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Young Adults Leaving Oyster Bay

Recent study finds the demographic

moving due to lack of affordable housing

A recent study by Community Housing Innovations, Inc. found that young adults aged 25 to 34 have been fleeing Long Island towns and villages to more economically diverse neighborhoods at an alarming rate since 2000, due to a lack of affordable housing. The study published by Executive Director of CHI Alexander Roberts cited the hamlet of Oyster Bay as having lost 51 percent of its young adult population in this time span. Oyster Bay is the third largest area to lose young adults in this age range behind the Villages of Kings Point (58 percent) and Westhampton (57 percent).

Nassau County as a whole saw a decrease of 12.43 percent despite a nationwide gain of 2.76 percent in the same demographic, according to the study.

“Our present model shows that single family housing is no longer affordable or desirable to a large segment of the millennial generation and as a result they’re moving to other areas,” said Roberts, whose study is entitled, “Richest Communities on Long Island and in Westchester Experiencing Demographic Collapse of Young Adult Workforce.”

Roberts said that the cost of housing, taxes and gasoline makes things difficult for people starting out in their work life in upper scale communities like Oyster Bay.

“When I looked at the town and village level, I was amazed to find that the declines were so strikingly different in the municipalities with the highest housing prices and least affordable housing.”

He said that younger people were seeking a preference for areas with dynamic downtown scenes like neighborhoods in Brooklyn and upper Manhattan.

“They want affordable rental housing, a place with an active, diverse nightlife and a place where they can walk around comfortably,” said Roberts. “The preferences of the millenial generation are very different than that of suburbanites.”

Roberts said that 2 percent of the land area in Oyster Bay has enough multi-housing that can feed the need of the single family culture.

“The answer is not to eliminate the single family house but to restore the balance in zoning.”

Rosemary Mariscalo of Oyster Bay Real Estate said, “I imagine it would be difficult (to buy or rent) for any age group who doesn’t have the budget for Oyster Bay.

She said that she grew up in Oyster Bay, went to school here and that her clients have been with her for years and are familiar with the prices to rent in the area.

“People are very informed these days when it comes to renting and buying property through Internet research. They know price ranges of specific neighborhoods like Oyster Bay. If they don’t have the budget I tell them to look a little bit further south in neighborhoods like Hicksville,” said Mariscalo.

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto responded to Roberts study, saying, “The findings expressed in this report represent an ongoing problem that seems to be prevalent throughout Long Island. Recognizing this, the Town of Oyster Bay took unprecedented, proactive steps to make sure that our young people have the opportunity to recognize the dream of home ownership through our next-generation housing program. The first of its kind on Long Island, this program fit well into the suburban aesthetic of single-family homes, which reflects the desirability of the Town of Oyster Bay as a great place to live, work, and raise a family.”

News

You may not actually see who is leaving books and magazines for the commuters at the Locust Valley Train Station, but those who have nicknamed these delightful and dedicated women the “Book Ladies.”

Sue Klein and Joan McCauley, who are Friends of the Library, have been collecting donated books from the community and displaying them at the Long Island Railroad waiting area every week. The Book Ladies have also displayed Locust Valley Library programs so that commuters are aware of all the wonderful events that are going on.  

There will be a different look to the Oyster Bay-East Norwich Board of Education come September. Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Operations Christopher Van Cott is leaving his position to take a similar role in the Oceanside School District. He is following in the footsteps of past OBEN School Superintendent Dr. Phyllis Harrington, who also left to take a similar position in Oceanside last year. The district will begin their search for a replacement for Van Cott this summer.


Sports

The Varsity Baseball Team finished the season with a league record of 11-3-1. In the playoffs, the team swept Carle Place in a best of three set to advance to the county finals vs. Wheatley at Hofstra University. The team finished the season as County runner-ups. The team was a nice combination of veteran varsity leaders and new comers to the varsity with six senior players and four freshmen on the squad. Along with four juniors, the team maintained the winning ways of a program that has won the league championship 7 out of the last eight years and won the county championship 6 of those years. Senior Berkeley Golon, Junior Jackson O’Neill, and Junior Stephen Spiegel received All-County honors. Senior Robbie Venegas and Freshman Harrison Treble received All-League honors. With two All-County pitchers coming back and four freshmen going into their second varsity season mixed with the other juniors and new players coming up from another successful JV season, the team expects to continue to work towards the goal of another county title next season.

The 2014 Oyster Bay High School Lady Baymen varsity spring track team recently completed a most memorable and record breaking season. Two school records were shattered this season; one relay record and one individual. Oyster Bay’s 4x800 meter relay team comprised of seniors Nicole Giannetti, Cassandra Iacono and juniors Linda Cameron and Rachel Wesley, broke the existing school record, and later broke their own record with a time of 10:01.56 at the Section VIII State Qualifier Meet on May 29.

Nicole Giannetti‘s senior year as a member of the Oyster Bay Girls’ Varsity Track team will also be one that will be long remembered. In addition to helping break the school’s 4x800 meters relay record, Giannetti broke the school’s 2000 meter steeplechase record, with a time of 7:23.79. Winning the 1500 meter run in very dramatic fashion at the Nassau Coaches Invitational, with an amazing time of 4:59 was a memorable mid-season highlight. Giannetti earned All-Conference honors in both the 1500 meters and 3000 meter runs and All County honors in the 2000 meter steeplechase. Giannetti qualified for the New York State Track and Field Championship in the 2000 meter steeplechase, finishing fifth and thus earning All-State honors. Giannetti was recruited by Haverford College to run for them when she attends this fall where she will study bio-chemistry.

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