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Letter: Redistricting - Who Cares? If You Live In Plandome Heights You Better

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

On Monday, June 4 at the calendared public mMeeting of the Redistricting Committee, a working session with (no comments allowed) took place. Of the 42 letters and emails that had been received by the committee “mostly from Plandome Heights,” all of these messages were objecting to redistricting us to district 4 in Great Neck. No letters were discussed as being received from any other community. After careful and thoughtful consideration of the unanimous and strenuous objections from Plandome Heights’ citizens, the committee voted 5 of 9 to recommend to the town board “Option 3,” which redistricts Plandome Heights to the Great Neck district. The matter will move to the town board next. What does that mean you ask?

 

Letter: Mary Jane and Paul Whelan

Friday, 08 June 2012 00:00

On Memorial Day this year, about 9 a.m. until the parade stepped off at 10 a.m. on the corner of Plandome Road and Plandome Court in Plandome Heights, caring neighbors opened their back yard, side yard, side porch and their back patio to host an open house for any and all marchers that would be in the parade, for coffee, bagels, juice, water and other goodies.

 

Letter: Over Two Decades Of Community Opposition To Commercial Encroachment Now Up For Grabs

Friday, 01 June 2012 00:00
(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Supervisor Jon Kaiman and all town council members and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)

Perhaps you as a resident and voter may not be aware of the most recent fight facing your fellow Manhassetites regarding preservation of their neighborhood, quality of life and property values in Strathmore Village and a small portion of South Strathmore. The details, both currently and historically are too numerous and virtually impossible to discuss here. (Should you desire copies of emails outlining the issues at hand in detail, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ).

 

Letter: MTA Restoring Half Hourly Trains On PW Line...Not True

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

I was overjoyed when I read your article about the MTA’s decision to return half hourly service to the Port Washington LIRR train line. As a “green” minded citizen I like to think I am helping our environment by using public transportation. Having trains run only once an hour into NYC after “rush hour” was not encouraging use or convenient, not to mention the overcrowding that was the result of less trains. However, on examination of the new schedule I am aghast that none of the added trains stop at the Plandome Station.

 

Letter: Choosing Healthy Debate Vs. Mudslinging

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

The Village Bath property at The Gate in Strathmore Village is once again subject of much controversy. Last summer, a proposal to rezone the property to parking was considered and then withdrawn by the applicant in light of unanimous opposition. The unanimous opposition had two significant factors, its mediocre but compliant buffer zone with adjacent homeowners, and the far greater concern that by changing the zoning to parking, the prospective purchaser would in the future enable square footage to be added to the existing 1900 Northern Boulevard commercial property and achieve a total square footage that would then permit the owner to build a larger commercial building, and perhaps, as Kimco did at the King Kullen site, construct a building far closer to the surrounding residential community. After the application’s withdrawal, the prospective purchaser began discussions with the Strathmore Village Civic Association (SVCA) to address those concerns. SVCA and South Strathmore Civics engaged the adjacent homeowners in several meetings over the winter and spring, some of which I personally attended. I saw and heard many residents share their desire for plan revisions and concessions to address their specific concerns. I can attest that support indeed grew for the revised plan that now contains two important caveats: The purchaser agreed to (1) a written restrictive covenant that would preclude any future building on the Village Bath site and that its gross square footage would be restricted from being added to the existing commercial property for the purpose of achieving a larger commercial building than what is presently as-of-right by the 1900 Northern Boulevard commercial owner, and (2) a much improved buffer zone with adjacent homeowners was designed.

 

Letter: Building Department Woes

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00

(Editors Note: This letter is in response to Linda Liu’s letter to the editor dated April 26.)

I also have a nightmare story to share about the Town of North Hempstead Building Department’s tactics. I have owned my home for 16 years. Last year, I decided to sell my home, since I now reside upstate.

 

Letter: Sewer Privatization: Will Costs Be Shared By Communities Without Sewers?

Friday, 25 May 2012 00:00
I would venture to guess that most residents are not aware that the Nassau County Executive is moving to privatize the sewer system and those that are aware have very little information about how it will happen. Even those of us who are elected to represent you at the legislature have been given no details by the administration as to how this plan is supposed to move forward. The county administration is only saying that a private firm, through a series of complex legal and financial arrangements, will take over from the county the operation, maintenance and improvement of the county’s wastewater management system in what would be the largest public-private sewer partnership in the United States. However, as we experienced when our buses were privatized and the police precincts were reduced, there are no documents for public review.
 

A Look On The Light Side: May 16, 2012

Written by Judy Epstein Friday, 18 May 2012 00:00

Password Protect Me!

I can’t believe it just happened again. For the kajillionth time, I am locked out of my own computer.

It happens with everything, now that my life is lived almost completely online. Maybe your life is different, but nowadays I need one password to get into my computer and another to look at my email, another to cash a coupon, to read an article, to look up a recipe or to order a shirt. I need a password for boots from L.L. Bean, and another to check on the status of a book I ordered from Amazon. I need a password to check that we’ve paid the balance for summer camp and another to look in my bank account and see if there’s any money to pay with. Heck, I need a password just to log onto a website and find out where to pick up my children after sports! To take a break, I read some electronic news. I follow a link to another story, about which someone has written something moronic. I must make a comment and set them straight – but first: “What is your password?” It is never ending!

 

Letter: View Current Collective Bargaining Agreement With Staff On Library Website

Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00

The Board of Trustees of the Manhasset Public Library read with interest the letter to the editor from Amanda Barker, labor relations specialist of the United Public Service Employees Union, which has recently affiliated with the Manhasset Public Library Staff Association (April 26).

While the board disagrees with several of the statements made in the letter, we prefer to address those differences at the bargaining table rather than in the media. We look forward to resuming discussions with the negotiating team for the staff so that we can restart efforts to reach a fair settlement that respects both the employees and the taxpayers.  These negotiations have been prolonged and, at times, difficult.  We welcome the participation of the UPSEU as a chance for a fresh perspective and opportunity to make real progress toward a new agreement.

 

Letter: The Sun Is Shining; Just Look Out The Window

Friday, 11 May 2012 00:00
An April 27th letter to the editor [published in Anton Community Newspapers] authored by Philip H. Smith, president of the United University Professions, leads one to believe that Mr. Smith does not closely follow the topics or institutions about which he writes. In his letter, titled “Let the Sun Shine on SUNY Foundations,” Mr. Smith states that The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (“Research Foundation”) is “largely led by government officials”; that it feels “no...compulsion to share information with the public,” and that it is an organization that “cloak[s] [its] activities in secrecy.”

All three statements are easily refutable and simply untrue. The Research Foundation is not led by government officials. Most importantly it is an organization that over the past year has demonstrated, and has been recognized for, its pledge to accountability and transparency.

 

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