Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00
Manhasset has too long been the neglected stepchild community of the Town of North Hempstead. Surrounding communities of Great Neck, Port Washington, Roslyn and further away New Cassel have benefited from the planning and services of the town for years.
The first consultants, hired by the town to improve the business district, presented their Plandome Road plans in 2005. Nothing visible has resulted from the expenditure of that money. Additional consultants, hired several years ago by the Town, have also produced no visible results. Nassau County turned over Plandome Road to the Town several years ago with the town’s promise that things would change for the better. Conditions have only gotten worse. Not one person on the Town board fosters Manhasset’s interests.
This 0.6 of a mile through Manhasset’s business district is not only ‘atrocious’, as Rich Bentley pointed out in last week’s paper, but dangerous. The washboard condition of Plandome Road is deplorable. Drive through our neighboring communities to see the condition of their roads compared to Manhasset’s main street.
Merchants on Plandome Road struggle through this economy and the number of empty stores is alarming. What merchant would consider coming to Manhasset to open a business next to empty stores on a road that is not maintained or marked properly? Having to deal with the TONH Building Department’s extensive delays or $1,000 expediter’s fees is onerous.
What we can do as individuals is to get out to vote, demonstrating to the Town that we are not going to continue being the stepchild community of the Town of North Hempstead. Support our merchants by shopping locally. Our real estate values will be directly affected if Manhasset becomes a ghost town, only being known as a school district.
As a lifelong resident of Manhasset, I care about our town and everything good about it and try to continue to improve what is lacking. I hope there are many of my friends and neighbors that also care about our beautiful Manhasset and will join me in this mission.