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Port Washington's Main Street 'Visioning' Meeting Available Online

The meeting is posted on the town's Portal 2 Port site.

The Town of North Hempstead has made avaialbe the “Main Street Visioning” public meeting hosted by North Hempstead's Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilwoman Dina De Giorgio at Schreiber High School on Sept. 20. 

To see the video, visit the town's Portal 2 Port site, where 97 minutes of the meeting is posted online

Update: A North Hempstead spokesman explained the length of the video, saying, that there was technical issue and it allowed for roughly 97 minutes of the public meeting to be recorded. 

Local Resident October 02, 2012 at 04:10 PM
According to Mr. Kaiman's comments at the meeting, the environmental studies have been completed and nothing of significance was found. However, as expected, asbestos was found. Asbestos removal is a very common procedure and could be accomplished fairly easily. It should not be cost prohibitive to completing the deal as the removal of asbestos should have been anticipated by the ToNH. The question was asked of Mr. Kaiman, what is the status of the Shield's building? He went through the process that included the agreement the ToNH has with the current Owner and the environmental studies that have been performed. But he never actually answered the question, "what is the status of the Shield's Building"? The question I have is why did the ToNH agree the purchase the building in the first place? Why not take the $850k and use those funds to "beautify Main Street". Why is the current owner of the Shield's Property not being held responsible for the condition of the property. No one can look at that building and say it is a safe structure. It seems that the majority in Port Washington feel that this property in an eyesore and that the ToNH should do (or force the owner to do) something about it. For some reason, the ToNH is taking a very weak position with regards to this property, and has done so for many years. Instead, they try to force the unpopular rezoning of Main Street onto the community while leaving the worst eyesore in Port still standing.
Local Resident October 02, 2012 at 04:46 PM
It may not make a difference whether the entire video is posted (due to the poor quality), but it was the ToNH who decided to make the video available. Port residents who could not attend the meeting are entitled to see the meeting in its entirety whether it is helpful or not. There were very pointed comments at the beginning and the ending of the meeting that are not included in the video. The video that has been posted makes it appear that the meeting started with the ToNH actually describing in detail what Main Street Visioning was about. It also appears that the meeting ended on a somewhat positive note. Both are not accurate. This furthers the mistrust the local community has for its local government when it comes to Main Street.
jonathan winant October 02, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Citizen: I tried to explain this when I stood and spoke out at the rezoning meeting. The point I made was that we the residents are not getting the full picture. Missing were the possible(key word) intentions of not building renters or store owners, but rather the building owners. Of course we would not get a very accurate number but at least we might have some idea what could happen. The results might speak very loudly. Should several owners think rebuilding and expanding the height of their building was a possibility then we would have to look at everything associated with those intentions. My concern was can the basic services now in place handle or be expanded to handle an increase in buisiness and residential numbers. The panel did not feel that it was the time to discuss this as this was a proposal in the infancy. My thought is that is the best tiome to place as many facts, possibilities and every type of associated issue on the table. This has to do with transparency. Once the proposal is a go it would take a lot to correct faults which should have been considered long ago. Heres a clincher, Governor Cuomo has three candiates in mind to take charge of LIPA and one is Jon Kaiman!
Anon October 02, 2012 at 09:35 PM
giving this guy $850k for the abandoned house is ridiculous. He keeps the property in disrepair just to spite the town and now either he gets a pay-day or we have to continue to look at that hole every time we drive down port blvd. Can't believe there's no action the town can take except buy the property. like, really --- we have the buy the property just so we can tear it down and not look at it anymore?
Adina Genn October 04, 2012 at 01:35 PM
Update: A North Hempstead spokesman explained the length of the video, saying, that there was technical issue and it allowed for roughly 97 minutes of the public meeting to be recorded.

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