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Letter: Feels Credit Not Properly Given for Bay Walk

In the Dec. 31 issue of Port News an article appeared under the headline ‘Port Washington Plans for Tomorrow and Beyond’. In it is the following statement...’Residents (Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington) took the lead in beginning to investigate what Port’s shape and character could conceivably look like’.....It goes on to say...’For example, the recently completed Bay Walk on Shore Road grew from such an idea’. Nothing could be further from fact than this last statement! For once and for all, let’s set the record straight! The Bay Walk project was conceived by Tom Imperatore, past planning board chairman of Port Washington North and its present chairman emeritus. Tom gave “birth” to this idea when Tom Pellegrino was mayor of Port Washington North. When the project came out of its incubating stage, countless meetings were held with numerous professionals, the community and to be sure RMBPW as well, whose input was solicited. In addition to Tom Imperatore who kept on spearheading this project, Irwin Kellner, a member of the planning board, and the writer of this letter were intimately involved in that process. Bay Walk was and continues to be a Port Washington North-led project.

It is disingenuous for the second time to overlook the above mentioned individuals, to give misguided credit, and heap platitudes with a photo op, on those whose contribution to this project is suspect, except for some political grandstanding at a ribbon cutting ceremony, as it was depicted in one of the previous issues of Port News.

It is suggested that before an article is written about Bay Walk, that the writer consult the Port Washington North Village office and/or the above mentioned individuals. Only then will the reporting be factual as it behooves a newspaper like Port News.