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Letter to the Editor: 'Supporters of Costco – the Fight is Not Over Yet'

Bill Rubin says he strongly encourages supporters of the proposed Costco to come back at the next public hearing - Oct. 29 - and support those of resident who "see Costco as a great benefit to the town on many levels."

  • Editor's Note: The following letter to the editor was submitted by Yorktown resident Bill Rubin. If you'd like to send us your letters to the editor, email plamena@patch.com.

The initial Planning Board meeting for the , was an interesting contrast in perceptions of the project.

In the audience, a large number of residents held “Say Yes to Costco” signs, while a smaller number wore their “No Costco” buttons. And at the podium, the “pros” spoke in a positive way about the future of a progressive Yorktown, eased of its decades old traffic snarls and enhanced by a stronger tax base and business community. The “cons” ignored the improvements and predicted the doom and gloom of pollution, traffic nightmares and destruction of every other type of business in town.  

Consider the contrast between two of the speakers. One questioned how residents would be able to escape an Indian Point emergency if there were people traveling to Costco at the same time clogging the roads. The other pointed out that Costco is a “number one” retailer, that Yorktown never gets companies like that and we should not let this opportunity pass us by.

With over 30 people still waiting to speak, the public hearing was adjourned until Monday, Oct. 29. I am concerned that the “cons,” obviously well financed by a special interest group who may or may not be the “20 individuals” (who hired experts to perform their own study to challenge the DEIS), will direct their group to be there again on the 29th, but that the “pros,” neither badgered nor required to attend, will fall off in numbers.

Supporters of Costco – the fight is not over yet! I strongly encourage you to come back and support those of us who see Costco as a great benefit to the town on many levels. Please attend the next Planning Board meeting on Oct. 29 (check the town’s website for location and time), and pick up a sign saying “Say Yes to Costco” when you arrive. Show the “cons” that they are out-numbed and show the planning and town boards that the majority of Yorktown citizens want Costco in our town!

Sincerely,

Bill Rubin

Yorktown Heights

Martin October 20, 2012 at 03:07 PM
I will be there! It is about time the silent majority stands up and is heard
William Primavera October 20, 2012 at 06:59 PM
Here is a shortcut to the meeting location and time: Yorktown Cultural & Community Center, 1974 Commerce Street, Yorktown Heights, NY; Basement Nutrition Center; 7:30 pm.
Bill October 22, 2012 at 01:07 AM
I don't understand why they can't get the theater. What do you say about people who do not learn from their mistakes? You need the extra room for all of Sammy's employees alone!
Gia October 22, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Indeed, they should have chosen a different location this time. It's not enough room for all Yorktown residents that oppose COSTCO. especially after all front rows are filled with suits employed by the developer to cheer and clap for COSTCO!
Bill November 12, 2012 at 02:13 PM
I noticed on the town's website that the public hearing has been rescheduled for next Monday, November 19th. And get this -- it's actually going to be in the theater! Someone finally listened!

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