Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00
Recently, the City of New York did an extensive study on the implementation of ferry services for the metropolitan area. Many of the proposed routes pass by Hempstead Harbor. It has occurred to several government agencies, Long Island would benefit from a ferry service to New York City.
In my town, approximately 42,000 daily passengers take the Port Washington Railroad line (LIRR), and over 100,000 cars pass by driving into New York on the Long Island Expressway. Both the LIE and the LIRR are considered amongst the worst commuter routes in the country, costing hundreds of thousands of lost hours sitting in traffic or delays every year. This year New York will spend $7 billion dollars on roadwork and $3.1 billion dollars on the Long Island Rail Road maintenance. Although these repairs are needed, none of this money will bring long-term, sustainable jobs nor will it help in getting people to where they want to go any faster. In fact, count on long delays this spring, summer and fall.
I have proposed to the Town of North Hempstead a viable transportation alternative that answers so many issues we face: a high speed ferry service departing from Hempstead Harbor Park to New York City. The location is perfect with its easy, non-intrusive access on Shore Road, only 3.5 miles from the Long Island Expressway. Hempstead Harbor Park offers ample parking and deep-water piers while not disturbing beachgoers who typically visit the park on weekends. A ferry service here would offer a quick alternative to New York in 20 minutes. In maintaining the Bar Beach/Hempstead Harbor Park over the past 5 years, North Hempstead residents have lost almost millions of dollars as it takes in $1 for every $5 it spends and this is unsustainable. A ferry service would take in fees on parking and docking which could add several million a year to the town, something the town desperately needs to consider.
Our neighbors in Glen Cove have raised over $20 million in government funding to build a ferry service to New York. However, Glen Cove must first build road access, parking and bulkheads, i.e., all the parts we already have in Hempstead Harbor Beach. With the go-ahead, we could implement a ferry service within weeks. Keep in mind that Glen Cove has one-eighth the commuters of North Hempstead, meaning we would be eligible for substantially greater funds through various government organizations.
The reasons for developing are simple: With a high speed ferry, time to New York would be cut to 15 minutes versus the LIRR time of 50-plus minutes. For Wall Street the time would be 22 minutes versus one hour and 20 minutes. The other reasons are getting cars off the road, lowering our transit costs through competition, creating new jobs, increasing the property value of our community, receiving parking and docking revenue for the town while enhancing the quality of life for all of us who pay the highest taxes in the country. Perhaps the most important reason is we can do this for a fraction of the cost it takes to run and maintain our current transportation access to New York.
I have written to Town of North Hempstead Supervisor, Jon Kaiman, giving him a detailed study on why this makes sense and I urge all who are interested in making a ferry service a reality to call his office and persuade him to do what is best for North Hempstead.
James Warwick is a resident of Port Washington, former CEO of the Internet Press Association, intelligent transportation systems developer, and former freelance editor for Newsday.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 08:19The results of the school district budget vote are:
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00Daddy you are the best! It’s true! The very best! In first grade you cooked something delicious every month! You cook omelets at the bus stop party every year and you even dressed up as Geronimo Stilton during book week! Whenever we have sleepovers you make Saturday Morning Buffet Extravaganza! You are the KING OF THE ROADTRIPS and KING OF CAMPING! You love Disney as much as we do and you take us on BIG fishing trips. Most of all you teach us how to do for others. You brought us to volunteer in the tent cities after hurricane Sandy, you donate blood and you help raise money for NFED. WE LOVE YOU DADDY!!! Love, your little man, your angel and Boo
Gavin, Jade and Karyna Olsen
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
For the first time since 2005, the Manhasset Indians won the Long Island championship and took home a quarterfinal win last week on Motamed Field at Adelphi University. Unfortunately, the dream of a state championship ended in upstate Cortland, as the girls’ lacrosse team fell to Brighton in the Class B girls’ lacrosse semifinal.
Though obviously frustrated and disappointed in coming so close to the state finals after a long and promising season, the ladies of Manhasset can still see the promise in the future of the team.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Three members of the Manhasset Varsity Softball team were honored at the Nassau County Softball Coaches Association awards dinner at the Crest Hollow Country Club on June 4. Head Coach Lauren Majewski escorted the three players as they were honored by the Association for their outstanding play, and contribution to the Nassau County Softball League. These awards are significant as they are selected by the league coaches. This year, Manhasset had the distinction of three honorees recognized by the league.
Senior Ariana Larocca and freshman Murphy McGorry both received All-Division honors while senior Katherine Giesecke was awarded the All-Conference honor. The Manhasset High School Softball Program, under the keen guidance of Coach Majewski, has become a perennial playoff contender.