The parking garage used mostly by Winthrop-University Hospital located on the northeast corner of 1st Street and 3rd Avenue has been demolished and the Village of Mineola has taken back full title of the property.

It was determined that the garage, which served as a village parking lot for the first floor and Winthrop employee parking facility for the floors above, had structural damage.

As part of the village granting a permit to Winthrop to construct a three-story addition onto the hospital's parking facility at 268 Old Country Road, the hospital agreed to demolish the damaged parking structure at 1st Street and 3rd Avenue and surrender all of the lease rights to the property.

The parking garage has been demolished and the village has full ownership of the parcel of land. The village is currently is the process of accepting bids to pave the parcel.

According to Mayor Jack M. Martins, the parcel will be paved and as many parking spaces as possible will be made in the lot. The lot will therefore be used for parking until a use that is appropriate for the downtown area is found.

So far, some uses for the parcel that have been mentioned include a theater and a culinary school. One resident mentioned senior housing as a use for the land.

For those who do not want to receive unsolicited calls from telemarketers on their cell phones, you can call the National Do Not Call Registry from your cell phone at 1-888-382-1222. Village Trustee Paul Cusato, who recently lost his wife Kathleen, thanked all those for their support and comfort during a most difficult time. Cusato said he was overwhelmed by all those who sent flowers and came to visit his wife. He said he considered himself a very rich man and was reminded of the saying, "Having a friend is a comfort that can never be taken away."

The current economic crisis has affected almost everyone on Long Island. The county may find itself with budgetary problems due to declining revenues. Take sales tax, for instance. With less sales in the county, Nassau is experiencing a decline in sales tax revenue.

Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman reports that Nassau County will be closing the 2008 books with approximate $40 million less in sales tax revenue than budgeted. Weitzman added that it is the first time since 1990 that the County has received less sales tax than in the previous year. Sales tax accounts for about 40 percent of the county's budget.

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