All you people against Yesterdays and the power plant in Wawayanda, you never lived in Rockland County or northern New Jersey when it was green – pure green from the Hudson River to the New Jersey Line or from the New York line down to what ever part of New Jersey was beginning to fill up with malls.
It was beautiful. I used to stand on the top of Clausland Mountain in Rockland County and for as far as I could see it was green, with tomato farms and other farms and green trees. Then the politicians and the real estate people and others saw a money making machine.
Naysayers, jump into your cars, drive up and down 94, over 17A, maybe take a side trip on 17M, go around Middletown. What do you see? Green fields, many fallow but others full of cows or corn or onions. Now, take a trip around Rockland County, down to Bergen, up to Ulster, Do you find green fields, busy villages and towns? Heck, no. Check out Westchester County. Pretty, ain’t it? Orange County is still beautiful.
We have Newhard and Sweeton as our pols. I don’t know what keeps them here. We’ve got Village and Town boards. Don’t know what keeps them here other than we re-elect most of them as often as possible.
And we’ve got green fields and controlled growth. I’ve heard both of these gents referred to as “Rinos” and “Dinos.” I don’t care. You can see this in the “controlled” growth of this area – the love they and their teams have for the Warwick valley. I can look out of any of my windows and I see green fields and trees aplenty.
If you naysayers to power plants and Yesterdays really want to perform a public service, go back to where you came from and clean that up.
The public will vote with its feet. If the new Yesterdays fails, Mr. Christison will survive. From the little I know, he’s a tough old guy and has survived worse. If the power plant fails because we didn’t grow fast enough, one day, somebody will start it up again. Here in Orange County, we’ve been blessed with reasonable politicians and real estate agents. They seem to be willing to split the cost of developing their profits of growing Orange County with the future and the current inhabitants.
If you want to see who really contributed to the growth of Warwick and Orange County, go to the Warwick Town Hall and look at the names on all those brass plaques.
I, as a long term citizen of this beautiful area, thank you naysayers for your misdirected intentions and especially for Slim, the old actor from “All in the Family.” I hope you all have profited in your efforts to do what you thought Warwick needed but Warwick has survived well over a couple of hundred years without Johnny come lately expertise.
So far, many community activists have given us four way stops signs that many just roll through. A couple of extra traffic lights that many of you will try to pass cars on the right when the light is amber.
Anyway, you people who are interested in promoting your own best interests over Warwicks, keep it up and we will continue to elect and reelect those leaders whose main interest is keeping our Village and Town growing sensibly for the good of all its people. Our zoning regs are not meant to be changed each time a new business tries to start up and faces a small resistance group. Those regs change when there is a sizable change in the Village population and the citizens needs change. The key word here is sizable.
This Warwick valley has survived thousands of newcomers since the arrival of the first settlers from Long Island, NY in the early 1700s. It will survive the current group of “community activists” and peace will return to the valley (temporarily).