Donald Trump says he is thinking about buying NY’s Plum Island, site of animal-research lab MINEOLA, N.Y. – Donald Trump is thinking about adding an island to his already flashy portfolio.The real estate mogul and TV reality star said Tuesday he’s considering purchasing New York’s Plum Island, but has yet to make a final decision.“I’d be interested in looking at it,” Trump told The Associated Press in a telephone interview. “It is a very complicated subject and nobody knows what is going to happen.”The 843 acres off the coast of Long Island house a laboratory that studies infectious animal diseases that could imperil the nation’s livestock industry. Congress voted in 2009 to close the aging lab, which opened in 1954, and build a new one in Manhattan, Kan.The General Services Administration is overseeing the proposed sale of the island to defray the costs of constructing the new facility; there has been no estimate of what the island could fetch at auction.Trump said he has yet to consider exactly what he might do with the property.“We would do something, but it would not be on a big scale,” Trump said. “We would look at it and come up with something appropriate.”On Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo joined a growing number of elected officials in New York and Connecticut expressing doubts about a planned sale. Cuomo is calling for a thorough environmental review of conditions on the island, specifically citing concerns about potential groundwater pollution.“Before the sale of Plum Island can continue, Washington must step up and sign a legally binding consent order spelling out its full plan for cleaning up the Island and giving the state oversight authority to make sure the work has been done properly,” Cuomo said in a statement.Additionally, several members of Congress from the region have introduced legislation that would overturn plans to sell the island. Even if it were sold, the town of Southold has passed zoning laws that would severely limit development of the property.In addition to a high-tech lab that studies foot-and-mouth disease and other illnesses dangerous to cattle and pigs, the island includes a defunct U.S. Army base and a lighthouse.Trump has numerous properties, including luxury hotels and other holdings in New York City, Chicago and Las Vegas. by Frank Eltman, The Associated Press Posted Oct 1, 2013 3:02 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPPP to SARA Head: ‘Clean your own house if you are serious about fighting corruption’April 18, 2018In “latest news”PPP to SARA: Irresponsible to say Billions lost without providing evidenceApril 21, 2018In “latest news”Harmon fires back at PPP/C’s scandal dossierOctober 7, 2016In “Politics” Dear Editor,The litany of accusations of corruption that continues to be hurled at the former PPP/C administration and even public servants who were merely doing technical jobs have not ceased and has assumed new momentum as the coalition government attempts to deflect attention away from the downward spiral to which they have taken the economy.The persecution, on nebulous grounds, of PPP/C leadership and affiliates has assumed new dimensions with the misuse of SOCU and the formation of SARU. The initial forays against members of the private sector by these two bodies were merely obfuscatory actions that are intended to divert attention from their pursuit of their real prey, the man they hate and fear the most, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo: and hence the Pradoville 2 debacle.After having assumed administrative office in a devastated nation, the aggressiveness with which Dr. Cheddi Jagan implemented policies for the elimination of poverty is well-documented, nationally and globally.Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo’s role in this continuum of achievement is well-admired, well-respected, even by some coalition supporters; and, I believe, envied by some who aspire to his reputation and capabilities for exemplary leadership. Dr. Jagdeo, in my view, can best be described as the architect of modern Guyana.The ministers in the PPP/C administration worked indefatigably, relentlessly, trying to reverse the severe downslide in every sector. Slowly, inexorably, the country was fulfilling its promise of a transformed and incrementally-appreciating developmental growth trajectory.Dr. Jagdeo was subsequently instrumental in creating synergies for access to loans, even without collateral, to build homes; and he had engineered the reduction of interest rates to manageable proportions.Additionally, as more lands were opened up for housing projects, the scope of qualifying home-ownership aspirants widened, with Guyanese of all colours, class, creed, race, religion – with no differences being recognized or considered, benefitting from the PPP/C’s home-ownership initiative. The Housing Ministry’s records will attest to this fact.Former President Jagdeo and PPP/C ministers also aspired to own homes in this land of their birth, for which they had worked hard and sacrificed much; and they are prepared to show the world how they afforded to acquire lots at the disputed Sparendaam Housing Project and build their own homes.We are refuting the accusations of all the anti-PPP/C protagonists that the Sparendaam lands were acquired under questionable circumstances that gave a distinctive advantage to then government functionaries.Those who have authored articles and have spoken to the press appears to have unwittingly or not ignored the fact that the Sparendaam housing development was consistent with the policies and practices of the PPP/C administration, as it relates to housing development countrywide. Secondly, the price paid for the Pradoville 2 lands were comparable to the market generated prices from a publically advertised competitive bidding process for the sale of lands to private developers in close proximity right on the East Coast of Demerara.The actions by the current government, which can justifiably be described as spiteful, vindictive, petty political witch-hunting, is because former President, Dr. Bharrat Jagdeo, opted to build his home, a right afforded every Guyanese citizen, in the Sparendaam Housing Development; so they have conjured a plethora of accusations denouncing him for acquiring a home in this country, to which he gave decades of selfless and unstinting service.We in the PPP/C have endlessly called on our accusers to show to the public figures and statistics, and their sources of information of all their allegations of fraud committed by the former administration; as well as to reveal where all these monies they claim were stolen by the PPP/C administration went.Since this issue is one in a continuum of sensational national discussions I take this opportunity, through this missive, to publicly urge the convening of a public forum on corruption for stakeholders countrywide, where accusers and accused can debate the allegations of fraud and corruption against the PPP/C leadership; and where the accusers can – and should, present irrefutable evidence to validate their accusations; or admit that their accusations have no merit. An apology would also be nice.However, we are of the considered opinion that they will never rise to the challenge because their unfounded allegations are vented with an evil intention and a specific agenda; and that is to discredit the PPP/C leadership and to cast doubts in the public’s mind about the soundness of their character and commitment to working for the national welfare, as opposed to enriching themselves at the expense of the Guyanese taxpayers.Until proven otherwise, we are convinced that this smear campaign against the PPP/C leadership, and the proclivity of the intellectual authors to fabricate and publicize sensational figures to capture headlines, as both ego-boosters and attention-grabbers, and this mastered art of creating fictional stories designed to denigrate and demonize opponents, are ploys to deflect public attention from their abject failure in all areas, their incompetence, ineptitude, and poor leadership and administrative skills, all of which characterize this current government, where the twin sins of arrogance and ignorance flourish.So let us assemble accusers and accused, the voices of reason in the Guyanese society; and yes, any interested party, to settle this matter once and for all.If those who feed the nation with their daily concocted diatribes of irrational hate want to retain any credibility then they should take up our challenge. The gauntlet is thrown.Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan Edghill read more