North Hempstead OK's Levitt Park Funding

Despite vocal resident's opposition, town board approves funding of 'Roslyn County Club' project.

The board, without the help of Councilman Angelo Ferrara and Councilwoman Dina DeGiorgio, passed the funding for the Levitt Park project, or the , at Tuesday night's board meeting.

The board approved of the use of $2 million from the town's environmental legacy fund to be used toward the project. noted that the fund prior to this deduction could contain as much as $5 million, meaning it has now been cut nearly in half.

The bond for the project of $2.05 million was also approved with a similar vote.

Prior to the board's vote, Lloyd Gelb spoke out about the issue, asking that it be tabled until an environmental and traffic study is conducted in the area.

Gelb said that this project "will totally destroy our neighborhood," pointing to the issue of a potential lack of parking if many of the expected 1,000 members come to the pool all at once.

Kaiman responded by pointing out that "we've done this time and again," referring to the Town's work at other pools such as Manorhaven and Tully. Kaiman also added, "I think we've done a thorough analysis on a lot of different levels."

Lee Kalinsky July 13, 2012 at 12:11 PM
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Lloyd Gelb July 13, 2012 at 10:00 PM
You are as mistaken as Lee Seeman about the acreage being environmentally sensitive. When 7.3 acres are acquired and over 5 of those acres are covered by concrete decking, pools, parking lots and tennis courts it is no longer open space but built up area. The ELF was created to provide recharge area for our aquafers, any hard surface mitigates that intent. Roslyn Country Club was a political landgrab pure and simple. Despite all the promises and pie in the sky, it is doomed to failure and will eventually downgrade the community surrounding it.
Doug Schlaefer July 14, 2012 at 02:47 AM
It is about saving open space from the potential of development. The neighborhood was four square behind it save for you sir. Are the same L. Gelb who served briefly as an appointed Alberstson water commissioner and are also a developer??
Gerald McNamara July 14, 2012 at 04:40 AM
Mr. Kaiman is challenged in many ways. To me, he is a failed lawyer who turned politician since he has a nice smile. He really doesn't have the smarts to do his job : he lacks the ability to make decisions for the betterment of his constituency. I'll bet he thinks the Roslyn Country Club is "pretty". I hope this works out in the long term.
Jason July 22, 2012 at 01:55 AM
Great News! The TNH has been forced to take the RCC to a town vote. over 4000 signatures to show them the people here have spoken. I would like to see the patch follow up on this story. The Town Clerk was served on Thursday the story will hit the Press Sunday or Monday. Great Job Mr Eddie Scott.


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