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      If Elmont Resident stuck together like the Floral Park Resident did, Elmont would NOT have the problems it does now. They hold their politicians responsible, they DO NOT put up with illegal tenants and trash. A Casino WILL bring these problems to Elmont and the surrounding Communities - EDITORS NOTE - Offensive language removed.

      Plain and simple, Elmont needs development across the board. I was at a local barbershop in Elmont today, actually named The Shop, and I happened to get involved in a conversation concerning this very issue. It was actually surprising to me that these young men, who had to be about half my age (53) we're so passionate about what's going on in their own community, that I had to get involved. Young people need to be involved in the process, and maybe some of these so called elected leaders need to take a seat at this barbershop and get some new ideas. We've invested too much in our youth to see them throw in the towel and walk away from our community, and unless we all stand up and unite, we're finished.

      Phillips, you disappoint me. This is the second time you write something and change it. Them friends you have in the Republican party is out there throwing you under the bus and you don't even know. Smith's close ties to the Republican party is important. When she talk to people they should know why she is saying what she is saying and doing what she is doing. Good article, but stop running scared. - AUTHOR'S COMMENT - I am sorry to hear you are disappointed. For those who read the first posting of this article, an element was removed per request. I am not sure what you mean when you say "stop running scared", but let me assure you that the integrity of the article remains unaffected.

      I have to say this atricle has all the facts, and sadly we have been played again. Some people point to West Hempstead as a success story: Really!! It only took 20 years. The sad part to that story is: The community wanted to rid the area of prostituts and drugs; well they didn't, the problem has now moved to the capri motel a few miles west. If you look at the Regional planning decissions, no mention Of Elmont, Belmont or Transit Development anywhere. They mention VS and a train station. Well what about the Train Station at Belmont. If we want to see any real job creation and not more bricks we need to depoliticize the coalition now. We have seen the forces butt heads before: Sen. Johnson and Sen. Skelos dividing the community over an advisory board. In order for our community to win this race for jobs we can't have a re- match of politcal wills. This time it will be between Majority leader Republican Skelos plus Sen. Martins against Governor Coumo. Will they try to divide the community again? Push us to one side as they dangle that carrot? If we really want to see jobs,and the plan moved forward we need to have the coalition become a part of the Chamber and have a slate of independent leaders. This is our last shot of getting this right. One more point: Why does Elmont have to work so hard just to get a Supermarket? It seems to come easy for most communities on Long Island. Here in Elmont we have to pant like a dog and wag our tails just to hear about a market. If we complain they call us trouble makers. On the other hand the Town tells us they are complaint driven. In other words the Town doesn't work unless we complain. Well let's all start complaining loud and clear: We want jobs and our plan from 2006 done now not 20 years from now!!

      As the County considers the prospects of a privatized bus system, commuters, residents and taxpayers are rightfully concerned about the operation and cost. Unfortunately, the contract does little or nothing to answer these questions. I am also concerned about prospective local route cuts, fare increases and the lack of information surrounding the process. And, I expect that the administration will be prepared to clarify these important questions during the hearing. If I were on the rules committee, I would have voted 'no' in the committee given the lack of information available. Certainly, if these issues are not clarified Monday during the County Legislature hearing, I would be forced to vote 'no' on the contract if I were a County Legislator. Bus service is not a luxury, it is a necessity. These issues are too important to not have answers for commuters, residents and taxpayers of Nassau County.