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Oyster Bay consultant backs away from penned letter on Glen Cove development

John Ellsworth speaks to the Oyster Bay Town

John Ellsworth speaks to the Oyster Bay Town Board on March 22, 2016. Credit: Newsday / Ted Phillips

A Town of Oyster Bay consultant is backing away from a letter in which he expressed concerns on behalf of the town about a stormwater management plan for a Glen Cove waterfront redevelopment project.

Environmental consultant John Ellsworth wrote a letter May 16 to city planning board chairman Thomas Scott stating that the $960-million Garvies Point development had “only the bare minimum stormwater controls.” That’s a concern for the town, Ellsworth said in an interview earlier this month, because it affects waters and land under town jurisdiction. The town borders Glen Cove.

Ellsworth also asked for clarification on traffic impacts from and environmental remediation of the site.

Michael Zarin, the White Plains-based attorney for Glen Cove on the project, then wrote to Ellsworth responding to his questions and concerns. Zarin said in an interview that, among other things, he provided additional details of the stormwater management plan.

In a June 14 letter to Zarin, Ellsworth wrote that Zarin’s correspondence “addresses the questions posed in our May 16 letter. Accordingly, we have no further inquiry regarding this subject.”

Ellsworth could not be reached for comment. Oyster Bay spokeswoman Marta Kane said in an email that “we felt that they provided a thorough response to all of our questions.”

Amy Marion, an attorney for 105 area residents seeking to block the project, said in an email that “the Town’s comments about being suddenly satisfied about its previous strong disagreement with the Plan’s Stormwater management plan is highly suspect and suspicious...”

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