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Newly-elected Port Washington North Village trustee Janet Orloff's recently published letter leaves me as surprised as the reputed constituents to whom she claims to have spoken.

First, I'd like to congratulate both Janet Orloff and Robert Weitzner for their victories in the recent election and wish them all the best in their service to the residents of Port North. However, I am concerned by trustee Orloff's continuing efforts to discourage the building of the proposed Mill Pond Acres senior citizen housing development.

Over the past few months I have attended several hearings held by the officials of Port North and have followed closely the Mill Pond Acres issue. Although I don't consider myself an expert on the subject by any means, trustee Orloff is completely missing the boat on the subject and continues to make inaccurate comments about it.

In the statements she made to residents during her recent campaign she said, "We were surprised to learn how many people did not know that the option was not simply between senior housing and an industrial park," leads me to wonder if she had all the facts and is choosing to ignore them for her own purposes or is just plain ignorant of the facts.

There have been comments made by people who are not residents of Port North and many of these people have their own agendas. These comments may seem appealing to some, but they, too, because they have no control of the property, should know that the only choices are between the senior housing and a mammoth industrial complex. No one has deceived anyone. Those who believe that there are other choices are being foolishly misled. Those who do care about the future of Port North, as opposed to those who are trying to make this a political issue, should understand the position of the present property owners and their immediate needs. It is nonsense to suggest that a village official not listen to the property owners and their stated unequivocal fact that they will sell the land for industrial development if the Mill Pond Acres proposal is defeated. Port North's officials understood that this would be a disaster for traffic in the area and for the residential property values. They acted prudently and responsibly in approving the plans for the senior housing.

Rather than trying to drag our village into a continuing, rancorous debate that has already been settled, I would like to see our newly-elected trustees demonstrate real leadership by helping Port North take advantage of the opportunities this development presents, such as the beautification of our waterfront area. Ms. Orloff and Mr. Weitzner should leave their contentious pursuits behind and concentrate on the positives to our village.

Ron Brotman

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