This is an open letter from David McFadden, the mayor of the Village of Tuxedo Park, to the Tuxedo Town Council candidates on the proposed Tuxedo Farms expansion.
Dear incumbents and challengers:
Congratulations on your decision to run to serve the Town of Tuxedo, and by extension, the Village of Tuxedo Park.
Recently the Related Development Company Tuxedo Farms project managers have applied for an alteration in the Special Permit. Among other things, they have asked the Town to increase the density of the units from 1,200 to 2,000.
Some of my constituents have concerns about increased vehicle traffic, negative environmental impact, increased light and noise and safety and security, as the developments immediate geographical neighbor.
On the other hand, increasing tenants may help the school and local businesses, which is no concern.
Regarding revenue, the requested density approaches the Woodgrove Apartment Complex in Sloatsburg, purchased by The Watchtower Org., removing it from the property tax roll. This is noteworthy and could happen here.
Early voting starts Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. Please articulate your position on granting the Special Permit. I will publish your response on the Village Website on the voters’ behalf.
The voters in Tuxedo Park will play a decisive role in this year’s election.
David McFadden, Mayor
Village of Tuxedo Park
Editor’s note: The mayor’s letter ends with this sentence: “This letter may not reflect the Trustees’ views or all Tuxedo Park residents and property owners.”