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(ELMONT, NY) – The Belmont Park Community Coalition (BPCC), The Elmont Parkhurst Civic Association, Elmont Tudor Manor Civic Association and Locustwood/Gotham Civic Association today filed a petition and complaint in Nassau County Supreme Court to halt a massive arena and mega mall project at Belmont Park in Elmont, Long Island. The civic groups are requesting the courts take a hard look at the proposed project.

"The State of New York plans to take up a major redevelopment project for our community. Unfortunately, the State has chosen to ignore the surrounding communities and our concerns about the current redevelopment proposal."- Lori Halop, The Belmont Park Community Coalition

The petition and complaint seeks judgment pursuant to Article 78 of the New York Civil Practice Law and Rules (“CPLR”) and declaratory relief pursuant to section 3001 of the CPLR.

The complaint argues in part "Developers, without any permits, approvals or other legal right to do so, and without apparent objection or prohibition by the Town and/or Town Board, [and] the County Executive and with apparent acquiescence, have repeatedly misappropriated the Belmont Park for its private use”.

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ELMONT NY:  “All I could do was pray for the children on the ground as my son cried in the back seat” said Mimi Pierre-Johnson. Mimi had just picked up her son from Dutch Broadway Elementary School and was traveling westbound on Dutch Broadway when they saw the car hit the children. “It's time we figure out how to keep Elmont's students safe when they are walking to [and from] school.”

Mimi quickly turned from sadness to solutions, “Telling your children just walk on the corner of Dutch Broadway is not helping. We need to :

  • Change the pattern of traffic in the morning and afternoon during school hours;

  • Reduce speed on Elmont Rd and Dutch Broadway during school hours;

  • Re-open the Village and Elmont Rd Gate where we now have a crossing guard; and

  • Reduce speed on Elmont Road and Village Ave. during school hours.”

Kevin Dougherty, principal of Elmont Memorial High School wrote in a message to parents "During dismissal today, four students that were walking home on the sidewalk on Dutch Broadway were struck by a car, … All students were appropriately transported to the hospital and parents of the injured were notified. We will keep you updated as we get more information. As always the safety of your students is our utmost concern."

This is not the first time in Dougherty's relatively short tenure as principal that he has had to rush from his building to the scene of an accident involving vehicles and his students.

The news of yet another accident involving Elmont students prompted Andrew Bader, a former student to post this on Facebook, “Sorry to hear this sad news. I am praying for the recovery of this students who attend my Alma Mater.”

Mimi Pierre-Johnson issued this call to action and we at Elmont Online join her as she prays the four children that got hurt yesterday. “It is up to the adults now to make it safer for them [our students] when they return to school. Please call your Legislator Carrié Solages, Assemblywoman Michaelle Solages, and Senator Todd Kaminsky.”

Andria Arrington-Ingram echoes Mimi call, it's “time to take action for our youth. That corner has a history of far too many accidents for a school zone.”

Governor Cuomo's office was busy herding local elected personel, their employees, Islander fans and numerious other organizations and non-Elmont residents to “come stand with him” as he gave away some of the most prized real estate in the state to his wealthy donor. The 'con'trivance was convened at 10:15AM today at Belmont Park in Elmont, a time of day guaranteed to suppress attendance by hard working local residents.

Interestingly, as we learn more about the Who-is-Who that attended the 'con'trivance it's clear from their social media postings that many were there 'for selfies', selfies with the Governor of the State of New York.  When did we make these elected personnel celebrities? SMH!

One resident echoed the aforementioned it this way, “He [Cuomo] knows we are a hard working middle class community and he picked a time of day that guaranteed no one would be home to show their opposition”.

Rather than disrupt their work schedules, residents must now turn to the courts and the ballot for redress. #elmontvotes

It's obvious that the Empire State Development Corp. (ESD) has circumvented the community by wilfully not complying with the Urban Development Corporation Act [(UDCA)].  Belmont Park is owned by the People of the State of New York and Empire State Development Corp has a fiduciary responsibility to follow the UDCA.

“It is our intention to pursue any and all legal options at our disposal to ensure that both the spirit and letter of UDCA is followed." says residents who heard about the land giveaway by the Governor.

"Kavanaugh was on top of me while laughing with REDACTED, who periodically jumped onto Kavanaugh. They both laughed as Kavanaugh tried to disrobe me in their highly inebriated state. With Kavanaugh's hand over my mouth I feared he may inadvertently kill me." - Christine Blasey Forde
After the assault, I wasn't sure what had actually happened but the pain spoke volumes. The shame was overwhelming. Self-doubt and confusion kept me from turning to my family or friends as I normally did. I felt completely alone, unable to trust anyone, including myself.” - Andrea Constand

It's almost not worth repeating because it's obvious – the effects of primitive masculinity on women are enduring.  It's also obvious that the on ramp to this national #metoo conversation could not be more varied.  The gender, age and class perspectives are obvious but what about race?  3 to 10 for Cosby,  promotion to SCOTUS for Kavanaugh!

He robbed me of my health and vitality, my open nature, and my trust in myself and others.  I've never married and I have no partner. I live alone. My dogs are my constant companions ...” - Andrea Constand

I suspect some variant of this narrative is true in every survivor's story.  But it's a man's story too.  Everyday unsuspecting men stumble over invisible tripwires in their relationships. Tripwires that are often the aftershocks of primitive masculinity in the lives of the women they love and the women with whom they fall in love.

That said, I generally don't grant automatic sainthood to the distaff side of the human family.  No,  instead I know what primitive masculinity can do from what I witness in the adult life of my dear cousin Dee.  Dee lives in almost total social isolation.  Her world is constrained to an approximately 140 square foot bedroom with the shades pulled, a small radio and TV.  Dee's “self imposed” isolation began more than four decades ago when #shetoo was victimized.  It's only the herculean efforts of her daughter, son-in-law and frisky grandchildren that keep her connected to “now”.  When I visit with Dee, her shy-sweet laugh and the way she truncates my name to “'Brey” simultaneously hurts and warms my heart.   Dee is nearly blind now but in her voice and in her smile are the memories of who she was when I was a teenager and she was a graceful dancer and explorer.  Yes, #metoo and more.

Dr. Huxtable goes to jail, Kavanaugh goes to SCOTUS.  Let me be clear here – one is convicted the other is accused.  Dr. Huxtable is a fictitious black TV character whose only influence is derived from society's pathological obsession with celebrity.   On the other hand, Kavanaugh will decide if:

  • your vote counts;
  • your pre-existing medical condition disqualifies you from affordable health care;
  • your female body is yours to decide intimate and sometimes painful choices;
  • cooperate money continues to have a corrupting influence on democracy; and
  • presidential power is unfettered.

“I feared he may inadvertently kill me” is enough that we should pause.  It's enough that we should hear from witnesses; It's enough that an independent investigation be conducted.  Anything less and Kavanaugh should not be confirmed.

Oh, by the way what about race?

Elmont Online is polling Belmont Park Redevelopment stakeholders:
What do you want to see at Belmont Park?
Clearly, residents believe mixed uses developement that does not include a stadium is best.  What's your choice?
Click on the poll below and add your voice.

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