mayor Murphy chose to keep her on the Planning Board.
HOW CAN YOU CONTRIBUTE?
Send us a message on our Facebook page; share something you've seen online or heard in person on the Facebook page; and tell your friends about us!
If you think you have a special skill / knowledge of our local governance / would like to contribute monetarily to our mission, reach out to us at email@example.com to see how else you can contribute!