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North Hempstead OK's Levitt Park Funding

Despite vocal resident's opposition, town board approves funding of 'Roslyn County Club' project.

The board, without the help of Councilman Angelo Ferrara and Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, passed the funding for the Levitt Park project, or the , at Tuesday night's board meeting.

The board approved of the use of $2 million from the town's environmental legacy fund to be used toward the project. noted that the fund prior to this deduction could contain as much as $5 million, meaning it has now been cut nearly in half.

The bond for the project of $2.05 million was also approved with a similar vote.

Prior to the board's vote, Lloyd Gelb spoke out about the issue, asking that it be tabled until an environmental and traffic study is conducted in the area.

Gelb said that this project "will totally destroy our neighborhood," pointing to the issue of a potential lack of parking if many of the expected 1,000 members come to the pool all at once.

Kaiman responded by pointing out that "we've done this time and again," referring to the Town's work at other pools such as Manorhaven and Tully. Kaiman also added, "I think we've done a thorough analysis on a lot of different levels."

Nassau Taxpayer July 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Pathetic.
fred July 12, 2012 at 02:27 PM
You got a lot of chutzpah Nassau! You supported these guys. The republicans you were against represented a new breed that genuinely want to end the local corruption and make a difference. Look no further than Ms Digorgio, who I think you will agree, has shown the most intelligence and common sense of any one on the board.
Ed Shendell July 12, 2012 at 03:19 PM
They can fund this but cannot fund Petrus Park. Why Mr. Kaiman?
Lee Kalinsky July 12, 2012 at 03:54 PM
@Ed, That is a great point and I call on Mr. Kaiman and the entire TONH Board to use the ELF to Re-Open the Petrus Park. If you can do it for Roslyn you can do it for the children of Port Washington. Come to the July 31st Town Board meeting and show your support for this great cause.
Nassau Taxpayer July 12, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I call 'em like I see 'em.
Stacy Brown July 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I guess our part of the Port Washington peninsula will continue to be over looked by the board until one of the kids is injured because they are forced to play in a parking lot while a six foot fence continues to lock the community out of Alvan O Petrus park which is viable open-space and where the kids will be safe.... Is that what it's going to take an accident to get the attention we need?
Ben July 12, 2012 at 05:33 PM
As I understood this former TNH Supervisor May Newberger held a ribbon cutting ceremony at this park before it was shut down and then TNH Supervisor Jon Kaimen disputed the fact that this is a TNH park at all? And now I THINK that Supervisor Kaimen agrees this is a TNH park and is seeking funds to fix it up for the neighborhood. Eventually Alvin Petrus Park will be re-opened Kaimen is not a bad guy his priorites may not be clear to us but I do believe this park will be opened - eventually. Can someone tell me who is/was Alvin Petrus?
Lee Kalinsky July 12, 2012 at 07:22 PM
@Ben that is correct. There are other people who could do a better job at explaining this but as I understand it May Newberger along with Barbara Johnson and Ben Zwirn did indeed dedicate the park along with a plaque and they built the park and all its facilities. Im told TONH used to bring over supplies for the park as well when there was an event. I'm told by multiple people that there was no legislation to make it an official park and it fell thru the cracks not being an official park. So this has become "when is a park not a park" It sure looks like a park, It sure has a basketball but its not a park? Well there are alot of people who will not stop speaking out till it is an open park again. @Ben come to the July 31st TONH Board meeting and give Mr. Kaiman your two cents on the issue. Please remember to sign the online petition that will be given to Mr. Kaiman. http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park And Follow Re-Open the Petrus Park on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/Petruspark
hank ratner July 12, 2012 at 08:02 PM
I agree that Jon Kaiman is NOT a bad guy. For reasons I cannot figure out, he just doesn't consider the importance or re-opening Petrus Park important. Now that the Town Board has by a 5-2 vote purchased the Roslyn Country Club, I want to see not only Supervisor Kaiman but councilpersons Dwyer, Russell, Kaplan and Seeman do the RIGHT THING and use the SAME ELF fund to re-open PETRUS PARK.
Doug Schlaefer July 12, 2012 at 08:38 PM
I find it very curious that Councilwoman Di Georgio and Councilman Ferrara were supportive when nearly ten million dollars was invested in Manorhaven pool and park (in Di Georgio’s district) and over ten million was spent on Tully Park and pool facility in New Hyde Park (in Ferrara’s district) but when it comes to creating recreational opportunities and preserving environmentally sensitive acreage in Roslyn at significantly less cost, they vote no. This issue was fully aired out and needlessly politicized in the last Town Supervisors race and Jon Kaiman was handily re-elected easily defeating his challenger Lee Tu in his second effort to capture the Towns top spot, additionally Tu was defeated in his effort to gain a seat on the county legislature when he unsuccessfully ran against incumbent Legislator Wayne Wink. I don’t have any position on the empty land owned by the North Hempstead Housing Authority but don’t let your local politicians divide this township in an effort to score political points for themselves. Debate the issue on its own merits and don’t pit one community against the other to achieve your goals. It really is unbecoming for our elected officials to do so.
Lee Kalinsky July 12, 2012 at 10:22 PM
If you have kids, your park could be taken away next. Your kids might have to play in the street or a parking lot. Sign the petition to Re-Open the Alvin Petrus Park! http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/Petruspark
Ben July 12, 2012 at 11:16 PM
Who is or who was Alvin Petrus? @ Lee Kalinsky I will see you at the 7/31/12 TONH Board meeting thank you for the reminder. This may be worth an inquiry to the State of New York Commission on Human Rights but I am not certian if this agency has juristiction in a mater like this I will look into it and let you know.
Nassau Taxpayer July 12, 2012 at 11:48 PM
You may want to check who was on the board then (Manorhaven and Tully decisions), as opposed to now...
Port North Resident July 13, 2012 at 12:09 AM
Doug We all know that you are a democrat hack on the town payroll, let us have some disclosure here, you are not just some innocent bystander, you have skin in this. Point of fact it was former Councilman Pollack who pushed the Manorhaven pool project not current Councilwoman Degiorgio, she wasn't even on the board then! Council members Ferrara and Degiorgio are doing exactly what we elected them to do represent our views, most people in the town do not want the RCC, this is not politicizing the issue, it is an honest debate; Too bad none of the majority councilmen have the independence from the supervisor to stand up for what their communities want, the only councilman on the board now whose community actually wants this is Dwyer, I cannot believe that none of the others stood up for their constituents. It is reassuring to know at least my councilwoman listened to what her community wanted and voted NO.
Doug Schlaefer July 13, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Hey Port North Resident whoever you really are hiding behind that phony handle, Democratic hack, no sir life long Republican get your facts straight. Just because I work for the town doesn't mean I gave up my constitutional rights. What skin do I have in the game I would love to hear it. You are the candy butt who will not give his real name and please go back to school or go to gramatical jail for murdering the english langage in just three short paragraphs.
David of port July 13, 2012 at 12:07 PM
Kaiman is a dishonest political hack put in place to steal from the taxpayers and give to his rich connected handlers.
Lee Kalinsky July 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
Support Re-Opening the Petrus Park http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alvin-petrus-park Facebook http://www.facebook.com/groups/Petruspark
Lloyd Gelb July 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
You are as mistaken as Lee Seeman about the acreage being environmentally sensitive. When 7.3 acres are acquired and over 5 of those acres are covered by concrete decking, pools, parking lots and tennis courts it is no longer open space but built up area. The ELF was created to provide recharge area for our aquafers, any hard surface mitigates that intent. Roslyn Country Club was a political landgrab pure and simple. Despite all the promises and pie in the sky, it is doomed to failure and will eventually downgrade the community surrounding it.
Doug Schlaefer July 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
It is about saving open space from the potential of development. The neighborhood was four square behind it save for you sir. Are the same L. Gelb who served briefly as an appointed Alberstson water commissioner and are also a developer??
Gerald McNamara July 14, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Mr. Kaiman is challenged in many ways. To me, he is a failed lawyer who turned politician since he has a nice smile. He really doesn't have the smarts to do his job : he lacks the ability to make decisions for the betterment of his constituency. I'll bet he thinks the Roslyn Country Club is "pretty". I hope this works out in the long term.
Jason July 22, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Great News! The TNH has been forced to take the RCC to a town vote. over 4000 signatures to show them the people here have spoken. I would like to see the patch follow up on this story. The Town Clerk was served on Thursday the story will hit the Press Sunday or Monday. Great Job Mr Eddie Scott.

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