Opinion

(Ed. note: The following letter was sent to TONH Supervisor Jon Kaiman and is printed here at the writer's request.)

I read in the April 5 issue of Port Washington News your "State of the Town: Part II". I found your reference to...."create a closer, more responsive relationship with our constituents....", rather amusing, to say the least. I wrote you on February 28, 2007 about the nuisance and hazard to which the residents of Port Washington North are subjected daily from sunrise to well into the evening hours by helicopter flights over our homes. Since our village is within the TNH, and under your stewardship, I requested the Town's intervention to prevent God forbid, a tragedy caused by a helicopter crash, as was the case on LI last year and again recently in Hawaii. The FAA has washed its hands from this problem, and our Federal representatives responded with sympathetic platitudes but no action! Typical of politicians!

Not having received any response from you, I e-mailed you a follow-up on March 16. Not having gotten a reply to that communication either, I enlisted Councilman Fred Pollack's help for some news from your office. He e-mailed me on March 25 that he forwarded my follow up e-mail to you.

So, here we are April 5, some six weeks since my first letter to you and still no word from that bastion of "more responsive relationship" which you consider your office to be. You can't be serious with this incredulous statement! What I find reprehensible is your total lack of common courtesy of not even acknowledging receipt of my communications. What I wrote you about, is of utmost importance and deals with the safety and well-being of the residents of Port Washington North. These helicopter flights are no laughing matter! To ignore me by not responding to this critical issue is bad enough, but to ignore by extension, the residents of our village, is unconscionable. This raises serious doubts whether you're up to the job as chief executive of TNH. The voters may have something to say about this.

Stanley L. Ronell


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