Over the past year, the Town of North Hempstead's administration has taken bold and aggressive steps to reinvest and revitalize infrastructure in various communities throughout the Town. This strategy is firmly based on our strong belief that working hand-in-hand in a bi-partisan fashion, we can meet inter-municipal needs while being responsible with the taxpayers’ hard-earned dollars.
In recent months, for example, we have made a concerted effort to improve parking availability in North Hempstead. Whether it’s a business whose livelihood hinges on a steady flow of foot traffic through their front doors or a resident whose daily commute to work is twice as difficult without a place to park, ample parking for our constituents sits atop our list of priorities.
To address the need for commuter parking, we have acquired two properties in Port Washington, one on South Bayles Avenue and the other on the corner of Haven and Bayview Avenues. So our residents can continue to patronize local businesses, we recently renovated at no cost to taxpayers both the Revere and Musso Shopping Centers as part of a larger improvement project.
A number of other parking enhancement projects around Town include repaving a lot along Prospect Avenue in New Cassel, working with our partners in the through an inter-municipal agreement to repave their lot and finally repaving a residential street in Albertson.
In New Cassel, which is on the verge winding down a multi-million dollar revitalization, we continue to invest dollars into the infrastructure through a traffic calming project along Prospect Avenue, making it more pedestrian-friendly, thus making it easier for residents to patronize the new stores that recently opened up along the thoroughfare, including a hair salon, sneaker store and pharmacy.
In Garden City Park, we have worked with our friends in the fire department to ensure that we can save taxpayer dollars on the repaving work planned for the parking lot at Dyckman Avenue and 7thStreet.
And in Albertson, the Town recently completed renovation to Terrace Court, just east of Willis Avenue where it intersects I.U. Willets Road.
As Town Supervisor, it is my job is to listen to the needs of our community, be responsive and explore the most cost efficient means possible to pursue infrastructure improvements. I am proud of the work we are doing and believe we are one of the most responsive local governments anywhere. That, and the Town’s enviable quality of life, is part of the reason why North Hempstead is rated byCNN Money magazine as one of the top 100 Best Places to Live in America.
We will continue to do everything possible to live up to this distinctive designation.
Jon Kaiman is the Town Supervisor of the Town of North Hempstead.