Executive Correspondence Tracking System #19 - May 1995 (950519-10 to 950525-24) Page: 2 of 763
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JOSEPH A. FRENCH
SAMUEL J. GFEENBERG
1st Vice President
2nd Vice President
3rd Vice President
Board of Directors
Class of 1995
THADDEUS S. GORYCKI
DANIEL H. ROGERS
Class of 1996
SEAN M. WALSH
Class of 1997
MARTHA BEAR DALLIS
JOSEPH A. FRENCH
SAMUEL L. GREENBERG
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May 16, 1995
Senator Allan Dixon
Defense Base Realignment
& Closure Commission (BRAC)
1700 North Moore Street, Suite 1425
Arlington, Virginia 22209
Re: Fort Totten, Bayside, New York
Dear Senator Dixon:
Since your recent May 5, 1995 hearing regarding the closure of Fort
Totten, we have received calls regarding the poor notification protocol employed
which prevented many local residents from testifying about their opposition to the
proposed plan to sell Fort Totten in Bayside, Queens. We oppose the closing of Fort
Totten and the government's plans to sell it because it serves a vital city function and
provides a valuable resource to this area. However, we also oppose the sale for
ecological reasons as we fully expect that any sale to a developer would be fraught
with potential ecological problems. We would prefer to see this area become a
national recreation area or a similarly situated public trust site.
Not unlike the old Fort Hancock site on Sandy Hook, New Jersey which
was closed over twenty years ago and which now is part of the Gateway National
Recreation area, Fort Totten also is situated on a peninsula highly valued by
developers. However, its position on Long Island Sound is such that any development
of this property could jeopardize the slow and painful process which many communi-
ties and organizations, such as ours, have supported over the past several decades to
help restore Long Island Sound and rid it of the effects of harmful pollution. The
development of Fort Totten would seriously threaten our waterfront and our shoreline
area because it would not be able to support any high density development and the
natural resultant waste products.
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