October 18 Meeting Review
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Time: 7:30 PM
Place: The New Elmont Memorial Public Library
Guest Speaker: Elected Officials: Nassau County
Legislature Candidate for District 3, Ali Mirza
Our October 18th meeting was a very informative and
productive meeting and we thank all the members in attendance.
Additionally, we welcome all our new and returning members.
The meeting started at 7:45 PM with the pledge of
allegiance. Executive board present included, Ruth Jakab, Bob Barker,
and Isabel Rodriguez. Absent were Jean Lewis and Douglas Hannon.
Mrs. Jakab informed the members that Jean Lewis, the
civic treasurer may not be able to attend meetings do to job
obligations. She is a single parent, with a child who is in the first
year of college. She will continue to serve as treasurer and the civic
appreciates her time and skills in regard to finance and banking. Mrs.
Rodriguez at the meetings will serve as the intermediary in collecting
dues and serving as an acting treasurer position. Due to the work
related absence of Mr. Hannon, and Mrs. Rodriguez other obligations,
Mrs. Jakab announced that Xavier Rodriguez would serve as secretary
for the meeting.
Mrs. Jakab, announced as tradition, the October
meeting serves as an opportunity for election candidates to come and
have their voices heard. Our doors are open, and the only thing
requested was for them to contact the civic announcing if they were
planning to attend. Mrs. Jakab noted that only one individual called,
and that was Ali Mirza, who despite having a fundraiser in his honor
at the same time, will nevertheless spend time to communicate with our
The recorded minutes of the September 20, 2007 meeting
was read by Xavier Rodriguez. On motion moved by Mrs. Rodriguez and
seconded by Mr. Barker, the minutes were approved as read.
Mr. Barker discussed the possibility of Belmont as a
potential place for new businesses to take place, and made people
aware that they are individuals who are interested in adding revenue
such as VLTs casino, hotel and outlets. The community has had a lot of
meetings, in that individuals were able to express their concerns and
voice their opinions with this important matter.
In regard to Old Business, Mr. Rodriguez discussed
about the October 1st hearing, and read the statement made by Mrs.
Jakab. Correspondence letters in regard to the matter, from State
Senator Johnson, and State Assemblyman Alfano were made aware to the
Mrs. Rodriguez gave the financial report. Mr.
Rodriguez, made aware to the members, that membership dues include a
year subscription to the Elmont Herald. Mrs. Jakab then noted that out
of the ten dollars, the civic only retains three dollars, and thank
all the members who have contributed extra.
In regard to future development of a Supermarket, Mr.
Barker made the membership aware that there is a plan to have one
along Hempstead Turnpike, and the talks is to have it at the old Argo
Theatre. Mr. Barker suggested to have the supermarket be constructed
in the current Home Depot shopping center. Mr. Barker opened the floor
for additional suggestions.
Mrs. Singh asked why did the Wauldbaums supermarket
leave in the first place. The response was that, the answer isn't
clear, but it had to do with not enough profit and the termination or
discontinuation of the lease. Also noted was that Home Depot did also
Mr. Piil noted that the welding place on Hempstead
Turnpike was knocked down, and the rumor is to have Supermarket at its
location. Noted was that the property isn't large, and it lacks
sufficient place for parking. He agreed that adding the supermarket by
Home Depot would be better.
Mr. Smith noted, that the idea of adding a supermarket
at the Home Depot Shopping Center is a good idea however there is the
issue of the buses. He is concerned about the health and environmental
damages that the buses cause to the surrounding properties and the
health of individuals around. He believed that Elmont should not be
subsidizing a corporate bus company, and feel that the other
communities of the high school district is taking advantage of us.
Mr. Piil noted that with NYRA, the Belmont Park has
become a dinosaur who gives more importance to housing horses than
caring about people. Senior housing could be an alternative plan.
Mrs. Jakab, then made the membership aware that Mr.
Mirza has arrived, and reminded them that he was the only person to
call, and thank him for his time to attend despite his other
Mirza presented himself as the Democrat and Working Family candidate
for the Nassau County Legislature, Third District, and is a father,
single parent of a daughter attending Northwestern University. He
became more involved with government, in regard to the continuous
increase of taxes, and made people aware that we are paying more taxes
than in Garden City. He mentioned that he helped to bring in
Sustainable Long Island to Elmont, to help revitalize the area and to
help bring in new ideas and advancements for business. To decrease
taxes, Mr. Mirza believes that we need to increase the county tax
base, without increase the burden on residents by revitalizing
business in return will bring in more taxes and increase in sales tax.
He hopes to have more people come into Nassau County to shop.
a businessman, and resident for more than fourteen years, he hopes to
reduce property taxes, provide more funds for youth programs, an
provide more police and code enforcement. He noted that we spend more
money funding Sanitation 6, that the county pays for the Nassau County
police department. He believes that consolidation of special services
may help to reduce costs. Mr. Mirza then asked the membership if they
have any questions.
Mr. Piil asked what he plans to do with illegal
housing. Mr. Mirza responded that it is a town issue, due to town
code, and that changes need to be done. Mr. Piil voices his
displeasure in the county in tackling this issue. Mr. Nicolosi,
continued in that Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy has been a
strong leader and has had significant improvement made. Mr. Mirza
acknowledged that Suozzi's attempt to run for governor has hurt Nassau
County, and perhaps he was too ambitious, but noted Nassau County is
Barker, asked what would his opinion be on a supermarket added to the
Home Depot Shopping center, as previous discussed in the meeting. Mr.
Mirza noted, that it largely has to do with zoning, because it is up
to them to determine to see if it is possible. He embraces the idea of
visioning, because ultimately the ability to express ideas will lead
Mr. Mirza noted that when we wins the election, he
will still attend civic meetings, church and other community
functions. He will also establish a committee of community members,
that will meet at least once every two months, and will provide at
each meeting a progress report to the matters on hand.
Mirza noted that he had to go back to the Pompeii restaurant and
return to the fundraiser in his honor, with people waiting for him.
The civic thank him for taking his time to attend, and wished him
The civic returned to finishing old business of the
agenda. There was a sense of frustrating disappointment in the Town
for not cleaning up the construction debris, and garbage left behind
on Wellington, Heathcote and 106. The lack of police enforcement on
Wellington Road, by the Mobil Gas Station in regard to gang, and
potential drug trading is demoralizing. The civic urge people to call
the county police and report immediately these issues.
School District, nothing to be reported. Many of the members stop
attending the meetings due to their displeasure of the atmosphere of
the meetings and the tension portrayed.
Sustainable Long Island, Mr. Nicolosi reported that Walmart and other
corporations are meeting with local officials, including our school
superintendents, in regard to their interest in building in Elmont.
Also mentioned was the report that Albany is looking into changing the
way schools are funded by the state,
Civic Coalition Council, Mr. Nicolosi reported that a letter was sent
to Town Supervisor Kate Murray, and State Senator Dean Skelos,
individuals who represent us, to ask them to show up at a community
Mrs. Davidson, noted that Elmont is at a critical
point. Our streets are dirty, many of our children are out of control,
and large number of cars parked on the streets, even with properties
having empty driveways.
Mrs. Jakab, mentioned that another issue, and perhaps
the root to the problem with our streets filled with cars, is the
issue of illegal apartments. There needs to be greater enforcement in
preventing the use of basement apartments that are illegal, and a
There was a debate in regard to over night parking.
There was no consensus, however the membership felt that permitting
only one car per house to park on the streets will be acceptable.
In regards to illegal apartments, the system is
broken. There are only 8 building inspectors, and the court system is
The resolution in regard to illegal apartments, was to
hold a special meeting with the East End Civic and the Locustwood /
Gotham Civic to present possible solutions, and concerns. Information
to be gathered and then be presented to the District Attorney to
ensure the codes and laws are being met.
In regard to parking, Mr. Rodriguez noted that in our
area there is currently no parking between 10am to 4pm. He felt that
enforcement of current codes should take priority over adding
something like no over night parking. A return to the parking sticker,
and enforcement of it is necessary. Once progress is met, then we can
advance in regard to over night parking. The membership agrees that
this is an appropriate step to take in the manner.
Mr. Rodriguez made the motion, that in regard to
various complaints in regard to garbage, and businesses not cleaning,
it perhaps be of interest to invite a representative from Sanitation
Six to attend the meeting. The motion was moved by Mrs. Davidson, and
seconded by Mrs. Jakab, and approved unanimously.
Mr. Claude won the 50/50 with $12, the civic gain $11.
There was concerns about our next meeting being close
to Thanksgiving, however the civic will still hold its next meeting on
The meeting adjourned at 9:35 PM.