The Port Washington Teen Center at the Landmark Community Center on Main Street needs your help to keep the center from being shut down. For years the teens of Port Washington have had a place to go to enjoy evenings of bands and other recreational activities. We must stand together to keep the doors open for a place for our teens to go. There is no other place for them. Please support our efforts to save the Teen Center. Make your voice heard. Call or write to your local and town governments—Save our Port Washington Teen Center.
Howard Roth and Sherri Hurwitz
The proposed parking garage is the eco-friendly solution for Port Washington’s current parking crisis. Please note that as it stands now, the majority of commuters in our town cannot park at the train station, and must either rent private parking spaces in town or rely on family members to drop them off in the morning and pick them up again in the evening. It is unnecessary, and frankly ridiculous, that many, if not most, of our residents who commute often find themselves stranded without a parking space at 7:15 in the morning.
For many years Port Washington had successful thriving shops. The shops were supported by the local residents, many times run by a resident or family that had run it for years. You could walk down Main Street and know every shopkeeper. The hardware stores were busy; there was a line to get into the delis and the Italian store. There were six or seven liquor stores. The “fine” restaurants were always full. As I said, a successful, busy town. There was no “tier” parking or hotel. Then came the large mall, Internet shopping and the biggest cause of all, real estate taxes. The little shopkeeper can not keep up with the competition and pay tremendous rent caused by very high taxes.
(Editor’s note: The following was sent to State Senators Skelos and Samson and printed here at the writers’ request.)
We write on behalf of the students, taxpayers and voters of the community of Port Washington, New York, in consternation about the deep dysfunction we see demonstrated in the state senate. As leaders of your respective Senate parties, and as instigators of this situation, we hold you, personally, responsible. We do not hold the entirety of the Senate culpable; in fact, we have been well and honorably served by our Senator, who has passed legislation restoring funding to our district, and who has been very proactive in supporting public education in the Senate.
I write this letter on behalf of all the retailers in Port. We supply not only our merchandise for sale, but service and dedication to our customers. We take pride in our shops, try to keep our property clean, and supply endless donations to the many events in the community.
Patti, at Dolphin Bookshop, spoke for all of us when she urged people to shop locally. Please don’t let the lesson learned in the movie It’s a Wonderful Life become a reality, to appreciate the shopkeepers. Please patronize your local merchants. Speaking personally, where would you buy your dyeable shoes? I’ve been in business 30 years and there’s no place I’d rather be. Please support us.
Brenda Garfield, After Five
In response to “A Tale of Two School Districts,” letters to the editor June 11.
I say “hooray” to the Port Washington School District for hiring young, enthusiastic new teachers and not firing them the next year.
(Ed’s note: The following letter was sent to the TONH Board and printed here at the writer’s request.)
Building a parking garage at the railroad station in Port Washington would be a mistake for at least three reasons:
Safety: It is obvious that a parking garage would be less safe than the current parking lot. While some of the safety issues would impact commuters, the brunt of the safety problems would be borne by the Port Washington residents who use the station at the quiet times – late in the evening and on weekends. These users include our seniors going to see a Broadway show, families with kids watching a game at Citi Field and young people enjoying a night out in New York City. Right now they come back to a wide-open, easily observed parking lot. It would be very different coming back to a deserted, enclosed garage. Perhaps the safety problems could be mitigated to some extent, but security would cost money, which is not something we have in abundance right now.
To those who think a parking garage would add to the congestion in the area: Think again.
If you can’t park, someone has to make two round-trips a day to drop you off and pick you up. If you can park, you only go to and from the station once. That means 50 percent less traffic created by those people. So, instead of waiting “four changes of light” you might only have to wait two, maybe less, considering the cars sitting around waiting for the train to come in.
S. W. Orehek
If my memory serves me correctly, the people of Port Washington rejected the idea of a tiered parking system at the LIRR Station over 20 years ago. The Port Washington Police Department and Fire Department also rejected the idea. I suggested that Councilman Pollack and Supervisor Jon Kaiman think twice before they decide to spend $64,000 per parking space. They may find that the people of Port Washington will have their say on Election Day.
Last weekend my wife and I joined with friends for a visit to Port Jefferson. It was a beautiful way to spend the day. We walked along the waterfront, visited several beautiful shops, ate dinner at a lovely waterfront restaurant, and finished up with some delicious homemade ice cream. The town was packed with visitors from all over the Island all enjoying the day. The local businesses and restaurants were crowded. There were several local parking lots to handle the traffic. A beautiful waterfront hotel seemed to be humming as well. But then, we drove home to Port Washington, where our residents and politicians seem to want to discourage outsiders from visiting. Our town established a visioning committee a while back. Two of their key recommendations were a hotel and increased parking. We turned down a request for a waterfront hotel and now seem to be moving toward rejecting a badly needed parking garage because it might be used by outsiders and create too much traffic. How many empty storefronts and half empty restaurants do we need before we realize that the answer to our problems is making Port Washington more like Port Jefferson? Let us make it a destination for visitors and not just a bedroom community. For goodness sake, we have the waterfront, the restaurants, the shops, and even the ice cream parlors. Now all we need is the vision and the political will to make it happen.
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