Proposed Tuxedo casino will endanger a natural treasure

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The green spaces of Harriman State Park and Sterling Forest are akin to a national treasure like the Grand Canyon. This is open space for amazing wildlife that has rebounded from years of development.

Preserving these spaces for future generations is an obligation for those who live in this area.

The scope of this proposed development will ruin the character of this natural wonderland well beyond the 200+ acres of the proposed site.

The night sky will be blocked out from the light it will emit, the traffic will endanger the paths of the deer, bears, snakes and other animals, the noise will be a constant din that further destroys a refuge from the urban sprawl that exists just miles to the south.

This size of development puts our water shed in jeopardy, a resource whose value can not be overstated.

And that this is being considered to host a casino. Anyone who knows a person with a gambling addiction would understand that this is not a productive activity worthy of scaring this precious natural resource.

Walk the trails that overlook this site, the Appalachian trail, a national treasure.

See what developments like Kiryas Joel look like from the top of a high spot like the Sterling Forest ranger tower.

This will add a deep scar to the natural canopy of a beautiful forest that is visited by hundreds of thousands every year.

As a resident of Tuxedo, I feel obligated to protect this and blessed to live in this beautiful place.

Kenneth English

Tuxedo Park

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