We’ve been in contact with most of our representatives, at the local, county and state levels, to try to see how they feel about the proposed high density/high traffic mega development at Garvies Point.
Although to date many officials seem to have take a peculiar vow of silence (more on that soon), at least Senator Carl Marcellino did respond to one of our volunteers:
The Garvies Point Waterfront Development Project is a local zoning issue that I am given no say or vote on as a State Senator. That being said, I believe every project in our community needs to be scrutinized and studied to insure it is an asset to Long Island and maintains the character of the neighborhoods.
Well, first off, with a 1,140 unit, 11 story mega-development on the North Shore, a mere 6 miles from his office in Oyster Bay, one would think he might involve himself regardless. I mean, there is no development of this size or height anywhere on Long Island! And the query we had sent Senator Marcellino had nothing to do with any potential vote. The senator’s reply seems like an equivocation, at best.
But I grew even more confounded when one of our researchers sent me a copy of a Voice of the Village, the official publication for the village of Brookville. In the issue, Brookville residents take offense at a proposed water tower — the writer was, and I quote: “outraged at this proposed plan, as this structure would negatively alter the appearance and character of our bucolic and beautiful town.”
Well that sounds familiar… But who should come to Brookville’s rescue in this time of aesthetic crisis? Why, none other than Senator Carl Marcellino, whom the mayor of Brookville credits with helping to derail the project.
So, I’m trying to wrap my head around this, Senator. Tell us, were you “given a vote or say” regarding SUNY Old Westbury’s proposed water tower? If not, why did you make the effort for them?
It’s perplexing that, on one hand, we have a $1 billion dollar, 11 story mega development which you wash your hands of completely. But an “unsightly water tower” in Brookville? Well, apparently you felt the need to get involved and help those constituents, correct?
So please, Senator Marcellino, explain to all of the North Shore families how you refuse to help us in scaling down the high traffic mega-development at Garvies Point, but when it comes to a simple water tower in Brookville you were more than happy to involve yourself. Are Brookville residents “more important” than constituents in Locust Valley? Sea Cliff? Glen Cove? Glenwood Landing?
We call on you, Senator Marcellino, to protect all of your constituents from unsightly, high traffic apartment houses, the toxins at Garvies Point, and the irrevocable destruction of the North Shore’s storied beauty. We call on you to work with the City of Glen Cove, Glen Isle, RXR and Governor Cuomo to have this project significantly reduced in size and scope. Thank you.
Contact the Senator and let him know you want the high traffic mega-development at Garvies Point reduced in size!