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The American Dream

whitepicketfenceWhen families move to Elmont, many move with the American Dream in mind. They move to live in fully detached houses with a one or two car garage, 2.5 children, a dog and a white picket fence.

It appears to the recently gerrymandered community of Elmont that local politicians and some misguided community activists have added, “and a casino in the backyard” to the American dream.

Let’s be clear, casinos appeal to vice – to human frailty! What would suggest to politicians like Martins, Ambrosino, Mangano and others, that unlike them, the average Elmont resident embraces the newly defined American dream as one that includes “a casino in the backyard?”

Let’s be clear, a casino in Elmont is a precursor to prostitution, the occasional murder and dramatic riots, as are evident at Aqueduct’s Resort World Casino a mere 9 miles away.

Like the ill-conceived “Cosmos Soccer Field of Dreams” the Elmont casino must not stand!

It is true that when well trained horses are ridden around an oval and spectators bet on the outcome that that is indeed gambling. But horse racing is seasonal and episodic, and a casino is not. It will likely be open for unrest 24/7/365.

Say NO to the casino by calling Elmont Online at 516.325.1599. Voice YOUR concerns and leave your name and a contact number.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 January 2016 10:35 )

And The Conflicts of Interest are ongoing

“The difference between a “need” and a “felt need” is the difference between a group of people bothered by conditions in the world and a group [of people] acting on the world to make it a better place for themselves and others" Dr. Steve Burghardt

Economic Development talk filled the air during Nassau County’s 2015 election campaigns.  Here in the Town of Hempstead’s 2nd District, the location of Belmont Park and the closed five platform LIRR Transit Center, it was a topic to behold.  Incumbent Councilman Ed Ambrosino went on record in opposition to “affordable housing projects” which was an an artful, deceptive and easy appeal to the lesser angels of voters in the surrounding communities.

Was he ignorant of the facts?  No!  He made a politically expedient calculation.  He amplified the innate fear of the “other” in some voters.  In classic doublespeak Ambrosino was simultaneously championing a project with State Senator Jack Martins for a “275 apartment rental community situated within 2 blocks of the Mineola Long Island Rail road (LIRR) station”, reports Vision Long Island.  Elmont residents have been advocating for “transit-oriented housing” among other things as part of the redevelopment of the two lots at Belmont Park.  Indeed Ambrosino understood Elmont’s outcry but chose instead to frame his opposition around the pejorative “affordable housing.”  (

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 24 November 2015 09:57 )

Lots of Blattering from Zurich to Albany to Elmont

band of ...Is corruption the inevitable byproduct of capitalism, consumerism, ambition and “the pursuit of happiness?”

You don’t have to be engaged in public life today to know that soccer corruption and power go hand-in-hand. Whether it’s the past president of the local youth soccer club making secret deals with the New York Cosmos, installing members to the club’s board of directors in the parking lot after board meetings; or Dean Skelos’ arrest and indictment for allegedly bribing, extorting and otherwise using his power as Majority Leader of the NY Senate to betray the people he was elected to serve; and now Sepp Blatter, FIFA President, resigning after “winning” reelection as chief cook and bottle washer of the embattled international soccer organization referred to in the media as an “organized crime ring.”

Sepp BlatterThe sad facts are unmistakable but the connections are shrouded in hush-hush. No, actually the connections are hidden in the gray triangle of what’s right, what’s legal and what the actors (culprits) can get away with. And what the actors can get away with is a function of the public’s apathy born of disgust.

For instance, 7th Senate District Senator Jack Martins received ten percent of the vote in 2014 from residents who will live in the shadow of the proposed NY Cosmos soccer stadium, yet he pursues with vigor the rejected plan. Why? Maybe, like the old television sitcom “Father Knows Best”, Jack knows best? Unlikely!

Last Updated ( Monday, 08 June 2015 12:04 )

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Last Updated ( Friday, 27 November 2009 16:50 )
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Today, we are talking to people about sustainable economic development, because we think it's important to show support for key issues that affect our community - like places in the Elmont for young professionals to live, shop and be entertained; like keeping families closer together and rebuilding the economic and social pillars of the community.

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Barbara Reynolds is a Long Island Regional PTA Board Member and recently installed SEPTA (Special Education Parent Teacher Association) Board Member.  She sent the quoted email to a list of residents and parents shortly after being installed as SEPTA board member.
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