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Letter: The ‘Downfall’ Of Glen Cove

 The New York Times, Newsday, numerous local and town newspapers, and Patch have all featured articles regarding the downfall of Glen Cove, the demise of Glen Cove, the financial stress of Glen Cove and these articles further documented that Glen Cove has the highest proportion of poverty in Nassau County. To what do we attribute this unpleasant truth?  Answer:  the increase in the construction of apartment buildings.  We are creating our own demise.  We are self-destructing.

 

We were once the Gold Coast with magnificent mansions, wealthy aristocrats and the pioneers and tycoons of industry inhabiting our beautiful North Shore waterfront town. But now, what have we become?  We have gone from mansions and millionaires to tenements, apartments and poverty. That is the evolution of Glen Cove and it will only continue to get worse if we, the taxpayers and stakeholders, don’t demand our governing leadership to stop the madness.

 

Because our governing leadership created a so-called “Master Plan”, this has occurred.  The Master Plan dramatically changed the zoning and therefore the character of our town, which gave rise to huge apartment complexes with questionable due process and legal procedures. I’m not saying that there were other motives involved; I’m not saying that corruption was involved; I’m not saying that it was incompetence on anyone’s part.  I am saying that whatever it was - it was just bad.  It is bad for our town, bad for taxpayers, bad for our economy, bad for our environment, bad for our schools, bad for homeowners, bad for stakeholders, bad for our reputation, bad for our quality of life, bad for our present and bad for our future.

 

Please visit www.nytimes.com/2013/05/20/nyregion/suburbs-are-home-to-growing-share-of-regions-poor.html, read it and weep and then do something about it.  Stop all this construction of apartment housing. It is ruining us.

 

This is not a Republican, Democrat or Independent issue - this is an issue for all of us, for every concerned citizen in Glen Cove, for everyone who wants to protect their home values, for everyone who wants to be able to say they are proud to live in Glen Cove.

 

These topics, with additional focus on The Villa Project, will be discussed at a meeting on Monday, July 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the meeting room at the Glen Cove Public Library. 

All are welcome to express ideas and opinions. Come to contribute to the betterment of our town. Come to take back Glen Cove.

 

Grace Slezak