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Frustrated, Man Storms out of Mt. Kisco Planning Board Meeting

Tim Mallon, of The Village Shop of Westchester, decries board over handling of his proposal.

An applicant seeking a landscaping change to his furniture store abruptly walked out of his Mount Kisco Planning Board application with choice words.

In a profanity-laced exit, Tim Mallon, of The Village Shop of Westchester at 91 E. Main St., blasted board member Ralph Vigliotti for his questioning of the proposal, which includes landscaping and the placing of furniture outside.

“I think there’s a little prejudice here, from you mostly as the chairperson or whatever you are," he said.

Vigliotti was filling in as chair for the Tuesday meeting, with Chairman Joseph Cosentino and Vice Chairman Anthony Sturniolo being absent.

Vigliotti started off by telling Mallon that the board has "a number of concerns" and questions for him to answer. He told Mallon that while he liked his proposed landscaping - it includes dwarf shurbs - he voice skepticism over his proposal to place furniture outside

Mallon replied that another business in the village, Patio.com, already does it. Replying, Vigliotti explained that they were talking about his application.

The dialogue then switched to parking. Mallon, beginning to get upset, told Vigliotti that he was asking how many parking spaces he had when he already knows the answer.

“You started out this kind of with an attitude with me, and I’m very upset about it," he said.

The dialogue turned to Vigliotti mentioning that he knows there are questions from staff and other board members, and talked about working through.

Enraged, Mallon said, “You know something? Just forget it.”

At that point, Mallon proceeded to exit.

Mallon felt that he was being treated unfairly compared to another applicant.

“You’re a jerk," he told Vigliotti. "By your opening statement you are a jerk. So you let this guy up the road tie up the whole town with traffic and you give me some bull about my furniture across the street, the shrubs, will the wind blow them away.”

Alluding to the concern locally about vacant spaces, Mallon blamed people like Vigliotti for the situation.

After Mallon exited, the board suspended review of his application and moved on down its agenda.

With the discussion shifting down the agenda, board member Stanley Bernstein said it is “one project we don’t have to worry about anymore."

Mallon did not respond to a request for a follow up comment.

Gary Murphy April 27, 2012 at 02:38 PM
When you treat a business owners like this is it a surprise that businesses are fleeing Mt. Kisco? The Planning Board should try and work with business that are trying to make Mt. Kisco a destination for shoppers. A business owners walking out of meeting saying “You know something? Just forget it.” is troubling.
Jeff Kent April 27, 2012 at 06:36 PM
The Planning Board strikes again...and they wonder why half the stores are vacant...
Tara April 27, 2012 at 06:45 PM
Outregeous on the planning board part. There decisions make no sense whatsoever. Why does Mount Kisco need two ice cream shops pratically across the street from one another?? And now we are going to get another pet store with in 2 mile radius that makes number 4. There are many commercial spots available but the planning board see to want to just allow business that are already in the area. I mean, seriously, whose palms are getting greased??? And now a store owner is trying to put some shrubs and place furniture outside like another store owner is currently doing and he gets the third degree??? Again I ask, whose palms are getting greased????
Tara April 27, 2012 at 06:46 PM
I apologize for the typos above and wrong grammar. Was just infuriated when I read this story.
Rob Feiner April 27, 2012 at 10:40 PM
I am DISGUSTED with this Town, at large! Mt. Kisco is ANTI-BUSINESS. Their thinking is flawed, the tax incentives are ZERO, the water bills are an outrage, and the water while it won't kill you, it is poor quality. We have pure white pre-filters in our restaurant that turn BLACK within 4-6 weeks! There is NO interest in the town hall to offer anything to local business. The dirty little secret is you WILL be assessed a tax increase every time you pull a building permit. The sewer charges are based on the exact amount of water you use. NOT FAIR in a restaurant. Think about it, drinking, sauces, cooking, soda, tea, coffee. This is NOT sewage. At least 50% of our water goes into a human. Be careful,,, they will charge you a drinking tax next!
jim sea May 03, 2012 at 10:23 AM
these people in mt.kisco politics have been around for a long time. every bodies unhappy,but no body runs against them. this village needs new blood. new ideas. until then nothing will change.
oliverdog July 12, 2012 at 12:10 PM
I think it's time for a change in this town. What does this board have against outdoor seating? Funny how some businesses have no trouble at all getting approval I wonder how many meals from those restraurants have "donated" to the village board members!

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