Many Port Washington residents join me in urging the Port Washington Public Parking District, Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Fred Pollack and the Town Council to explore alternative options to easing traffic and parking problems before resorting to the proposed construction of a large, unattractive, expensive and potentially dangerous three-story parking garage in the center of Port Washington.
Why does the Parking District and Mr. Kaiman refer to this as a “two and a half story” structure. There is not going to be a “half story” for parking. Although part of the garage will be two stories, half will be three stories, therefore it is a three-story garage.
I live in Port Washington and I work in NYC. The LIRR is the lifeblood of our community and there is serious need for parking spaces. There are always critics who don’t like change - to the lady who wrote in last week’s ‘letter to the editor’ to suggest other options than a garage - I say nonsense! I applaud Jon Kaiman, Fred Pollack, and the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington for the careful planning and desire to create a vision for the future. The garage will benefit our entire community by shifting badly needed spaces from other areas which will serve all our needs – the commuters, the shoppers, the business owners, tourists, etc… Talk is cheap – Let]s make this parking garage a reality.
Kudos are in order for Roy Smitheimer and the Greater Port Washington Business Improvement District for the lovely, LIVE hanging planters that adorn Main Street’s light poles.
These flower baskets are a far cry from the unsightly plastic pots that had previously been in place. This may be one small step for the environment, but it’s a giant step for the town’s ambiance.
Many residents share my hopes that Jon Kaiman, Fred Pollack and the Town Council will decide to explore alternative options to easing traffic and parking problems before resorting to the proposed construction of a large, unattractive, expensive and potentially dangerous three-story parking garage in the center of Port Washington.
I don’t know why the members of the Town Council continue to call this a “two and a half story” structure. It is a misnomer to call it 2-1/2 stories; there is not going to be a “half story” for parking. Although part of the garage will be two stories, half will be three stories therefore it is a three story garage.
So the vultures are circling the children of Port Washington once again. This time armed with a horrendous economic condition. Don’t allow these consistent anti-school budget nay-sayers to influence your vote.
It is hard enough to sell a house in today’s difficult times. Imagine trying to do so in a community that votes against its children? What a shortsighted, foolish thing to do.
No one has to be reminded of the economic times we are experiencing. So why then is our school board putting forth a budget increase of more than $2.5 million? What departments are receiving our dollars? Is it salary increases?
I urge parents to get more involved in understanding exactly how our tax dollars are being spent and how increases now are not necessary.
Governor Paterson seems to finally be getting it about the predicament our taxpayers have been dealing with for years. He is finally talking about reducing the burden of unfunded state mandates on school districts. School boards and school district administrations have been raising the issue for years, but it has until now fallen on deaf ears. The State School Boards Association has been strong in its leadership on this issue. What the governor has done is to sign an executive order that any new mandates from the state must be reviewed for their tax impact on local districts. The order does not go so far as to prevent new unfunded mandates from being passed, but it significantly opens the opportunity for all concerned to understand the local impact of new regulations. The text of the order can be found at http://www.ny.gov/governor/executive_orders/exeorders/eo_17.html.
Port News editor, Jackie Pierangelo, did a terrific job in reporting the story of how I was robbed of my life’s savings and personal property by my former caregiver.” (In Port News for April 30).
I did indicate in my interview with Jackie that the Port Police did a fantastic job in helping to arrest and prosecute the offender who refused to admit guilt after a mountain of incriminating evidence was presented to the Nassau County Criminal Court.
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