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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

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution.

Dr. Charles Schleien, chairman of the department of pediatrics at Cohen Children’s Medical Center, said that although the enterovirus is still active, cases are dwindling on Long Island. According to Schleien, approximately 500 cases have been reported this season of enterovirus, at Cohen’s Children Medical Center, with two to six patients being admitted per day.

Matt Bentz, of Forest Hills, was the winner of the Oyster Festival Raffle that took place as the event ended at 6 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 19. He had a choice between winning a 2015 Chrysler 200 three-year lease or $15,000 in cash. He chose the cash. He is the “Perfect Oyster Festival Raffle winner.”

Bentz is a computer systems administrator with Spa Creek Software, a company that writes software for other software developers, and has been to the festival numerous times over the years; in fact, next year he is hoping to sail here on his 24 ft. sailboat. He got it “reasonably” from a friend who was buying up.


Sports

The autumn varsity sports season is well on its way in Oyster Bay. Many young athletes have distinguished themselves. Several fine young athletes excelled right out of the gate and were chosen by the Oyster Bay Hight School coaches as Athletes of the Month for October 2014.

Cross Country Coach Kevin Cotter has athletes who consistently qualify for the states. Picking one to honor is a difficult task. Within this impressive group of talented athletes, one stands out: junior Alex Tosi, who recently broke the 17 minute barrier for a 5K course at Bethpage State park with a time of 16:52. This feat has not been accomplished since 2008.

5- and 6-year-old Peanuts

The Little Generals (Peanuts) stepped out into the cold Sunday morning ready to give the home crowd a show as they battled the Bellmore Braves, and that’s just what they did as the Generals beat the Braves 14-7. The teams battled to a first half tie as the Generals’ touchdown came on a 26-yard run by Kody Gehnrich, thanks to great blocks by John (Jack) Grace and Jack Symanski.

In the second half, where the Generals are usually at their best, the defense shut out the Braves as Rodney Hill, Jr. and Brandon Babel stepped in on the defense line to create a great push to allow Francesco Allocca to make eight tackles. The offense got a big boost with Allocca being allowed to play RB after playing QB the past two games, and boy did he respond behind great lead blocking from Luca Granito. Allocca carried the ball nine times for 60 yards and a TD coming on the last play of the game.


Calendar

Boys & Girls Club Gala

Thursday, October 23

Halloween Party

Saturday, October 25

Property Tax Exemptions Workshop

Tuesday, October 28



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