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ROTTERDAM: Group protests park plan

A spokesman for a local chapter of The Sierra Club said the environmental group opposes the plan because a full environmental assessment is needed. John Vandello told the board that this subject has not been talked about or debated enough with residents.

"It's simply poor planning on the board's part. There are other options like small neighborhood parks or updating the parks that currently exist throughout the town," said Vandello.

Town board member Joe Guidarelli, who will be replaced by Godlewski in January, said he remains in opposition to the park plan

"I remain in favor of protecting the land. Though I am glad to see the more restrictive zoning, I am not in agreement with the proposed development of this land. It's just not the right spot," said Guidarelli.

The board will vote on the land conservation zoning at next month's meeting, where it is expected to be passed.

Tommasone thanked Guidarelli for his years of service to the board and for his dedication to serving the community.

"It's been a privilege and an honor. It has also been a great learning experience. I have tried to base my decision-making on what is best for the residents and not what's best for me," said Guidarelli.""

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