SALTAIRE MEETING VIDEOTAPED AS COMMUNITY APPROVES
APPLICATION FOR FEDERAL STIMULUS TO CLEANUP “DOWNTOWN SLUM”
You can’t make this stuff up!
In one of the most bizarre interpretations of the law, this
wealthy village seeks $2.5 million from NY State to buy and renovate their
local grocery store. The village itself would contribute $300 thousand.
Homeowner Noel Feustel and his wife Victoria Petersen
disapproved on air suggesting the money be given to needy areas like Bayshore.
However trustee Dennis White said at the public hearing. "It allows municipalities to
acquire and renovate a 'downtown slum… We could sort of shoehorn a potential
Village Administrator Mario Posillico backs him up.
Previously Saltaire received a federally funded multimillion
dollar sand and beach replenishment project, as well as a dock, then turned its
back on the public barring boaters from dropping anchor within 1,500 feet of
Saltaire's publicly funded, newly restored beaches.
The following article aired May 14th on CBS TV
and, complete with videotape, on wcbs/tv.com
May 14, 2009 7:52 pm US/Eastern
Wealthy LI Town Seeks 'Distressed Community' Grant
Saltaire Village On Fire Island Hopes To Acquire Funding
From Federal Stimulus With 'Downtown Slum' Claims
FIRE ISLAND, N.Y. (CBS) ―