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Letter: NIMBYs give LI unfriendly rep

This home on Brookside Drive in Huntington was

This home on Brookside Drive in Huntington was posted for sale on July 23, 2014. Photo Credit: Steve Pfost

I was dismayed to read another article about Long Islanders coming out to protest a proposal for housing ["Senior housing proposal criticized," News, Oct. 2].

In this case in Mount Sinai, it's housing for seniors. But you could substitute lower-income people, immigrant children, a different ethnicity, solar power farms, group homes for the disabled, or any number of "others." All some people seem to want is to not have "them" move into the neighborhood.

Do they not realize that in the future, they might want to downsize to smaller living arrangements, or to remain near their children, and might just come up against an entrenched group that doesn't want "them" moving in?

This NIMBY attitude makes it appear that Long Island is not a congenial place to settle, unless you're one of "them" who already lives here.

Perelle Schwartz, Port Jefferson Station

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