Written by Linda Portney Goldstein: email@example.com Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00
The first order of business for the Manorhaven village trustees during the April 26 meeting was to appoint Deputy Mayor John DiLeo as mayor of Manorhaven to fill the remainder of Michael Meehan’s term, which expires July 2. Meehan resigned his position March 17 citing family and business obligations as the reasons. DiLeo has been the acting mayor since. In a three-page press release devoted to DiLeo’s qualifications for the job it was also noted that he intends to “seek election to a full term in the annual village election on June 19.”
Residents of the village waited patiently for the public comments portion of the meeting, when they once again took up the issue of the cell tower on Pequot Avenue in Manhasset Isle.
Giovanna Giunta, a leader of the residents opposing the tower, read aloud a letter sent to Attorney Steven Leventhal who is representing the village in this matter. The letter was sent on April 25 and lays out an argument for the village to issue a Stop Work Order to AG Towers based upon the wall around the monopole being constructed in the wrong place. The letter states “Village officials are well aware the walls are encroaching into the side yard alongside the Militana’s property, anywhere from 2 feet to 8 inches, in clear violation of the zoning and the variance issued by the village.” The letter also contends that this issue was brought up weeks ago to David Mamina, superintendent of buildings for the Village of Manorhaven, but “we have been getting resistance from the village in pursuing this issue and so it appears that the village has aligned itself with AG Towers to the detriment and over the objections of the residents instead of ensuring that the village code and permits are intact.”
What remained unclear in all the comments during Thursday’s meeting is how the original approval for a five-year lease became a 50-year term in the final version of the lease. Barbara Mallon, a resident, spoke to this issue. Mallon says she has studied the lease carefully and suggested that the original term of the lease was five years with options for renewal. She believes the village has grounds to terminate the lease at the end of the five-year term if AG Towers is not a “good neighbor” which many contend they have not been. She also faulted the trustees for not requiring AG Towers to move the tower into compliance with the original site plan. Many believe if the village had taken this approach when the Stop Work Order was lifted by the federal judge, AG would have stopped the project of their own volition because it was impossible to put the tower in the right place without the possibility of damaging the main village sewer line which could have proved very costly for AG Towers. Others say the possible consequence of the village living without a functioning sewer system for months in the event there was damage to the sewer line or pump station is “a chance we can’t take.”
AG Towers and their attorneys do not return phone calls or respond to correspondence.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Long Island Railroad president, Helena Williams, along with other top executives of the company began reaching out to Port Washington residents last week in an effort to educate the public with respect to the proposed railroad track expansion at the Port Washington railroad yard. They unveiled an information center at the railroad station which remained open and staffed all week, and followed up with a public meeting on Thursday evening, June 13, during which Williams gave a PowerPoint presentation and fielded questions from the audience.
The railroad’s efforts are directed towards winning over a skeptical public that voiced concerns regarding the loss of commuter parking spots due to the track expansion.
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
Patti Vonk announced earlier this month that she would be handing over the reigns of the Dolphin Bookshop to a new owner, long time employee Judith Mitzner.
Most of us in town don’t remember a time when Dolphin Bookshop wasn’t headed by a member of the Vonk family. Yet, the store first opened in 1946 and there were two previous owners. Mitzner’s recent purchase of this Port Washington treasure follows a history of employees taking over the ownership of the shop.
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
The annual Long Island Women’s Lacrosse awards dinner took place on June 10 at the Crest Hollow Country Club. It is officially called the “Nassau County Girls Lacrosse Coaches Association Awards Dinner,” which honors outstanding high school lacrosse players from Nassau County. The girls pictured all attend Paul D. Schreiber High School in Port Washington. From left to right: Asst. Coach Mary Romano, Coach Raquel Piraino, Senior-Danielle Rosmarin (All-County Award), Junior Natalie Ledwitz (All-County Award), Senior-Allison Seltzer (Honorable Mention All- County Award), Senior-Lauren Desimone (All Conference), Senior-Kristin Kujan (Scholar Athlete), Junior- Michelle Lammers (All Conference) and Freshman-Allison Shamir (Unsung Hero Award).
Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00
Among the many Port community groups and individuals that contributed to the success of the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life fundraising campaign this year, one group, Port Coaches-Who-Care, was specially honored during last weekend’s ceremonies at Schreiber High’s track.
Over 20 coaches, including Port’s Athletic Director Stephanie Joannon, were highlighted for their work with students at Schreiber and Weber Middle in coordinating and organizing their athletes to support fundraising efforts throughout the school year.