Written by Legislator Delia deRiggi- Whitton Thursday, 24 April 2014 00:00
It is with great pleasure that I report multiple positive projects are underway throughout my district. Through the Community Revitalization Program, each Nassau County Legislator is able to apply for grants for projects that benefit
an entire community. Currently we are wrapping up some and starting some throughout Port Washington, Roslyn, Sea Cliff and Glen Cove.
In Glen Cove, I worked with the previous and current Glen Cove Fire Department chief on a partial grant for their “turnout gear” and now have put through for a grant that would help them attain a vehicle needed for training purposes. I believe if you are willing to risk your life for us, we should support your training so that risk is at a minimum and your ability to save people is maximized.
The Downtown BID recently announced that they are beginning a new “streetscape” beautification. I am glad to have the county participating in this project.
I am also happy to help contribute to a new boiler for the Glen Cove Senior Center. As many of you know, I have long been involved with the center – first as a senior liaison for the city council. I initiated the monthly Birthday Rose Ceremony. So, anything we can do to help keep this wonderful community resource alive is a pleasure to do.
Also, in Glen Cove, we are applying to aid the After 3 program with a new iPad curriculum, which would train students on the use of tablet computers. This will be a regular part of life and school for young people, so the implementation of training into their afterschool support seems like a very good idea, at a low cost.
In Port Washington, I was thrilled to meet with the leadership at Landmark on Main Street along with my esteemed predecessor Wayne Wink. Wayne put through a grant for the Landmark to redo their gym floor and we celebrated the completion of this project recently together.
Also in Port, I have been working with the Art Guild to hopefully get their site back in full swing. The group is on a county property, Elderfields, which has been in limbo ever since hurricane Irene and a subsequent fire. I am exploring
how to help the Art Guild make the most of this historic building because I believe their plans for the site can benefit the community in many ways.
I am currently working with various community groups and businesses to develop some beautification projects in Port Washington. There are such a wealth of restaurants and businesses in Port and I would like to support them with improvements to the entryways and walkable areas that make visiting even more inviting and pleasant.
This same preliminary exploration also includes Sea Cliff, where I am seeking to renew the area along the water on Shore Road and also possibly spruce up the walkable region along Sea Cliff Avenue.
I have met with representatives from Nassau County’s administration and Department of Public Works to get the ball rolling on these Port Washington and Sea Cliff projects.