When a pizzeria deli located at 305 Newbridge Road went out of business and a nail salon moved into the storefront, some local residents felt suspicious regarding the operations of the business. According to Hempstead Town Councilman Gary Hudes, they had every right to be.
"Something didn't look right," he said about the store, noting that it had vertical blinds and appeared to have a double door system, where it was necessary to walk through two doors in order to get inside. "Information about this location came to my attention. I asked the 8th Precinct to look into it," he said.
Soon after, the police department sent out an undercover detective from their narcotics/vice bureau to further investigate the store. Detectives reported that a 57-year-old Virginia native offered to perform a sexual act on the undercover detective for an unspecified tip while inside the store. The woman had previously offered to perform a sexual act on an undercover detective earlier in the month as well. Detectives arrested the woman on April 23 on charges of two counts of prostitution.
Since the arrest, Hudes noted that he had driven by the location on several occasions and it appears as though the store has closed down.
"I have been by there and the gates are down," he said. "It doesn't appear that they're operating any type of business there."
"You don't expect a place like this to be here in Nassau County, certainly not right in the heart of a residential community like East Meadow and Levittown," he said of the "business" operating across the street from the East Meadow Fire Department and just a few blocks away from the Meadowbrook School in East Meadow. "This was a shock to me that they would even think a community would accept this type of illegal activity in its midst. This is something that is absolutely, totally unacceptable to our community."
Hudes added that as a local representative for the area, he too will not accept such immoral activity to take place in the area he both represents and lives in.
"Whenever things like this pop up, we're going to be on top of it," he said. "We want to send a message to people that this is just not welcome here."