Opinion

The Levittown Property Owners Association met on March 10, with Vice President Andy Booth presiding in the absence of President Jim Morrow.

It was pointed out that as our meetings are always held on the second Tuesday of the month, our meeting conflicted with a special meeting arranged by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes for that same night. This special meeting was to discuss the formation of Neighborhood Watch groups. Our members were dissatisfied that they were unable to attend both meetings and requested that we notify the town officials of this regrettable conflict in scheduling.

The large attendance at the Feb. 10 meeting by residents who wanted to express their concerns about the surge in burglaries and vandalism to the 8th Precinct officers who were guest speakers did produce results: two or three subsequent meetings were arranged with Nassau County Legislator Dennis Dunne, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Councilman Gary Hudes, Inspector Allen McGovern and other 8th Precinct officers to describe the formation and functions of Neighborhood Watch citizen groups. Large numbers of residents participated with the hope that communication and cooperation between residents, elected officials and the local police would produce a safer community.

Vice President Booth reported that we have recently received numerous complaints about illegal apartments in single-family homes. The Town of Hempstead allows mother/daughter homes, or seniors who live in their homes can create a separate apartment: these require permits and must be listed with the town. When the LPOA is notified of illegal rentals in private homes, we send the information to the Town Building Department with the LPOA as complainant. The town then requires the illegal rental to be removed or that legal permits be obtained.

Comments indicated there is much interest in the school budget and school board elections scheduled for May 19. Two board positions are to be voted on, and the budget of over $187 million is cause for concern. We agreed to invite the school board candidates to either the April or May meeting to learn about their positions on the issues. It was suggested that salary contracts could possibly be re-negotiated as they make up most of the budget.

Other topics discussed were: what's happening, if anything, at the former K-Mart store; the sometimes noisy "church" on Center Lane; have any more robberies or break-ins occurred since two arrests were made; what's the status of Progress House: or the former Israel Community Center on the Turnpike? For these situations, there were no answers.

The next meeting of the LPOA will be on April 14, at 7:30 p.m. in the Levittown Public Library Community Room. The guest speaker will be Dr. Herman Sirois, superintendent of Levittown Schools.


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