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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

U.S. Navy Veteran Richard Meyerowitz of Levittown joined the military in 1962, enlisting straight out of high school. While he would never see combat, Meyerowitz served as a boilerman aboard the U.S.S. Dewey amid the United States’ blockade of Cuba.

“They gave us our orders,” Meyerowitz said, “turn any vessels away. If not, blow ‘em out of the water.”

During the blockade, Meyerowitz said he only encountered one ship, which they warned to turn back. Just a kid at the time, Meyerowitz said it didn’t occur to him at the time, how the country could have been on the verge of nuclear war.

Last week, County Executive Ed Mangano declared amnesty for all speed camera tickets issued this summer.

Drivers across Nassau County were up in arms due to the recent implementation of the school zone cameras, which had issued numerous violations since they were installed just weeks ago. The source of residents anger with the county’s speed cameras stems from lack of warning and the cameras issuing speed violations even when school wasn’t in session.

According to Chris Mistron, director of Nassau County Traffic Safety, while some residents were taken by surprise, summer school hours were considered a violation period.


Sports

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its fourth tournament on Thursday Aug. 7. We had 33 golfers and a record 8  who scored under 40.  Low overall score was won by newcomer Ed Hyne with an impressive 33, his second low net in a row. Charlie Acerra scored a solid 35, and won low overall net with a 26; his best score in 4 years.

 

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 % 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. The league meets every Thursday at 7:30 a.m., but the formal tournament dates are only the first and third Thursday of the month through late October. We will have a final luncheon with prizes on our last meeting.

Golfer Annie Park, 19, of Levittown came close at the U.S. Women’s Amateur tourney, but missed the cut, finishing at 149, 9 strokes over par and just one stroke away from the match-play cut-off. 

 

“I couldn’t make any putts, so then I had more pressure into my shots to get it closer,” Park said, “but obviously that’s not going to work.”


Calendar

BOE Planning Session

Wednesday, Aug. 27

Bad Seed Auditions

Thursday, Aug. 28

Close Encounters with Benevolent ETs

Friday, Aug. 29



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