Call to Action

Re: Amend Racing, Pari-Mutuel Wagering and Breeding Law * § 212.

... BPCC demands that among other requirements, that these proposed developments shall only be undertaken after consultation with the Local Advisory Board referred to in Section 212 of the New York State Racing Law. The Community Advisory Council (CAC), established by ESDC for the current redevelopment project at Belmont Park with the New York Arena Partners (conditional designees), is not the Local Advisory Board residents surrounding Belmont Park have been fairly demanding since 2008.

In the winter of 2018, the State Assembly as part of its one house budget proposal advanced new language to create a Belmont Racetrack Local Advisory Board. The Board would have been made up of 15 designees. Four members to be appointed by the County of Nassau, three of whom must reside in the hamlet of Elmont, four appointees by the Mayor of the Village of Floral Park, four from the Elmont Community Coalition of Civics, and three by NYRA. This language however, ultimately dropped out of the final enacted budget. BPCC is not sure why that occurred but the issue was revived for a short while, only to be dropped out.

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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.

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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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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 being considered for this site. We want to express that our community is not in favor of the construction of a stadium at Belmont Park, and more importantly, that both the Belmont Park RFP and the process for selection of a developer is flawed.

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10 Years is Enough! Counting from the conception of the vision plan in 2007 to the current re-submittal of proposals in 2017 one decade later and not much has been accomplished, well except for a pattern of circles, hope - followed by years of frustration and disappointment.  Is this the fault of Politics trying to divide us - as North and South or that some residents are being purposefully misguided?

Fast forward to 2017, having learned through experience, we rise, today, as a diverse, yet, united community as we have concluded that our path to success lies in our own hands - the common people united from the bottom up.   We represent - The Belmont Community, which embodies, Elmont, Floral Park, Queens Community Board 13, Queens Village, Cambria Heights, Bellerose, South Floral Park, Franklin Square and North Valley Stream Residents.

Everyone agrees that the Request for Proposal (RFP) must state "beneficial occupancy (mixed use) of the Belmont property (both lot A & B)" that provides tech start-ups, educational facilities, commercial, retail, restaurants, transit-oriented housing for young professionals and empty nesters, quality of life recreational and green spaces for the surrounding communities, without placing tax burdens on local residents.

In conclusion, everyone knows we are sitting on the most valuable piece of property in Nassau County - Belmont Park/ Elmont, located at the Gateway to Nassau with easy access to transportation that could connect you to the world. Who can be against an RFP that encourages ALL economically viable development plans for this property of regional significance? We are not urban or suburban planners, we encourage you to advocate for an RFP that is attractive to a wide range ideas including the ones mentioned above.  That is how taxpayers get what's best for the community.  Developments mentioned above are being implemented in other communities and they are thriving.

In solidarity with the Residents of the Belmont Park Community

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