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?
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.
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.
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 Last summer, a proposal to rezone the property to parking was considered and then withdrawn by the applicant in light of unanimous opposition.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.
(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.
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!
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.
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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