Deputy Mayor Luntey stated in his letter to Port News that the trustees of Sands Point would do "what is best for the village." I hope he means the residents of the village and not just the trustees of the village!
I hope he has read the approximately 200 names on letters and petitions opposing the proposed Thayer Lane entrance.
He implies that only a very few people with "special interests" are opposed to this Thayer Lane proposal.
People from all over Port Washington and Sands Point came to the Public Hearing on a snowy night to oppose the Thayer Lane entrance, in addition to the many letters and petitions the trustees received which opposed this entrance.
The DEIS study was shown to be wrong in so many ways. Many people in Harbor Acres are opposed to a Thayer Lane entrance because they would have to contend with northbound traffic on Middle Neck Road to get to Thayer Lane. If there was an entrance on Astor Lane near Middle Neck Road, which is what almost everyone wants, these residents could turn right on red and go right into this entrance.
The Terrace Area, comprising about 450 homes, is against the Thayer Lane entrance because it would be unsafe and would cause more traffic congestion.
Port North has written letters to the mayor of Sands Point expressing concern over a Thayer Lane entrance, pointing out that the Fire Chief of Port Washington states that it would be "dangerous to emergency vehicles as well as to the public."
School board members and Dr. Inserra have sent letters to the mayor expressing concern about the safety of the school buses trying to turn into Avenue C to Daly across Thayer Lane traffic.
Child's World, which has 150 children and 30 teachers, has opposed a Thayer Lane entrance because it would be very dangerous to parents driving their children each day into an entrance which would be 30 feet away from Thayer Lane!
All the people living on Middle Neck Road, Forest Drive and surrounding areas, are opposed to a Thayer Lane entrance, because of the traffic congestion and increased danger it would cause.
But, most importantly, the Port Fire Chief has written four letters stating that a Thayer Lane entrance would be very dangerous and he is opposed to it. He is in favor of an Astor Lane entrance near the Main Gate on Middle Neck Road. This is what all parties concerned are in favor!
I hope Mr. Luntey doesn't consider the fire chief as just a "special interest group". The trustees should be concerned with the safety of all Port residents. If you represent all the people then you should listen to what most people want. This is an entrance to the Village Club at Astor Lane near the Main Gate. I don't think that you have received one letter asking for an entrance at Thayer Lane.
If you still will ignore the voice of the residents and the fire chief and still plan to create a Thayer Lane entrance, then you should have a referendum and let the voters show you that they do not want a Thayer Lane entrance!