It is very disturbing and unfortunate that Mayor Capozzi and his two trustees Carolyn Weber and Barry Balcourt have failed to acknowledge any of the publics concerns in reference to the E-2 Overlay District. The Manorhaven residents were quite frank in relaying their message loud and strong to the mayor and trustees. Opposition to the E-2 waterfront zoning came about by the people in many forms. Numerous letters and e-mails were sent to the mayor and board by concerned residents, many letters and articles were printed in local papers, Channel 12 News ran the story, standing room was the norm at the public hearing and monthly meetings, petitions were signed by hundreds and submitted to the board and the Manorhaven watchdog website was formed all by the residents against the mayor's proposed E-2 District.
On the evening of Sept. 26, two trustees (Di Leo and Di Lucia) voted against the E-2 and two trustees (Weber and Balcourt) voted in favor of the E-2 for an even split. An even vote forces the mayor to cast his vote which in turn makes the mayor's vote the swing or deciding vote. In this case Mayor Capozzi voted in favor passing the E-2 Overlay District for the local developers who, it has been suggested, supported his political campaigns in the past. Mayor Capozzi and trustee's Weber and Balcourt exposed our waterfront in such a way, so as the developers can financially benefit at the expense of the community. Remember, these people are not taking root in our community - they are just migrating through, consuming our most precious resources along the way. If this E-2 District remains in effect long enough, a huge chunk of our working marine waterfront history could be lost forever.
Don't give up now. This fight is not over. This law can be overturned. In fact, the real fight is just beginning. Continue coming to the monthly meetings and voice your concerns. I am listening. We must lend support to each other by communicating. As the only lifelong resident of Manorhaven on the board, I am speaking to you (the residents) and asking that you do not forget what has taken place here in our village on Sept. 26.
John M. Di Leo Jr. Trustee
Village of Manorhaven