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Letter: LIRR Track Extension

I have been a resident of Port Washington for almost 35 years. I have recently been reading about the proposed LIRR track extension into Port Washington. I have grave concerns about this proposal. Grave concerns. As you must be aware, the downtown and Main Street area of Port Washington could be a bustling shopping and entertainment area.  For years it has been suffering from a relatively high vacancy rate in the retail stores on Main Street (the reason for which is unknown to me). In addition, some of the stores do not really adequately reflect the socio-economic composition of the surrounding Port Washington area. The area sort of lacks vitality – an area that has high income and high real estate values and high occupancy in the surrounding residential areas.  All of which puzzle me about the poor condition of Main Street. 

NEVERTHELESS, I am very concerned that the proposed LIRR track extension will further add to the deterioration of Main Street. I cannot see a path whereby this extension improves the character and occupancy and vitality of Main Street.  I can see, however, that adding to the already unsightly tracks and expanding the train storage area into an extremely important downtown area can only serve to hurt the businesses and the entire downtown Port Washington area. I am deeply concerned about the “character” of the Main Street area. More train tracks are NOT what the downtown needs. More railroad station area is NOT what the downtown area needs.

I will tell you what the downtown DOES need. It needs more retail stores, more restaurants, more entertainment venues, more service providers to the local residents. That’s what it does need. More LIRR trains stored smack in the middle of the downtown of Port Washington is most definitely NOT needed. 

Unless someone can explain the real benefits to the downtown Port Washington area, I would suggest that this project be either abandoned or delayed until such time as the benefits can CLEARLY be shown and committed to.

Jay Borow

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

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