The residents of the Manhasset Lakeville Water District turned out in record numbers on May 9, to defeat the proposal to fluoridate the public water supply.
Residents of the district voted four to one against the proposal. This was Long Island’s first referendum on fluoridation and while it was only a gauge of public feeling regarding fluoridation, the chairman of the water commissioners, Kenelmn D. Enzel, in announcing the results of the balloting made the following statement.
“In view of the preponderance of votes against adding fluorides to the water of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District, the Commissioners have unanimously concluded that the expression of the desires of the voters is clear, and that fluorides will not be added to the water of this District.
The Board at this time wishes to express their appreciation for the untiring efforts and impartiality of the various Civic Associations and other groups who so readily gave of their time to insure that the people were sufficiently informed on the issue.
We also express our thanks to the many volunteers who as willingly rendered their services in this very important referendum.”
*Original front page archived article online at http://nyshistoricnewspapers.org/lccn/sn95071148/1958-05-13/ed-1/seq-1/