Oneida Nation writes back to Sylvan Beach mayor about plan to redevelop mobile home park

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SYLVAN BEACH, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — Oneida Nation Enterprises CEO Ray Halbritter has written back to the mayor of Sylvan Beach, addressing the concerns he expressed in a letter about the planned redevelopment of a waterfront mobile home park.

In the letter response, Halbritter’s first order of business is to address Mayor Greg Horon’s biggest concerns over how the future development might affect the village’s wastewater system and what to do about the narrow road into the neighborhood, already in bad shape.

Halbritter writes, “When the plans are complete, our staff will discuss with you any issues relating to municipal infrastructure.”

In his initial letter, dated April 24, 2019, the mayor also asks the Oneida Indian Nation to help pay moving costs for the nearly 30 tenants who can no longer rent their properties at Mariner’s Landing Marina from the Oneida Indian Nation.

Halbritter writes, “Although it appears that some of the tenants expect to reap all of the benefits of property ownership without having incurred the obligations or expenses of ownership, many tenants recognize that our staff at Mariner’s Landing Marina has gone far above and beyond the standards provided by similarly situated managers in other like situations, and our staff will continue to do so.”

“We have provided every tenant with an extended notice period and extra time to manage the transition, we have offered to fund certain transition costs and we have waived the last month’s rent,” adds Halbritter.

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.

Many of the 30 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.

You can read Halbritter’s letter response below. 

Oneida Indian Nation response to Sylvan Beach Mayor

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