Opinion

The time has come that there should be one government in Port Washington. This idea was discussed some years ago and is worth reviving. The actions of the Planning Board of the Village of Port Washington North approving the 44 Unit subdivision on 7-plus acres off Valley Road show one government is warranted. From the report in your front page story, it is clear they are unresponsive to the concerns of the citizens present. I have lived in Port Washington all my life and remember when the property in question was the wash basin for the sand mine which is now Soundview Village. Our family owns a house that abuts this property but like most members of this community we are in the unincorporated areas of the Town of North Hempstead. We don't get to have a say in this as we are not in the village. This was confirmed when I contacted Councilman Fred Pollack's office earlier this year. The problems with this property go all the way back to when the Village of Port North let the mining companies leave without grading the slopes of the hills behind our properties to prevent erosion. Many of the residents on Glamford Avenue have seen their backyards disappear. Over time, they simply slid down the hill. The original property lines are in the air. There will be problems with this project. First there will be drainage issues. Removal of runoff will be critical. Second, what will be the effect on ground water recharge. Third, the precious areas for wildlife will be lost. Fourth, 44 units will have an impact on our schools. Is Daly school ready to handle the added children? Fifth, what is the impact on water and sewer services? Sixth, what happened to the environmental impact statement for Mill Pond Acres that said these 7 acres were to remain as a buffer and be open space. I could go on. These issues affect the quality of life of everyone in Port. Does every inch of space in this community have to be developed? The only way to control this is to have one government in Port. It is time to get rid of the villages.

Kevin Hickson


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