Editorial: Speak Up, SANS

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Residents of the Sag Harbor Hills, Azurest and Ninevah subdivisions (SANS) have been working for three years to earn their neighborhoods landmark status on the New York State Register of Historic Places. A decision from the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation could come as early as March 21.

A representative of the office said last week that anyone wishing to object needs to speak up in the form of a notarized letter, as those who do not say anything are assumed to agree with the proposal.

Letters of support are also welcome, the spokesperson said. Does SANS want to be a footnote to history, or a whole book? Renee Simons, a Sag Harbor Hills resident who has been leading the effort towards landmark status for SANS, recently asked that question, and it’s a valid one that the rest of the community should answer as well.

Correspondence should be sent to the attention of Jennifer Bentworth at NYS OPRHP, Division for Historic Preservation, Peebles Island, P.O. Box 189, Waterford NY 12188.

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