We deserve to know the Truth about the Tweed/AVPORTS deal

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On May 6, 2021, New Haven (CT) Mayor Justin Elicker, East Haven (CT) Mayor Joseph Carfora, and State Rep. and Tweed Airport Authority Executive Director Sean Scanlon (Branford, Guilford) announced, "A Future for Tweed that Benefits Our Community."

The deal was a surprise to many people. The public wasn’t even invited to the press event.

Outsourcing the management of the airport to a national firm -- AVPORTS -- for the next 43 years took six months to negotiate with no public or neighborhood input.  But the public, and surrounding neighborhoods have a right to know the details of this profit-making deal on public lands.

We have a right to know what's really going on:

Are the 1,000 promised jobs long-term, local jobs with benefits for New Haven and East Haven residents?

What are the details of promised noise reduction measures?

Are Amazon and other freight carriers coming in?

What are the promised traffic calming measures?

What is Tweed's coastal resiliency plan to minimize flooding and preserve public lands going forward?

Is there any local control that remains?

Neighbors of Tweed were once promised “open communication every step of the way."

Now, Mayor Elicker, Mayor Carfora and State Rep. Scanlon have struck a private financing deal.

No one has seen the specifics of the deal that will affect the lives of everyone who lives in our neighborhood and along the flight path:  

·        Increased air pollution;

·        Increased noise pollution;

·        Increased traffic; 

·        Decreased quality of life; and

·        Decreased property values.

We deserve to know what's happening -- for our home values, for the wild spaces surrounding us, and for our children and grandchildren's health.

It’s time for Mayor’s Elicker, Mayor Carfora and State Rep. Sean Scanlon to meet with us, their constituents, to tell us to our faces what’s going on.