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Letter: Expected Controversy

Dear Editor:

Not surprisingly there is controversy surrounding the proposed re-zoning of 5 acres at Hempstead Harbor to consolidate the Dejana truck operation on West Shore Road. The location, a wetlands area that is a natural habitat for many species of birds, animals and plants, would be filled in and paved over as it would be squarely in the proposed site.

The company currently occupies two properties in Port Washington. On Sagamore Hill Road there is a sprawling office/storage building, while on Manorhaven Boulevard in an industrial area, there are several old sanitation vehicles and an extensive, unsanitary truck cleaning operation.

After visiting all these sites, and before a final vote on the proposed re-zoning, we hope each council member will question whether it really makes sense to fuel, clean and store nearly 100 sanitation vehicles, many of them diesel-burning with resultant carcinogens, in close proximity to a church, a school, a beach, a soccer field, a nursing home, a nature preserve, a senior residential community and a golf course. One can only conclude that it would be environmental madness!

Laurence and Marian Caffin