MFOP letterhead


Mr. Alexander Treadwell
Secretary of State
State of New York
162 Washington Ave
Albany, NY 12231

Re: Revitalization of Montauk Trustee corporation

Dear Sir,

Attached please find a copy of the "Declaration of Rights and Trusteeship" adopted May 11th, 1996 by the Montauk Friends of Olmsted Parks, inc., a not-for-profit corporation established under the laws of the State of New York. This declaration asserts the corporation's intention to recommence the administering of the rights in common of the proprietors of Montauk in accordance with the intent of Chapter 139 of the Laws of 1852.

Please he advised that the courts have adjudged that this incorporation conveyed no right title or interest in the lands at Montauk but was simply a manner of administering them. The rights in common held by the proprietors over lands at Montauk are derived from colonial patents and deeds to land through the Montauk tribe of Indians. There are also rights in common held by the proprietors over certain properties and roadways granted through the estate of Arthur W. Benson. All of these rights together or singularly, contested or upheld, demand a democratic system of organization for their administering. This is the intention of the MFOP.

You will find that the enclosed copy bears the stamp of Town Clerk of the Town of East Hampton and of the Clerk of Suffolk County. Please stamp this copy and return to me, retaining a copy for your files.

Sincerely Yours,

Robert A Ficalora
acting president

cc: Fred W. Thiele, Jr, NYS Assemblyman
Kenneth P. Lavalle, NYS Senator