On November 7, voters will have an opportunity to vote on Proposal #3, a referendum to extend the Community Preservation Fund (CPF) until 2030. By extending the CPF, more funds will be available to the five East End towns for the public acquisition of critical open space and development rights on working farms. I urge you to vote Yes on Proposal #3.
The protection of working farms and natural lands including wetlands and woodlands is vital to the future of our East End communities. The public's support of conservation has been evident by the overwhelming support given to every conservation funding request over the past 20 years. The Community Preservation Fund is no different.
The funds raised since its adoption in 1998 have allowed the five East End towns to protect productive farmland and the natural environment, provide recreational opportunities to our residents, and keep our drinking water clean and pure. In partnership with the towns, the Peconic Land Trust has helped to conserve many important parcels. Most of these parcels could not have been protected without the public funds available through the CPF.
We urge each and every voter who appreciates working farms, beautiful woodlands, hiking trails, pristine beaches and clean drinking water to support Proposal #3 on November 7.