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Letters to the Editor

December 7, 2013

Safety Track was misrepresented to town

In his Nov. 16 open letter in The Daily Star, Greg Lubinitsky would have you believe that he has come to our community as a savior, to lift us from our poverty while offering life skills to downtrodden youth. He harps on the potential economic benefits of the New York Safety Track, replete with laugh-out-loud estimates of the income it could bring, while ridiculing the concerns of we who live within earshot of this facility, who have suffered and will continue to if he is allowed to expand beyond his original site plan without public comment or environmental study.

In reality, NYST is a “fat cat” operation where rich folks come with expensive “toys” in search of thrills, while despoiling our rural way of life. The approval of this racetrack by the town is incompatible with its own comprehensive plan, which only allows economic development that is in harmony with the rural nature of the community.

Town and state officials have received repeated noise complaints from residents as far away as 10 miles from the racetrack. Although the track is in Harpersfield, it practically abuts the town lines of Davenport, Worcester and Kortright. Many affected from these adjacent towns had no notice of the impending project and are properly aggrieved.

The Harpersfield Planning Board was naive or disingenuous when it accepted assertions from Lubinitsky that the track would be small, training fewer than 20 individuals a day in riding safely on public roads, using only motorcycles with mufflers rated at 250ccs. Noise levels would be kept below pre-existing ambient levels. There would be no racing and no cars, and no environmental impact study was needed.

Lies and misrepresentations must not be rewarded. Exhaustive environmental and traffic studies must be undertaken for any expansion of the track beyond its site plan.

Richard Friedberg


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