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Everybody’s Port: June 21, 2013

Written by Howard Blankman, Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Meet A Believer

It’s been said that everyone has two businesses: his or her own and show business. That saying has grown old and withered, but the bell still clangs with the same message. It’s true. We’re a nation of show business critics.

Unending digital technology continues to unleash a revolution that prompts the conclusion that it ain’t your grandpappy’s show biz any more. Nowadays, more and more, it’s becoming a do-it-yourself business.


Letter: LIRR Track Extension

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

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. 


Letter: Japanese Restaurant

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

The Port Washington Parks Conservancy wishes the Yamaguchi family all good luck and success in relocating their famous Japanese restaurant on Main Street following the unfortunate fire that demolished their previous site.

The Conservancy has worked with the family and other experts for the past 3 years to plan an Asian Garden in the Blumenfeld Family Park. Supervisor Jon Kaiman and the Town Board accepted our design and the Conservancy is now raising private and municipal grant funds to build the garden. 

We hope the Yamaguchi family will celebrate the opening of the  garden with the entire Port Community in the Spring of 2015.

Myron Blumenfeld

Board member of the Port Washington Conservancy


Nassau County Comptroller’s Report: June 21, 2013

Written by George Maragos Friday, 21 June 2013 00:00

Last week my office released the County’s 2012 year-end unaudited fiscal results and reported that the County is expected to end with a budgetary surplus of $41.6 million. The audited results are expected to be released by June 30, 2013. These results include $9.7 million in unanticipated costs representing the County’s 10% portion of Superstorm Sandy related expenditures. The surplus will now go to replenishing our reserve fund, which will increase to approximately $82 million.

The 2012 budgetary surplus was achieved by controlling expenses, refinancing debt at lower rates, imposing a nonessential hiring and wage freeze, and challenging property tax grievances.  The improving economy also helped by increasing sales tax income, which is the biggest source of County revenues.


Letter: Manorhaven Village Elections

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

I have been trying to interpret the subject article. Nothing about it is correct. Nothing about it makes sense. I cannot begin to understand why it was written.

Your first sentence talks about elections being contentious, etc. and this year being very different. So is this the part that breaks with “tradition”? Do you really believe that the opponent has not been complaining about finances and lack of transparency?


Letter: Brian Staley

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

I want to congratulate Brian Staley on his promotion in the Port Washington Police. He is a man who cares about people and helping them. He has helped this community for 30 years and I hope he can help and protect us for another 30 years. Congratulations to a caring, wonderful soul!

Chris Cole


Letter: Brian Staley

Thursday, 06 June 2013 00:00

Congratulations to Lieutenant Brian Staley for recently being promoted to Assistant Chief of the Port Washington Police Department. I first came in contact with Lieutenant Staley when he, together with a group of Port police detectives, assisted me in a major stolen properties case. I always found Brian to be extremely approachable and helpful in many ways. With law enforcement officers like Brian Staley here, Port Washington is a much safer community in which to work and live.

Robert Obojski


Letter: Cartoon

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 00:00

I always read the Letters to the Editor. I was very disappointed in the cartoon that was  in the paper. Here is a woman with 5 kids looking for a babysitter. So she voted for the school budget. It is in poor taste. Our school is not a babysitting service.


Letter: A Response To Mike Barry’s Column

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

I must take exception to Mike Barry’s recent column trumpeting the County Office of Legislative Budget Review’s  (OLBR)’s “verdict” that the County Comptroller’s office sought and received adequate backup for payments to Super Storm Sandy contractors. Nothing could be further from the truth.

The OLBR report clearly stated that their review was limited in scope and not meant as endorsement or criticism of the FEMA funding and approval process in totality (pg. 3). In fact, payments to the largest vendor, Looks Great Services, which totaled over $34 million, were approved for payment based upon an Excel spreadsheet without adequate documentation (pg. 5).


Letter: No Children Of The Corn

Thursday, 30 May 2013 00:00

I enjoyed John Owens’ article “When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan.” In England (I am English), this is a problem that has been dealt with humanely for many years by feeding corn or other feeds treated to interfere with the egg laying; a form of birth control.

Something similar is available here:

Gavin E. Pike


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