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article imageOp-Ed: Why Greenburgh, NY is Thriving Special

By Diane Creston     Nov 9, 2012 in Lifestyle
Looking for a dynamic community that's a magnet for people and corporations seeking excellent quality of life, open government, and growth? Then explore Greenburgh, NY.
The town of Greenburgh, with its diverse population of 86,000 plus, is located in the western area of Westchester County, New York.
It's a remarkable community comprised of six villages and several unincorporated areas. One of the benefits of living in Greenburgh is that the town subscribes to a policy of open government where residents can participate at Town Board meetings by phone from their homes. All meetings are televised and streamed live on the Internet.
The town is thriving, and as a result, it's attracting new residents and corporations. Paul Feiner, the Town Supervisor, is one of the primary driving forces behind the town's growth. His commitment is so deep that he's one of the few politicians that I know of who willingly gives out all of his phone, cell, and home.
Feiner is very involved with connecting companies and job seekers. To quote him, "In my spare time I’m a volunteer headhunter. I’ve been reaching out to companies in the County and encouraging them to send me their job listings. This has been a very successful endeavor. Many people have found wonderful jobs and great employees. Hopefully, I can help you as well."
Feiner was named by Common Cause as one of six national recipients of their public service achievement award. The award cited Feiner as a “force of imagination, initiative and perseverance that has made an outstanding contribution to the public interest in the areas of government performance and integrity.”
Greenburgh was the first locality in the region to have an open space referendum. As a result, the town expanded parkland from 200 acres to more than 600.
The dramatic combination of open space and the early morning sunrise makes for a fantastic way to st...
The dramatic combination of open space and the early morning sunrise makes for a fantastic way to start the day.
With its commitment to families, the town built new interactive kiddy pool along with After School Programs and 17 new playgrounds.
The serene and fascinating Greenburgh Nature Center is an extraordinary wonderland of fun and adventure. Visit at: [url= t=_Many families move to Greenburgh because of the town's quality of life, low crime rate, and its dedication to families and children.
In addition to the many private golf courses and tennis courts such as the elegant Scarsdale Country Club, the town also has numerous adult program including yoga, tennis, dance, exercise classes, basketball, among others. All of the programs are available for a very nominal fee.
The town has spent a tremendous amount of money with the construction of a state-of-the-art library. Greenburgh is also an ideal location for commuters with easy access to bus, and rail transportation.
Looking from the present toward the future, there's also an initiative to reduce government costs. Paul Feiner states, "We must make government leaner and more efficient. New York State’s government in the 21st century can’t continue to operate like we did in the 19th and 20th centuries."
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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