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Letter: Proper Screening For 355 Newbridge Road

The residents of the apartments at 355 Newbridge Road are experiencing a threat to our safety and rights to live in a peaceful environment. We have sent many letters to the Town of Oyster Bay Housing Authority and HUD regarding their placement and screening procedures of the new disabled persons that are now being placed at 355 and throughout most of the Town of Oyster Bay complexes they have jurisdiction over. I know and accept the fact that the new classification for disabled has opened the door to persons with mental, physical, former drug addicts, reformed alcoholics and former prisoners, to be housed in our communities, but not when it poses a safety issue to weak and frail seniors. Tenant selection officers are not screening new tenants properly. There is also a Section 504, in the HUD laws that states after careful screening a housing provider can deny applicants if they have a record of adversely affecting others such as disturbing neighbors, destroying property and failing to pay rent on time. Under Section 504, the housing provider must make sound and reasonable judgement based on evidence of current conduct or a history of overt acts.

The residents just want our safe communities back, we have earned the right to live in peace and harmony. If the TOB and HUD refuse to screen properly, they better have security systems in place, such as cameras, a superintendent on premises 24/7, or security cars patrolling the communities.

After careful review of my lease agreement, there is a paragraph under Tenant Obligations that reads that persons shall not engage in criminal activity, including drug related on or near the Housing Authority premises, that there should be no unlawful activity in the unit or on the property grounds and that tenants shall not engage in business in or on grounds. Tenants shall not act in a manner that will disturb the rights or comforts of neighbors, but this is all going on and the Town of Oyster Bay is doing nothing about it. I have lived here four years and at the time of signing my lease agreement, no one mentioned I was moving into a HUD mandated facility. If they had known, many residents would not have moved here.

Homeowners in the surrounding area need to see that the Town of Oyster Bay tenant placement policies are bringing down their property values.

Leigh Di Pasquale

355 Newbridge Road Tenant

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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