Last week’s article regarding the proposed Farragut Avenue project in Hastings neglects to frame the issue in the proper light: the project is an improvement planned for a County roadway, to be implemented by the County — at the policy direction of the Village of Hastings-on-Hudson and its residents.
There are many nuances to the project which includes both replacing and striping the roadway surface and also deals with the intersection of Farragut Avenue, Farragut Parkway, and The Fenway. There are State restrictions that regulate in specific ways what can and can’t be done. However, the County — under County Executive George Latimer’s “Good Neighbor Policy” — has indicated the core policy choices on these issues will be recommended by the Village of Hastings and its residents, not decided by the County government.
The County does indeed have “the final word” on the project but we have chosen to ensure that the final word is at the direction and discretion of the people that it will affect most: the people of Hastings-on-Hudson.
The public dialogue at that meeting and in the days that have passed since the meeting should engage Village officials and citizens. Once the final plans have reached consensus, the County will fund and execute the plans.
This is democracy as it should be: the County ensuring that the people are heard.