FASNY Fires Back at Gedney Association

The French-American School of New York responds to the neighborhood association’s 8-page pamphlet attacking the school’s proposed campus on the former Ridgeway Country Club site.

The French-American School of New York (FASNY) is firing back against the Gedney Association’s accusations with a seven-page newsletter of its own.

“Unfortunately, rather than engage in a substantive conversation about the school, the Gedney Association has mailed out an 8-page anti-FASNY booklet that is full of wild exaggerations and falsehoods,” said FASNY Spokesperson Geoff Thompson, referring to the neighborhood association’s "" publication. 

The Gedney Association—a non-profit organization representing the Gedney Farms residential neighborhood, where FASNY’s property at the former Ridgeway Country Club lies—distributed the newsletter to city residents in July. Click to read that story.

That brochure outlines reasons why the Gedney Association feels the nursery school through twelfth grade campus FASNY wants to build on the 129-acre site would increase tax burdens, create massive traffic and exacerbate flooding.

The school campus would house about 1,200 students and 250 staff members, and would include the construction of:

  • an upper, middle and lower school totaling 230,863 sq ft.
  • three playgrounds
  • four tennis courts
  • four soccer fields
  • a six-lane track
  • basketball court
  • baseball diamond
  • softball diamonds
  • 428 parking spaces
  • an 84-acre open space educational conservancy 

“Rather than let this misinformation go unchallenged, we offer the following comments with respect to the most blatant of the misstatements,” said Thompson.

Click on the PDF to read FASNY’s response to the Gedney Association’s publication and visit www.GreenstoGreen.org for more information on FASNY's proposal.

“Additionally, we urge all interested residents to read the DEIS [draft environmental impact statement] and decide for themselves whether the project benefits outweigh any potential costs or alternatives," Thompson said. 

Thompson said that FASNY is aware of the potential impacts the project could have on the surrounding neighborhood, but that these impacts will be positive compared with other alternatives that could be built on the site where the failing golf course once stood.  

Click here to view the draft environmental impact statement (DEIS) for the project. A copy of the DEIS will also be available for view at the . 

The White Plains Common Council declared the DEIS as complete and ready to be discussed at public hearings on Sept. 19 and Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at city hall. Written comments will be received until 5 p.m. on Oct. 20 and should be directed to the City Clerk, City Hall at 255 Main St., White Plains, NY 10601. 

“Although we have not studied FASNY's public relations firm's press release, it is clear that the information in our newsletter has hit a nerve,” said Gedney Association President Terence Guerriere. “We stand by the information in our newsletter and, if upon complete review we feel a more detailed response is needed, we will be happy to comment further.”

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Dan Seidel August 09, 2012 at 12:49 AM
here's just a sample of how defective, deficient and misleading the FASNY DEIS is: a stormwater "storm drain analysis" of ONLY ONE MONTH at ONLY ONE LOCATION - AT WESTCHESTER HILLS when they owned the property for almost 2 YEARS NOW - ONLY ONE MONTH? 15 minute intervals at ONE DRAIN PIPE. and not even an analysis of the heavy rain weather events and measurements at various drain pipe areas simultanously. NOT EVEN THE USE OF A FLODAR DEVICE!!!! (Chap 4 of the revised DEIS, as of July, 2012). BTW, the DEIS classifies the intermittent water as "WATERS OF THE UNITED STATES" MEANING THERE SHOULD BE AN EPA NON POINT SOURCE DISCHARGE PERMIT FOR THIS AREA. permits anyone? Where's the inclusion and dovetailing with the US Army Corp of Engineer Study ending in 2013? the FASNY "analysis" is horse manure. you really think we are that stupid?
Joan's WP August 09, 2012 at 02:19 AM
Part 1 Where to begin in answer to FASNY's diatribe claiming that the Gedney Assn. newsletter is "full of wild exaggerations and falsehoods." There is a term in psychiatry called "projection." The fact that FASNY's response is full of wild exaggerations and falsehoods makes it appropriate to state that FASNY is suffering from a case of "projection" by doing what they falsely claim the Gedney Assn. is doing. FASNY claims the newsletter suggests their plan would have certain results, which they enumerate. Unfortunately for FASNY's credibility, they have ADDED words in their bullet points, exaggerating and distorting the newsletter's words and implying the membership is suffering from hysteria. For example: FASNY's Words: "Emergency vehicles unable to reach people in time" Gedney Newsletter: "one or two proposed traffic lights placed at the project's entrances would cause an even greater ripple effect, including interfering with emergency vehicle access." (p.1, para. 1, line 8)
Joan's WP August 09, 2012 at 02:33 AM
Part 2 FASNY's Words: "The doubling of White Plains rush hour traffic" Gedney Newsletter: "FASNY Will Double Normal Rush Hour Traffic" (p.1, para. title) The newsletter states that traffic "will back up on Ridgeway to the intersection at Mamaroneck Avenue and at North Street" and expresses concern for a "traffic nightmare" in the southern end of White Plains. FASNY's own figures show that peak time traffic would double on Ridgeway. This would cause the above traffic woes. The newsletter does not claim that all of White Plains rush hour traffic would double, as that would be untrue. However, FASNY's DEIS shows that traffic would be affected from Ridgeway to Old Mamaroneck Rd., North St. from Bryant Ave. to the Hutchinson River Pkwy., and Mamaroneck Ave. from Bryant Ave. to the Hutchinson River Pkwy. That is a HUGE area. FASNY's Words: "Increased rates of cancer in White Plains" Gedney Newsletter: A one-line statement that "traffic-generated air pollution has raised the cancer risk across the country." (p.3) The newsletter does not state that cancer rates will increase in White Plains.
Joan's WP August 09, 2012 at 02:39 AM
Part 3 FASNY's Words: "Massive flooding throughout White Plains and southern Westchester" Gedney Newsletter: "FASNY development will make local flooding worse...With FASNY's additional impervious surface areas further stressing this sensitive site, flooding will dramatically increase...White Plains residents downstream would be subject to even more flooding than currently exists." Particular mention is made of the Village of Mamaroneck, which is downstream from the site and which has expressed concern about flooding due to development of the former Ridgeway Country Club property. (p.5) FASNY can spin their PR until they are dizzy, but it doesn't change the facts, and they are not entitled to make up facts, distort the words of the Gedney Assn. , and offer unprovable and self-serving statements as if they are facts in their desperate effort to persuade the public to align with them.
Joan's WP August 10, 2012 at 06:44 AM
There is a 4th area that would be impacted by FASNY traffic, as spelled out in their DEIS. That is Bryant Ave. from North St. to Mamaroneck Ave.


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