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Letter: Land Is No Issue

This is a comment on the article “Land On The Village Mind” by Rich Forestano in the Mineola American, Dec. 4-10.


My main comment will be regarding the lot on 2nd Street west of Roslyn Road which abuts the Western Beef lot. Comments have been made that local businesses need it as a parking lot. The following will show that this assumption is entirely false. I will mention each business in this area.


The Black Sheep has all the parking it needs. Only on Wednesday and Friday nights is it full. At that time, there is more than sufficient parking on 2nd Street east and west, on Roslyn Road and on Roosevelt Place. 84 2nd Street and the law offices next door have private parking. Next to the west is at present a wellness center which has the same. Next is the corner law offices with parking behind. 


Across Roosevelt Place is a private house and Kenney Electric with parking. Next is Nassau Chromium Plating which utilizes some metered parking in addition to what it has. I never see all of the metered parking used at once.


There are three stores in the building across Roslyn Road from The Black Sheep that are now vacant. Nothing survives very long there and it has nothing to do with parking. There is always free parking on Roslyn Road within a block or two.

This sums up the entire situation. 


This lot on 2nd Street would be good for another retirement apartment house providing it has below ground level parking. Drainage would be simple, it is next to the sump. It is also next door to a supermarket and pizzeria. Once the abutting shrubbery grows up it would be like being next to a park and could also have an outdoor patio on the side (take it as a pun if you wish).


Unrelated is the Mineola lot No. 23. It is quite full on weekdays which I assume is commuter parking. It is convenient to the train and to expand it, part of it next to the tracks could be made two-level with the option to expand that in the future. Better than more lots. The need to develop the downtown is limited primarily in the area between the tracks and Old Country Road. It is quite conceivable that in the future it will be regretted if new structures don’t have underground parking. Otherwise the land will be wasted and will be a parking lot sprawl. Drainage would be simple with the new large sump which at present is quite empty.


Charles Samek


Mineola Resident


Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.


The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.


According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.


The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.


Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


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Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

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