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Town Addresses Local Parking Woes

Faced with a scarcity of on-street parking for frustrated neighbors of the Nassau University Medical Center in East Meadow, members of the Hempstead Town Council teamed with the community to formulate a remedy. As a result, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate

Murray, Councilmen Gary Hudes and Ed Ambrosino announced they had created the “antidote” to traffic and parking woes on residential blocks. 

 

On Feb. 18, town officials approved legislation for a new residential parking program that aims to alleviate parking problems for outspoken neighbors who contend the hospital patrons and employees are responsible for the influx of cars.

 

“This new parking district will provide relief to parking and traffic headaches for neighbors of this busy hospital,” Murray said. “It will help renew the suburban quality-of-life that neighbors of this community expect and deserve.”

Parking around the medical center has been a continuing problem in recent years, not only for residents, but for hospital patrons and practioners as well.

 

At the request of structural engineers, the medical center closed off a parking garage on its campus, in July 2011. Since then, the hospital has been working with the community to alleviate parking woes created by employees and patients who park in public streets. 

 

Shelley Lotenberg, director of public affairs for Nassau University Medical Center, said that as a result of the recent demolition, the hospital anticipates 380 on-campus spots will become available for employees or visitors of the hospital.

 

“It is expected that the availability of these additional spots will further encourage our employees and visitors to park within the campus as we aim to continue being a good corporate neighbor, sensitive to the concerns of our community,” Lotenberg said. “NuHealth

will continue to do its part to increase on-campus parking capacity so that everyone who desires to park on campus can do so, when they need to do so.”

 

Traditionally, state law prohibits townships from issuing parking permits for public roadways. However, through the use of Home Rule legislation sponsored by state representatives Sen. Kemp Hannon and Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, the Town of Hempstead was able to get the necessary clearance from New York State Gov. Andrew Cuomo to create a parking permit system for designated roadways surrounding the hospital facilities. 

 

New parking permits will be required for residents parking on designated roadways at specified time periods that were devised after several community discussions and polls. 

 

“Neighbors of the hospital simply should not have to stress over parking and traffic congestion on their residential blocks,” Murray said. “This legislation will certainly act as an ‘antidote’ to their frustrations.”

 

Although the new parking restrictions are not set to take effect until May 1, town officials say there will be no fee to acquire a permit. However, non-permit holders who park in violation of the new regulations could be subjected to fines that increase with multiple offenses.

 

"The new parking district will provide neighbors of the hospital with a collective sigh of relief,” Councilman Hudes said. 

News

A group of Levittown parents are voicing their concerns with letting their children walk to school, since it would mean they would continue to cross Hempstead Turnpike.

 

“My kid has to cross [Hempstead Tpke.] daily without a crossing guard,” said Division Avenue parent Wendy Lantigua. 

 

For Lantigua and others, the dangers of Hempstead Turnpike became all to real after 13-year-old Brianna Soplin was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver, last June. Not to mention the fact that another 14-year-old Levittown student suffered multiple injuries after being struck in hit-and-run, last February. 

On Sept. 14, Hempstead town officials joined family and friends of fallen New York City paramedic Rudy Havelka, to unveil the re-dedication of Birch Lane in Levittown. 

While surviving the World Trade Center attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Havelka wou ld later die of an illness related to his service at Ground Zero.


Sports

The annual One Love Long Island (OLLI) Yoga Festival takes place at the Sands Point Preserve on Sunday, Sept. 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. All profits will be donated to organizations that support survivors of human trafficking, locally and globally. 

 

The festival will unite 16 Long Island yoga studio communities in a round robin of the traditional yogic practice of 108 Sun Salutations from 9:30 a.m. to noon, whose offerings will look to create long-term and sustainable solutions to eradicate the human trafficking epidemic by raising funds and awareness for the cause.  

As a fitness coach and a mother, Melissa Monteforte of Locust Valley knows how important it is to stay healthy, and how difficult it can be for women to make themselves, and their health, a priority. Wanting to help women take charge and feel more in control, she organized the Fit & Healthy Mamas Annual 5K run, now in its third year, which took place on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Eisenhower Park in East Meadow.

 

“I felt like running was the best outlet when I became a mother; it’s such a great way to get fit and feel healthy and I wanted to share that with other moms,” says Monteforte, 31. “I wanted women to feel celebrated, no matter their fitness level, and to put their health first.”


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