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Letters to the Editor: East Rockaway, Lynbrook
Dec. 6-12, 2012

Sewage plant still a major concern

To the Editor:
I live with my mother in Lynbrook, which is not very far from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant in East Rockaway.
My mom, a longtime resident, went to elementary school in East Rockaway and graduated from the high school there in 1947 (with Don Murray, who went on to be a famous actor). Later that year, she moved to Lynbrook with her family, where she has lived ever since. Needless to say, she has been through many hurricanes, but none quite like Sandy.
We recall when the sewage plant was being built in 1949, and we were told it was to become a Coca-Cola plant. But to sweeten the deal, so to speak, when it became a sewage plant instead, I recall that the parks were built as an olive leaf peace offering to residents in the surrounding areas — a place where my grandchildren have played many times.
I doubt I will want to bring them there again for a very, very long time, though, what with 65 millions gallons a day of raw sewage being released from there since Hurricane Sandy due to flood damage — and I intend to keep my family far from that entire area for a long time.
The plant has always been a major concern for those of us who reside along the South Shore, and in the aftermath of Sandy, our worst fears have been realized. Not only is this raw sewage polluting our Hewlett Bay Park and Hewlett Point Beach Club bays, but I’d be shocked if it didn’t make its way into Reynolds Channel by now. It did make it into the streets, and in some cases, people’s homes and the schools, too!
Is this still happening, and if so, why?  This is perhaps the worst environmental health crisis we have ever experienced, and thus far we have received no real answers from County Executive Ed Mangano or Legislator Howard Kopel regarding the status of the situation and when it will improve. Why not? Where’s the leadership on this? 
We must use Sandy as a benchmark for any future plans for this plant.

Pamela Fregeau


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I think it is time that the Students of South Side High School come to grips with the fact that a $32+ Million Bond issue which would impose a $200 yearly increase for thirty years to the School Taxes for every household in Rockville Centre. Most SSHS students who will graduate in the future will go on to college (if affordable), join the military (if we still have one) or just move on to greener pastures (if the planet still has any left).

My point is that those of us who would have to suffer another economic burdon by remaining here in "Good Old RVC" with an additional $200 yearly cost around our necks, additional tax increases that are bound to be levied upon us, in thirty yeas, Gas price increases, Food cost increases and an economy thart will STILL be struggling to pay the National debt.

To be BLUNT kids, maybe your parents have the dough to flip in $200 increase a year just to have you run around on artificial turf for a couple of ball games, or track meets, and build additional classrooms on to the current High School so you will "have more space" to Twitter and Tweet each other more comfortably, but those of us who are Senior Citizens on fixed incomes, or victims of a battered economy, unemployed or financially strapped, just cannot afford what you consider needed niceties. We ALL have to make sacrifices in this Country today. Each penny counts to most of us. $32+ Million dollars is OUTRAGEOUS !!!!!

I suggest that we all just sit back and realize the national economic situation and call a 5 year moratorium on spending.

Do with what we have and hope that the future will be better and we can afford things again soon. Don't use President Obama's failed policies on spending, or sooner than we know, the School budget will be in the "Trillions of Dollars". I urge the RVC Voters to vote "NO" on March 19th.

Mickey Clark

25 North Forest Ave.

Rockville Centre, NY 11570




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