Sylvan Beach mayor writes letter asking Oneida Nation to help displaced tenants: Your Stories

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SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — In a letter obtained by NewsChannel 9, the mayor of Sylvan Beach is asking the Oneida Indian Nation to help the tenants displaced from a canal-side neighborhood.

Mayor Greg Horon claims that as many as 30 people from Mariner’s Landing will need to find new homes.

The Your Stories team reported last week that the tenants need to leave the land owned by the Oneida Indian Nation, which plans to redevelop the waterfront area.

The Nation hasn’t released detailed plans yet, but tells NewsChannel 9 it will stay a marina and more people will have access to it.

The Nation has given its renters six-months notice to leave the property. Many of those tenants have converted their mobile homes into more permanent structures, a risky investment on land owned by the Oneida Indian Nation.

Some homeowners say they’ll have to spend thousands getting the structures moved or lose them altogether.

The letter, dated April 24, 2019, reads: “We are also inquiring the see if the Nation has given thought to or would entertain the possibility of helping the tenants financially with moving costs. This eviction is creating some financial hardships for the long time, retired tenants that are on a fixed income.”

The letter also requests a meeting with Oneida Nation leaders to discuss the plans, the narrow road in bad shape that leads to the area, and how the future development might affect the village’s wastewater system.

A spokesperson for the Oneida Indian Nation confirms to NewsChannel 9 that in the last few hours, a letter was sent back to the village mayor. It’s not known what answers are in it.

You can read the letter below. 

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