Written by Thomas F. Liotti Thursday, 26 December 2013 00:00
This submission by Garden City attorney Thomas F. Liotti is a response to the “Judge Finds Garden City Un-Fair” article that ran in the Dec. 11-17 issue of Garden City Life.
The recent federal ruling holding that the Village of Garden City intentionally discriminated against minorities because it would not agree to have low income housing there is wrong. Home Rule allows Garden City to control its own zoning. Like many other communities, Garden City is de facto segregated not because of racial discrimination but due to economic circumstances.
There is another long-standing problem. The Department of Social Services Building, the site of this controversy, has been abandoned for years. Its 27-acre building and parking areas are desperately needed for our courts which are in complete disrepair and inadequate. All other counties in the State have modernized their courts. Only Nassau lags far behind. Eventually the Courts will have to be expanded in the Mineola/Garden City area. The Family Court and District Court should both move there. County Seat Drive should be developed to allow for underground and tiered parking. All of this could be done without disturbing the ambiance of surrounding residential property owners or depleting their property values. If this is not done, then we will indeed have intolerable congestion. Any plan for the development of that area must preserve the residential character of the community.
A careful view of Garden City shows that it already has a great number of apartments and more could be built due north behind the shopping areas on the West side of Franklin Avenue but then again why not in Hempstead? It makes more sense to upgrade Hempstead than it does to downgrade Garden City.
It is wrong for federal courts to usurp the Home Rule powers of Garden City and force that community to accept low income housing under the guise of the Fair Housing Act. This ruling has the potential to destroy the pristine, first planned community in the United States – Garden City. Garden City welcomes anyone who can afford to live there. The same would be true of Park Avenue in New York City; Beverly Hills, California or Palm Beach, Florida.
When Roosevelt Field was developed 60 years ago it pulled all of the great stores such as Abraham & Strauss, Arnold Constable and Browning King Fifth Avenue out of Hempstead. Hempstead’s tax base was undermined and “white flight” ensued. Do we want the same thing to happen to Garden City? Force feeding a local community with low income housing is a huge mistake. Social engineering at the expense of homeowners is simply unfair.
Thomas F. Liotti is an attorney in Garden City, village justice in Westbury and former chair of the Civil Rights Committee of the Nassau Bar Association.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
The reservations are set, the film time picked out, everything looks to be set for date night...except the kids, that is. You forgot to hire a sitter? You thought I was doing it? Dinner is at eight, whatever are we to do?
All too often, families run into this situation, and all too often it spells trouble. But one man is seeking to remedy that with the launch of BabysittingBarter.com, where parents can easily find the solution to date night woes, according to President and CEO Brian Mannix, a Garden City Native. The site currently operates out of LaunchPad LI in Mineola, an office building that specializes in catering to startup operations.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
Garden City’s Rosemary Cinquemani will be one of three people honored by The Children’s Medical Center at Winthrop-University Hospital during its 17th Annual “A Cause to Celebrate” benefiting the Child Life Program. Cinquemani is being recognized along with Michael Stroud and Frank Catelli, Esq. The event will take place on Thursday, March 20, at The Garden City Hotel. Each honoree is a longtime supporter of Winthrop, a member of the hospital’s board of regents and a co-chair of the Cancer Center for Kids Annual Golf Outing.
This year’s event will feature musical entertainment by The Atlantic City Boys—A Tribute to the Music of Frankie Valli.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:10
Pitching wins championships, and Garden City baseball Head Coach Rich Smith is confident that his team has enough of it to make a run in 2014. He is not deterred by losing 11 seniors, many of which contributed to the team’s 15-7 season. Smith, in his 42nd year with the program, has seen almost everything on the baseball field, but noted that this team is unique in one way.
“On paper we have three lefties in the starting rotation,” said Smith. “And that’s something I’ve never had here,” he added. The trio of southpaws could prove to be nightmarish on the conference, even after its new alignment.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 11:39
Spring Roller Hockey Divisions
The start of spring roller hockey is just around the corner. Whether you played in the past or looking to get involved, there is no better time to sign up and experience all the fun. All programs take place at the roller rink located at Community Park.
Registration and starting dates will be announced at a later time but you can see when your child will play by checking the divisions below:
Please pay careful attention as grades and dates/times have changed.