As a long-time resident of New Hyde Park, I am writing in support of continuing Marianna Wohlgemuth as a Board Member for the Western Nassau County Water Authority.
Mrs. Wohlgemuth has been an advocate and civic leader in our community for over 22 years. She has been diligent in her efforts to benefit our quality of life by keeping our neighborhood clean and safe. She does not receive a salary, money or any other perks from her advocacy; she does not seek personal gratification, has never sought a job from the Town of North Hempstead or asked for political favors. Marianna is successful in what she does because she owes no favors and does not rely on the town to put food on her plate.
At last month’s meeting at Town Hall there appeared to be a lot of people against the town’s acquisition of this property. There are currently over 10 acres of land with a large pool, tennis courts and open space which have not been open to the public for the last five years. The town is trying to acquire this property in a “tax-neutral” manner and provide all its residents with another beautiful facility. At the meeting, it was clear that some of the opposition was based on incorrect assumptions which need to be clarified.
At a recent town meeting I observed some opposition to the possible acquisition of the Roslyn Country Club property mostly because of fears about its cost to the taxpayers. However, our represenatives are assuring us this will have little to no impact on the overtaxed tax payer. It will be revenue neutral because of an existing catering facility and membership dues.
I recently read about Marianna Wohlgemuth being replaced as a Board Member on the Water Authority of Western Nassau County. How can Supervisor Kaiman think this would be good for the people who are customers of the old Jamaica Water? It makes no sense to me.
A ‘Once in a Lifetime’ Opportunity
We were dismayed by the public discourse at the recent North Hempstead Town Board meeting in apparent opposition to a planned new park in the section of Roslyn Heights called “Roslyn Country Club.” The Town expects to build this park without spending a single thin dime of taxpayer money.
Building and creating bold, thoughtful solutions is hard work. Yet it is so easy to be a critic. In an election year, somehow criticism and even rage become a sort of dysfunctional new vogue. Both seem, unfortunately, to rise nearly to the level of sport (in which we are all losers).
“Tropical Storms Irene and Lee left many of my constituents with significant damage to their homes and belongings,” said Assemblyman Tom McKevitt. “Fortunately, New York State will be receiving $8 million in federal stimulus funds for the replacement of appliances ruined by flooding, and I want my constituents to be aware that they may qualify for assistance from these grants.”
Homeowners and renters may qualify for grants ranging from $100 for the purchase of a dehumidifier to $2,500 for a boiler. Businesses will not be eligible for these grants and the grants will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. The grants will cover the cost of the appliance up to a capped amount, and thus may only cover part of the item’s total cost.
Due to technical difficulties, my article has not been available for the past few weeks. Therefore I would like to take this opportunity to make a few comments regarding 9/11.
On the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I attended two separate memorial services while representing Williston Park. Both were emotional affairs as that horrible day of 10years ago and the effects of that event were discussed by all the prominent speakers present. The first was held in a serene setting at Clark Gardens hosted by the Town of North Hempstead, at 8:30 a.m. The early morning weather conditions were eerily similar to the weather conditions of 10 years ago.
We are writing about the issue involving the Town of North Hempstead’s take-over of the Roslyn Country Club. This is a letter filled with questions because we are very confused about the answers (non-answers) that have been given by Supervisor Kaiman, Councilman Dwyer, and the town board.
Whether one is reading about this issue in the newspapers, on fliers, or attending town hearings, the public is left wondering (wandering) more, not less, about what is happening with this property. Yet, according to a recent statement by Supervisor Kaiman, they are moving forward toward an agreement with the owners. So what does that mean? Is there a purchase or a lease in the making? What about easement rights? Does this involve eminent domain? And still, the underlying question remains, “Why is the town even involved in wanting anything to do with a private club’s property dispute?”
Marianna Wohlgemuth has been an appointed representative for the Town of North Hempstead on the Board of Directors of the Water Authority of Western Nassau County (“WAWNC”) for well over 16 years and has successfully worked with three town administrations. She now questions why Supervisor Kaiman would take this unprecedented and punitive action against her participation at the Water Authority. She claims her qualifications shouldn’t be about unrelated civic activities/duties.
As a member of the authority she has played an active role in annual budget reviews, the engineering and construction phases of the new headquarter building in New Hyde Park and two iron removal plants in Franklin Square. Apparently Supervisor Jon Kaiman has said he would happily remove her from this position and would prefer a replacement that unconditionally supported his point of view regarding all town matters.
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