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Letter: Rezoning Protest

I was disturbed to read another Town of North Hempstead meeting turning into a protest over rezoning. That protest is not the first protest to take place before the Town Board. It is becoming a regular occurrence. It has become another indication that our town leaders are not thinking as though they were members of our community.

Where there is a matter that is reasonably expected to upset either our town as a whole or large groups within our town, whether it is required or not, that kind of a matter should be brought before community leaders and before the people for their in put. That should be done before a contract is signed between the town and any third party.

For reasons that we can only guess at, we have found that our Town Board has taken more and more adversarial positions against the people of the Town of North Hempstead and it has forfeited what should be its role as the leader of our town.

What was Board thinking when, in August of 2012, it signed a contract for the sale of certain property to the Dejana Corporation? One wonders if there competing bids solicited for the property? Who were the other bidders? What proposals were made for the use of the property? Is there a possibility that there was something else that has been hidden from the people? Let’s stop all the secrecy. For time being, the proposal to rezone should be rejected and a hearing should be held to find out who said what to whom and what if anything led or caused our Board to act the way it did. Then, the matter should be considered by the people of the Town of North Hempstead.

Donald A. Peshkin

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