State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside) last Friday met with Arlene Fleishman of the Mitchell-Linden Civic Association, city planner Paul Graziano and other civic leaders at the Bayside Jewish Center to stand in opposition of three proposed school sites.

The schools are planned to be constructed at the Bayside Jewish Center, on Linden Place and at the Keil Brothers site.

Although there is agreement on the need for more schools, the locations lack space and would congest their local areas because of unsuitable road access for school buses, a potential increase in traffic and questionable safety for pedestrians, the opponents say.

Earlier this year, Avella introduced a bill that would require agencies that approve school construction projects in highly populated areas of New York to include the community and local elected officials in the process.

Since the Keil Brothers location has already begun construction, unlike the other two sites which are still pending, Avella proposed that the building should be restricted in terms of height.

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