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Letter: Re: Acquisition of Property at 51 Andrew Street

I am writing on behalf of the Strathmore Village Civic Association to express our opposition to the acquisition of this property by the Town of North Hempstead.  We object for the following reasons:

The town has not clearly defined its need or use for this property if acquired.

Given the current economic uncertainty, the town should be focusing on how to provide the current level of services in a more efficient and cost-effective fashion not looking to spend a significant sum on the purchase of a private residence, which residents and the community oppose.

This purchase will have a negative impact on the quality of life as well as the home values of residents surrounding the property.

Local government should be responsive to the concerns of the residents they have been elected to serve.

We question assurances from the town as to the establishment of a landscape buffer and limiting uses of the building as the town has failed to enforce the existing town code with respect to a landscape buffer within Strathmore Village (between Daffy’s and residences on Rockcrest Rd.) and respond to requests for maintenance of the traffic islands within the Strathmore Village community.  Details of these requests were sent to Councilwoman Poon’s office on May 21 and Supervisor Kaiman’s office on June 24.

Patricia McDonnell Samela

President, SVCA

(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilwoman Poons, and town board members and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)