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Residents Poll On Farmedge Property

Oxford and Simpson Real Estate Services—a firm hired by the Island Trees School District Board of Education—are currently reviewing proposals for the development of an 11.3 acre property that currently houses the Geneva N. Gallow and Stephen J. Karopcyc schools on Farmedge Road in Levittown.

 

“We are still in the process of settling on a developer, so nothing has been determined yet,” Island Trees Schools Superintendent Dr. Charles Murphy said, regarding selling the property to help stablilize the local tax base. “The board will not rush into this, because whatever is decided has to be the right decision for the neighbors and the community... This is land we will never get back.”

 

Integral to the sale was a Facebook survey, called the FarmEdge Vision, which was conducted by Oxford and Simpson to address concerns from the community about what they would like to see—or not—on the 11.3 acres.  

 

Dave Penetta, a principal at Oxford and Simpson, previously told The Levittown Tribune that the survey was “unprecedented” in its scope and would help residents understand the various interests being reflected within their community regarding the land’s use, and also help developers understand what the community is expecting, or hoping for. 

 

The survey, which was executed by Oxford and Simpson in September, asked people in the surrounding area 11 questions to gauge their opinion of the potential development. Of the respondents, ninety-five percent are residential property owners.

 

Eighty percent said they utilize the services of the district, while only 20 percent said they did not. In addition, 64 percent of residents surveyed said they frequently use the Island Trees Public Library—which currently occupys a portion of the Karopcyc building—33 percent said they sometimes use the library and three percent said they never use it. 

 

When asked what residents felt was a higher priority—housing for seniors or young adults—64 percent said offering limited housing to seniors was a priority, 36 percent said offering limited housing to young adults was a priority. 

 

Peter Ray, a former Island Trees school board president who several years ago attempted to gain the interest of the board in developing senior housing on the Gallow property, said he hoped “the NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) syndrome” would not be prevalent in the community, if developers presented otherwise sound ideas for developing the land.  

 

As an example of NIMBY in Island Trees, Ray cited a prior board decision to allow a small field in front of J. Fred Sparkes elementary school, to be developed into a parking lot for parents to pick up their children. That project was later halted by several neighbors along Condor Road as being an inappropriate use of the land. 

 

On the question of what was the most important issue facing residents with the sale of the property, 42 percent of respondents indicated that helping maintain and improve services for the rest of the school district was a priority, while 39 percent said keeping taxes and other costs low was a priority. Nineteen percent wanted to see open space maintained.

 

Forty-five percent said they would like to see a residential development of the property that generates modest tax revenue to the community and school district. Seventeen percent said they could live with an outside school or religious use of the property and eleven percent responded to commercial use of the property to generate the highest tax revenue to the community and school district. Only 13 percent of residents polled said none of the above. 

 

When given suggestions for commercial development, the vast majority of people polled said they would prefer not to see the schools be commercial at all. At the suggestion of residential development, 35 percent said they would prefer single-family homes be built, and 31 percent suggested senior residences. Meanwhile only 15 percent liked the idea of cluster townhouses, five percent liked multi-family rental, and 15 percent like none of the suggestions. 

 

Participants taking the poll also responded to some suggestions surrounding educational, relgious, and recreational services on the property. Thirty-six percent were in favor of a special needs school, 25 percent were in favor of a charter or private school, 38 percent responded positiviely to a community center and 25 percent said they would prefer a sports complex. 

 

Although, The Levittown Tribune, previously reported, on Nov. 14, that the bids were due by the end of the month, Superintendent Murphy said he still feesl comfortable with the process and is not setting any deadlines as to when the right bid would be determined. He added that he was not concerned at the annual cost of $100,000 to maintain an unoccupied Gallow just yet. 

News

Seven in contest for three seats on school board

On April 8, members of the Levittown Property Owners Association invited all seven candidates in the running for Island Trees School District Board of Education to a “Meet the Candidates” forum. Of the seven only four attended, and only three spoke on the dais. 

 

According to Levittown Property Owners President Diane Kirk, members of the Island Trees School District were invited to attend the forum, but declined stating that they were going to attend their own forum on May 12.

 

Challenger Brian Fielding, a 1995 Island Trees High School graduate, opened the forum with the promise of more transparency.  

Due to what appears to be a colossal error on the part of the Nassau County Assessor’s office, or perhaps an errant interpretation of state law, nearly 2,000 military veterans and Gold Star families in Levittown and Island Trees will have to wait for their tax break until next year. 

 

Both the Levittown and Island Trees school districts are among several local school districts that recently approved resolutions extending the exemption to local veterans, even though budgets and Albany’s tax cap make it a tough choice. Earlier this year, trustees in both districts voted unanimously to provide a school tax exemption for veterans living in the district, starting with the 2014-15 school year. 


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero. 

 

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more.  The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season. 

Friday Pins, Pizza & Pepsi

Trevor Williams 166,101

 

Keith Kyte 137,119,115

 

Anthony Baio 111,73

 

Alyssa Williams 141,133,120

 

Lauren Walpole 114,105,96

 

Kaitlyn Insinna 106,68,67

 

Robert Brooler 107,97

 

Frank Pietraniello 94

 

Friday Bumper Stars

Matthew Banfich 140,95

 

Nicky Barrera 115,99

 

Jake Mauro 107

 

Anthony Barrera 97,79

 

Michael Pietraniello 97,87

 

Ty Peranzo 95

 

Steven Tiemer 92

 

Nick Bevinetto 90,82

 

Ava Banfich 103,101

 

Julianna Mauro 103,87

 

Gianna Centonze 102,91

 

Victoria Gray 91,87

 

Mike Rosen 87,86

 

Steven Brauer 85,83

 

Stephan Mandola 83

 

Joey Mohaudt 81

 

Pantelis Siriodis 80

 

Kelsey Casperson 85,73

 

Stephanie Tiemer 71,67

 

Kathleen Hoffman 68,65

 

Friday Rising Stars

Jason Tiemer 191,169,138

 

Max Benson 179

 

Andrew Scarpaci 168,162,148

 

Avery Benson 151,149,135

 

Matthew Brezinski 143,110

 

Ted Fiber 128,115,114

 

Paul Klein 126,107

 

Nicholas Pisano 123,115

 

Billy Walsh 108

 

Saturday

Levittown Island trees

 

Michael Beck 117,89

 

Zach Pilser 114,110

 

Sophia Bloom 93,90

 

Olivia Bloom 81,79

 

Christian Tucci 88,85

 

Louis Bonaventura 84,79

 

Ava Tucci 74,65

 

— Submitted by the South Levittown Lanes


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