Editorial: Long Island Resolutions

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New Year’s resolutions often peter out by the second or third week in January, but each year we still make public pronouncements of improvements we intend to make to rectify the detestable behavioral characteristics we’ve amassed over the previous year.

In the spirit of that tradition, I am turning the critical eye away from myself and aiming it squarely at Long Island. Here are three resolutions I believe the Island, its citizens and its leaders should consider for 2018. Disclaimer: I am not offering solutions, only pointing out the problems.

Trim the fat. Long Island, specifically Nassau County, is perhaps most famous not for our beaches, but our taxes. It’s painfully clear to anyone with a pulse that our local governments, water districts, public institutions, etc. are far too freewheeling with our tax dollars.

Don’t be a NIMBY. Improvements to the Island will never come to fruition if we continue to coddle the “not in my backyard” residents. There will always be traffic, noise and crowds in this county of close to 2 million people. Impeding progress because a group of complainers want their own silent habitat is a crucial mistake. Tell these NIMBYs to move to the boring bleakness of upstate if they want static surroundings.

Build more affordable housing. This relates directly to the aforementioned NIMBYs. Speaking from the perspective of a renter with no home-owning prospects in the foreseeable future, my options for renting on the Island are limited at best and include working multiple jobs to afford rent in a decent building or finding an illegal apartment in a house. There are countless individuals in the same situation—working professionals whose lives are on the Island, but without the means or reasonable rental costs to remain on the Island.

I ask that the denizens of the Island kindly consider addressing these shortcomings at least into the first or second week of February.

—Steve Mosco

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  1. My, aren’t you the twisted one! You categorize your quote “…[T]ell these NIMBYs to move to the boring bleakness of upstate if they want static surroundings.” as pointing out the problem? You’re not pointing out a problem, you stirring the proverbial pot, to which you should be required to lick the spoon!

    How about YOU move to the city and/or its surrounding boroughs where everything can be right at your precious fingertips or, better yet, work two and three jobs like we did in order to achieve your lot in life.

    Each generation realized the same ills you feel victimized by now — high rents, unaffordable mortgages, high real estate taxes, high utilities, education costs, etc., and found a way to navigate them. Now you come along, flip off all of our hard earned efforts to say that we should give up what we have earned and acquiesce to placating your selfish desires? I say ‘No’!

    Rents are based largely on real estate taxes, the higher component of which is school taxes. Do you seriously believe or profess that we homeowners should believe that multi floor multi dwelling apartment buildings will lower rents? If so, you’re delusional! Look at RXR, Avalon, and Fairfield Properties, to name a few — all of their rents start at upward of ~$2500/month! Avalon currently has a building in Glen Cove, and RXR is building a multi headed monstrosity in Glen Cove with approvals to build multi-floored buildings in downtown which will have commercial space on the ground floor and rental apartments on floors 2-5. Rents are expected to be the greater of $3000 depending on when they hit the market and who the ground commercial tenant will be.

    It is your choice whether you pay a rent value that is equivalent to a mortgage payment with escalations at lease renewal, or pay a mortgage and own something in the end. This is on you, not the Towns, Villages, Cities and, more importantly, the homeowners who sacrificed their lives and livelihoods to achieve their dream of living in the quiet, quaint communities of the SUBURBS.

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