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Robinson said despite the delays, CZAC is not completely stuck in its tracks, and Mike Welti of Behan Planning Associates, is still working on drafting language for the zoning law changes.

Behan was hired by the town to assist in the zoning changes.

Robinson said Welti will leave certain changes out, such as the controversial size cap for commercial buildings, until CZAC members can reconvene.

Robinson also said that some of the information in Kormos' statement is incorrect, specifically her claim that Robinson received a letter from the owners of the Bender Melon Farm citing a conflict of interest. Robinson said she was responsible for investigating the matter when she found out about Kormos' relationship with a bidder for the land. She said no one else on the committee or representing Bender was responsible for bringing up the issue.

A letter was later sent to Robinson with dates and a timeline regarding the matter, but it did not cite a conflict of interest, as Kormos' statement claims, Robinson said.

Robinson reiterated that the matter is now in the Town Board's hands.

Sphere's Widrick said NS4SED "ostracizes and demonizes" any member of the Town Board, Planning Board, committee member or citizen for discussing a "middle ground."

"It's either NS4's way or the highway," he said. "They won't sit down and talk to us."

Widrick said that with the economy slumping the way it is, the town needs to generate tax revenue, and development is the best way to do it.

He said NS4SED is hiding behind the notion of "controlled development" to block any proposals.

A letter from Sphere to the Town Board dated Wednesday, Oct. 1, sets forth the company's gripe with Kormos and NS4SED.

"In reality, it is now clear that [Kormos] may have manipulated people in order to benefit herself personally by driving the purchase price of the Bender Melon Farm down by removing its commercial value through a zoning change," stated the letter.

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