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Letter: Harbor Isle plan and Nov. election

Avalon Bay's director Christopher Capece holds up a

Avalon Bay's director Christopher Capece holds up a Newsday cover the day after Huntington Town Board voted his affordable development project down. (Sept. 22, 2010) Credit: Ed Betz

More than 100 people showed up for the Hempstead Town Board's hearing last week regarding a request by Posillico Development Corp. and AvalonBay to modify the number of rentable units in the proposed Harbor Isle development ["Harbor Isle: Reserved decision on housing project," News, Oct. 3].

The board covenant allows only 10 percent to be rental units. Of the originally proposed high-end condominiums, only 32 of 172 units would be available for sale, and the rest would rent for between $2,800 and $5,000 a month.

C'mon, this isn't Rockville Centre or Garden City, which are the locations of other AvalonBay projects. Island Park is a tiny community with just enough infrastructure to get by, and barely enough parking spots at the train station.

By and large, most residents are strongly opposed and said as much. Our elected representatives, including senior town Councilman Anthony Santino and Town Supervisor Kate Murray are up for re-election next month. Rather than face the ire of a community poised to lose its identity, they chose to "reserve" their decision. Rather than them postponing this decision until after the election, many voters want to know now how they will vote.

Richard J. Paine Sr., Island Park