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We have received overwhelming community response to prior letters to your periodical regarding the threat to our publicly-held, town-owned, 65-acre Special Ground Water Protection Area (SGPA) in Plainview and the cumulative effects of the pending sale of the 144 acres of county land on our water supply and quality of life.

Nearby, also within the same SGPA, our friends and neighbors have been struggling for 10 years to acquire the 81-acre Underhill property in Jericho from its private owner, the Tilles Corporation. The myriad of civics and environmental groups are equally concerned about safeguarding our drinking water for generations to come, as well as concerns of increased traffic, overcrowded schools and permanent loss of open space. Unlike our Plainview property, funding is needed to acquire the privately-held Underhill property.

Elected officials on the state and county level have endorsed the purchase of the 81-acre parcel via sources like the "Clean Air/Clean Water Bond Act" and environmental funding sources to bring this parcel into the public domain as well. Funding is available, however, to mobilize this acquisition. "The Society to Preserve Underhill" needs support from as many Nassau County residents as possible in attending a rally on Saturday, June 19 at noon...300 Jericho Turnpike...Jericho. Please come down and let your elected officials know how much we care about the future of the quality of life on Long Island and the imperative need to preserve our Special Ground Water Protection Areas for our aquifer.

As with our property, the more passionate your plea the more cooperation we will receive from our elected officials. Please continue to call our town officials and assert your rights to maintain publicly-owned, critical environmental land in Plainview and be as emphatic for our neighbors as you have been for ourselves and our children in attending the Underhill rally.

Carol and Lance Meschkow

Concerned Citizens of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Community




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