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Letter: Decision On October 3 Could Change Levittown Forever

Josato Builders is scheduled to appear before Kate Murray, Gary Hudes, and the entire Hempstead Town Board, to request a special zoning change of the land in between Orchid and Blacksmith Roads in Levittown. The change is necessary to build a private multi-dwelling attached condo complex of approximately 50 units and parking for 117. The current zoning of the land allows only single-family houses.

If the town board allows the land to be changed from the current zoning, the builder will be allowed to build multi-family attached condos. What would stop Josato or another builder from buying several Levitt houses on any other block, knocking them down, and appearing before the town board requesting the same zoning change?

The builder would then already have a precedence established to do so. This precedence could allow condos to be built anywhere in Levittown! Josato also owns property between Orchid Road and Woodcock Lane. The Levittown Property Owners Association (LPOA) has been fighting this re-zoning and the dangerous precedence it will establish, for some time now.

Condo units have no place in the middle of single-family houses in Levittown. The streets are not wide enough to handle the increased traffic, and the parking is not adequate and will spill over to adjacent streets. The look and feel of Brooklyn and Queens will be in the future of Levittown very shortly. The increased property tax generated from multi-family condos in Levittown is not the answer for the Town of Hempstead’s budget shortfalls.

Kate Murray, Gary Hudes, and the Town of Hempstead Town Board will hear arguments from the Levittown community about this critical matter on Oct. 3, at Town Meeting Pavilion, One Washington Street in Hempstead at 10:30 a.m. This critical hearing could change the face of all Levittown.

 If you value the suburban feel of Levittown you must come and make your opinion heard! Also contact Kate Murray and Gary Hudes and let them know that you don’t want Levittown re-zoned to allow condos!

Rick Ekberg

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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