Monday, April 30, 2007
Sex offenders to the left of us, predators to the right, and West Hempsteaders stuck in the middle with little relief in sight!
Aside from the two Level 3 Sex Offenders in residence at the Courtesy hotel, the West Hempstead Civiv Association now informs that there are two Sex Offenders (Level 3 and Level 2 – but they try harder) at the Capri Motel on Hempstead Turnpike.
Upon information and belief, there are families with children housed at the Capri!
The Fifth Precinct reported in February that the Courtesy was the number one hotspot in the Precinct in 2006, followed closely by the Capri.
Why wasn’t the Capri Condemned prior to the sale of the adjacent property to Stop & Shop?
And why isn’t the Capri even on the radar at Hempstead Town Hall?
How many indignities must one community suffer? How much should homeowners, taxpayers, and decent, law-abiding citizens be made to endure?
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Level 2 Sex Offender at the Capri
Level 3 Sex Offender at the Capri
Sex Offenders in residence in West Hempstead
Friday, April 27, 2007
Monday, April 23, 2007
And still, the answer to that time-worn question – WHY IS THE COURTESY STILL OPEN? -- eludes us.
The Nuisance Law was “technically” inadequate in 2004, 2005, 2006 [as it was when it was adopted in 2000.] So why not amend that law (assuming the Town couldn’t get it right in the first instance) – in 2004, 2005, 2006 -- so as to withstand the scrutiny of the courts?
“We’re looking at it now,” they’ll tell you at Town Hall.
Sure. Look at it. Hold it up to the light. Pass it through. Put it to the test. And see which comes first – a condemnation, the padlocking of the hotel, or the Messiah. [My money is on the Messiah!]
Blight studies. Environmental studies. Studies of the studies. And we are no closer today to ridding our community of the horrors of this hotel then when Kate Murray stood before us in 2005, “buoyed”, and said that she would not rest until the Courtesy was closed. [Note the black circles under her eyes. . .]
The only “fast track” here is for Town Supervisor Kate Murray to lead instead of wallow. Make believe you give a damn. Test the law today as it has never been tested. PADLOCK THE COURTESY HOTEL!
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The Supervisor's e-mail address is email@example.com [Just how Kate Murray can be reached, is anybody's guess!]
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
In fact, signs are popping up all over town!
E-mail Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell her that the "sign" she's been waiting for has arrived. PADLOCK THE COURTESY NOW!
Monday, April 16, 2007
Just when you thought it couldn't get any worse...
Forget that second gunman on the grassy knoll. We now have a second sexual predator in residence at the Courtesy hotel.
Check out Current Reported Offender Details at the New York Sex Offender Registry.
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From Newsday's 'Spin Cycle'. . .
W. Hempstead: Alfano In The Fray
Join the fight to padlock the Courtesy NOW!
Send an e-mail to Assemblyman Tom Alfano at email@example.com and let him know that you want the pressure on Hempstead Town Hall kept up.
Send an e-mail to Town Supervisor Kate Murray at firstname.lastname@example.org and demand that the Courtesy be padlocked immediately!
Send an e-mail to Town Attorney Joe Ra at JRa@tohmail.org and ask him why he hasn’t put the owners of the Courtesy on notice of the hotel’s continuing violation of the Town’s Nuisance Law.
Send an e-mail to Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino at email@example.com telling him its time to break ranks with Supervisor Murray, to take his fellow councilmembers to task, and to move forward with the four easy steps necessary to close the Courtesy.
Send an e-mail to County Legislator Vincent Muscarella at firstname.lastname@example.org and ask him to publicly condemn the continued operation of the Courtesy and to act accordingly.
Send an e-mail to State Senator Dean Skelos at email@example.com asking him about that Police Booth that’s been “coming soon” since October of 2005.
Send an e-mail to Dana Williams of the Malverne/West Hempstead Herald at firstname.lastname@example.org, to Joe Rizza of the Three Village Times at email@example.com, and to Barbara Yohe of the Beacon at firstname.lastname@example.org, asking them to keep the Courtesy on the front pages.
Thursday, April 12, 2007
Civic Leaders Urge Town to Close Courtesy
Town Hopes Urban Renewal Plan Is the Answer
The West Hempstead Civic Association has been urging Town of Hempstead officials to get moving on closing the Courtesy Hotel, which is thought by many to be a blight on the community. But the town says that they are doing what they can to close the hotel.
"The only thing standing between the closure of the Courtesy and the revitalization of the southeast gateway to West Hempstead is the will of the Town Supervisor to get the job done, " said former civic association president and longtime community activist Seth Bykofsky.
Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray has taken criticism for not being able to close the Courtesy, but, according to a letter recently sent out to residents who expressed concerns over the hotel, the town has tried in the past to close the hotel.
A town spokesperson said the town is exploring all options and the Courtesy Hotel is not being ignored. The recent letter, signed by Murray and Town Councilman Ed Ambrosino, stated "we will not rest until this blight on West Hempstead is shut down forever."
Civic leaders want to close the Courtesy through a public nuisance law enacted by the town in 2000. According to the letter, the town sought to utilize its public nuisance law to close the hotel.
In 2004, the town sought a restraining order and an injunction against the hotel owners. However, the Supreme Court ruled against the town.
Civic leaders then hoped the town would use the power of eminent domain to take ownership of the hotel to close it. However, condemnation proceedings weren't commenced. "In the absence of an urban renewal plan and the absence of the idea of developing the property, the town would have had to have been prepared to pay for the acquisition so they did not go forward with that. Then it was decided let's utilize the urban renewal process," said Charles Theofan, commissioner of the town's Department of Planning and Economic Development.
The town board adopted a blight study for the area around the hotel, which includes a delicatessen, gasoline station, municipal parking fields, vacant structures, a Long Island Rail Road station and the hotel. The town also has asked for developers to submit their qualifications to develop the area. The town board hopes to adopt the urban renewal plan, which will act as the plan for the redevelopment of the area this summer.
"Upon adoption by the town board, we will direct that the properties be acquired through condemnation for redevelopment by the private sector," stated the letter.
Four developers have been notified that they have been selected to produce competing proposals to redevelop the area. Among the selected developers is the Trammell Crow Company, which has entered into contract to purchase the Courtesy Hotel, according to the hotel. The town's urban renewal project will not interfere with the ability of Trammell Crow to seek zoning changes for its proposed development of the hotel, according to the town.
As if pressure from the civic association isn't enough, Assemblyman Tom Alfano has also gotten into the act of pressuring the town to close the Courtesy. Alfano, who was a candidate to become town supervisor when former supervisor Rich Guardino stepped down and was ultimately succeeded by Murray, has put out a flier urging the town to close the hotel. "After six years of discussion, the Courtesy needs to be shut down immediately," stated Alfano in a letter to Murray that was printed on the flier.
Although it's been over six years since the hotel has been in the civic association's radar, civic leaders may have to show more patience while the town's urban renewal plan is followed.
- Joe Rizza
Wednesday, April 4, 2007
Publisher's Note: Oddly, the Town references the commencement of a court action under the so-called Nuisance Law. Interestingly, no court action is required in order to invoke the padlock provision of said law. The Town's most recent missive does not so much as mention the word "padlock."
READ Four Easy Steps To Close The Courtesy
Are we missing something here, or are they?
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OFFICE OF THE SUPERVISORTOWN OF HEMPSTEAD
Increased police surveillance has been requested and we have sought required county cooperation to place a police booth at the location.
We know you will be interested in an update on the town’s other efforts related to edevelopment of several parcels of property surrounding Hempstead Avenue and Westminster Road/Woodfield Road.
Our goals concerning the Courtesy Hotel are simple and straightforward…let’s shut the doors to this eyesore forever! Further, let’s redevelop the hotel and the surrounding area for the benefit of West Hempstead neighbors.