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Judge Complains to Pelham Manor Board About Amtrak

PELHAM, N.Y. – A man voiced his complaints to the Village of Pelham Manor Board of Trustees at Monday night's meeting about a piece of land that he said is used by Amtrak to store equipment.

Judge Joseph Giamboi addressed the board during the public comment portion of the meeting to tell the trustees that more and larger trucks have been dropping off spools of cable and other equipment near the train tracks near the intersection of Manor Circle and Forest Road.

Giamboi said the otherwise beautiful and quiet area has been disturbed by the noise.

"It's gotten to a point where it's getting bigger and bigger," Giamboi said.

Village manager John Pierpont said that Congresswoman Nita Lowey's (D – Harrison) office has been contacted about the issue. The board also said that Pelham Manor has no jurisdiction over that property because it is federally operated, though Giamboi disagreed with the latter part of that statement.

Cliff Cole, manager of media relations for Amtrak, said in an email that the company "can confirm that there has been and continues to be Amtrak related construction activity in this area." Cole said the government affairs representative for Amtrak in New York also agreed to contact Giamboi personally to discuss the issue with him.

Giamboi said that the frequency of the trucks has increased in the last 15 to 20 years but has also increased significantly in recent months. He said that Amtrak has made a storage space out of the area and said he approached one of their workers about it.

"He assumed that he had the right to do it," Giamboi said. "That's the attitude they've taken."

Giamboi told the board that the trucks and workers should not be there at all and expressed his frustration with the situation.

"They've not done a damn thing to alleviate the condition," Giamboi said.

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