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Letter: Would Sales Tax Be Partial Solution?

I am writing in response to your article “Tax Rates Soaring,” in your October 9-15 issue. You pointed out that the school tax rate for Port Washington homeowners increased by 8.06 percent this year and 8.1 percent last year. According to my calculations, my school tax rate for the Port Washington school district increased by 10.25 percent this year, and 13 percent last year. However, what is more important, is that we must find new additional ways of funding these insane school taxes.

For example, I might suggest a 1 percent sales tax increase devoted solely to the purpose of reducing school taxes. By doing this, it would allow not just property owners to share the brunt of school taxes, but non-property owners as well.

I realize that these new funds would have to be shared equally by both the richest and poorest of school districts. I also realize as a result of this, that there might be some backlash by the more affluent school districts, however additional revenues must be found. Being a lifetime citizen of Port Washington, I can assure you that there are still a few of us left who will not have the financial means to continue to live out the rest of our lives in this beautiful town, while these insane tax increases continue unabated.

Mr. and Mrs. John D. Urcan



Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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