The Newsday article got its facts all wrong. First, Posillico has NOT been using it as an industrial site the last few years. It has esentially been dormant - a few trucks come and go once in while but thas it. I think that Poscillico stored some equipment there, but there was no industrial operation. The current use was just fine for me, and many other Harbor Isle residents I believe. Also, most of the few residents who supported Posicillico, stood to gain a financial benefit by doing so.No one listened in 2004. Posillico offered 94 units and everyone complained. So he said, okay you can live with the industrial zoning and when I come back in 3 years asking for 200 you'll say yes. So much for him bluffing.
Second, most of the residents still opposed this second plan, and they did so because of the congestion that it would cause and how it would change the neighborhood. These are the same reasons as before. The difference this time around was that the residents were just not as organized as last time - and MOST IMPORTANTLY Santino didn't support the residents. Santino is extremely calculating - like most politicians in TOH his instict is to support those that can help HIM most. He wanted to support Posillico, but he was still willing to still block a Poscillo project if he thought that it will cost him votes not to do so. This time he didn't think it would cost him any votes so he puches it through. Very simple.