Letter to Members

Mon, Jan 17, 2022 • Letters & Notices

Dear Purchase Neighbor:

If you’ve lived in Purchase for many years, you are undoubtedly familiar with the name PEPA. It’s short for the Purchase Environmental Protective Association, one of the oldest and best-known nonprofits in Westchester County. If you are a relative newcomer to the community, then you may not know the name, but we hope you soon will. Please read our website to learn more, engage, and support our work. With your help, PEPA will continue its 107-year record of working to protect and promote a sustainable Purchase.

PEPA has the history, the knowledge, and the skills to ensure that the interests of the residents of Purchase have their voices heard. PEPA is dedicated to a single mission – protecting the environment and quality of life in this unique community. We work to defend our community from harmful development that threatens not only the cherished quality of life Purchase offers but could also result in major taxes increases and damage to property values.

PEPA monitors the issues that have a direct impact on Purchase residents. As a member of the Coalition to Prevent Westchester Airport Expansion (Coalition) PEPA along with other nonprofits, and homeowners’ associations strives to ensure that there is no expansion at the airport, and works with Westchester County Executive’s Office, and the county government, including the Legislators, and Airport Advisory Board, to minimize noise and pollution impacts of the airport.

Catching you up on a busy November:

  • Presented to County Executive Latimer on behalf of the Coalition about lessons learned from studying mandatory airport curfews nationwide. Follow up meetings set for 2022 regarding implementation of new policies to reduce aircraft noise.

  • Published warning letters from Airport Management regarding violations of the Terminal Use Regulations law by Carriers which are operating passenger flights out of private FBOs when they are required to fly out of the main terminal and abide by both the TUR and TSA procedures.

  • Participated in County’s Quarterly where positive policy implementation of DEC consent order relating to PFOA and PFOS cleanup at Westchester County Airport was shared.

  • Launched a Petition to reject Westchester Joint Water Works extremely disruptive application to build a plant that will significantly alter the protected Kensico Reservoir Watershed, and deforest over 10 acres of mature growth trees on Purchase Street.

Read details, additional news and progress being made on our website. Finally, during this season of goodwill, PEPA is calling on the residents of Purchase to join as a community to protect our common environmental, public safety and health interests. Your tax-deductible gift is essential and makes a true difference in PEPA’s ability to protect our community.

On behalf of the Board of Directors, please accept my best wishes for a safe, happy, and healthy holiday season, and a very happy New Year.

Sincerely yours,

Anne Gold, Executive Director

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