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Letter: Oppose The Villa Project And Abusive Re-zoning

The outrageous over-development in Glen Cove is very disturbing. With thousands of new apartment units having recently been built as well as those on the drawing board, current status being either approved or proposed, our North Shore Gold Coast suburban countrified town is becoming congested and densely populated with excessively proportioned towering mega-structures and with overwhelming traffic. The results of which are causing an enormous burden on our schools, police, fire, sanitation, sewage and water availability in addition to strains on all other municipal services. One would think that the developers would be contributing to our tax roll and that their anticipated influx of tax revenue would contribute to support the needs required to sustain these services. But that is not the case. The developers have been made exempt from paying taxes! Instead they have been given a gift called a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes). That means they will be paying only a fraction of what their actual tax would normally have been. Instead, you, the taxpayer, will be paying for these additional services. These PILOTs go on for many, many years. Unbelievable! One needs to ask, “Why?” Do you think that the generous contributions coming from the developers, their friends and their families given to certain political bureaucrats may have something to do with it? Is that why these bureaucrats change the laws, the zoning and the codes to suit the developers? Is that why we have abusive and erratic zoning changes? Is that the philosophy known as “Pay to Play?”

The time has come, and is long overdue, to say, “stop“ to our city officials. One such abuse of their power is that these governing bodies have a total disregard for the law, for established zoning codes, for long respected proper procedures, and for the safety, health and well-being of the citizens. For example, a current proposed project called “The Villa at Glen Cove” is located in an area where the zoning clearly stated that any future development on that site would be restricted to be built to a maximum of two stories. However, after the developer acquired the property, they applied for a five-story structure, then for a seven- story structure! Do you want a skyscraper, which will tower over the entire area, in your town? By the way, this developer is also a generous contributor to the “powers that be.”

Did you buy your home in Glen Cove because you wanted to live in Queens? Did you buy your home in Glen Cove to have a mega-structure apartment building skyscraper in your backyard? Do you know that Glen Cove is known as the “Land of Trees?” Well, that is surely about to change! Now we will be known as the “Land of Demolished Trees,” or “The Playground for the Developers,” or “The Pay to Play Town.”

Let’s join together and let our voices be heard. Come to and participate in the next city council meeting Tuesday, July 24, at 7:30 p.m. at Glen Cove City Hall.

Grace Slezak