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Oyster Bay cancels meeting about selling town land to state

Oyster Bay Town Hall is shown in this

Oyster Bay Town Hall is shown in this photo taken on Sunday, March 27, 2016. Photo Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor Joseph Saladino has canceled a meeting scheduled for Thursday about the proposed sale of town land to New York State.

The meeting was to consider a revised “home rule message” in support of proposed legislation for the state to purchase 52.2 acres of town-owned land. The home rule message is necessary to pursue state purchase of municipal land.

The proposed legislation, which Saladino said was intended to let the town take advantage of a new state open space program, was unlikely to pass before the legislative session ends next week because it didn’t have a sponsor in the Assembly.

Assemb. Charles Lavine (D-Glen Cove) said in a letter sent Tuesday to Saladino that the proposed sale of already preserved land to the state was “ill-conceived” and an “utter waste of public funds”

Saladino said the proposal had been about protecting the environment and the town would work with the state to use the program.

“We’ll explore the many options that we have,” Saladino said.

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