Written by Levittown Tribune Editorial Staff Friday, 28 February 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 08 March 2014 00:00
Jessy Davidson, a student at MacArthur High School in Levittown, organized and held a blood drive at the John Theissen Children’s Foundation on Wantagh Ave. this past weekend.
Davidson, a junior, hopes to earn a small college scholarship through the New York Blood Center Bloodstock Scholarship Program by hosting this blood drive. If at least 30 donors come through, she will qualify for the scholarship.
Anyone who is in high school is able to participate in this scholarship, according to Davidson.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal panel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards.
Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
An outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites high school graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees track program is pleased to announce that four members of the team will be participating in the New York State tournament. Students honored include:
Alexa Dolgos with a personal best of 1.37 in the 600 meter run; Alyssa Mustafa with a personal best of 17 feet, 3.5 inches in the long jump and a personal best of 36 minutes 1.3 seconds in the triple jump competition; Andrew Zabala with a personal best of 43 feet 5 inches in the triple jump; and Joe Stanco with 47 minutes 10.5 seconds in the shot put.
— Submitted by Varsity Track Coach Joseph Manna
Thursday, 06 March 2014 00:00
The Island Trees Bulldogs Wrestling team finished the 2013-2014 season with an overall record of 18-8. The team defeated Syosset in the Dual Meet Championship playoffs 34-27, and then lost to Plainedge in the second round 48-29. The team had a strong season and was ranked no. 8 in Nassau County. The Bulldogs entered 22 wrestlers in the Nassau County Qualifying Tournament, out of which, eleven of the team’s All-League grapplers qualified for the coveted Nassau County Wrestling Tournament. Six wrestlers also received All-Conference honors, with one wrestler earning a wildcard into the tournament, for a total of 12 Island Trees wrestlers competing.