NEV/YORK

STATE SENATE
ALBANY. NEW YORK I2247

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I FI.ANAGAN

April 6, 2009

SE\ATOR, 2ND DISTR,ICT

Carol Rsh, Com:nrssioner IrIYS Department of Parks, Rccreation and Historic Preservation Empire State Plaza, Agency Building I Albany, New York 12238
Dear Commissioncr Ash: Euclosed please find commcnts dated March 276 recently submitted to your offrcc by the Long Island Regional Plaruring Council (the Council) concerning the Phasc 1 Dcmolition Project Description for Kings Park / Nissequogue River Statc Park My reply to those comments are enclosed as well. Despite srrong actions taken by the Smtc more than two ycars ago to preserve thc former Kings Park Psychiatric Ccnrc,r as part of the Nissequog/uc River State Park, thc Council has managed to resurrecr rhc idea of dcveloping this property with a varicty of "mixed use" projects includrng thc idea of buildrng worlcforcc./ncxt generation housing at this location.

This is cxrrcrnely unfortunate and disconcerting sincc Kings Park residcnts and the local clccted officials who acrrrally represent this community believed this matter was scttled once and for all when tlus propcrty was legally Eansferred into the Ncw York Stare Parks system in 2006.
As you know, the Council's proposals are in direct opposition to thc overwhelmrng rnajonty of indivrduals both tiving and reprcscnting the Kings Park communrty. However, ir is rcasonable to assume thc possible aflcct these recommcndations could have on futurc dccisions regarding this propcrry given thc Council's pcrsuasive authority over plarurrng and developmcnt issues conccrning Long Iltand.To,snsure there is fair and adequatc opportunity to respond to rhc Council's suggestions, I am asking that the coflunent penod for ilre Phasc I Dcmolition Pro.ycct be extendcd at least until npril 30u This will enablc all interested parties who arc just leaming of the Council's recommendations io respond accordingty. Thank you in advance for your consideration of rhis requ€st.
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