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Edgewood TRIM rally 7/13/07

Dear Friends,

Please see flyer below.  Please come to the rally and show your support this FRIDAY, JULY 13 at 5:30 PM, Pine Hill Lane and Commack Road in Dix Hills.  Bring friends and family!  It will only be about an hour. 

We need lots of people to attend making their voices heard above the lies and rhetoric of the DOT and and to wake up our eerily silent elected officials.  ALBANY HAS LOST ITS WAY!!  They say that there will be minimal social and environmental impact on the preserve and local communities.  An outrageous lie.  They say there must be something “extremely compelling” in order for them to move this facility to another location.  What is more compelling than a rare, fragile and unique wildlife habitat that is now at-risk of being destroyed?  What is more compelling than children in Brentwood, Dix Hills and Deer Park becoming VERY SICK from exposure to diesel fuel emissions 24/7???

This truck to rail heavy cargo transfer facility will be feet from the preserve (just think of the potential for accidents, fire, leaks, groundwater contamination) and just blocks from families with children (diesel emissions cause cancer and other serious respiratory ailments).

Diesel emissions will cover a five-mile area and will blanket the area on a continual basis.  THIS FACILITY IS 24/7!  Trucks, trains and cranes 24/7.  Don’t let it happen!

GET INVOLVED NOW.  WE CAN STOP THIS. Join our yahoo group blog.  Click on or cut and paste this link into your browser:  http://groups.yahoo.com/group/STOPTRIM

If you cannot attend the rally, you can still help A LOT.  Print out the attached form letter, sign it, send the original to Governor Spitzer and the copy to Friends of Edgewood.  (Just be sure you print your name and address also at bottom of letter…this is very important!) We will DO THE REST FOR YOU.  We will make add’l copies and mail to all your local, county and state reps, including the NYS DOT.

TWO MINUTES and TWO STAMPS is all it takes.  TWO MINUTES, TWO STAMPS, and ONE PERSON DOES MAKE A DIFFERENCE!  BE PART OF THE DIFFERENCE, not the STATUS QUO.

Please pass on this e-mail, the flyer and the form letter to as many friends, family and co-workers as you can.  TIME IS OF THE ESSENCE!  Please help today. 

THANK YOU SO VERY MUCH!!  If you have questions or need anything, call or e-mail me anytime!

Patricia Burkhart
Friends of the Edgewood Preserve
P.O. Box 162
Deer Park, NY 11729
631-242-7402
patricia@friendsofedgewood.com

http://groups.yahoo.com/group/STOPTRIM

An important message from Four Towns Civic Association and Friends of the Edgewood Preserve

We are being 

Railroaded!

The NYSDOT wants to build Long Island’s ONLY

train to truck cargo container transfer station

right here in our COMMUNITY!

   This facility will be privately operated and the operators will want to turn a profit. How do they do that?

    They become solid municipal waste transfer stations. That’s the garbage you place at your curb!!  The NYSDOT will not acknowledge this, but we know it is the end goal. 

   

               We need to stop this plan in its tracks!

   Please attend our rally at Pine Hill Lane and

   Commack Road in Dix Hills this Friday, 7/13 at 5:30PM.

   We need everyone to say NO! to this proposed project. 

   • Our quality of life and health will be compromised!

   • Home values will decrease!

   • Rare plant and animal life will be destroyed forever!

   • Our children are in GRAVE DANGER! Diesel emissions

   cause cancer. THAT’S A FACT. 

         Please Get Involved Now! COME TO THE RALLY and

   write the NYSDOT and tell them what you think before July 25th. After that they will disregard your comments!!!

LITRIM Project Team, NYSDOT, 250 Veterans Memorial Hwy, Hauppauge, New York 11788

FOR MORE INFO:  patricia@friendsofedgewood.com or 631-242-7402 (Patricia)

OR 631-836-2616 (Denis)

 _____

The Honorable Eliot Spitzer
Governor, State of New York
State Capitol
Albany NY 12224

Dear Governor Spitzer,

      I urge you to support permanent protection for the Edgewood Oak-Brush Plains State Preserve and the surrounding residential communities of Brentwood, Deer Park and Dix Hills by opposing the proposed NYS DOT Long Island Truck to Rail Intermodal (LI TRIM) project in the Brentwood Hamlet of the Town of Islip.

      The Edgewood Oak-Brush Plains State Preserve is an irreplaceable 850-acre environmental resource — a unique and fragile ecosystem that is home to an incredibly diverse variety of migratory birds and other wildlife. The proposed TRIM facility, which is adjacent to the Edgewood Preserve, is part of the largest remnant of pitch pine scrub oak brush on Long Island, and the second largest in New York State. These lands are also part of a deep flow aquifer recharge area designated as a Special Groundwater Protection Area, which is a major source of drinking water for Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The land in and surrounding the preserve provide prime nesting for plant and animal species that are on the Endangered, Threatened, and Special Concern lists of New York State. These include, but are not limited to: Lady Slipper, Coastal Barrens Buck-eye moth, Sharp-shinned hawk, Cooper’s hawk, Whip-poor-will, Yellow-breasted Chat, Eastern Box Turtle, and New England Blazing Star.

      Construction and development of the TRIM facility right next to this fragile habitat will, by the DOT’s own admission in their DEIS, harm the birds and other wildlife that live and thrive there, as well as the many families in this area. It will have a major impact on air and water quality, creating a situation where carcinogenic diesel emissions will linger over a radius of many miles. In addition, the excess noise, vibrations, light trespass and glare emanating from the site will further endanger wildlife at the preserve and forever affect the quality of life in the neighboring communities. 

      Moreover, it should be noted that in Chapter 635, Section 7 of the Laws of 1987, it was established that any Pilgrim State Hospital Land no longer needed by the hospital should be incorporated into the Oak Brush Plains State Preserve. Please uphold this legislation and stop the transfer of this land (which is part of a significant contiguous forest habitat) for a noisy, polluting and very invasive development plan. Former Governors Pataki and Cuomo recognized the importance of the Oak Brush Plains. I find it hard to fathom that the voters who put you in office are in agreement with you on this issue. I kindly urge you to reconsider your position on this matter. I appreciate your consideration of my letter and look forward to your response.

Sincerely,

Name

Address

Cc: Friends of the Edgewood Preserve, P.O. Box 162, Deer Park, NY 11729   

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