URGENT MESSAGES FROM MAYOR GIUNTA
On March 20, 2014, a public hearing was held to discuss important issues for Manorhaven. We’d like to take this opportunity to update, inform and offer a brief overview of that meeting with our residents. The meeting primarily dealt with a Village-wide zoning study.
In order to insure future green spaces, responsible building, and a strong infrastructure, the Village contracted VHB Engineering, Surveying and Landscape Architecture, P.C., a highly reputable environmental company, to perform a comprehensive zoning study for Manorhaven. Their findings were reported and included a slideshow presentation at the February 27, 2014 Board of Trustees meeting which gave us several areas for consideration, one being the focus of the above-mentioned March 20 public hearing. Their study found Manorhaven had no real options for senior housing despite an aging demographic group. In light of this, and with our residents’ concern about this topic, we decided to hold an open meeting at the Port Washington Senior Center for the purpose of having an open dialogue and to hear resident viewpoints and concerns.
The discussion centered around the need for senior housing and the possible use of a
• the importance of keeping public access to our waterfront whenever possible in C-1 building zones;
• the need for providing adequate parking for all new construction;
• ways of keeping our business community viable;
• the importance of maintaining our houseboat community and;
The result of this hearing was a vote to continue open dialogue on this topic for future public sessions before any changes to C-1 zoning would even be considered. Please note that all scheduled meetings at Village Hall are posted on our website at www.manorhaven.org, on Village bulletin boards in our community, and all legal notices for public hearings are posted by law in the Port Washington News. Our next Board of Trustees meeting, which will be held on Wednesday, April 23, will not be including this topic on the agenda.
If you have any further questions or concerns regarding this meeting or any other issues, please contact me at Village Hall. I, or a member of the Board, would be happy to meet with you. We are happy that open
dialogue, transparency in government, responsiveness and community responsibility has always been the basis of all our Village meetings and will continue to be.
Recently a report was published by Senator DiNapoli’s office (“Early Warning System Finds
15 Villages in Fiscal Stress”), which listed Manorhaven as one of the villages under fiscal
stress. According to the report, Manorhaven only fell into the category of significant fiscal
stress by .8 of 1% above the moderate stress rating.
Mayor Giovanna Giunta