Sunday, September 17, 2006

GWL Resident Asks Oyster Bay to Oppose Waterfront Project on Other Side of Line

Oyster Bay, July 12—Glenwood Landing (GWL) resident Sally Sotriovich took advantage of the public comment period at today's Oyster Bay Town Board meeting to inform Oyster Bay councilpersons about the Glen Harbor Partners proposal for a 57,000-square-foot condominium apartment building just across the town line in the North Hempstead portion of the GWL Waterfront (see stories below).

Sally reports that she asked TOB to explore two approaches designed to stop the project: support for reclaiming the site as a park (possibly through an intermunicipal park district) and an Article 78 (a legal action that, in this case, would be filed against North Hempstead, possibly in connection with approval of a zoning change that would allow the project to proceed; the North Hempstead Town Council is scheduled to vote on the zoning change on Tuesday evening, November 14).

According to Sally, TOB Supervisor John Venditto said that Oyster Bay is open to exploring the possibility of a park. However, she reports that Mr. Venditto said the lead should come from the Town of North Hempstead (TNH) through the support of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman or the majority of the North Hempstead Town Council. North Hempstead Councilman Fred Pollack approached Oyster Bay about the possibility of a joint TOB/TNH open space initiative in August after standing-room-only crowds expressed opposition to the Glen Harbor project at North Hempstead Town Council meetings in July and August.

Sally also reports that TOB has agreed to examine if, under New York State law, Oyster Bay has the legal standing necessary to file an Article 78.

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