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Dec13

Cuomo to Elmont "Puck off"

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The Honorable Andrew M. Cuomo
Governor of New York State
NYS State Capitol Building
Albany, NY 12224

Dear Sir:

We’ve read news reports that New York State will be choosing a real estate project to be developed at Belmont Park.

We are aware that 'a stadium' or 'a stadium' is the 'choice' being considered for this site. We express again that our community is not in favor of the construction of a stadium at Belmont Park, and more importantly, we note that both the Belmont Park RFP and the process for selection of a developer is flawed.

We are not anti-development, and in fact wish the RFP was more comprehensive. We are particularly disappointed that the RFP specifically excluded housing, an option that our young professionals desperately need in Elmont and throughout Long Island. In addition, the need for housing in our community was prominently discussed in Elmont's Vision Plan. We see no better location in Elmont for the development of smart growth to keep our young people rooted here and adjacent to a LIRR station.

Regrettably, the stadium supporters generally do not live in Elmont and will not experience the adverse effects of this or that stadium on their quality of life or their local small businesses.

Please consider that the Belmont Park RFP should be re-evaluated to best reflect Elmont's needs. An ice rink or soccer pitch will make a lot of money for someone, but it will also destroy our community. The choice doesn’t seem hard to make. We ask you to listen to the residents and reject the stadiums in favor of a plan that is supported by the people who live here.

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Last Updated ( Wednesday, 13 December 2017 01:31 )
 
Dec06

Elmont's taxpayers being setup to bailout Ledecky's $100 million loss

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With Trump in Washington set to hurt public education funding by removing or capping Elmont's homeowners mortage interest deduction, and Cuomo in Albany ready to pay off his donors, Fred Wilpon and partner Jon Ledecky (who has lost almost $100M since purchasing the Islanders) by gifting the two billionaires Belmont Park for use as a skating rink.  It's time Elmont and the surrounding communities understand and resist the peril posed by these two New York politicians.

Residents of the Parkhurst Civic Association met on Tuesday, November 28 at the Elmont Public Library to discuss the state of Belmont Park. Senator Todd Kaminsky was present and spoke about what's to come.

“There are three proposals and one will be chosen” said Kaminsky. “... after the winning proposal is selected by the Empire State Development Corp. [New York State’s main business development agency], community input will determine the final shape of the project”.  His tone was troubling and may have been intended to soften the community's resolve against what has since materialized.

Elmont resident, Aubrey Phillips questioned the idea of another listening session.

“Listening session, what for? … There are [were] three bidders and two are arenas.” said Phillips.

He continued “... the community has emphatically rejected the now bankrupt Cosmos soccer stadium proposal and noted that proposals with stadiums as it's core value is in direct contradiction to the majority wishes of Elmont's high-taxed residents.”

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 December 2017 12:20 )
 
Oct13

Petition to Fix Elmont Road Park

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Town of Hempstead Supervisor, Anthony J. Santino
2nd District Council Member, Edward A. Ambrosino
3rd District Council Member, Bruce A. Blakeman
Congressman, Gregory W. Meeks

We, the concerned residents of Elmont, are demanding that the town of Hempstead fully renovate Elmont Road Park.

Elmont Road Park continues to crumble and deteriorate.

During the week of October 2nd, 2017, the cracks on the basketball court of Elmont Road Park were painted over and poorly patched. The following week of October 9th, 2017, on the eve of a press conference calling attention to the park's state of disrepair, authorities made additional 'quick fixes'. They painted the basketball court lines in, put up new nets on old rims that hang off of rotted backboards, removed a few protruding poles, and also painted over old broken wooden benches. These changes have made it even more obvious that a 'quick fix' won't do! We demand that Elmont Road Park have an actionable renovation plan mapped out with deliverable timelines.

We need the Town of Hempstead and our elected officials to know that this "quick fix" IS NOT ENOUGH. Elmont Road Park needs to be fully renovated; we need brand new courts, with new fencing with padding or a total removal of the fence. We need new backboards, new benches, new water fountains, and new restrooms. We also need a park layout evaluation.

Our Kids Deserve Better. Elmont residents should not have to travel to neighboring towns to enjoy a nice, safe, updated park. We want our OWN safe, beautiful park for OUR kids in Elmont. We are paying attention and we NEED ELMONT ROAD PARK FIXED!

Sincerely,

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Last Updated ( Monday, 16 October 2017 22:49 )
 
Jun27

Oh, The Clanging of Pots and Pans

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In Shakespeare's 1597 'Romeo and Juliet', “love is a violent, ecstatic, overpowering force that supersedes all other values, loyalties, and emotions.”1

Well before Shakespeare, Plato2 had refined what the ancient Greeks identified as six types of love. Eros ‘love’, was uncomfortable even feared by the Greeks, because they understood that kind of love was dangerous and could get them into the most trouble. Evidently, the Greeks were right.

In Republican led Nassau County, public corruption is endemic. It's the stuff of folklore. “Public corruption involves a breach of public trust and/or abuse of position by federal, state, or local officials and their private sector accomplices.”3 Fact is, it is hard to remember an extended period without the revelation of a new “shake your head” example of corruption.

Nassau County politicians and their political actors can't resist the clanging of pots and pans over that which the Greeks feared, Eros. It's as if the political class believe the noise about interpersonal transgressions, shield them from the more egregious matter of public corruption. Moreover, the clanging of pots and pans often leads to knee jerk press conferences and social media bullying aimed at “publicly distancing” the politician from their own reflections.

Now, I can think of NO Nassau County public official who can (or should claim to) have the courage of “The Man” many of them admire and in whose name they distribute citations like manna from heaven.  “The Man” who after years of struggle was assassinated, not because he 'had a weakness for women' but because he held a mirror to America and America did not like its own reflection.

Today's clanging of pots and pans is the new assassin's bullet. It's used to dissuade and malign those who consider public office a part of their contribution (not their meal ticket) to our floundering democracy. But is it not time that Nassau County politicians focus on ending public corruption? Is it not time that public officials reach for the podium and speak out against Gerrymandering, the real threat to democracy?

Truth is, there are no winners in the private and often ugly spectacle of love gone bad. Children are hurt; families are torn apart; livelihoods are jeopardized - but hope survives. Hope for healing and hope for lessons learned. Hope that after the anger and passion subside the children are placed first again; the families returns to their new and modified equilibrium and decency returns. The same sentiment can’t be said for ubiquitous chicanery.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 27 June 2017 12:01 )
 
Jun30

The Belmont Park Study

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In 2006, the Elmont community expressed a strong desire to improve and enhance its suburban conditions and the quality of life for all residents.  During the fall of 2012, New York Empire State Development (ESD) issued a Request for Proposal (RFP) to generate ideas for the under-utilized property at Belmont Park.

The Parkhurst and Tudor Manor Civic Associations sponsored meetings between developers and community residents and they are now conducting a study to quantify the feelings of  the surrounding Belmont communities after listening to the presentations.

You are being asked to participate in this activity because you are a member of the Belmont Park Community.  This survey is done over the Internet using a drop down list and check box format. All responses are anonymous.  THE STUDY!

 
Feb19

Racial History of the American Criminal Justice System

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Talks at the Schomburg: Racial History of the American Criminal Justice System

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 19 February 2014 07:19 )
 
Jan20

A conversation with The Elmont Cardinals Sports Club President, Jon Johnson

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Jon JohnsonJon Johnson joined the Elmont Cardinals Football Club family in 2003 and has had a front row seat to the club's recent story.  When Elmont Online talked with Johnson it was clear that he, as current president of the club, was focused on giving the community’s youth after school team sports options that promote the physical, academic and social well-being of young people and the families that are Cardinals.  “One of our goals is to produce more scholar-athletes” said Johnson.

Johnson has been the club’s president since 2005 and has steered the club, with the help of an all volunteer board, through its various ups and downs.   “More ups, thank god” said Johnson.

Last Updated ( Monday, 20 January 2014 10:26 )
 
Jan15

Elmont Online Announces Black History Awardees for 2014

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Mimi Pierre-JohnsonThe Elmont Online - Highlighting Success, Inc. Black History Committee, announces their awardees for the 11th Annual Black History Celebration Award. The Annual Award Ceremony and Dinner will be held at Adelphi University on February 15, 2014.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 16 January 2014 07:11 )
 
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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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