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Ten years ago former Democratic Town Supervisor Nordgren lost his re-election bid after pushing through the most draconian wetlands law of Westchester upon Lewisboro and unsuccessfully attempting to impose affordable housing.
Now Parsons, another Democrat, again is trying to finish Nordgren’s job, regardless of the fact the wetlands law has severely damaged the Lewisboro real estate market; especially as it also regulates any puddle regardless of size as a town wetland, while all other municipalities regulate wetlands of a quarter-acre or larger.
Worse, the wetlands law mandates a 150-foot buffer zone when most other towns have a 100-foot setback. For the past several years numerous neighbors, because of ill health or job losses, have put their homes on the market. They have to reduce the home price significantly, in one case by 80 percent, to sell.
Another neighbor finally threw in the towel for a home listed at more than a million dollars, after five years on and off the market, when her home was put in foreclosure. Several elderly neighbors who became sick due to strokes or heart attacks have not been able to sell and move because of the deteriorating real estate market.
Since becoming supervisor, Parsons has not done anything to improve the homeowners’ lot, except seeking to increase property taxes and now again inflicting affordable housing upon the town, presumably because of federal threats of litigation.
Parsons ignores the fact the federal government is totally powerless to impose any affordable housing law upon Lewisboro as the town is protected by the Municipal Home Rule under the New York State Constitution.
Instead of minding the deteriorating fortunes of the masses in the real estate market’s death spiral, Parsons is pandering to his party and helping to deliver the final death blow to the moribund real estate market.
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