Streetscaping & Multi-Level Parking Garage
In your most recent edition there are two initiatives with which you seem to take exception. The first, and
most important, is the commencement of the streetscaping at New York Avenue and Olive Street. The second
is the proposal for a multi-level parking garage which, if memory serves correctly, would be on New Street and
has been bandied about for years.
Regarding the streetscaping, it has been a long time in coming. Going back some 10 years, the then existing
Huntington Station Revitalization Committee, of which I was a member, recommended this action. Now it has
come to fruition, albeit tardily. Instead of praising what can only be a positive to the community, you took the
position of derision, witness the title of the article "Pawn Shop & The Limestone Statue". And while your facts
regarding the timeline are correct, you make no mention of funding issues or the time it takes for the permit
process which, in this case, required approval of the State Department of Transportation. As an additional
affront to reporting as opposed to demagogy, you "bold" the word "potential" in the Supervisor's statement of
2011. You chose negativism as opposed to an alternate meaning "opportunity".
Finally, the town can not control the type of business save that of a brothel or casino. (OK purists there
are zonings for industrial, business, etc.) What it can do is insure that the signage is appropriate and that
the business is not a public nuisance. This has and is being done.
So while you have every right, and as a newspaper the obligation, to bring to light all issues, please give
credit where it is due.
Regarding the New Street garage, which, as previously stated, is where I believe it would be sited, it is
truly necessary. Parking in the village is difficult on an average day and nigh impossible on weekends. To
continue the viability of businesses located in the village they require adequate parking to be successful.
A viable and dynamic downtown benefits us all. And to link the garage to Avalon Bay, (which I opposed and still
do), is an exercise in duplicity. Again, you need to provide meaningful information for due consideration by your
readership as opposed to following rabbit trails or leaving the scent of a red herring.
Finally, I would ask that you add this letter to the next print edition.