RCCCA Updates The Neighborhood

via Roslyn Country Club Civic Association, January 6, 2014

LITIGATION DEVELOPMENTS AND NEXT COURT DATE
COUNTY DEFUNDING EFFORTS DEFEATED BY TONH

CLUB REOPENING EFFORTS AND LITIGATION
Town of North Hempstead and Corona Realty signed agreements to transfer the RCC to the Town

Key “closing condition” in contract requires dismissal of the litigation (by parties formerly represented by our jointly retained lawyer and otherwise) if the land sale is to occur.

As you know, we’ve been in court many times; most recently, possible forms that a dismissal allowing the Town takeover might take were discussed and we anticipate this dialogue will continue.

NEXT COURT DATE
Our next date in court will be January 15 (Nassau Supreme Court-Judge Janowitz’s courtroom).

Because we have no attorneys representing us jointly, you will need to attend in person if your interests are to be represented in Court.

TOWN DEFEATS COUNTY EFFORTS TO DEFUND RCC
You may know the County inexplicably sought to defund the RCC by refusing to levy taxes.

Many were puzzled by the County’s efforts without any apparent basis other than politics.

The Town took the County to court and Nassau County was promptly handed a stinging rebuke by the Judge, who wrote that County “misstated the law” and that the County’s claimed legal basis was “illogical” and “fallacious.”

FUTURE DEVELOPMENTS
If and when we learn of developments relating these matters or other items of interest, we will let you know.

We hope to hold a public meeting after any key developments in these items (hopefully soon!).

PLEASE NOTE THAT RESIDENTS ARE NO LONGER REPRESENTED BY JOINT COUNSEL. NEITHER THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB CIVIC ASSOCIATION NOR ANY OF ITS OFFICERS DIRECTORS CAN GIVE YOU LEGAL ADVICE OR ACT AS YOUR ATTORNEY IN ANY MATTER INCLUDING IN CONNECTION WITH THE ROSLYN COUNTRY CLUB. IF YOU WANT TO BE REPRESENTED IN COURT YOU MUST ATTEND IN COURT IN PERSON OR BY AN ATTORNEY YOU HAVE ENGAGED. PLEASE CONSULT WITH YOUR LEGAL ADVISER IF YOU REQUIRE LEGAL ADVICE ON THESE MATTERS.

RoslynCountryClub.org is an independent website devoted to Roslyn Country Club neighborhood, and is NOT part of the RCCCA, ToNH, or the Royalton.

What’s Next For Levitt Park?

The Town of North Hempstead board, as expected, has given approval to a bond resolution appropriating $7.5 million for the establishment of a Levitt Park At Roslyn Heights park district. The motion, which was taken up at the Sept. 10 meeting, passed with unanimous support.

The park, when constructed, will feature a 7.3 acre site, complete with an outdoor heated pool, Jacuzzi/spa area, water slide and plunge pool, kiddie pool and splash pad, playground, concession and outdoor seating area, bathhouse, lower and upper poolside promenades and resurfaced tennis courts with viewing area.

For now, what’s next for Levitt Park? Will put-upon residents of the Country Club neighborhood have a pool and tennis courts to use by the summer of 2014?

Read on at The Roslyn News

“Better days are coming”

Park District Approved, Purchase Delayed

The North Hempstead Town Board voted Tuesday to officially create a new park district around the shuttered Roslyn Country Club in Roslyn Heights, but put off approving the contract to buy the property and issue bonds for the improvements until next month.
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The town board still must approve the contract to purchase the roughly 7.3-acre property from owner Manouchehr Malekan for $2 million, and issue $7.5 million in bonds to pay for the improvements to the property, which it plans to do at its Sept. 10 meeting.

Read on (via $Newsday)

Next Tuesday: The Town of North Hempstead’s Roslyn Country Club

The Town of North Hempstead board will meet next Tuesday morning to ratify a $2 million contract to purchase 7.3 acres of property for the Roslyn Heights Park District.

At Tuesday night’s board meeting, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman said the board plans to ratify the contract and authorize issuing a $7.5 million bond to refurbish the park district facilities at the Aug. 20 meeting.

Kaiman said the board’s action follows certification of the park district, also known as the Roslyn Country Club, required by the state comptroller’s office.

“We couldn’t approve it because we didn’t have certification,” Kaiman said.

Kaiman said the state comptroller’s office reviewed documents the town provided to verify the 728 households to be included in the park district. Kaiman said the board will also ratify the park district as the state comptroller’s office defines it.

Kaiman said the board needs to “ratify everything just to make sure we dot every ‘I’ and cross every ‘T’ to close its $2 million deal to buy the property from owner Manoucher Malekan and issue the bond.

Read on

What’s in a name? Proposed “Levitt Park” raises questions…

What do you think about the proposed name for the proposed town owned Country Club park district? This is one man’s take. Feel free to share your perspective.

What We Name Things Matters by Michael Miller for Anton News

“The Levitts were wrong. They didn’t need the race clauses to sell their houses. In 1963, two weeks before Dr. King gave his famous speech at the Lincoln Memorial, there was Bill Levitt, Spokesman of the Industry, in headlines across America defending the right of builders to refuse to sell to African-Americans where segregated neighborhoods were the custom. He considered Long Island to be one of those places, and Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Maryland, where Levittowns II, III and IV went up, amid picket lines and state government lawsuits. There’s no clear evidence that Bill Levitt was personally bigoted. He made it clear that it was strictly business, which probably makes it all worse.

Levitt & Sons finally adopted an open-housing policy in April 1968, five days after Dr. King’s assassination.

It wasn’t Bill Levitt’s job to enlighten a population or broaden people’s minds. The Levitts made houses. It was the people who lived in those houses who made communities. The park’s name should reflect that.”

Town of North Hempstead Approves Creation of Roslyn Country Club Park District

The town board has officially approved the creation of the Roslyn Country Club park district. The Island Now reports that “Residents in the park district would pay an average of $800 to $1,000 per year for the debt service on the $7.5 million bond the town board plans to issue to renovate the pool and tennis courts.”

As the town moves forward, it is the communities prerogative to ensure the process moves forward in a logical and open manner.

The town board had voted in June to approve the purchase of the 7.3-acre property on which the recreation facilities are located from owner Manoucher Malekan for $2 million using a town environmental legacy fund. Malekan would retain ownership of the Royalton at Roslyn Heights, a catering facility on 2.7 acres of the property, under a proposal that has been agreed to but not yet signed.

Read the full story at The Island Now.

“Now it’s Your Turn…” says the RCCCA?

The Town of North Hempstead distributed a Public Notice to Roslyn Country Club residents that will be discussed in detail on Wednesday, October 10, 7:30 at The Wheatley School. If you did not get it, you can review it here (“RCC Poll & Tennis” Town of North Hempstead Public Notice).

The following was sent by the Roslyn Country Club Civic Association

To our Neighbors:

As you know, the Town will hold a meeting Wednesday 10/10 at the Wheatley School at 7:30pm to provide more information on its proposals to rebuild and reopen the Roslyn Country Club and respond to our questions.

The Town will gauge our degree of interest, as a community, in proceeding with creation of the special district that will be the foundation of a brand-new RCC. IF AND ONLY IF the Town identifies overwhelming levels of interest on Wednesday, will they then be in a position to move forward.

YOU ARE HEREBY DRAFTED!
The Town can only assess the interest we express on Wednesday at the meeting! We sincerely hope you attend to express your views whatever they may be. But the RCCCA can do no more than alert neighbors to the meeting. The rest is up to you. PLEASE ENLIST A FRIEND OR TWO (OR MORE!) TO JOIN YOU.

SO OUR TOWN REPRESENTIATIVES UNDERSTAND THE VIEWS OF OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, HELP US ATTEND IN MASSIVE NUMBERS! PLEASE IMPRESS UPON YOUR FRIENDS IN THE RCC COMMUNITY HOW VERY IMPORTANT ATTENDENCE IS. PLEASE BRING THEM WITH YOU!

If you agree the RCCCA is serving our community, please pay your dues and make patrol payments if you are not now current! We need your participation if the RCCCA is to continue its work. You can check your dues and patrol status by following the links at www [dot] rccca [dot] org. Remind your friends to do likewise if their names are missing from these lists!