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Cell Tower Remains Front And Center At Board Meeting

Manorhaven Deputy Mayor John DiLeo Appointed Mayor

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.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com