District Six and the City Council Meeting
Items Discussed and Approved at North Hempstead Town Council Meeting
On April 28, the town of North Hempstead held a lengthy town council meeting. The meeting lasted almost four hours and covered 68 different points. Items on the discussion list concerned the improvement and upkeep of the City of Port Washington.
District Six Councilwoman Mariann Dalimonte sends out newsletters with updates on the Town of North Hempstead and, more specifically, District Six. In one of her most recent newsletters, Councilor Dalimonte detailed some of the items approved or discussed at the town council meeting. Sign up for the counselor’s newsletter at northhempsteadny.gov.
The fourth point called for a public hearing to pass ordinances regarding North Plandome Road in Port Washington. The ordinances suggested the creation of a pedestrian stop in the northbound and southbound crosswalk on North Plandome Road.
Several Port Washington residents came to the meeting to express their approval of the crosswalks. President of the Beach Way Estates Association, Melissa Famiglietti spoke at the meeting on behalf of residents living in the Beach Way Estates community.
“Our 90 families would greatly appreciate the security that [the crosswalks] would bring us access to the waterfront,” Famiglietti said. “I think that’s a big encouragement for us to be green and not drive our cars there when we live less than five minutes away.”
Port Washington Estates Association President Gavin Pike worked closely with Councilor Dalimonte to ensure the crosswalk plan was considered by council.
“I brought an old file that I discovered in our archives,” Pike said. “It is dated December 17, 1962, and then we also wanted to install a pedestrian crossing. Thanks to [Coincilwoman Dalimonte]it now looks like it will happen.
“I spoke to a member of the Port Washington Yacht Club board of directors, and they have 900 teens and tweens who would also benefit from being able to cross the road safely,” Pike added.
Councilor Dalimonte thanked Pike for working with her on this project since taking office in January 2020.
“It was a long process,” Dalimonte said. “We did a traffic study and really made sure it was the right thing to do.”
All members of council voted in favor of the resolution and the establishment of a pedestrian crossing on North Plandome Road.
Another item discussed and approved that Dalimonte has been working on is running a shellfish restoration pilot project in Manhasset Bay through Suffolk County’s Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE).
“An important priority for me as an elected official has been to promote the protection and preservation of our local environment,” Dalimonte said. “In 2020, I started exploring the possibilities of reintroducing oysters to Manhasset Bay.”
“Over the years, this critical habitat has become polluted,” Damlimonte said. “Nitrogen pollution, in particular, poses a big threat to our water quality, but studies have shown that oysters play an impressive role in restoring water quality due to their filtration.”
Dalimonte worked with CCE to partner with the Town of North Hempstead to create a shell restoration pilot project. The project will establish oyster beds to attach one million larvae to oyster shells in Manhasset Bay.
“Having and maintaining a thriving oyster population in one of North Hempstead’s most vital waterways will help restore marine habitats, improve water quality, boost the economy by attracting visitors to the nearby town centers and ultimately improve a popular destination for residents of the Far North. Community of Hempstead,” Dalimonte said.
The town hall has authorized the shell restoration project.
Local and national historic preservation has been discussed and approved by City Council. A resolution was authorized to prepare and submit a grant application to the Preservation League of New York State for the restoration and maintenance of Monfort Cemetery in Port Washington.
Councilwoman Veronica Lurvey pointed out “that this cemetery has three signers of the 1775 Declaration of Independence as well as Adrian Onderdonck, the first Town Supervisor of North Hempstead.”
Safety features, environmental benefits, and historic preservation were all discussed and approved, along with many other items. The City Council has authorized Port Washington Water TaxiInc. and Meyran Marine Services Inc. for water taxi services and installation and maintenance of transient and deep-draught moorings in Manhasset Bay.
The city council accepted a gift from Animodule or an installation at Manorhaven Beach Park from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. In Dalimonte’s newsletter, she explained that “The Animodule is an artwork from a community art project that aims to bring happiness and joy into our lives and help us all towards better mental well-being.
Community member Wendi Barbosa presented the artistic approach to raising mental health awareness. To contribute to this art project, email [email protected]
Thanks to Councilor Dalimonte and the City Council, many beneficial improvements and changes will be made to Port Washington and the Town of North Hempstead.