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Upper Port Plans Spark Debate at Civic Meeting

Village mayor spoke to Port Jefferson Station residents about ideas for revitalization.

Mayor Margot Garant visited the Port Jefferson Station-Terryville Civic Association meeting on Nov. 22 to speak about plans to revitilize the area of Upper Port Jefferson from North Country Road to the Long Island Rail Road Tracks, an area that is technically in the village but whose residents attend the Comsewogue School District.

According to a story in the Port Times Record written by Elana Glowatz on Thursday, "tempers flared" at the meeting as the mayor "spoke to attendees about the village's plans to revitalize upper Port."

"Garant told the audience that while developers have not yet formally submitted plans to the village, the goal is to have the developers build up the commercial plots and possibly add apartments of various sizes in the area," reported the newspaper.

Members of the community spoke about concerns about renters who might occupy the planned developments and attend the school district. Similar concerns came up .

, vacancies and have plagued the area of Upper Port Jefferson for years and the village has been putting together a to try to tackle them and redevelop the area.

You can read the entire story about the mayor's visit to the civic meeting and the response of the community on the Port Times Record website here.

Ronald masone November 28, 2011 at 08:40 PM
They should go to Port Jefferson School district. But Port Jefferson residents don't want low income children going to their school district. Same reason why Port Jefferson District sends most of their special education students to Comsewogue, they want their test scores high and don't want to employ special Ed teachers. Selfish.
lilkat04 November 29, 2011 at 11:41 PM
Why do PJ students go to Comsewogue? While the town line is drawn at the train tracks, the district lines fall just north of the tracks, which means, any child living just north of the tracks can live in PJ but be districted to Comsewogue Schools. This new apartment development would increase revenues for the town of PJ, without placing the educational burden on the district. The crime is not so much about discrimination, but in wanting to reap the benefits without having to pay for the burden. If PJ wants the revenues that come with this new development, then they should be prepared to take on the financial responsibility of educating any child that dwells in this development.
Fugu Maki November 30, 2011 at 06:18 AM
I cannot imagine that area being desirable for housing, who wants to live next to a train station and bars? Taking a page from Patchogue's playbook?
Get Off My Lawn November 30, 2011 at 04:26 PM
Time to clean up the area. Push out the undesirables and replace them with responsible law abiding taxpayers.
Carl P. Palmblad, DDS April 19, 2012 at 02:27 PM
This was very well said and should be revisited. Property owners in "Upper Port" (the area between North Country Rd and the Railroad Tracks) are unfairly taxed from the more costly Comsewogue school district as well as from the Village of Port Jefferson. If the area were declared either entirely PJ or entirely PJ Sta, the residents would reap a 20% property tax savings.

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