Communities and residents have no real voice in the decision making process. This is the process everywhere in the Bronx.
This is what happened with the golf course in Ferry Point Park; and with the filtration plant in Van Cortlandt Park; and with the Kingsbridge Armory ice skating center. It's what's happening now with the plans for shopping malls in Coop City and at the Whitestone Multiplex; and with the proposed soccer stadium near Yankee Stadium; and with the fight to keep Fresh Direct out of an already crowded and overburdened South Bronx; and with the location of waste transfer stations.
This is what happens when one political party has a stranglehold over a community, has no competition, and therefore doesn't have to answer to anyone. This is not democracy.
In the spirit of transparency and full disclosure, the author Carl Lundgren is the Green Party candidate for NY State Senate for the district including City Island, NY.