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Isn't it interesting that some of the businesses adjacent to the 41 acres in Port North, are finally admitting, albeit in a somewhat convoluted way, that they are or might be accused of being polluters. This implication has been reported in the March 7th issue of Port News in which the following statement is attributed to two of the businesses in question, who oppose the rezoning of this property. The report states ... "The businesses adjacent to the property, specifically Thompson Industries and Franklin Steel voiced their concerns about placing a residential community in the middle of an area zoned industrial. They fear that the homeowners will be complaining about things like truck noise, pollution, night shift annoyances." Isn't this therefore an admission that at least these two businesses are already guilty of these infractions? I can certainly think of one noise and safety hazard, and that is Thompson Industries' helicopter flying over my house and that of others in Port North. How do you answer that concern, Mr. Stretch Ryder?

The other question that needs to be asked of the businesses is that if they are so against senior housing in the 41 acres, is it because some and/or all of them wanted or now intend to procure a parcel of that property for their own expansion plans? If so, why didn't they purchase some of that property, rather than letting it lay foul and become a garbage dump and a health hazard?

On the latter subject, where oh where were you Residents For a More Beautiful Port Washington all these years? Weren't you concerned what sort of an impact all of this refuse which creates a breeding ground for rodents and all sort of vermin, might have on the children attending the Montessori School on Pleasant Avenue and the residents in the adjoining area? Your voices were mute on this issue. Why? Now all of a sudden you are concerned about some specious and questionable environmental issues related to the senior housing, which once in place, would eradicate once and for all, the deplorable conditions in that property. Something doesn't make sense here!

Another specious argument espoused by the "panic merchants," is the overtaxing of parking at the LIRR station. The fact is that for the most part, these seniors are not commuters, and the number of those that "might" be using the parking facility, is rather minuscule. The second point is that parking for the LIRR is woefully inadequate as it is, and has been for years. Why don't all the detractors, petition May Newburger and her administration to build a two tier parking facility next to the LIRR, as had been proposed some time ago, a proposal that died on the vine. Rather than being purveyors of misguided fear, be part of the solution.

As to Mr. Stretch Ryder's threat of a suit that certainly flies in the face of what Thomson Industries always presented themselves as, namely as a "good neighbor" and as a member of the Port North community. Legal action Mr. Ryder? That's hardly neighborly."

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