We were very saddened to see the headline “Callicoon adopts frack-friendly comp plan” in your last issue and to read about the unscrupulous manner in which it seems to have occurred. We are New Yorkers who have been weekenders a few miles below Callicoon for close to 30 years. We recently closed a successful business in Midtown Manhattan and finally fulfilled our dream of becoming full time PA residents with the intention of starting a new venture in the beautiful Delaware River Valley that we love.
Because one of the projects we’ve been considering is the development of a prominent commercial site in the heart of the Town of Callicoon, we’ve been following their fracking controversy closely, waiting to see which way the wind would blow. This news has, unfortunately, made up our minds. We no longer feel comfortable investing in the Town of Callicoon, as it means working with a town board that blatantly and undemocratically ignores the wishes of the community it represents.
And, being downriver, we can only hope that the consequences of the board’s rash and unsupported decision won’t come to haunt us all any time soon.
Paul Plumadore and Jim Tindell