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Re-Open the Alvan Petrus Park

Re-open The Alvan Petrus Park.

I'm sure you have all read and heard this before: "Re-open The Alvan Petrus Park."

But the park remains closed, and the children in this Port Washignton community have lost their only close and safe place to play.

Everyone in Town of North Hempstead and Port Washignton should sign this online petition, urging TONH and the North Hempstead Housing Authority to re-open this park at once.

Please sign the online petition.

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Lee Kalinsky July 21, 2012 at 01:52 PM
@Old Viking if that was the case the planet would still be run by Old Viking's
Old Viking July 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
That doesn't make any sense Lee. To this 'old viking' your 'point' just doesn't hold water; fresh, salty, or Manorhaven Beach polluted.. Let me rephrase. If you repeating virtually the same post that many times, will help you gather support by endlessly hitting people over the head with the already gleaned info, and then toss in a some very questionable reasoning on old vikings ruling the planet, you seem to have created a recipe to wonder about the validity of your political stance in question...
jonathan winant July 21, 2012 at 03:03 PM
Old Viking : You need your eyes checked. There have been times this year and last year where you are lucky to find a chase lounge to sit in. I do agree that the new pool design was not worth the money spent. I also agree the pool season especially in this crazy hot weather needs to be expanded. Consider that every time we have a heavy rainfall the beaches on the N. Shore are closed for several days due to bacteria and run off. Longer pool season might have more people buying season passes, HMMMMM.
Lee Kalinsky July 21, 2012 at 04:16 PM
@ Old Viking, the park will be re-opened, the land will not be used as a senior complex, I have no doubt. The hundreds of signatures we got today while protesting outside Chase was amazing! News12, Newsday, The Port News were all on site to cover this. The amount of people who saw the protest, came over and asked what this was all about is how things change.
hank ratner July 21, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Hey "old Viking" instead of criticizing, get involved! It's easy to be negative. Why not be proactive?
Lee Kalinsky July 21, 2012 at 10:31 PM
If you stayed inside and missed the protest today at Chase Bank on Main Street, News 12 was on site and the video is at the top of this page. This is also the direct link to the video: http://o5.aolcdn.com/hss/storage/patch/483e37e3b49880d2ec28377043e8e232/video.flv
Lee Kalinsky July 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Like our new Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark
The Clam Digger July 23, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Perhaps proper punctuation, grammar and spelling might help . This town is over populated with forceful, abrupt falsely entitled people. I am 4th Generation Port Washington and remember well the reason why that park was closed. Are the residents of Harbor Homes finally taking care of the tax payers property? Harbor Homes was not turned in to a slum because of the Town Officials or the tax payers. Lets try a welcoming approach instead of false entitlement. How do people expect things handed to them when they don't care for what was already given. Maybe all these "so called" residents should clean up the surrounding area instead of having the Town do it. Get to it community - Pick a date and try some sweat equity, I will show up and help - See who else will !
The Clam Digger July 23, 2012 at 01:37 AM
Touche' !
Lee Kalinsky July 26, 2012 at 01:53 AM
Sign the online Petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark/
Lee Kalinsky July 26, 2012 at 03:57 AM
I thought everyday I would post one of my favorite North Hempstead Housing Authority chief Matt Cuomo Quotes. Maybe somehow Mr. Cuomo missed seeing the basketball court, the sign ToNH Supv Barbara Johnson dedicated that says park because his quote about "never functioning as a park" really made me laugh. “The Housing Authority owned the land in which we wanted to build this senior facility since 1950, and we also owned part of the land, which some are calling Alvin Petrus Park, but it was never functioning as a park,” Cuomo said.
Lee Kalinsky July 26, 2012 at 04:06 AM
Here is my July 26 Matt Cuomo quote of the day. There are so many silly Matt Cuomo comments I may have to do more per day. “The Housing Authority is here to build affordable housing, not to build parks. It’s like asking McDonalds to sell clothing – it is not our mission.”
jonathan winant July 26, 2012 at 10:40 AM
I have to agree that some one left out key ingredients which should have carried over from the old pool design. The new pool has far less shaded areas and unlike the ol;d pool the long metal structure that shields pool users whenever there was a sudden intense down pour is gone. The water is too shallow and sooner or later someone is going to fall or slip on the stairs to the slides. Unike the old pool the attendants do nothing to stop kids from running around the deck. An accvident will cost the town a lot of money in a law suite.
Nassau Taxpayer July 26, 2012 at 11:07 AM
Sounds like a Chris Christie wannabe bloviator.
Lee Kalinsky July 27, 2012 at 04:10 AM
Matt Cuomo quote of the day, I felt I really needed to add a second and third quote for today because there are just so many. "A town environmental assessment found no negative impacts, which means no further assessments are needed" said authority chairman Matthew Cuomo. It's like when your parents said "Because Im the parent and I said so" really Mr. Cuomo I feel so much safer knowing you said so. "We don't do this apart from the community," Cuomo said. "We do this as part of the community." The third and final quote for today: “People can run around town calling it a park, but that doesn’t make it so,” says Matthew Cuomo, chairman of the North Hempstead Housing Authority To answer Mr. Cuomo's third quote im going to quote May Newburger: In the transcript of that Town Board meeting on April 22, 2003, then-Town Supervisor May Newburger said, “The reason this (requirement to keep the park as open space) is in here, is, the people for whom you are doing this have asked that they can keep that space, it’s referred to as a park…. This is, to me, an integral part of this little community
Lee Kalinsky July 27, 2012 at 09:12 PM
The Alvin Petrus Park needs to be re-opened. 250 children and families having only a parking lot as their open space after their park has been fenced off by the people listed below. Cal or email them and let them know the park needs to be re-opened. Matthew Cuomo (516) 627-6433 NHHA Chairperson Bette Segal (516) 627-6433 NHHA Vice Chairman Sean T. Rainey (516) 627-6433 NHHA Executive Director Supervisor Jon Kaiman kaimanj@northhempsteadny.gov Councilwoman Viviana Russell russellv@northhempsteadny.gov Councilman Thomas Dwyer dwyert@northhempsteadny.gov Councilman Angelo Ferrara ferraraa@northhempsteadny.gov Councilwoman Anna Kaplan kaplana@northhempsteadny.gov Councilwoman Lee Seeman seemanl@northhempsteadny.gov Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio degiorgiod@northhempsteadny.gov Please sign the online petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark/
Lee Kalinsky July 28, 2012 at 04:21 AM
Is someone bailing from all the pressure at the NHHA? Their looking to have resume's emailed. Executive Director: The North Hempstead Housing Authority of the Town of North Hempstead, New York is seeking qualified applicants for the position of Executive Director. The position requires a creative leader who has the ability to fix a troubled Agency. The Agency owns and manages 189 senior-family units and distributes and administers 184 Section 8 vouchers,. The job would also requires serving as managing liaison for 286 prior public housing units which have been privatized, plus and managing a staff of public housing authority employees. The position requires a candidate with strong leadership qualities, a working knowledge of government, strong communication skills, a working knowledge of HUD rules & regulations, financial controls, organization development, and community organizations, and the ability to work with a Board of Commissioners with high expectations for the Agency to perform at a higher level. Experience in real estate development and a four year college degree from an accredited institution in an appropriate field are required. The candidate must have NAHRO PHM Certification or Executive Director Certification within one year of employment. Salary is negotiable; excellent benefits package. Relocation expenses are not reimbursable. Send resume, including professional references to NHHA Chairman Matthew Cuomo at Mcuomonhha@optonline.net.
Lee Kalinsky July 29, 2012 at 04:57 AM
Matthew Cuomo quote of the day: "We thought it was better to build than to keep the property open.” I hope your enjoying a quote everyday from North Hempstead Housing Authority Chairman Matthew Cuomo. If you have a favorite quote from Chairman Cuomo please post it.
NH pays tax July 29, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Do not waste your, time these corrupt , inept, politicians never respond to e mails the only way they listen to you is if you have some cash to give them under the table. How do you think Roslyn country club deal got done , the owner was losing money so he invited Dwyer to Los Vegas for private "meeting" it's on the record .
NH pays tax July 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
Dwyer admitted on the record of Town board meeting that he met with Malekan(the owner) in las Vegas regarding Country Club property you are very well informed congrats.
NH pays tax July 29, 2012 at 12:37 PM
You all need to understand the political machine behind the Roslyn Country Club and Alvin Petrus Park. Deals were made before any of us knew about them. The deal to build housing on the Petrus Park was made with Kaiman's buddy Cuomo and I believe he would rather let the people he represents down before he lets down his political buddies. Also the RCC deal was all about his re-election. That was a back door deal made with plenty of money contributed to his campaign fund. Kaiman has been in too long - he no longer wants to represent us. He is looking for where he can get a job when he is out of office!
NH pays tax July 29, 2012 at 12:40 PM
Kaiman knows he won't even get a job as the dog catcher when he is kicked out that's why he is spreading our money to all his handlers .
jonathan winant July 29, 2012 at 09:28 PM
From my experience with politicians state depts if you hound them long enough and get a petition signed by residents then you have a chnace for change. you can blog, twittwer and keep sending e-mail to various media outlets like the patch but if the representiatives who are responsible for change are hounded enough that it becomes disruptive then they have no choice then to examin the possible change. What was done at the Chase bank last weekend was a great effort as it brought maxime attention to an issue I am certain notm m,any residents were familiar with. NOw get Ch 2, 4, 5, 7, 11, to step up to the plate and cover the story because it might make politicians feel silly for what they have done. No p0litician wants to be the focuse of a news story abouthowm they let down the community they serve. Call the New York Times, Daily News, Long iSLAND pRESS, I have been there and done it and wonneed to know more contact me Wmjcook@optonline.net only serious e-mails will be answered. I tacled dangerous Hempstead Turnpike long before Newsday did their studies and very long before any major cahnegs were decided on. Good luck I love to offer advice to advocates who fight for worth while issues
Lee Kalinsky July 30, 2012 at 12:54 AM
Want to help re-open the Alvin Petrus Park? Call the North Hempstead Housing Authority (516) 627-6433 Matthew Cuomo: Chairperson Bette Segal: Vice Chairman Sean T. Rainey: Executive Director Please sign the online petition: http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark/
Lee Kalinsky July 30, 2012 at 09:08 PM
ToNH Board meeting tomorrow 7/31. Speak up in support of the Alvin Petrus Park. Like us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark
jonathan winant July 30, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Petition, petition, petition, Strength in numbers. No elected official wants to fear his job when the majority of constituants speak out. Flood the switchboards so they legislators get the message. No re-election if you stop listening to the public!
Lee Kalinsky July 30, 2012 at 11:17 PM
@jonathan winant Hands of Change did a great job getting petitions signed from al over North Hempstead and they will be presented at the ToNH board meeting tomorrow night to Supv. Jon Kaiman. Hope your going to be at the meeting.
Lee Kalinsky July 31, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Town Board meeting tonight!!! Please come, add your voice. Tell Supv. Jon Kaiman to re-open the Petrus Park. Like us on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark
Lee Kalinsky August 02, 2012 at 03:02 AM
Supporters of the Petrus Park thank everyone who came to the ToNH board meeting to add their voices for re-opening the Park. The vote last night is only one step so please continue to follow this story. Thank you to the ToNH board members, without your support and last night's vote this new step would not have happened. Supervisor Jon Kaiman Councilwoman Viviana Russell Councilman Thomas Dwyer Councilman Angelo Ferrara Councilwoman Anna Kaplan Councilwoman Lee Seeman Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio Please follow the Petrus Park Facebook page for news and information. http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark
Lee Kalinsky August 16, 2012 at 11:01 PM
Two solid pieces in today's Port Washington News about the Petrus Park. The re-opening of the park remains a top story in the Port News where the park was front page news in the prior two issues. Again today the Port news has a half page editorial again showing this is an important story for all of North Hempstead. http://portwashington-news.com/2012/editorial-answers-to-questions-about-alvan-petrus-park/ Save the Petrus Park on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/alvinpetruspark

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