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Neighbors Win Fight Against Saw Mill Towers

Towers similar to those proposed on another highway

As of last night, the Saw Mill River Parkway will remain one of the nicer Westchester roadways, and Pleasantville will be free of gigantic surveillance towers.

Neighbors have won their battle against the State’s proposal to install seven, hulking traffic-watching towers along the parkway from Hawthorne to Chappaqua. The Department of Transportation officially nixed their plans on Tuesday after Pleasantville Mayor Peter Scherer, Mount Pleasant Town Supervisor Joan Maybury and New Castle Supervisor Susan Carpenter led an effort to get concerns from the community heard in Albany.

More than 1,000 residents petitioned against the project. The DOT towers, which stand 125-feet tall and have a camera on top, watch for heavy congestion and accidents.

“At this point in time, NYSDOT has decided not to install communications towers along the Saw Mill River Parkway,” state transportation Commissioner Joan McDonald said in a statement.

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