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More Immediate Issues Than Rezoning Main Street

Storm Sandy should be the biggest eyeopener of the century. This might change the way local government takes precautionary measures.

Our area was pummeled by Storm Sandy and we all learned some very valuable lessons.

The first lesson should be that the Town Of North Hempstead and Nassau County needs to spend considerably more energy focusing on problems such as lose of loss of electricity and lost phone service. When power went out, many found their cell phone service became spotty if at all. This was more alarming after residents learned that cordless phone do not work without electricity. This is why I have three old fashioned corded phones which when plugged into the phone jacks made up for the spotty cell phone service. This was important considering some residents did not have Cablevision's triple play service after power went out.

So while everyone was focused on the rezoning of Main Street local government seemed to forget that we were in the season where a major storm or hurricane could cripple Long Island. Whammy, it happened and few were ready for it. Gas stations had no back-up plans for getting fuel or  generators. Only a few stores operated on generators without running freezers or any refrigoration. LIPA prtoved to be totaly incompetent to offer adequate information. Out of state crews offering time and labor could not be adequately depolyed to the most needed areas of the Island. Even Cablevision was left in the so-called dark as to where they could come in and performed much needed repairs.

Town Of North Hempstead executive John Kaiman should have teamed up with every other county municipality to come up with a long overdue plan to overide the poor services which other companies were offering Long Island. Too bad Kaiman did so little to aid is constiuents especially after he has been said to be the top choice to take over the failing LIPA.  This is the very same individual who has led some of the most horrendous meetings concerning rezoning Main Street in Port Washington and angered many residents.

In retrospect we should look back and learn a lot from the past storm and what should have been done and what was not done and who is responsible for prolonging the problems we faced. Even after I try to convince myself that this was a storm like one we never saw in this area there still is the shadow of doubt of whether or not some of the present officials should remain in their positions.

Had this been a private company I know heads would have rolled so fast that the media would not have had time to cover the issue.

For those who suffered, my heart goes out to you and those who fared better I think it is time to take a hard look at what others went through and why they suffer so much.

Anyone wish to comment? The leaders need to hear from us as soon as possible.

Jonathan Winant

Port Washington

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Laura Johnson December 04, 2012 at 01:10 PM
Agree. First things first. Take care of what you have.
jonathan winant December 04, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Right now the Town Of North Hempstead is taking on far moe then they can chew. Major concerns should be getting rid of John Kaiman (keeping him away from LIPA position), Road safety (rethink Policing),Storm prepardnes.
Laura Johnson December 04, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I am trying to stay civil. In any case the RFMBPW need to stay out of the planning process. And perhaps the BID should take over the beautification of Main Street business.
Local Resident December 04, 2012 at 01:36 PM
It's like the movie "Groundhog RESIDENTS"...keep hearing the same thing over and over and over and over. And the more you hear it, the less sense it all makes.

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