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We welcome your opinion on any subject of interest pertaining to the Hudson Valley. You may contribute one letter per 30-day period.

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Legoland

I recently had an amazing conversation with an elected official, Douglas Bloomfield, Town of Goshen supervisor, who supports the construction of Legoland in Goshen. What made it amazing was his telling me that about a million or so more vehicles a year on Rt 17 en route to Legoland will not take up any appreciable space. 

I phoned his office recently as I was more than a little upset to read in the Oct. 25 THR that the state is throwing yet more (an additional $18 million) of our tax dollars to Legoland, a for-profit entity owned by a large for-profit foreign corporation. 

Legoland must be special indeed. It is so special that not only can state laws (zoning, supremacy of a town's master plan) be broken on its behalf,  but so, apparently, can the laws of physics. Enroute to Legoland, cars will apparently lose their mass as, according to Mr. Bloomfield, they will take up little or no space on our highways. 

He also told me that he and the Town Board had not supported holding a referendum on Legoland because (he said) referenda are against NYS law.  However, when I asked him why then did the Board go ahead and violate zoning law that prohibits amusement parks and violate its Master Plan that protects the rural nature of Goshen, his response was ah, well, nah, that doesn't matter. 

Amazing. Simply amazing.

Barbara Kidney
Newburgh
(November 17)

 

Cricket Valley concerns

Governor Cuomo and Attorney General Schneiderman are suing the EPA because air pollution from other states is damaging air quality in New York.

Cuomo:"With this action, New York makes it clear that we will not stand idly by as other states shun their responsibility to keep our nation's air quality safe."

Schneiderman: "Millions upon millions of New Yorkers are still breathing unhealthy air due to smog pollution, a huge amount of which is blowing into New York from upwind states..."  

in 2012 the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation approved the construction of the Cricket Valley Energy Center, a 1100 Megawatt  generating plant, in Dover Plains.

This plant will burn methane (natural gas). It will emit a minimum of 100 Tons per year, and may legally emit up to 280 Tons per year, of Nitrogen Oxides, which contribute to the formation of ozone and smog pollution--causing asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and COPD.

The Cricket Valley plant will be located within 3/4 mile of the Dover Plains High School and Middle School campus.

NY State has an apparent dual policy about air pollution:

          A)  Breathing polluted air coming from hundreds of miles away is not acceptable;

          B)  Breathing polluted air  produced by a plant 3/4 of a mile away is acceptable for High School and Middle School students, who constitute a "vulnerable population".

Governor and Attorney General, thank you for protecting us from out of state pollution. Please, could you also protect the children of Dover Plains from Cricket Valley Energy?

Charles Davenport
Wappingers Falls
(November 5)

 

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