Yorktown, N.Y. – (2/16/12) –Surrounded by local elected officials and small businesses owners, Senator Greg Ball (R, C – Patterson) hosted a roundtable focused on local job creation. Senator Ball tapped the talents of economic development expert Mayor Delfino for the event, the former Mayor of White Plains who oversaw an impressive economic renaissance.
The need for state investment in infrastructure improvements, specifically along Route 202, to support local economic growth in Yorktown was the main topic of conversation.
“It is imperative that New York State and the Town of Yorktown work together to improve our infrastructure to show we are all committed to local and sustainable job creation,” said Senator Ball, “job creation has been my number one priority since being elected, and I look forward to working with the Town of Yorktown to ensure these projects become a reality.”
Currently, Yorktown is proposing to expand Route 202 from Strang Boulevard to the Bear Mountain Parkway to create a center left turn lane for the remainder of Lexington Avenue. This construction would make Route 202 more convenient for local traffic and shoppers, an added bonus for companies interested in investing and creating jobs in Yorktown, such as Costco. The creation of this lane will also help the Town move forward with Crompond Crossing, and the Feildhome expansion.
“It’s good to have Senator Ball’s support,” stated newly elected Yorktown Supervisor Michael Grace, “Good progress was made today, and I look forward to keeping this conversation going.”
During the discussion, participants of the roundtable, Ann Kutter from the Yorktown Planning Board, Councilman Terrence Murphy, Councilman Vishnu Patel and Councilman Nick Bianco stressed how important these projects are to the local economy in Yorktown. Yolanda Robinson was the State Comptroller’s office was also in attendance.
“It’s a long time coming,” said Councilman Murphy, “my family has been living here for 52 years and the East/West 202 quarters has been a nightmare since I was a kid. This meeting today was a huge step in the right direction of real progress. We’ve continuously talked about the study and nothing has gotten done. We’ve got the perfect opportunity to marry the private and public sector and work together as a team.”
“It’s good to keep the conversation going and hopefully we will continue,” said Councilman Nick Bianco. “It’s good to have the State Senators support on this.”
“With 200 million dollars in proposed development at our door step, Yorktown can no longer wait for national incentives. The time is now for our local elected officials, business leaders and residents to come together and realize these fantastic opportunities,” said the president of The Yorktown Chamber of Commerce, Joseph Visconti. “I commend Senator Greg Ball for taking the initiative to work together with us to ensure Yorktown’s future.”
For more information or to speak with Senator Ball, please contact Joe Bachmeier: (845) 200-9716.