Opinion

The Oyster Bay Civic Association has a bright future before it. We hope you will consider joining the group to keep it on target in the hamlet. As their mission statement says, in an unincorporated village you need a strong civic association to voice the concerns of the community.

At the March 15 meeting President William Von Novak had invited NC Comptroller Howard Weitzman to speak, but Judy Jacobs Presiding Officer of the Nassau County Legislature came in his absence and had some interesting points to bring up in regard to the development proposals of Oyster Bay Cove resident Charles Wang.

She said in her opinion, Charles Wang's proposal for his project called Old Plainview, [that he cancelled because of community opposition], was Smart Growth. "But the Plainview community was never told that as of right it can be developed tomorrow with both office space and private homes. She said there was a lot of misinformation about the project. "Downsize it, yes but walk away - no." She said the public had incomplete views of the project in which Mr. Wang was trying to make a livable community.

"People have to pool their efforts and go in the right direction," she said.

She also commented on Charles Wang's Hub project. She said, "In Nassau County there is no more room to grow. Suffolk County keeps adding to their tax base. That is why in Nassau County The Hub is imperative. It helps everyone. Even though it is in Uniondale, if developed correctly it adds to the economic base of Nassau County. She said the local taxes are the highest in the country.

"The Coliseum is 77 acres of blacktop yielding nothing. Turning it into a high tech use with schools, a learning center and performing center with the Islanders and hopefully a second major league baseball team will build a tax base. The attractions planned will bring in people and they will spend money in the county. They will go to an Islander's game and have coffee or dinner. That's how our sales tax grows."

She added that there is much that has to be looked at before the project is completed saying, "The Hub is years away."

She said a special plum in Mr. Wang's corner is that he owns the Islanders, a big part of the draw of The Hub plan.

She was optimistic with how the county is progressing. She said, "With Museum Row, the Firefighter's Museum, the Aviation Museum and Nunley's Carousel where it should have been, it never belonged in Oyster Bay. It belongs in Museum Row. I hope we're all around to see it."

Ms. Jacobs said, "I'm proud to be where I am. I'm never tired of it." She said when people call complaining of noise or traffic she knows the areas and knows the problems.

Mr. Von Novak showed he has a finger on the community's pulse evidenced by the number of people who attended the meeting. They asked some great questions which will be written about in the March 29 edition of the Oyster Bay Enterprise Pilot.


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