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Approximately one week ago residents of Glen Head and Sea Cliff received a very sophisticated, very expensive brochure from Fox Navigation, purporting to be an "Informational Guide" for the residents of the "Glenwood area of Oyster Bay" regarding the "Proposed Long Island Ferry Service."

The Informational Guide addresses The Route, The Vessel, The Crew and suggests that the proposed ferry will provide "commuter" service. In spite of the fact that representatives of Fox Navigation attended the Scoping Hearing in July held by the town and heard numerous well-founded concerns of residents, they have chosen to insult this community by producing a glossy marketing piece which doesn't address these concerns and doesn't even seem to be talking about the same ferry¬there is no mention of the Foxwoods Casino! Traffic, public safety and environmental contamination are not addressed; the speed and luxurious appointments of the "tri-cat" ferry are!

Perhaps most disturbing and misleading is the inference in the brochure that Fox Navigation is working with the Town of Oyster Bay to initiate this ferry service!

I have already expressed my opposition in the public forum provided by law. I am writing this letter to advise Fox and the public at large that failure to return the reply card which is part of the brochure should not be construed to mean that residents are in favor of this or any other ferry. I fear that Fox Navigation will use these mailers to argue that most residents are in favor of the ferry or are not concerned by the ferry. That inference would be incorrect or misleading. It should be noted that, according to employees of the Glenwood Landing Post Office, as of Sept. 7, no brochures at all have been received by that post office for delivery to Glenwood Landing residents, who would be most severely affected by the Fox Ferry. Let it suffice to say that Fox will be receiving no negative reply cards from residents of Glenwood Landing.

I have concerns that are not at all addressed in this brochure. I urge those who are concerned to participate in the environmental review process that is being undertaken by the town in connection with the permitting process. Express your concerns to Supervisor Venditto, Town Hall, Oyster Bay, NY 11771. Ask to have your name and address placed on the list of interested parties. You will be informed by mail of pertinent hearings.

Maura Gammans




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