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The front page of your April 6 edition contains a statement about Residents for More Beautiful Port Washington that is factually inaccurate and contradicts one of the organization's fundamental principles.

The article is about Ben Zwirn. The damaging sentence reads: "With the enthusiastic support of the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington, Zwirn switched parties and ran as a Democrat on an anti-incinerator campaign."

Here are the facts:

* Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington was not involved in Zwirn's decision to switch parties, nor did we support his decision to switch parties. We were already committed to a fight against the incinerator when he decided to join the fight. We welcomed his involvement.

* Residents has always been non-political. It is essential to our mission that we cooperate, or disagree, with every political party on the issues at hand, not because of any political bias. That was our philosophy in 1989 and that principle guides us today.

Perceptions can be as important as reality. It is important to Residents that we are, and are perceived as being, politically independent. Carelessly written statements, such as yours, can cause great harm.

Myron Blumenfeld

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