|Posted by commackcommunityassociation on June 27, 2010 at 9:05 PM|
What do you do when elected officials do not listen to the will of the majority?
On June 24, the residents of Commack told their elected school board members that they did not want to sell the Marion Carll Farm for development, as part of a gated condominium community. The vote total was greater than a 2 to 1 majority against the proposition. This was an opportunity for the board of education to rethink their plans and try to reach a consensus with the people of Commack who had disagreed with them. The board could have asked representatives of the groups who had opposed the sale to meet with them to find a middle ground. They could have reached out to the Suffolk County legislators who had offered to host a meeting for the purpose of “possible referral of the farm for inclusion in the Suffolk County’s Nationally Recognized Farmland Preservation Development Rights program.” They could have taken some time to discuss possible alternatives among themselves. Instead, the next morning, they posted a reiteration of the defeated plan and a demand for “… delegations to submit any detailed propositions, including financial arrangements, in writing to the Board by July 31, 2010 ,so that the Board may consider its next move.” The unreasonable 30-day deadline underscores the board's resistance to including the community it represents in its planning. This board of education, who could not find a viable solution in ten years, is now telling residents, “You have one month to put up or shut up!”
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