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Letter:

First, I’d like to commend the Island Trees School Board for abiding by its fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district in exploring a possible sale of the Farmedge property. There is nothing wrong in doing preliminary research into the possible benefit of a sale on taxes and school funding.

 

First, I’d like to commend the Island Trees School Board for abiding by its fiduciary responsibility to the residents of the district in exploring a possible sale of the Farmedge property. There is nothing wrong in doing preliminary research into the possible benefit of a sale on taxes and school funding.

 

That said, I am against the sale of the property. There were a lot of arguments opposing the sale and development of the land that currently includes the Gallow and Karopczyc school buildings—many of which hold a lot of weight. 

 

My main concern is that the argument for selling is that the upkeep of the buildings costs the district about $200,000 a year (out of a $40 million budget)– which translates to about $30 per household based upon my limited knowledge of the specific budget numbers.  That is a small price to pay to hold onto the land, even if nothing is done with it.

 

There is the possibility of the district finding a new tenant to help offset the cost of maintenance. Or maybe the district and the town can cooperate on some sort of public park and community center – like was recently done in neighboring Plainedge.

 

To be fair, the board also argues that new development on the property would help increase the tax base, which would provide additional funds for other activities/projects for the school district. That benefit would take years to materialize and could potentially be unrealized if the proposed residences include school age children. And, no doubt any increased funds would go towards new spending as opposed to reducing taxes.

 

Our area is already overdeveloped. I’d much rather have a fraction of my tax dollars go to support an open field that my kids and the community can use and where the library can be housed, rather than handing it over to a developer and lose all control over it.

 

The people in attendance at the forum on February 10 spoke loud and clear, they are not in favor of a sale. I can’t imagine any other proposals for a residential development that would win over the majority of Island Trees residents. At this point, I’d hope the school board upholds its fiduciary duty and not waste any more money on studies of what to do with the property.

 

John Garger


News

In response to the county’s fly-by-night decision to remove 176 old oak trees along Seaman’s Neck Road, earlier this month, New York State Sen. Kemp Hannon has issued a letter to Nassau County Department of Public Works Commissioner Shila Shah-Gavnoudias regarding constituents’ concerns with the appearance of the roadway.

In his letter, Hannon asks Commissioner Shah-Gavnoudias if the removal of the trees were under the jurisdiction of LIPA or PSEG.

“If not, I would like to know who made the decision to remove these trees and why,” Hannon states. “I request you review this case and take whatever course of action necessary.”

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.


Sports

Christopher Joseph of Levittown was recently selected to play on the United States world university hockey team in Italy this year. A 2009 MacArthur High School graduate, Joseph was captain of his high school team for two seasons, leading them to two championships. Joseph would later go on to play junior hockey for New York Apple Core and the New Jersey Rockets junior ‘A’ team.

Joseph’s parents, Hal and Theresa, along with his brother Robert and sister Kristin said they are very proud of Christopher’s accomplishments and are cheering him on as he heads off to Italy.

Farmingdale State College had four players named to the 2014 D3baseball.com All-New York Team. Senior outfielder Edward Bergmann of East Meadow, earned First Team honors, while junior shortstop Anthony Alvino of Lindenhurst was named to the Second Team. Junior outfielder Michael Marino of Franklin Square and sophomore pitcher Alex Weingarten of East Rockaway also earned Third Team honors this year.

Bergmann batted a team-leading .421 this season and also led the Rams in hits (53), runs scored (42), doubles (8), on-base percentage (.503), stolen bases (30) and held a perfect fielding percentage. Nationally, Bergmann ranks 4th for stolen bases per game (0.88), 10th in stolen bases, 23rd in both on-base percentage and batting average and 29th in runs scored per game (1.21).


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