ACTION ALERT…Proposed Sag Harbor Vehicle Impound Lot
January 8, 2019
October 12, 2018
July 15, 2018
firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Community Preservation Fund
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
153 Main Street
East Hampton, NY 11937
Tuesday, July 10, 2018
Statement to the Sag Harbor Village Mayor and Board of Trustees
Hello. I’m Dai Dayton, President of Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, and I and many of our board and members are here tonight to ask you to reconsider building a vehicle impound yard in the Long Pond Greenbelt. We know that Sag Harbor has received site plan approval for the project, but that does not change the fact that this project poses a threat to the fragile groundwater systems of the Greenbelt. We urge you to look for another more appropriate site.
To give you some of the background and reasoning for our conviction that this is the wrong location for the project, we are providing each of you with letters from local environmental and conservation organizations that spell out so powerfully why it is harmful to proceed with this project. You will be familiar with these organizations and individuals: Group for the East End, the Nature Conservancy, Assemblyman Fred Thiele and the Town Conservation Board among them. We urge you to read this information to understand why opposition to using this site as a vehicle impound yard is so strong.
And as complicated as finding an alternative location might be, we would like to believe there exists among the elected officials of Sag Harbor enough concern for our environment to find another location and to protect the Greenbelt by preserving this parcel. We call upon you, the leaders of the Village, to find somewhere else for an impound yard and to have the PSEG trucks, treated poles and equipment removed from this site.
Joining us are the over 500 people who have signed petitions in person or online, in just the past week. Every signature is a plea directed to you to do the right thing.
And that right thing is to protect our aquifer and this rare and unique chain of coastal plains ponds and wetlands, the Long Pond Greenbelt.
July 2, 2018
Dear Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt,
We regret to report that the Sag Harbor Mayor and Trustees are continuing to pursue their plan to pave a vehicle impound yard in the Long Pond Greenbelt, and they have bamboozled the Southampton Town Planning Board into approving their application. This wrongheaded approval comes after receiving scores of letters from FLPG, The Nature Conservancy, Group for the East End, local civic groups, environmental groups, Sag Harbor Village residents and local citizens alerting them to the detrimental impact the project will have on the fragile Long Pond Greenbelt ecosystem. Also, as you probably know, the Village board has allowed PSEG to park its trucks and to store treated poles, materials and equipment on the property. This is shocking, especially when the same board touts its protection of the environment!
Now our most viable option is to pressure the Village to rethink the location of the impound yard and to vote to preserve the property, so no future board will suggest inappropriate and environmentally destructive uses ever again. The Board of Trustees and the Mayor need to understand how vitally important the Long Pond Greenbelt is to our community.
To this end we have started a petition you may sign at https://chn.ge/2KItmPH. For a printable petition, click here.
Also, this coming Saturday, July 7, we will be gathering signatures and handing out information to explain the danger the Greenbelt is facing. Please join us at noon in front of the Sag Harbor Post Office, 21 Long Island Avenue, after our We Love Vineyard Field event.
If you can join us on Saturday and/or you would like to carry a petition, please email us at email@example.com. Our goal is to have the petitions tallied by Monday, July 9, so we can present them to the Sag Harbor Village Board at their regular monthly meeting on the 10th. Please send petitions to FLPG, P.O. Box 1130, Bridgehampton, NY 11932 or contact us at 631-745-0689 and we will arrange to pick them up.
Thank you for your support of the Long Pond Greenbelt.
June 5, 2018
FLPG Board Members, Members and fellow supporters of the Long Pond Greenbelt were out in force on May 24th at the Southampton Town Planning Board meeting where the public hearing for the site plan application for a municipal impound yard located at 1310 Bridgehampton Sag Harbor Turnpike was presented. To view the video of the meeting visit this link and fast forward to 1:22:50: http://southamptonny.iqm2.com/Citizens/SplitView.aspx?Mode=Video&MeetingID=4439&Format=Agenda
As reported in the Sag Harbor Express May 30th article, Residents Decry Impound Yard in Long Pond Greenbelt:
Dennis Finnerty closed the hearing noting that originally the application was “intended to be an administrative walk-on to be rubber stamped without any public input.” He credited Ms. Dayton for reaching out and prompting the planning department to take a second look and call for a public hearing.
“I must say, Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt, your efforts are well-organized,” Mr. Finnerty said. “Some of your voices we have heard for decades and we regularly turn to your group along with the trails advisory board to assist us in environmental matters and I can assure you your message has been received.
“I would caution that the rights of one municipality over the land use of another municipality is in question,” he continued. “It is certainly open to debate. Our efforts may in fact be limited but you have certainly brought an important matter to this board.”
While the hearing was closed, the board will accept public comment through June 24.
We still need your help! Send your comment letters to the Planning Board Chairman Finnerty and to the Village of Sag Harbor Mayor Schroeder by mail or by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.
The Long Pond Greenbelt is being threatened by development!
May 22, 2018
Dear Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt,
Thank you for your letters, phone calls, and for attending the Sag Harbor Village meeting to oppose the proposed impound yard in the Long Pond Greenbelt!
Unfortunately, despite our efforts to warn the village of the grave consequences this project will have on the Long Pond Greenbelt, they are continuing to pursue permission for their proposed impound yard from the Southampton Planning Board. This includes paving, fencing and lighting!
The public meeting is this Thursday at 6PM (we are #7 on the agenda) at Southampton Town Hall, 116 Hampton Road in the 2nd floor meeting room. Please come and bring friends! We need to fill the room!!
We need speakers and we need supporters to applaud the speakers. This may be our last chance to stop the project.
Feel free to call me if you have any questions.
Thank you again for protecting the Long Pond Greenbelt.
May 3, 2018
As you may have read in the local papers this week, Sag Harbor Village is proposing an impound yard on their property located in the Long Pond Greenbelt on 1310 Bridgehampton Turnpike. They have also allowed PSEG to park their trucks and store equipment and treated telephone poles at the site for an indefinite amount of time. This property is surrounded by the nature preserve lands Suffolk County, Southampton Town and The Nature Conservancy have spent millions of dollars to preserve and protect due to the fragile coastal plain pond ecosystem which supports one of the highest concentrations of rare species and natural communities anywhere in New York State. This property is also home to a state endangered Eastern Tiger Salamander breeding pond.
Frankly, we are shocked that anyone would consider anything other than preservation for this land.
Please help us protect our beautiful and amazing Long Pond Greenbelt!
• Ask that the current use and the treated poles be removed immediately!
• Find another location for an impound yard if needed or share one in East Hampton or Southampton.
• Insist that the property be preserved forever as part of the Long Pond Greenbelt nature preserve!
Letters, emails, phone calls and/or attend the Southampton Town Planning Board meeting on May 24 (more information will be on our site, longpondgreenbelt.org)
Whatever you feel comfortable with, everything helps.
Sag Harbor Village Mayor Sandra Schroeder, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-725-0222
Deputy Mayor Kenneth O’Donnell, email@example.com
Trustee Robert Stein, firstname.lastname@example.org
Trustee Aidan Corish, email@example.com
Trustee James Larocca, firstname.lastname@example.org
Southampton Town Supervisor Jay Schneiderman and Town Board, email@example.com,
Southampton Town Planning Board Chairman Dennis Finnerty and Board, firstname.lastname@example.org,
Suffolk County Legislator Bridget Fleming, email@example.com, 631-852-8402
New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele, firstname.lastname@example.org, 631-537-2583
Thank you for your help,
Friends of the Long Pond Greenbelt
Letters of Support for Preservation
Photos of the Site