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Editorial: Nassau County “Takes Care” of Wood Road

A resident who often drives past the Wood Road and Arrandale Avenue corner parcel, owned but mostly abandoned by Nassau County, was so exasperated by the unsightly mess there that she sat down and wrote the county a letter asking them to come over and clean it up.


These photos show what “caring for the parcel” means in Nassau County-speak.


Evidently, a worker came over with a mower, gave the edge of the property a “hair-cut,” meanwhile mangling the litter and leaving the mess in full view for the enjoyment of the neighborhood.


Perhaps if Nassau County cleaned the lot properly, ridding it of debris, and coming on a regular basis, someone might recognize that it would be cheaper and better to accept the offer of the Great Neck Park District to purchase the land for $1000.  


From the park district’s track record, we can predict with certainty that the little forgotten lot would become an attractive natural setting instead of an eyesore. Their staff takes pride in the appeal of their parks. 


The presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature Norma Gonsalves wrote the park district this past April noting that the county “is not free to just give away valuable county assets.”


It’s a small lot, a small problem and it isn’t resolved after all these years. Multiply it by all the other small problems and the unresolved big problems...and what do you have?

At this point, Wood Road for us symbolizes a failure of county government to act thoughtfully, decisively, and effectively.


So now, take a look at how Nassau County values a “valuable asset.”


-Carol Frank