Friday, 07 September 2012 00:00
With the recession of 2008, Manhasset and other downtown centers in the Town of North Hempstead have seen an increase in vacant storefronts. Because there is no regulation of these landlords, these empty storefronts, many of which have been vacant for several years, are unattractive eyesores and detract from the downtown shopping experience.
The Village of Easthampton, Long Island, in June 2010 was the first governmental agency on Long Island to establish guidelines for how property owners could maintain attractive storefronts when a business is vacant or temporarily closed. In June 2012, the village board of Easthampton enacted these guidelines into a new law requiring that an owner of a storefront vacant for more than two weeks must fill the windows with a display of products, art work or other materials which would make the windows look less empty. Any posters or graphics put up must be at least four feet from the windows. “For Rent” signs must be of a certain size and placed in the lower left or right hand portions of the windows.
The guidelines established by Easthampton do not solve the vacancy issues, but go a long way to enhance the attractiveness of the downtown area. East Hampton officials say the law is the first of its kind on Long Island. Violations carry a penalty of up to $250 a day.
We feel the Town of North Hempstead should establish similar guidelines and laws to motivate landlords to keep their vacant storefronts as attractive as possible and enhance the beauty of the downtown areas.
The Manhasset Chamber of Commerce
Saturday, 15 June 2013 00:00
Mineola doesn’t fancy itself as a San Francisco treat, but if the $360 million Nassau Hub plan comes to fruition, residents could see a trolly-style-like tram rolling down East Second Street. Funding for the trolley would likely be funded by the federal government, according to village officials.
Nassau County spent a $5.1 million federal grant on the county/Federal Transit Authority-led feasibility study analyzing the practical nature of a transportation service through Mineola, as part of the Nassau Hub plan. One end of the plan would be the Mineola Train Station, with the Hempstead Bus and Rail Station being the other.
Friday, 14 June 2013 00:00
Across Nassau County, residents are reacting with confusion to the Nassau County District Attorney’s recent arrests of more than 100 men for soliciting prostitutes, including five from Mineola, ranging in age from 23 to 50.
The DA’s office not only arrested the men, but made public their names and photographs. That, some feel, is an over-reach. East Williston Attorney Jeff Kalenka thinks prostitution is a problem, but thought publishing the names “embarrasses” the men caught in the act.
“It doesn’t surprise me although I do disagree with what Kathleen Rice did because I think the ‘Johns’ or reported ‘Johns’ are innocent until proven guilty and to put their names in the paper embarrasses them, embarrasses their families and possibly unintended victims like their children,” Kalenka said outside the Mineola train station.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Brianna O’Brien’s tie-breaking goal with a minute remaining propelled the GU14 Mineola Mustangs to a thrilling 3-2 win over a skillful Syosset team on June 1. With the score knotted at two, Mineola’s Natalia Cotto raced to a loose ball ahead of the Syosset goalkeeper and poked the ball loose to the onrushing O’Brien, who calmly drove the ball into the goal.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
Albertson’s Gabrielle Schreib will be wrapping up her record breaking Kellenberg Memorial High School Spring Track season this month running in the NYS High School State Championship in Middletown, NY and the New Balance High School Nationals in Greensboro, NC. She attended Mineola Schools until 2012.