I am so pleased that the residents of the Town of Oyster Bay understood the vote on the referendum and the message which it carried. It was very important to show that we, as residents, stand together in what we know is best for our community. I have never wavered in 25 years from my original stand that a mall in this area is not warranted and would have had a disastrous impact on the neighboring communities.
It would have an adverse impact on existing stores in both Syosset and Plainview, and, most certainly, in Jericho and Hicksville.
I write in response to a letter to the editor written by Democratic Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and published in your paper on August 14, 2013, whereby Legislator DeRiggi-Whitton outlined a dangerously ill-conceived plan by Nassau County’s Democrats to deny funding for the repair of Nassau County’s sewage treatment infrastructure damaged by Superstorm Sandy. To be clear, the actions of the Nassau County Democrats, if left unchallenged, will delay recovery efforts and will place public safety and the environment at risk.
The Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant serves nearly 500,000 Nassau County residents and processes on average 50 million gallons of sewage daily. Flooding caused by Superstorm Sandy devastated this facility, knocking many systems off-line. The damage was so severe that millions of gallons of raw sewage backed up into people’s homes and was released into south shore waters.
The reconstruction of West Shore Road is an issue that I have had direct and indirect involvement with since 1994 when I was first elected to the Bayville Village Board. That is why I share the huge level of frustration of so many residents who rely on this critical road into and out of Bayville, Mill Neck and Oyster Bay.
During Super Storm Sandy, West Shore Road fell into Oyster Bay Harbor. This collapse should never have happened! Working with Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton and many concerned local business owners, cycling enthusiasts, and environmentalists we were able to finally convince the Republican administration to put millions of dollars in repair contracts on the legislative calendar in the spring and summer of 2012 - months before Sandy was a blip on the radar.
The New York League of Conservation Voters, which works to make environmental sustainability a top political and policy priority in New York State, has announced its endorsement of Dave Gugerty for Nassau County Legislator in District 18.
During his time as a trustee in the Village of Bayville, Gugerty vastly expanded the curbside recycling program. He has also served as majority counsel for the Nassau County Legislature, during which time he drafted the Environmental Bonds Act with the successful goal of land preservation. Once in office, he hopes to implement bike lanes throughout Nassau County and build dunes to protect coastlines in order to adapt to radical weather patterns.
I want to submit a short note to my constituents who are undoubtedly upset over recent news reports, in which Comptroller George Maragos states that all tree cutting in Welwyn and other county areas was completely necessary. The short version of his statement is that all trees needed to come down. Plenty people have raised a case to the contrary.
Since Mr. Maragos has put out this report seeking to clear himself and the candidate for County Executive with whom he will be sharing a party line on the ballot this November, Edward Mangano, I need to respond.
On August 20th the Town of Oyster Bay (the “Town”) is asking you to decide whether it should sell a 54-acre parcel currently used by the Department of Public Works (the “DPW Parcel”). The driving force behind the sale would be to decrease the Town’s debt in order to prevent a downgrade in the Town’s Bond rating.
The influx of cash from the sale (approximately $32 million dollars) will be a temporary alleviation of the Town’s fiscal problems.
While promoting the Oyster Bay-East Norwich community is our mission, the safety of our community members and visitors is always of the utmost importance.
The addition of this new traffic signal at the gateway to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich business district will provide additional safety for all. We applaud Legislator Jacobs on leading this initiative.
Michele Browner, Secretary
Oyster Bay-East Norwich Chamber of Commerce
Let me begin by affirming that the Democratic Caucus of the Nassau County Legislature is committed to funding every cent necessary to rebuild our sewage treatment plants that were damaged during Superstorm Sandy. However, we believe that in order to authorize funding there are three enormous inter-related problems the county faces that must be addressed.
First, the reckless borrowing and spending under County Executive Mangano has caused Nassau’s debt to soar to $3.5 billion. Second, the reconstruction of the sewage treatment plants will require an additional $1 billion in borrowed funds, but must be closely monitored in the wake of federal, state and local investigations stemming from previous post-
Sandy contracts and finally the repairs and the funding must be secured in phases and properly monitored to ensure timely completion and maximize federal reimbursement.
A recent copy of [the Enterprise-Pilot] carried a letter written by Benjamin Dover which was being ignored by me because obviously Mr. Dover has either been grossly misinformed or he is purposely misinforming; however, a friend whose judgment I trust, urged me to respond.
Why this vitriolic critique
of me? I’m out of the political arena or is he daring me to reenter? It only makes sense if he is laying the groundwork for whomever he may be supporting next June.
As a 20-plus year resident of Oyster Bay, I’ve seen many things change for the better in our town and few things that took us backward. It’s rare that residents have a chance to vote directly on important issues like preserving our suburban quality of life...with one single yes vote. Oyster Bay Town residents have this opportunity on Tuesday, August 20, when they vote yes to approve the Town’s land sale. There’s so much at stake and it’s time for us to show we really care about our quality of life by voting yes and being heard, loud and clear.
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