Recently, the City of New York did an extensive study on the implementation of ferry services for the Metropolitan area. Many of the proposed routes pass by Hempstead Harbor. It has occurred to several government agencies, Long Island would benefit from a ferry service to New York City.
Approximately 42,000 daily passengers take the Port Washington Railroad line (LIRR), and over 100,000 cars drive into New York on the Long Island Expressway. Both the LIE and the LIRR are considered amongst the worst commuter routes in the country, costing hundreds of thousands of lost hours in traffic or delays every year. This year New York will spend $7 billion dollars on roadwork and $3.1 billion dollars on the Long Island Rail Road maintenance. Although these repairs are needed, none of this money will bring long term, sustainable jobs nor will it help in getting people to where they want to go any faster. In fact, count on long delays this spring, summer and fall.
I am the newly-elected councilwoman for the Town of North Hempstead, District 6. My district includes the Village of Manorhaven, the site of a proposed cell tower.
Over the last several weeks, numerous constituents have reached out to me regarding concerns over the installation of the above cell tower. As you are aware, the residents of homes adjacent to the cell tower object to the completion of the tower. They would prefer the cell tower be relocated to a place which is not in the center of a residential neighborhood.
(Editor’s note: This letter, regarding the monopole cell tower on Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven, was sent to Eric Engen, senior manager of engineering development at T-Mobile Northeast, LLC and to Laurel Mooney at AG Towers, Inc. on Jan. 31.)
I represent the 7th Senate District in northwest Nassau County which includes the Village of Manorhaven. As I am sure you are aware, the cell tower erected on Pequot Avenue in Manorhaven has been the source of a great deal of community concern. As I am also sure you are aware, the cell tower was located and erected in the heart of a residential community, merely feet from neighboring homes.
As I indicated in a previous Letter to the Editor, I missed seeing a number of copies of Port News for a few months because of illness. Then it took me nearly two weeks to catch up with all the issues I missed.
I read with particular interest by Linda Portney Goldstein titled “Manorhaven Tackles Cat Problem: Village Plans to Ban the Feeding of Wild Cats,” dated Aug. 11, 2011. The proposed fine for feeding wild cats was steep: $100 for the first offense and $500 or more for “serial feeders.” Ms. Portney Goldstein reported that cat feeding receptacles were found near the unused former quarters of Thypin Steel.
Where on Earth was she? My babysitter was due half an hour ago, and I was expected at the final meeting of the class I was taking in Stress Management. In fact, I was supposed to give my five-minute presentation, “Identifying a Major Stress In My Life, and Which Technique I Will Use to Get Rid of It.”
I was dressed, and my two young children were even in pajamas — but I was trapped in my house until the babysitter showed up. There was nothing I could do, except hyperventilate.
Because of various physical problems, I was confined to a local rehab facility for much of the summer and early fall of 2011. I only received Port News sporadically, and finally, when I came back home in early October, I was able to catch up with all the back issues of Port News.
In the Aug. 18 edition, I was saddened to learn of the passing of John Broza, the longtime chairman of the Schreiber High School English Department. At the time of his passing, John was only a few days short of his 72nd birthday. I only met John once; that was in the spring of 1989 when I took his classes for a day. I dusted off my secondary teaching license and got myself on the sub-list and wanted to see what the Port schools were doing with all my tax money. Frankly, I’ve never seen a high school better equipped with visual and audio aids than Schreiber. For starters, there is the main school library plus the fact that the English and history departments maintain their own specialized libraries. Students can even gain college credits for certain courses.
(Editor’s note: this letter was sent to the Town of North Hempstead Board and to Anton Community Newspapers for publication.)
The League of Women Voters of Port Washington-Manhasset, the only League in the Town of North Hempstead, takes issue with the vote taken by the North Hempstead Town Board on Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2012 that created a redistricting committee made up only of appointees of the town’s nine-member council. The League has long-believed that redistricting should be decided by an independent commission that draws fair lines and is devoid of partisan gerrymandering.
It was most disturbing to read the article “Congress Passes FAA Re-Authorization Bill” in the Feb. 16 issue of Port News. What made it so disturbing, in addition to all of the adverse results this decision will have on the Port Washington community, is Senator Chuck Schumer’s abject reversal of his position by casting his “Yes” vote. With his affirmative vote he demonstrated that in reality he spoke on the issue of helicopter noise, pollution, etc., out of both sides of his mouth all this time!
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