As a Manhasset resident who attended the Aug. 31 meeting with Jon Kaiman regarding 51 Andrew Street, I was particularly startled by what was not said during the meeting.
The Manhasset Park Civic Association adamantly opposes the Town of North Hempstead’s proposed purchase of the residential home at 51 Andrew Street in Manhasset for additional parking and/or office space for the town. Any use of this home other than a single-family home is simply not in the best interest of the area residents.
If you are involved with athletics in Manhasset-whether you have a child who plays sports, you are a coach or an observer-you quickly realize that the athletic infrastructure in Manhasset is inadequate.
Our elected officials have a duty to be fiscally responsible and to act in the best interest of their constituents. With the potential town acquisition of 51 Andrew St. in Manhasset, the town appears to be ignoring both of these responsibilities. At a special meeting on Aug. 31, Supervisor Kaiman and Councilperson Poons explained that the town wanted the property so that it could obtain 10 additional parking spaces for town hall and additional office space in which the code department would be temporarily housed.
I am writing on behalf of the Strathmore Village Civic Association to express our opposition to the acquisition of this property by the Town of North Hempstead. We object for the following reasons:
My wife and I, along with our two children have lived at 57 Andrew St. in Manhasset, two houses from the north parking lot of town hall for approximately 16 years. The house next door at 51 Andrew St. has been on the market for some time, and as I believe went into foreclosure, the price was reduced drastically to $599,000. This resulted in much interest by various families and persons who would be looking to invest in the house, fix it up as needed, and live there. It came to our attention on Aug. 3, indirectly, that there was an agenda item on Town of North Hempstead Board Meeting scheduled on Aug. 4 that related to the town’s possible interest in the same property for additional parking for the town hall parking lot.
Continued debate about “public options” or “death panels” only diverts attention away from the primary issue that drives the health care legislation making its way through Congress. HR-3200 is more than a thousand pages of bureaucratic mumbo-jumbo and soft selling platitudes that give cover to a massive federal government power grab, pure and simple.
While it is encouraging that Senate and House committees are beginning to seriously consider health care reform legislation, it is critical that the U.S. Congress takes action and passes real health care reform in the next few months.
Mr. Frangos’s letter in last week’s Manhasset Press entitled, “Let’s Do Health Care Reform Piecemeal” succinctly expresses many of the concerns and fears of the majority of us. Fear of an exploding bureaucracy, evidence of which we have ample examples, cannot be ignored. It is for real and everyone knows it. And what about the timeliness and quality of care?
As Mayor of Plandome Heights and a sitting member of the Executive Committee for the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), I was pleased to read the recent article in the Manhasset Press concerning Congressman Gary Ackerman’s (5th District) role in securing funding for the Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA), located at One Museum Drive in neighboring Roslyn Harbor.
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