Carmen Presti will discuss primate sanctuary with the Wilson Town Board Wednesday

There are 15 comments on the Niagara Gazette story from Feb 5, 2008, titled Carmen Presti will discuss primate sanctuary with the Wilson Town Board Wednesday. In it, Niagara Gazette reports that:

“My 12-year-old daughter comes here all the time. They have them outside and let you touch them, the little ones and big ones. They are no problem to the neighborhood, none whatsoever.”

Carmen Presti's current neighbors hope he keeps his monkeys and exotic birds in the yellow brick building on Livingston Avenue. via Niagara Gazette

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concerned citizen

Buffalo, NY

#1 Feb 7, 2008
Carmen Presti was not very educated on all the questions asked at the meeting. he "danced" his way around many of the questions asked and also neglected to answer a few of some of the citizens questions. he feels that a half of a million dollar commercial facility is needed to "better" Wilson. He also claims that he will only be adding another 4 primates to his facility if he goes through with this. my question is why does he need such a large building for so few animals. what is he not telling the residents about how many he will house. he said at the meeting it would help high school seniors for less driving but now he would be putting a transportation burden on his interns from the local college.

Do Carmen and Christie Presti really deserve a place in the Town of Wilson if he is already starting to hide information from the town and what would be his neighbors now? if we know this now then what do you think they are capable of doing in the future.
Rachel Stepien

Ontario, NY

#2 Feb 7, 2008
Carmen and Chritie are great people and they dont need to "deserve" to be in Wilson. They bought the property fair and square. They need a large facility because they have right now, there facility isn't fair to the animals he has right now, it's too small. They need bigger and higher places to climb. It would be better for college interns because we won't need to drive so far. He has opened his doors for everyone to see his facility he has nothing to hide. Ask his neighbors now. I bet if I told you the street it was on you wouldnt be able to pick it out. I guarentee it.
concerned neighbor

United States

#3 Mar 8, 2008
As far as the primate sanctuary in wilson ny is concerned ask yourself the question how will it effect you or your family. A million dollars of improvement on 29.33 acres of land to become tax free is just another burden on all the taxpayers in the town of wilson. How is that fair for the rest of the taxpayers. How much noise and stink will be added to the fresh rural aroma we currently have? I deal with that aroma on a daily basis and accept it because it is an agricultural area. I don't here the cows or chickens but with the outdoor primadome I will here every last one of the primates. When asked how many he will have he says 40 but in 2001 it was 90 or so, 2006 it was probably about 50 to start so what is the real number? How is he going to fund this massive facility when the zoo's in our country cannot afford to keep open. If Niagara Falls thinks Mr. Presti is a wonderful neighbor why are they not trying to give him some of the run down delapitated properties to rehabilitate and make it a facility to bring Oprah Winfrey, David Letterman, or Martha Stewart to. Or is it maybe they really don't like what Mr. Pretsti is doing in Niagara Falls and really don't want him as a neighbor. Has any of Mr. Presti's neighbors been threatened not to attend a public hearing in Niagara Falls? We have... There is a lot more information that Mr. Presti actually doesn't want the public to know. Ask Mr. Presti some important questions and see if he can answer them honestly. It would be great for a change.
Questions

Buffalo, NY

#4 Mar 9, 2008
Why should the taxpayers carry the burden of a 12,500 square foot building on private property. The sanctuary will not be open to the public. Certain groups will be scheduled in for a visit here or there at the Presit's ok. They want the facility and acres around it tax free, but again, it is a private sanctuary. If public tax dollars are going to carry this palce (garbage use, town things etc) then why would it be private?

Another point is, as mentioned above, if Niagara Falls and the people that know the Presits and their current sanctuary love them so much, why are they not doing anything, not one thing, to keep them in the city? There are numerous places in the falls that could be rehabilitated into a sanctuary for the Prestis's and their primates and birds. Keep it in the city, it is a great idea. Then all the publicity of the famous people coming to see Charlie can help the dying city. Let's face it, the only publicity Wilson would get is that the visitors had to drive there. They are not going to stay and eat at the Wilson House or shop at IGA. They would drive to Wilson, shoot the footage they need and drive away.

If this facility is so loved by all in the falls, then someone do something to keep them there. It speaks vloumes that not one person has done anything to keep them in the city that apparently loves them. Let them get their funding and build it in the city, where they are apparently wanted.
angry

Athol Springs, NY

#5 Mar 22, 2008
why should Mr. Presty get a tax break ??, all the other property owners have to pay, does Wilson need to give someone a break at the expense of others ? The Presty's do a good job with their animals no doubt but why do they think they deserve special treatment, why don't they ask the City of Niagara Falls for a Tax free property and see how far they get.
angry

Bangor, ME

#6 Apr 4, 2008
buy the way the it stinks in the house attached to it , and it stinks outside
Klas

Las Vegas, NV

#7 Apr 20, 2008
First of all ... People should learn to spell before they go posting nonsense, I've known Presti for years,have seen the way they take care of the little people,& yes while it might be an unpleasant odor to some of the people of Niagara Falls,(in a neighborhood that i'd not want to leave my doors unlocked in BTW) That would be all the more reason to have such a facility in Wilson, that smells like farmland anyway. because it really is!! Carm & his wife are to say the least innovative & caring, Western NY is full of bass ackwards thinking people (probably why I left) Thus the reason for their own demise,
Pretty Soon the only thing that will be left there will be a home depot & a chain of auto parts stores to fix 20 yr old cars & hundred year old houses nobody can afford anyway (i.e. Ghost Town) Taxpayers take it up the ass for way worse.. Corruption anyone ? the area is full of it, You even had a mayor, hell from Lackey to the current administration, they've all been sucking your pockets dry, & what have you got in return ? the same thing, half of nothing, Wake up!!! for pete's sake! & Rachel .. Learn how to spell.. It's Guarantee ....
Shaunna

Camden, ME

#8 Jun 1, 2008
I live in Wilson, and haven't thought much about this topic until recently, when I saw a big sign in someones yard who is against it. Has anyone bothered to look at Carmen Presti's website and educate themselves? These people are trying to take care of animals, who have real feelings, that other people have so easily discarded. Have a heart, just because you can't pay to visit it like a zoo, or get help w/ taxes doesn't mean it shouldn't be there. Any livestock farmer who came in to buy the same or equal property would be getting a tax break on both property and income. This primate sanctuary is a non profit organization, he isn't making a profit.
As far as the noise (and to the concerned neighbor its 'hear' them) dogs bark, motorcycles and four wheelers go by,kids can be loud- should we get rid of all these because its the country? Will anyone even notice the minor smells when mixed with the farm smells? If you have to "deal" with the smell of farms, maybe you shouldn't be here. Remember, there are plenty of houses for sale in the "fresh smelling" cities. As far as I'm concerned:
"WELCOME PRIMATE SANCTUARY"

Since: Apr 08

AOL

#9 Jun 14, 2008
Shaunna wrote:
I live in Wilson, and haven't thought much about this topic until recently, when I saw a big sign in someones yard who is against it. Has anyone bothered to look at Carmen Presti's website and educate themselves? These people are trying to take care of animals, who have real feelings, that other people have so easily discarded. Have a heart, just because you can't pay to visit it like a zoo, or get help w/ taxes doesn't mean it shouldn't be there. Any livestock farmer who came in to buy the same or equal property would be getting a tax break on both property and income. This primate sanctuary is a non profit organization, he isn't making a profit.
As far as the noise (and to the concerned neighbor its 'hear' them) dogs bark, motorcycles and four wheelers go by,kids can be loud- should we get rid of all these because its the country? Will anyone even notice the minor smells when mixed with the farm smells? If you have to "deal" with the smell of farms, maybe you shouldn't be here. Remember, there are plenty of houses for sale in the "fresh smelling" cities. As far as I'm concerned:
"WELCOME PRIMATE SANCTUARY"
Thank You Shaunna !!!! I totally agree with you . And for the record ,we are going to be a near neighbor's of the Presti's .(within 3 minutes ) Some of us around here WELCOME them...
Rachel Stepien

North Tonawanda, NY

#10 Sep 6, 2008
Sorry "Klas" I was just angered. No one should talk about people or situation's they do not understand. I'm not even going to try and argue anymore. People are ridiculous.
Wilson

Syracuse, NY

#11 Sep 12, 2008
angry wrote:
buy the way the it stinks in the house attached to it , and it stinks outside
Just like the editors,posting false information, thriving on negativity and lies.I believe in Karma.........
Edmund

AOL

#12 Sep 13, 2008
Bring the primates to Wilson.
They will be better neighbors than a certain soccer coach.
Hey....in fact, give the primates a job, maybe they can ride the bus with the children and make sure nobody gets injured or assaulted.
Let them run for school board and teach math or gym class.
They might smell but....
They can't possibly stink up that town more than BA and TJ.
Maybe they can show you people who refuse to support the victims what happens in their society when you abuse one of their own.
carole buffone

AOL

#13 Mar 1, 2009
i would like to say a few words on carmen and christie's behave. a year ago today, carmen and christie donate there services to my grandsons benifit, antionio tallarico. i met them through and aquaintance. they were so kind and understanding, not to mention the great and educating time the kids had. it is something they did out of the kindness of there heart. after it was all said and done carmen invited tony to come visit his ficility anytime. to me that meant the world. he brought such a smile to all those kids. i just want to say they left a deep impression and i will forever be so greatful.
Fitch rd Wilson

United States

#14 May 10, 2009
Edmund wrote:
Bring the primates to Wilson.
They will be better neighbors than a certain soccer coach.
Hey....in fact, give the primates a job, maybe they can ride the bus with the children and make sure nobody gets injured or assaulted.
Let them run for school board and teach math or gym class.
They might smell but....
They can't possibly stink up that town more than BA and TJ.
Maybe they can show you people who refuse to support the victims what happens in their society when you abuse one of their own.
First off edmund, what an ass you are for comparing monkeys with highly educated teachers, mistakes are made and this was not there fault! You show your intelligence buy the way you talk.
I'm totally against this monkey sanctuary unfortunatly this is right behind my homw in which i purchased just 4 yrs ago, and had i known i would have never bought. I will have to worry on a daily basis about attacks as what has just happened in the past few months, I realize the presti's are doing good for animals but PLEASE keep them away from my home! I'm sure if this was your home for all you readers that support this you wouldnt be so free to support them!
NYMOM1

Niagara Falls, NY

#15 May 10, 2011
Fitch rd Wilson wrote:
<quoted text>
First off edmund, what an ass you are for comparing monkeys with highly educated teachers, mistakes are made and this was not there fault! You show your intelligence buy the way you talk.
I'm totally against this monkey sanctuary unfortunatly this is right behind my homw in which i purchased just 4 yrs ago, and had i known i would have never bought. I will have to worry on a daily basis about attacks as what has just happened in the past few months, I realize the presti's are doing good for animals but PLEASE keep them away from my home! I'm sure if this was your home for all you readers that support this you wouldnt be so free to support them!
I hope that this project does not come to fruit, I feel bad that your property-value will be affected by this, good luck and buy a shotgun , just in case one of thos monkeys gets loose

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