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October 6, 2009

Angry neighbors slam (jew) slaughterhouse proposal

NEW HEMPSTEAD – A group of residents angry at the prospect of a large slaughterhouse near their neighborhood met Monday night to discuss ways to stall the facility, which they say was planned without their input and which was promised $1.6 million in state funding.

The approximately 30 residents were mostly from New Hempstead, though outside invitees from Preserve Ramapo and county Legislator Joseph Meyers (jew?) were present. The site of the proposed facility is on Route 45 in New Square, separated from the homes of some of the attendees by just the width of the state road.

“We need to let our timid legislators know that we are a force to be reckoned with, that we are not going to let this slide,” said Barbara Greenwald, who hosted the meeting in her home.

“Our homes are our asset. This project is putting that asset in jeopardy,” she said.

Since New Square began looking to replace a 5,000-square-foot slaughterhouse at the edge of the village with a larger, state-of-the-art chicken-processing plant, neighbors have protested, saying their quality of life would be infringed upon by odor and traffic.

New Square Deputy Mayor Israel Spitzer (definitely a jew) has said that neighbors’ fears about the plant are misplaced and that there would be no odor or other environmental issues.

Various municipalities, including New Hempstead and Clarkstown, and the county’s Planning Department have also been critical of the proposed facility.

Initial plans were for a 50,730-square-foot structure, but officials now say it would be about 26,250 square feet.

Angry neighbors said the village of New Square has not been upfront about its plans and that no public meeting was held to gauge their view. Spitzer has acknowledged in the past that that no public hearing has been held on the issue of the slaughterhouse.

A public hearing and an environmental review hearing are scheduled for Nov. 10.

However, state officials have said that in paperwork submitted by New Square while seeking the $1.6 million Restore New York grant, the village stated that a public hearing was held in April. A legal notice appeared in The Journal News prior to the meeting. It did not mention a slaughterhouse, just that the hearing was for reconstruction of a 7.8-acre lot.

Most residents at Monday night’s meeting said they were not informed about the April hearing even though they live close enough to the site that New Square was legally obligated to inform them through mail.

At two prior meetings, they said, New Square officials said they planned to build an office or residential complex at the site.

It was only days before a scheduled public hearing in June was canceled that residents heard that a slaughterhouse was being planned.

“Something changed within a couple of months. I’m not sure there was full disclosure,” Greenwald said.

Preserve Ramapo Chairman Robert Rhodes said that in the long fight against the slaughterhouse, residents need a village board that will fight for their interest. If the current board does not stand up to New Square, he said, a new one could be elected.

“We have to go to court to stop this,” said Meyers, adding that residents may have to finance a legal battle. “That could be a difficult, expensive and painful process.”

The gathered residents vowed to stop the proposed slaughterhouse but would not discuss strategy in front of a reporter. Another meeting was planned for the days before the Nov. 10 meeting.

However, state officials have said that in paperwork submitted by New Square while seeking the $1.6 million Restore New York grant, the village stated that a public hearing was held in April. A legal notice appeared in The Journal News prior to the meeting. It did not mention a slaughterhouse, just that the hearing was for reconstruction of a 7.8-acre lot.

Most residents at Monday night’s meeting said they were not informed about the April hearing even though they live close enough to the site that New Square was legally obligated to inform them through mail.

At two prior meetings, they said, New Square officials said they planned to build an office or residential complex at the site.

It was only days before a scheduled public hearing in June was canceled that residents heard that a slaughterhouse was being planned.

“Something changed within a couple of months. I’m not sure there was full disclosure,” Greenwald said.

Preserve Ramapo Chairman Robert Rhodes said that in the long fight against the slaughterhouse, residents need a village board that will fight for their interest. If the current board does not stand up to New Square, he said, a new one could be elected.

“We have to go to court to stop this,” said Meyers, adding that residents may have to finance a legal battle. “That could be a difficult, expensive and painful process.”

The gathered residents vowed to stop the proposed slaughterhouse but would not discuss strategy in front of a reporter. Another meeting was planned for the days before the Nov. 10 meeting.


http://www.lohud.com/article/20091006/NEWS03/910060344/Angry-neighbors-slam-slaughterhouse-proposal

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APF Deal Let Shady Firm Provide Law Enforcement For Hardin

The news that a mysterious private security contractor has been hired to take control of a prison in the tiny Montana town of Hardin has set off some outlandish conspiracy theories — like the notion that the deal represents the first wave of President Obama’s plan to “have all major cities locked down” by the end of October.

But one related concern — that the contractor, now calling itself the American Private Police Force, could take over law enforcement duties for Hardin — turns out not to be far-fetched at all. Indeed, the agreement that APPF — at the time known simply as American Police Force (APF) — signed with city’s economic development arm, the Two Rivers Authority (TRA), specifically provides for that possibility.

The notably bare-bones contract — just 11 pages covering a deal to operate a prison — was obtained last month by the Billings Gazette. It states:

[APPF] shall have the option to enter into a separate agreement with TRA for the purpose of constructing a law enforcement training center on the premises of the Two Rivers Detention Center and/or to provide additional law enforcement services to the TRA and/or the City of Hardin. (our itals)
For years, Hardin has been embroiled in a dispute with Big Horn County over its desire to provide its own law enforcement services, rather than relying on the county sheriff’s office.

Around the same time last month that the contract was made public, the Gazette’s Becky Shay — now, after an abrupt career switch, APPF’s beleaguered public relations rep — reported:

[Company official Michael] Hilton said APF has proposed that, if Hardin creates a police department, the company would provide the initial officers and hire a local chief of police. APF has already purchased Mercedes vehicles that are being outfitted and will be available for patrol cars, Hilton said.

The training center also could provide some officers to support the city, he said.

Soon after, APPF officials rolled into Hardin in those Mercedes vehicles — SUVs, in fact — sporting logos that said “City of Hardin Police Department.” After that sparked concern among some residents, both the company and the TRA appeared to backtrack in their public statements, downplaying APPF’s ambitions to take over law enforcement, and focusing exclusively on the prison project.

In other words, it was not far-fetched to imagine that a shady security contractor with a history of criminal fraud and alcoholism, who has released scant information about his company’s background, could have been put in charge of a town’s law enforcement operations.

That may be the scariest point of all in this entire episode.

http://tpmmuckraker.talkingpointsmemo.com/2009/10/apf_deal_gave_contractor_option_to_provide_law_enf.php?ref=fpblg

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