Mar 6, 2019 | Letter presented to the Livingston Planning Board – Member of Assembly, 106th District, Didi Barrett
THE ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK ALBANY
Assemblymember 106th District
Dear Livingston Planning Board,
As NY State Assemblymember representing the town of Livingston, I write to share my concerns
regarding the potential negative environmental and community impacts posed by Global
Partner’s large proposed retail convenience store and gas station project. I urge you to deny the
application for a special use permit and issue a positive declaration requiring a full
environmental impact study and site remediation of the current gas station.
The environmental threats of this proposed project warrants a thorough environmental review.
Bells Pond is a New York State protected wetland, identified by DEC’s Riparian Opportunity
Assessment as “significantly stressed.” The proposed project increases the risk of groundwater
contamination, and runoff into Bells Pond, and the Hudson River Tributary, Mud Creek. It may
also place environmental burdens on wildlife habitat, ecosystem services, natural storm water
control, and erosion control. A full environmental impact study should be required to understand
the effects of the proposed project.
Should the project be approved, the lack of a site remediation plan for the current gas station is
also troubling. To mitigate the risk a vacant gas station in Livingston poses to surrounding
property values and community morale, I implore the planning board to require an adequate
remediation effort and exit plan for the old station.
In addition to environmental threats, the proposed project would alter the character of our rural
community. The Bells Pond Diner has long served as an anchor of our community, and a
gathering place for many local residents, including myself; it happens to be a favorite weekday
breakfast place for me, a diner devotee. Before moving forward with Global Partner’s proposed
retail convenience store and gas station project, I ask you to consider the community loss of this
I strongly urge you to decline Global Partner’s application for a special use permit and
issue a positive declaration in favor of a full environmental impact study and site
Thank you for your consideration of this request. Please do not hesitate to reach out to my office with any questions.