The residents of Elmont have been demanding solutions to their economic decay for almost a decade.
In February 2005, after seeing the solid proof of how Sustainable Long Island can help bring the much needed change, I introduced and brought them to Elmont. Despite a heavy snow storm, about 14 Civic and Community leaders, such as Norma Debatolo and Sandra Smith came out that evening to learn about the possibilities. In June 2005, I arranged a follow up meeting at the American Legion. It was participated by more than 60 residents and community activists. To assure the residents that we meant business Rev. Patrick Duggan - Deputy County Executive for the Economic Development also joined the Sustainable Long Island.
That night, Elmont learned how communities like New Cassel benefited from the concept of Comprehensive Economic Development through sustainable planning and progress. Over $100 million has been invested into the future of New Cassel by the County, Town of North Hempstead and others through this process.
On July 31, 2007 County Executive Tom Suozzi and the Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray held a press conference to kick off the visioning and planning process for Elmont.
I HAVE DONE MY PART. NOW IT IS UP TO THE RESIDENTS OF ELMONT.
Enough of just complaining and pointing fingers and "fighting with the problems". Let us be part of the solutions now! Enough of the fast-food restaurants and drug stores. the Time to have a supermarket on Hempstead Turnpike for Elmont is now!
Let us do our civic duty and come in great numbers to the Elmont Public Library on Wednesday, September 5th at 7:00 pm. Let us take our future and destiny in our own hands. Let us decide how Hempstead Turnpike can be revitalized, let us shape the future of our communities.
Ali A. Mirza
Secretary - Elmont Coalition for Sustainable Development.