As a regular attendee of Westbury Village Board of Trustees meetings, I felt compelled to respond to the letter ‘Heading in Wrong Direction in Westbury’ that appeared in the Aug. 5 edition. The writer is erroneously under the impression that our village officials have not taken sufficient measures to launch the movie theater restoration project and are spending residents’ tax money on the recent road improvements.
Editor’s Note: The letter below was addressed to Mayor Peter Cavallaro and the Westbury B.I.D.
As someone who had a loved one murdered at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001, I beg you to reconsider your decision to hold the Post Avenue Street Fair on Saturday, Sept. 11, 2010. I understand that a memorial service is to be held first followed by the fair.
This letter is a response to the letter that resident Linda Hoffman sent to The Westbury Times regarding her distaste for the downtown road improvement currently under way on Post Avenue, a copy of which she sent to my office. While I certainly respect that Ms. Hoffman is entitled to her opinion regarding the aesthetics of the red brick motif crosswalks and medians, she is not entitled to make up her own facts. So, for purposes of clarity, and to correct some of the inaccurate aspects of her letter, I would like to point out the following:
(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the State of New York Department of Transportation regarding the Ellison Avenue’s Long Island Rail Road Bridge maintenance.)
I write to lend my strongest possible support to the Village of Westbury and its correct contention that it is the Long Island Rail Road’s obligation to maintain the Ellison Avenue Bridge.
I never, ever write in to newspapers, but I just couldn’t contain myself. I have been a Westbury home owner for over 10 years now, and I’ve seen some crazy things go on in the village that mystify me, but recently watching workmen in the sweltering 100 degree heat laying down red bricks between corners is just the most stupefying thing I’ve ever seen. Our village sidewalks also have this atrocious looking red brick inserted every few hundred feet, I assume someone thought this was an attractive addition to the ambiance of downtown? Something that might enhance the filthy sidewalks where debris of discarded bottles, cans, cigarettes, especially at the bus stop in front of the Chase bank, are commonplace. Now adding another red slash of brick to this already distinctive eyesore is certainly perplexing and you might glean irritating. Instead of finding a way to get the movie theater either torn down or restored to a cinema arts center to attract more upscale businesses to move into our downtown, where many abandoned businesses scatter Post Avenue, would be money and time so much better spent than laying brick! Ugh!! We might even attract the numerous movie/theater goers from Old Westbury or Old Brookville and Williston Park to our downtown, which could create a need for additional businesses. Take a queue from Huntington Cinema Arts and create something we can show off in Nassau County that would bring our down town village alive again and offer something better than the multiplex mediocrity we’ve all become too accustomed to. We need to revitalize Westbury Village by bringing in more people who would be attracted to safe, clean attractive downtown village with lots to offer. We are heading in the wrong direction in Westbury. I hope your paper will address this issue and perhaps more Westbury residents will put the pressure on our town officials to put our tax money to better use than laying brick…we need to lay a better foundation in our village and not just lay down brick.
I am very sad about the Westbury Middle School.
I walked into the school and I was so sad and depressed.
I took pictures of “home ec” and saw feces droppings, dirty kitchens, dirty ovens, countertops and tables that wobble, cabinets falling down. The art room was the same with cabinets falling.
Devastation reigned in the wake of the recent tornado-like event that recently struck the Great Neck peninsula. The June 24 storm, or “micro-burst” as the National Weather Service declared it, lasted only a matter of minutes but the havoc it caused will be with us for a long time to come.
(Mayor Cavallaro sent this letter to Newsday in response to the paper’s recent article on the Lighthouse project.)
With the continuing economic issues facing Long Island, and Nassau in particular, it is good news that the Town of Hempstead will soon be outlining its proposed zoning for the Nassau Coliseum site. The site represents perhaps the best hope for a revitalization of Nassau County, and the potential to generate both construction-related and permanent jobs for our region.
As I sat down to pen this article, I couldn’t get the rhythm of Stephen Sondheim’s classic, as sung by Judy Collins, out of my head “Send in the clowns...don’t bother, they are here,” but I immediately dismissed this thought from my mind because I had no intention of going in that direction. I focused instead on Tom and Karin Mattone’s letter that was published in the June 3 edition of The Westbury Times, in which they lamented that they thought they had seen it all. They were commenting on two of a series of issues that the board acted on, which caused many in the community to scratch their heads in wonderment – these being the action of four board members to appoint fellow school board trustee Rocco Lanzilotta as the district clerk last year, and more recently, the board’s action in vacating the seats of three board members on the grounds that they missed three successive meetings without providing reasonable excuses.
Hopefully, you have seen the beautiful new Post Avenue road surface, the result of a joint project of the village and Nassau County. In a few weeks, the Post Avenue project will be completed with the addition of brick-like crosswalks and medians, to improve motorist and pedestrian safety, as well as beautifying the Post Avenue corridor and complementing the façade and other improvements made over the past several years.
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