LI Planning Commission Chairman Calls Floral Park Opposition "Vocal Minority"
Floral Park Leaders Slam Statement
While local residents began to gear up to fight the proposed Third Track proposal championed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, they received their first attack from none other than the Long Island Planning Commission.
In a letter published in a daily newspaper this past week, John Cameron fired the opening shot in the war against the project saying, "Not surprisingly, immediately following the Governor's announcement, opposition surfaced from various quarters, including state lawmakers. The time has passed when the vocal minority controls the growth and prosperity of Long Island."
Cameron also called the Third Track project transformative and would alleviate the existing "bottleneck" on the LIRR main line. In the Chairman's commentary, he notes that the initiative would, in effect, promote reverse commuters and allow the multi billion dollar east side access project full potential.
Locals have weighed in to the Gateway on the Chairman's swipe at opposition to the project. Floral Park School Trustee Denise Dellacorte noted, "Clearly Chairman Cameron doesn't have a clue about the impact of the project to our schools. I would love to give him a tour of how close the trains pass and how it would impact our buildings. I think he would have to think twice again before insulting our concerns as just a vocal minority."
Bill Corbett a long time foe of the Third Track who is credited, in part, to its defeat added, “Last time over 11,000 people and over 141 organizations came out against the plan. Everyone along the corridor came together to fight the Third Track and those who tried to impose their will over us. It was, quite frankly, unfair. That doesn’t sound a vocal minority.
Archie Cheng, recently nominated Citizen’s Party candidate for Trustee and longtime School Trustee noted, “"Unfortunately, the possibility of construction of the third track has surfaced again. Floral Park and many of its neighbors are asked again to accept the taking of property from residential and commercial owners, accept traffic pattern disruption of every main thoroughfare from the north thereby affecting residents, businesses and delaying police, fire and rescue response, and, accept possible loss of part of the playgrounds at JLCS and FPBS and disruption of instruction at our schools. I know that is noble to sacrifice the few for the many, but I have yet to be informed of or convinced of the need for our sacrifice."