Opinion

I am writing in response to the article written in the Port News on Aug. 8 regarding the ambitious plans Port Washington North has for land acquisitions for the community and the creation of a village hall/village club for our residents. While the information is essentially accurate, the article makes reference that I was personally negotiating these various transactions. That could not be further from the truth.

The fact is my only direct involvement in the acquisition of land was my desire years ago for the village to consider protecting the front lawn of the Danaher property by acquiring it, once it was learned that it was up for sale. While it may be under my watch, the acquisition of the front lawn and the small office building attached, to be redesigned as a Village Hall and Village Club center, the 5 acre Publishers Clearinghouse parcel, and the selling of our 7 1/2 acres to accomplish all of this, was a concept brought about by Deputy Mayor Michael Schenkler and Trustee Steven Cohen. Trustee Cohen has spent over two years negotiating with both Danaher and Publishers. And it is Mike Schenkler that is in final negotiations to close Danaher, while Steve Cohen is handling Publishers. On top of that, the final piece of the plan was recommended by both Trustee Malatino and Trustee Hoffman regarding how our property should be marketed. In reality, this project has taken many forms and received input from the board of trustees, the planning board, and numerous residents and professionals. I certainly did not accomplish this alone.

Port Washington North governs as a team. As Pat Reilly once said, "There is no I in a team." I wish to thank my board and all that they have done to help guide us to where we are today. And I could not be prouder of the work and effort that the village as a whole has put into this project, and I can't wait to see it come to complete fruition.

Mayor Bob Weitzner


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