Sign at the May 3 forum about Triple Five's plans for EPCAL, hosted by the Riverhead IDA at the Hotel Indigo. Photo: Denise Civiletti

To the Editor:

What in the name of Leroy Grumman is going on at EPCAL? After years of secret dealings and public silence, the Town Board is now cravenly attempting to rebrand itself as anti-cargo-airport.

Obviously, they have seen all those yard signs and they’re concerned. A few weeks before Election Day, they get all chesty and make disingenuous stump speeches. Where were they for the past two years? CAT even gave their jetport game away at an IDA meeting and what did we hear from any of the board members? Crickets.

Tim Hubbard has said, more than once, he had no idea CAT wanted to build a cargo airport. Now, he’s all full of bluster and, incredibly, wants to blame those concerned residents, civics and advocates from across the East End, who are making their case to Riverhead voters.

The Republican strategists, well funded by the developer community – have given the board a cynical green light to go off-script and mislead the electorate. Why? Because the rest of their agenda is too priceless to squander. They have warehouses to fill, batteries to store, garbage to digest, apartment buildings to be built and green acres to despoil.

Tom Hughes


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