Wed, 6/8 at 2PM
The Nassau County Supreme Court conference on the pending lawsuits against the proposed development at Garvies Point was interesting, to say the least…
Glen Cove Attacks the Town of Oyster Bay
One of the points that stuck out to me was how the attorney’s arguing in favor of this high-density development essentially threw the Town of Oyster Bay to the wolves.
Michael Zarin, the duplicitous “special counsel” for the project, who looked a bit worn down to be honest, said in open court:
“The Town of Oyster Bay has no standing in this matter”
He was essentially calling Oyster Bay impotent and useless. Are ToBAY officials going to stand for this?
The Counsel for RXR Realty, the developer, also chimed in on the attack. His statements included:
“The Town of Oyster Bay was not interested enough to have participated in the process”
“The Town of Oyster Bay offered nothing!”
Was the Town of Oyster Bay ever invited to participate? Not in any public record. In fact, everyone knows the only reason this proposed 1,140 unit high density project got so far is because Glen Cove is it’s own city – it’s not within the Town of Oyster Bay or the Town of North Hempstead. This allowed it to operate and concoct this mess with impunity, flying under the radar all along.
He also questioned the validity of a letter the Town of Oyster Bay had sent with concerns about the project, and even indicated it “may” have been politically motivated.
That’s nonsense, and we hope the Town of Oyster Bay will continue to play a more proactive role regarding this development which is unprecedented in size and scope in Nassau County.
It’s ToBAY residents who have the most to lose regarding the grave traffic implications this and all of the other high-mid density developments Glen Cove has rubber-stamped.
Contact Oyster Bay here and tell them you oppose high-density towers and 11-story building being built on our shore. Take a few seconds – it counts!
Other Statements of the Day…
Mr. Zarin had a lot to say, but he didn’t actually refute anything Ms. Marion said.
In fact, he stooped to attack Ms. Marion personally, questioning her experience and knowledge. Now I’m no expert Westchester “special counsel” who drained the city of Glen Cove for millions over ten years, but I do know that when a person begins to use personal attacks that typically signals that he’s in trouble – that he has nothing else to go on.
Mr. Zarin made the point that the review process shouldn’t be re-opened everytime there is a change. True, but misleading, as this assumes the process was conducted properly throughout. The accusation that it was not is one of the major points of the lawsuit he’s facing!
Mr. Zarin went on and on about how the government spent millions – $120 million – to clean up this land, seemingly to appeal to the judge. This means nothing. First of all, it’s especially ironic because in so many statements Glen Cove and RXR try to take the credit for this clean-up. You can’t have it both ways, fellas.
More importantly, if the City of Glen Cove had properly monitored and been a decent custodian of its own land for all those decades, taxpayers wouldn’t have to pay for this clean up. If anything the federal and state governments should sue Glen Cove to recoup some of these costs.
Mr. Zarin seemed to be in a mood for continuous self-aggrandizement, telling the court, “he’s sat on both side of the table” regarding these “complicated matters.” True enough, as everyone knows he used the exact arguments to help stop a development in Brookville that he now dismisses as meaningless regarding Garvies Point. Anything for money, as the saying goes…
Mr. Zarin also asserted that votes continually support this mega-project, having voted for it with 4 administrations. This is deceitful as what was proposed is nothing near what is now being built. Take a look at this link, Mr. Zarin, this is what some people supported. Are you being deceitful, or are you just completely unaware of what has happened?
My favorite part of all, was how counsel noted that there are so many people in the courtroom who oppose this development, yet no one present in favor of it. “Only people against this come to court,” he maintained.
In conclusion, Mr. Zarin made the statement to the Court: “There will never be a shovel in the ground until the land is clean.” Note he said “clean” not “remediated.” Is this really what you meant, Mr. Zarin? If so, fine, we’ll hold you to your word. Let’s forget about the ludicrous “vapor mitigation barriers,” “toxic monitoring wells,” and “sub-slab depressurization systems” needed to build on this toxic land and clean the land completely instead. Finally, we agree on something.