The Leader-Herald had an article on Oct. 18 about the Kinderhook Development project being constructed on the end of Lee Avenue and Northern Terrace. In the article, Donna Bonfardeci of the Kinderhook Group made a statement the company has aerial photos of the land prior to the construction and she thinks that the heavy trucks didn't do any additional damage to the road.
Come on, Donna; don't mistake our quaint, rustic lifestyle for us being stupid. Really? An aerial shot determines that no road damage was done on Northern Terrace? The people living there watching the heavy trucks turning the pavement into an accordion in just one day would disagree with you.
I think The Leader-Herald did a good job presenting this story, but there is so much more that got left out. I told the reporter many people living here are on fixed incomes. If severe water damage were to come about, we would not be able to repair our homes and would be forced to abandoned them, leaving them vacant and derelict until such time they would go up for back taxes. This area could not sustain such a big property-tax loss.
Perhaps this won't happen, as Bonfardeci said her plan would actually help the neighborhood, just like her pictures from an airplane proved that me and my neighbors are blind.
RICHARD J. OTTALAGANO