Pro Bono Publico? - 27 East


Southampton Press / Opinion / Letters / 1998571

Pro Bono Publico?

The Hampton Bays Civic Association is sponsoring a public meeting concerning the proposed revitalization plans for downtown Hampton Bays. The meeting is scheduled to be held at the Hampton Bays Middle School on Monday, July 25, at 7 p.m.

The circular advertising the event proclaims: “The HBCA will present focused analysis and proposals for Hampton Bays from the planners and community stakeholders.” The circular goes on to state that after all the facts are presented, all attendees would be able to vote for or against the proposed project.

The problem with all of this is that only proponent stakeholders have been invited to present. These stakeholders all have a vested interest in the approval of the plan. Why aren’t any voices of opposition being allowed to present at the meeting? All the residents of Hampton Bays are stakeholders in its future.

Shouldn’t all views and groups be permitted to participate in this presentation? Doesn’t the HBCA have a responsibility to invite all views and groups to participate in this meeting? Hampton Bays has become a diverse community, and the meeting on its future should reflect that diversity.

Until all views and groups are invited to participate, the Town Planning Department must withdraw from participating in this undemocratic and biased forum.

Ray D’Angelo

Hampton Bays