Written by The Birchwood Civic Association Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00
The Birchwood Civic Association is a member of the Cerro Wire Coalition, an organization formed to fight the mall proposal by Taubman Centers Inc.
The Birchwood Civic Association (BCA), which has been one of the primary organizations leading the charge in preventing the Taubman Company from building a mega-mall on the former Cerro Wire property on Robbins Lane in Syosset for the past 18 years, is calling on all of its members and other residents in the surrounding area to Vote ‘yes’, on Tuesday August 20.
According to BCA President Roy Chipkin, that’s the day when a public vote will determine if the Town of Oyster Bay can sell surplus land adjacent to the Cerro Wire site and with frontage on the LIE service road to a responsible development group with stellar reputations and strong ties to Long Island. Chipkin indicated that the buyer’s vision is to develop the property with a mixed-use development that meets the community’s needs, like next generation/senior housing or a medical facility – and, with complete input from the residents.
“On Tuesday, August 20, we finally have a chance to stop the mall for good, if we vote ‘yes’,” Chipkin said. “This land sale, which is 25 percent above the appraised value, will also add $32.5 million to the town’s tax base, protect open space and preserve our quality of life. Most importantly, it will stop the mall.”
According to Chipkin, the only opposition to the surplus land sale is the Taubman Company, which is hiding behind Long Island Jobs Now, and spreading lies to try to trick the public. Taubman thinks that if it defeats the land sale it can buy the land and build a mega-mall.
“Based on Taubman’s past behavior, we know it will do anything to build its mall regardless of the damage that it would cause to our community. And we are seeing that again now, Chipkin said.”
As examples, Chipkin pointed out that Taubman filed a lawsuit attempting to stop the land sale, which a Supreme Court judge recently ruled had no merit. Then the Taubman forces ran a petition drive, which ultimately forced a public referendum vote on the land sale. Taubman’s paid signature collectors distorted the facts and told outright lies to convince residents to sign their petition. In the process Taubman submitted more than 3,000 bogus signatures, according to another court ruling.
Now, Chipkin added, Taubman is filling the airwaves and resident’s mailboxes, with more outrageous allegations that further shows Taubman cannot be trusted.
“We need to take action by voting ‘yes’ to stop the mall and help preserve the quality of life we all hold so dear, especially for our future generations,” Chipkin said. “A majority ‘yes’ vote will stop the mall and I’m calling on my fellow BCA members and other residents in our Town to join me in voting ‘yes’ on August 20.
Voting will take place at regular polling places between 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Go to nomallhere.com for more information. For those who will be away on August 20 they can still vote by absentee ballot. Go to nassauvotes.com for information on how to obtain an absentee ballot. Any other questions concerning the August 20 vote can be best addressed by calling the Nassau County Board of Elections at (516) 571-2411.