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Letter: Supports Park For Roslyn Heights

My wife and I moved into Roslyn Heights with our young daughter about 20 months ago. Our intention has always been to make this community our home. We are very much in favor of the Town of North Hempstead owning and operating a newly renovated park facility in Roslyn Heights, and we would be happy to pay to join.

There have been many false claims made about why this park would be an unsound decision for the town. Apart from the current owner’s original objections to condemnation (can you blame him?), I have not heard one other opposing claim that seems to make sense. The New York Times and The Roslyn News both reported that the owner and the town are close to an agreement for a private sale without a condemnation. If the current owner likes the deal and the town likes the deal, we should ask ourselves who is actually still opposing this, and more importantly, why they are opposing it.

In November, we witnessed a candidate attempting to use this issue to galvanize support. Criticisms, seemingly based on fear mongering on tax hikes, were invented by politicians seeking office. Their message failed to resonate when the sponsors of the town park plan were re-elected. Now, online blogs that continue to spread these baseless claims are being shamelessly posted by none other than the former campaign manager of the challenger candidate who lost the election when voters saw through the smoke screen. I think it is safe to say that residents see the same political motivation in the current opposition to this plan to open a park for Town of North Hempstead families.

The facility will be open to all residents and is forecast by officials to be completely user funded.  If their forecasts prove wildly inaccurate, officials believe costs shared by residents would likely be in the dollar-per-person range. The facility would then resemble many recreational facilities in the town that our tax dollars all support.  It is hypocritical to suggest that the park in Roslyn Heights risks unfair diversion of tax funds.

Anonymous political maneuvers that spread false information meant to mislead the public should never be allowed to impede our government from providing residents with newly renovated facilities, especially when those facilities also do so much to preserve our rare public space. I emphatically support this bold plan.

Jared Shapiro