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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. 

Donna Rice September 28, 2012 at 08:39 PM
Just looked at the Town's Portal 2 Port and read Dina's thoughts. It never mentions section two of the visioning in her letter. When did that get added to the "presentation". I also must correct the Councilwoman and the RFMBPW. People who are opposed to the re-zoning are not "scared". We think change can be an exciting thing. In fact the most exciting thing you could do for Port Washington would be to tear down the "Shields" property.
Jason September 28, 2012 at 08:51 PM
Councliwoman De Giorgio Wasted our time with this Meeting! it was very sad, and unprofessional of the town to put this side show on. its not the Community thats scared its the building owners, and the Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington.
David September 28, 2012 at 11:13 PM
Kaiman= corruption ,
Taxed in PW September 29, 2012 at 01:03 AM
Why is "Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington" so aggressively pushing this re-zoning proposal? What exactly is their agenda? Isn't the husband of the councilwoman (a local developer who will benefit from the re-zoning) also a member of "Residents for a More Beautiful Port Washington"?
Taxed in PW September 29, 2012 at 01:47 AM
Explain to me exactly how this re-zoning plan will "re-vitalize Main Street." How will building stories of additional cramped apartments on top of stores bring in the additional disposable income required to revitalize anything? Council - is this the extent of your "vision"??
Local Resident September 29, 2012 at 08:17 AM
What happened to the other 60 minutes of the meeting?
jonathan winant September 29, 2012 at 11:19 AM
Jason Correct I watsed my time coming to a poorly run meeting which did not present anything worth while. Much of the neded information which I had hoped would have been covered was neglected. Jon Kaiman has a great ability to try to avoid major issues which residents need to knowm from the start of the proposal. This should have no bearing on whether this is the first step or after numerous meetings. If you viewed the video of the meeting it will come as no surprise that the ToNH can not even get a decent video put together. Someone else should design and run another more informaqtive meeting with a great presentation with the proper individuals from every concerned agency in attendance
jonathan winant September 29, 2012 at 11:21 AM
We are in deep s---t now that Kaiman is on the list of candidates to head LIPA. Only good thing is he might be out of ToNH politics.
jonathan winant September 29, 2012 at 04:49 PM
Local resident: It really does not make a difference the portion on the internet is almost inaudible and the picture quality orlack of it makes me eyes hurt. I really did not expect any better especially after the dissapointing no presentation meeting
citizen September 29, 2012 at 09:50 PM
Lets be clear. They will not be luxury apartments. The developers will build as many new apartments as they can on the top two floors of the buildings. To address the parking shortage, they will consolidate the buildings - which will end up destroying the charm of the store fronts. This new "population boom" on Main Street will NOT re-vitalize the shops on Main Street. It will only increase population, traffic and congestion - in other words, it will make things worse.
Nassau Taxpayer September 29, 2012 at 10:07 PM
But it will be just the ticket for developers, which seems to be the objective here.
Deborah B. September 29, 2012 at 11:25 PM
Ditto. Where is THAT video? Also, I agree that a good start would be tearing down the Shield's building. Seems so simple to do... and you don't need approvals to do it. What are they waiting for? Rat infestation?
jonathan winant September 30, 2012 at 09:50 AM
Just can not tear down the Shield's Bldg. The most important issue is that there are concerns about Asbestos and other dangers which have to be handled accordingly. That is not a simple rip down and trash process.
jonathan winant September 30, 2012 at 11:03 AM
Something to think about..... Rezone Main Street seems to sound very odd to me because we already have commercial/residential buildings as acknowledged at the rezoning meeting. If there presently a height restriction for buildings then how did the four floor "Standards" building and the building which houses the Dolphin Book Store get approval and permits? What are we rezoning? Could this mean we can leave things rhwe way they are? It's too bad I did not realize this prior to addressing the ToNH panel at the rezoning meeting.
jonathan winant September 30, 2012 at 12:53 PM
Rezone to allow three story multi use buildings on a street which already has such buildings sounds idiotic. Main Street has the 4 story "Standards" building, The residential/Commercial use building housing the Dolphin Book Store and an apartment building across from the town dock (near Louies) and countless commercial residential buildings. From what I can see only the apartment building across from the dock supplies parking for tenants. So how did this all come about?
jonathan winant September 30, 2012 at 01:00 PM
Food for thought there are already commercial buildings with residential unit up and down Main Street. Only a few have parking for tenants. How did the 4 story "Standards" building (Houses Amigo Restaurant, Laundromat) get approval to be built? If I am correct the commercial/residential building housing the Dolphin Book Store has an underground parking entering from the rear. I thought underground parking was not going to be an option in the rezoning proposal?
citizen September 30, 2012 at 05:22 PM
Re-zoning would exponentially increase the population and congestion on Main Street. If you walk down Main Street -- as of now there are not alot of multi level buildings with apartments. If just a number of the builders took advantage of this new zoning opportunity, it would not just increase the population by a little -- say 10 or 20%. This would dramatically increase the population -- doubling, tripling, even quadrupling the population on Main Street. This will bring a bad traffic/congestion problem on Main Street to a crippling halt.
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 (Editor) 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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