Letter to the Editor
The building of the Harbor Homes complex is almost completed; isn't it a step in the right direction of what was needed? Three buildings have been completed and tenants have moved back home.
Many have asked why buildings were torn down and not refurbished. The Housing Authority had contemplated whether to rehab or not. When DHCR saw the condition of the buildings they saw our plight and suggested the buildings be torn down. The state did not have the millions needed for the construction. The commissioners then came up with alternative plans to get funding for the work to be done. The Housing Authority was losing money on the apartments that could not be rented because the units were uninhabitable. We went to the town's previous administrator and received approvals.
The "Projects" were no longer going to be the eyesore on Port Washington Blvd.; we were going to replace buildings that were over 50 years old and falling down before our eyes. The authority takes great pride in what has been done to Rehab Pond View Homes in Manhasset and Laurel Homes in Roslyn. The complex known as Spinney Hill is the next issue. When all is done, the North Hempstead Housing Authority will be solvent and will be able to pay the vast amount of bills owed.
When reading this you might say, "who cares?" But I do, Roberta Nixon. I am the vice-chairperson of the authority and I have a passion for decent, affordable housing in Port Washington and the surrounding affluent communities. The town gives a subsidy to the authority to help subsidize the expenses. The subsidy is $198,000 a year to take care of some of these expenses, however, we are still in the red. The supervisor, Jon Kaimen, has been calling meetings week after week to object to many things that seem not to make much sense and now has threatened to not issue Certificates of Occupancy at Harbor Homes for the completed buildings and the certificate to knock the last building down. The next threat is to reduce the town subsidy by $50,000 that is already in the budget.
What have we done to displease Mr. Kaimen? Who knows, the board would love to hear from someone who might have a clue. Everyone does not want to move to Affordable Housing in New Cassel. They deserve decent housing in their own community.