Despite the town of Greenburgh’s pledge to rent out the 108 efficiency apartments at the former WestHELP homeless complex, Ferncliff Manor for the Retarded in Yonkers hasn’t given up its campaign to tear down the apartments so it can build a campus for developmentally disabled children.
Greenburgh, meanwhile, has set a Dec. 1 deadline for proposals from housing management groups to run the housing for low- and moderate-income tenants. The county Board of Legislators has remained firm in its resolve to preserve the housing and not tear it down.
An email message to the “Friends of Ferncliff,” the for-profit agency said: We are writing to share with you a very important meeting that will occur tomorrow evening, Tuesday, November 13, 2012 at the Westchester County Board of Legislators in White Plains. If you wish to speak on behalf of Ferncliff you need to arrive at 6:30 PM to sign up and you will be given three (3) minutes. If you wish to simply come in support of us, please arrive by 7:00 PM.
Purpose of the meeting before the County Board: Is to speak about the valuable resource that Ferncliff provides to our children with severe developmental disabilities and who reside here. The need is so great and we wish to have you express the important need for an upgraded facility identified specifically at WestHelp. If you are so inclined to speak on behalf of Ferncliff, we would be grateful to you if you could speak about our merits, the importance of Ferncliff Manor to our community. We are not wishing to be hostile in any way but to respectfully convince the Board to consider the WestHelp site for Ferncliff.
Please feel free to read the issues at hand as we advocate for a new home for our children and staff. We look forward to seeing you tomorrow evening. Please feel free to call Ferncliff if you need any assistance. Thank you on behalf of all of us at Ferncliff Manor! Sincerely yours, Gayle Cratty Director, Community Relations The School for Adaptive & Integrative Learning (SAIL) at Ferncliff Manor