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The Twin Lakes Preserve in Wantagh, an extremely popular public freshwater fishery is being threatened by a controversy between the Town of Hempstead and New York State. According to published reports, the preserve, which is state land, has been maintained for years by the Town of Hempstead. They have done a pretty good job cleaning the place up, cutting the grass and brush and regulating activities there with Town Bay Constables.

The burden of maintaining state land has become especially significant in the current atmosphere of a tax conscious public. The Town is seeking compensation from the state. The state has refused and has said that they will maintain it themselves. Well we only have to look at Jones beach to see the states idea of "maintainance". The Twin Lakes will go down hill fast, neighbors will complain, access will be lost.

Maybe the state will suggest that it be turned into "TRUMP on the Lake".

If you value this fishery it's time to write or call the Town of Hempstead and the Governor and let them know how you feel.


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This is the first I have heard about this. How did you find out?
I was there the other day I wondered who installed all those little plaques on the trails.

Let me know, I will be more than happy to help you fight for whatever is best for the lakes and us fisherman.

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The signs, fences, cleanup etc is all done by the Town of Hempstead as far as I know. Their Department of Conservation and Waterways is involved too. The info on the situation is from a published article in the Wantagh Citizen, a local newspaper. Still hoping to get more info from my elected officials. Probably the most influential people from the state would be:

Senator Charles Fuschillo Jr
5550 Merrick Road
Suite 205
Massapequa, New York 11758-6238
Fax: 516-882-0636
[email protected]

Assemblyman David McDonough
404 Bedford Ave.
Bellmore, NY 11710

Assemblyman Joseph Saladino
200 Boundary Ave.
Massapequa, NY 11758

The Preserve is in the Districts of Senator Fuschillo and Assemblyman McDonough. Assemblyman Saladino is in the 12th District Massapequa/Town of Oyster Bay area just east of the preserve. He is very fisherman friendly and an all around great guy.

As far as the town Kate Murray is the person.
Kate Murray Helpline
(516) 489-6000

Hempstead Town Hall
One Washington Street
Hempstead, NY 11550
(516) 489-5000

Anyone who has any interest in the Preserve should contact their elected officials and let their voice be heard. If you google the person by name and title you can find contact and email forms.

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