Friday, 24 June 2011 00:00Supervisor Jon Kaiman recently proposed that the Town of North Hempstead take over, by eminent domain (condemn), a private country club with a pool, tennis courts and active catering hall. This property, which the Town would condemn, is known as The Roslyn Country Club in Roslyn Heights.
Astonishingly, Supervisor Kaiman admitted to taxpayers that he has no real “numbers” for purchasing, rehabilitating or operating the facility. Kaiman suggested that even if he had numbers, there’s no guarantee this town-owned and operated facility would be revenue neutral, and therefore, shortfalls would have to be passed on to ALL taxpayers in the Town of North Hempstead.
Even New Hyde Park, already taxed for its own pool as a special park district — would have to “pay up” for shortfalls. New Hyde Park would pay and receive no advantage whatsoever from this town-owned and operated “Park.”
It was suggested to Supervisor Kaiman that the Town Board create a special park district comprised of the 668 upscale homes in Roslyn Heights. This would allow the Roslyn Heights community to support their own county club and their community — this equitable solution was flatly rejected by Supervisor Kaiman, without consideration.
We don’t understand Kaiman’s reasoning for going forward with this plan. However, the reality is he wants to create an upscale, exclusive country club-like park within the Town with unrealistic fees that most of us would be unable and unwilling to pay. Additionally, it has the potential to result in future unknown tax increases when operation expenses exceed revenue.
Time again New Hyde Park, let’s make sure they hear us loud and clear.
Marianna Wohlgemuth, President Lakeville Estates Civic
Marietta DiCamillio, President of North Lakeville Civic