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“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 08:57 )

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 11:04 )

Quid Pro Ohhhhhh!


Last Updated ( Monday, 11 May 2015 08:51 )

Why Are We Here, RFP Corruption?

On January 11, 2013, The New York Cosmos, “formally delivered to the Empire State Development Corporation,” a plan to redevelop Belmont Park in Elmont. Other developers delivered proposals too, but none quite as elaborately rendered as The Cosmos’.

Residents and businesses huddled around various conference tables in meetings with Empire State Development (ESD) at their regional office in Suffolk. Public officials Michelle Solages, the freshman Assemblywoman from the 22nd Assembly District, Congressman Gregory Meeks, and County Legislator Carrie Solages, all met with ESD as well. In addition, meetings small and large were held around the conference tables of local business. But, something was wrong, something…

Conversations with Empire State Development helped form the basis for understanding the disconnect between Elmont taxpayers and those they “elected.” Why were local and state politicians forcefully pursuing plans for the Cosmos stadium in Albany, at the Nassau County Legislature, and within the HQ of the Town of Hempstead? Why did the proposed RFP limit the scope of what’s possible at Belmont Park? It became clear to Elmont residents that the RFP was flawed because its scope was deliberately limited by state and local politicians who misrepresented the community’s wishes and needs to Empire State Development.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 20 May 2015 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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