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When our beautiful Mamaroneck Harbor on Long Island Sound became unswimmable in the summer of 1999, Legislator George Latimer was there to help. People were angry, but George knew that trying to place blame on such a complicated problem would only delay solutions. Instead, he put the issue in context. What were the sources of the pollution? How could they be eliminated?
At George Latimer’s request, a special meeting of the Westchester County Board of Legislators Committee on Public Works was held in the Mamaroneck Public Library. The topic was: “Mamaroneck Harbor Pollution-Stephen Johnson Beach."
Concerned citizens and elected village officials had the rare opportunity to communicate, in person, with county officials. The atmosphere was serious, constructive and respectful. Afterwards, George Latimer sent every attendee a recap of the ideas presented for future action or review by the county and/or village. There were eleven major points on the list.
The hard work to clean up Mamaroneck Harbor had begun. It continues. Thanks to the leadership, focus and guidance of George Latimer.
If you care about a clean Long Island Sound, please join us and vote for George Latimer for New York State Senator.
Katherine and Jim Desmond
Mamaroneck, NY 10543