I just got off the phone with Deb Ramsey, a Tax Watch reader, who told me she’s nearing 500 signatures on her Change.org petition opposing Bikepath Country’s bid to sell outdoor advertising on the Putnam Trailway.
She had read my May 23 column, which broke the story, and subsequent Tax Watch blog postings, which have detailed a tale of backroom deals, cronyism, and deceit in the auctioning off of the views on one of Putnam’s most beloved preserves.
“They shouldn’t make a decision on a public venue without public input,” said Ramsey, of Croton-on-Hudson, past president of the Westchester Cycle Club, who often rides in Putnam. “It’s a public space. The public should have a say in what happens.”
Westchester ditched its trailway ads deal with Bikepath Country in June, after hearing, loud and clear, from cyclists and pedestrians that they didn’t want to see advertising in their woods. The Astorino administration didn’t need that headache this election year.