'Left out in the cold ...'


Make text smaller Make text larger





Last November, an overwhelming majority of Monroe voters easily passed a referendum which created the new town of Palm Tree.

It was a tumultuous time politically in our town, but most seemed reasonably assured that the unaccountable political organization which negotiated the new town had everything under control; they were confident that this agreement, although not perfect, would give us political freedom from the “bloc vote.”

As part of the agreement, the original petitioners for the 507-acre annexation would agree to suspend all legal action in pursuit of that land.

Unfortunately, not all the parties to this lawsuit have agreed to this stipulation. It seems they were gerrymandered out of the new town, which would have given them the same zoning advantages they were seeking with the original annexation.

One can fully appreciate the angst of these excluded homeowners, especially since there was a pretty good chance the 507-acre law suit would have been successful. It’s like buying the winning lottery ticket with your co-workers and finding out afterward they made a deal with workers from another company, leaving you out in the cold.

How then does the new Town Board objectively address the concerns of those petitioners excluded from the new town for political expediency, recognizing it was their own political party who privately negotiated that land deal, which basically usurped the rights of those petitioners?

Tom Lapolla

Monroe



Make text smaller Make text larger

Comments

Pool Rules



MUST READ NEWS

Journalists are not the enemy
By Jeanne Straus
We're concerned about President Donald Trump's attacks on journalists. At Straus News we don't editorialize or endorse candidates for local or national...

Read more »
Image

Monroe-Woodbury to ask voters to support $8.3 million in capital improvements
By Bob Quinn
— The Monroe-Woodbury School District is poised to ask taxpayers to support a proposed $8,391,000 capital...

Read more »
Image

Camp is almost over
"Camp" belongs on the sign for the YMCA Camp Discovery, located off Route 6 by the upper twin lakes in Harriman. While parents may be cringing that there's just weeks...
Read more »
Image

Charles R. Tomlin
Charles R. “Chuck” Tomlin of Chester, formerly of Pearl River, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018, at Nyack Hospital. He was 73.
Chuck was a financial planner...

Read more »

VIDEOS



Subscribe to our mailing list

* indicates required
Community Newspapers


MOST READ

Opinion
Journalists are not the enemy
  • Aug 17, 2018
Where in clues
Camp is almost over
  • Aug 16, 2018
Obituaries
Charles R. Tomlin
  • Aug 16, 2018

MOST COMMENTED



Weather in Monroe, NY