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(Ed's Note: The following letter was sent to the members of the TONH board and reprinted here at the Assemblyman's request.)

Dear Supervisor Newburger and Councilman Banks, D'Urso, Ferrara and O'Connor

I am writing to add my support for the establishment of the "Environmental Legacy Fund." Tonight, North Hempstead is poised to continue leading the effort to protect the environment, preserve open space and improve the quality of our parks in Nassau County by approving this proposal.

Dedicating $15 million - which will be subject to the public's approval in November - to be used only for the purposes of open space acquisition, restoration and protection of environmentally sensitive areas, and improvement and enhancement of coastal areas and waterways is a farsighted and fiscally prudent measure that will safeguard our town's natural and recreational resources. By approving this proposal, each of you will provide the voters of North Hempstead an opportunity to approve this investment in their future and allow them to form a partnership with local government to jointly provide significant funding to improve the quality of life throughout the entire town.

An additional benefit of establishing the Environmental Legacy Fund now is that town funds will be available in order to secure additional state and federal dollars. At a cost to the average homeowner of $9 a year, it is an investment that will result in North Hempstead being an even better, healthier and cleaner place to live.


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