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The Three Village Soccer Club has been a major part of the Three Village community for over thirty years, providing a great place for the young people of our community to learn both soccer and sportsmanship. For the last twenty years the club has built, operated and maintained all of the soccer fields at the South Parking lot of Stony Brook University, which has become a central location for our community each weekend. Stony Brook University has now indicated that they want the soccer club to give them exclusive use of four of the fields without any compensation or a reduction in the $60,000 annual rental fee we pay to the University every year. In addition, the university has refused to agree to a fifteen year permit for the use of the property as allowed by the State of New York to ensure a long term location for the children of our community.
As a supporter of the Three Village community, I support the efforts of the Three Village Soccer Club and the community to be compensated for the loss of four fields and urge the university and our elected officials to ensure that a fifteen year permit is provided to the soccer club and that the yearly rental payment be reduced.