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Letter: Inisfada’s Demise

The fight to preserve St. Ignatius is a compelling one. A rare jewel of a structure, St. Ignatius looks likely to be torn down, as so many beautiful structures have fallen in every section of my Assembly District. Every loss of architectural beauty in a neighborhood, in my opinion, weakens the aesthetic texture and stability of a community.

So too, the building serves as a retreat in a world where there are fewer and fewer retreats and refuge in a suburban landscape, and that to me, is even more troubling.

As each space, green or other, fills with more concrete and asphalt, we lose a little bit of ourselves, and the hope or illusion of peace moves further away.

Michelle Schimel

Member of Assembly

16 Assembly District

Unsustainable School Budget

A follow-up to the first letter writes

…One more thing about the possible demolition of St. Ignatius. I have followed the Manhasset School District’s budget vote defeat that was exacerbated by the property tax cap, and the draconian cuts that ensued. If a residential development is built, as anticipated, on the grounds of St. Ignatius, school enrollment will increase, as you know it will.

Already faced with a 2% cap that does not consider increasing enrollment as a factor, how can the school budget be sustainable if student enrollment balloons under this development?

Michelle Schimel

Member of Assembly

16th Assembly District