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Letter: Glen Cove ferry service is taking way too long

The Wall Street ferry sails into the Glen

The Wall Street ferry sails into the Glen Cove ferry terminal on July 10, 2017. The terminal saw limited service in the summer of 2017 during major track work at Penn Station. Credit: Steve Pfost

There is more to “Avoiding the penalty box” [News, Dec. 31], concerning Glen Cove missing a deadline to begin regular ferry service to Manhattan — and risking an order to repay the Federal Highway Administration $16.6 million in grants.

This money was approved in 2003 to build a ferry terminal. Glen Cove’s waiting until 2020 is a clear example of waste, fraud and abuse of federal tax dollars.

Why would local residents pay a premium fare estimated to be $45 or more? This would be significantly higher than what the Long Island Rail Road charges for a trip into Manhattan, including a subway transfer.

Previous attempts of private ferry operators failed because of insufficient ridership. Any private operator who bids on providing service starting in 2020 will be looking for millions in subsidies.

Larry Penner, Great Neck

Editor’s note: The writer is a transportation historian.

Longevity article lacked explanation

As a statistics maven, I read Newsday’s Dec. 30 front-page story, “Life expectancy on Long Island,” with interest.

While most of the article goes on about commonly known nongeographical factors that might affect longevity (employment, health, income, etc.), the notion of “where you are from” was never clearly defined. Lots of data were given about longevity in different locales.

So, if I live 98 years in Montauk, and move to Glen Head and die there at age 99, does your data record my death as a Glen Head or Montauk resident?

If I was born in New York City and spend 99.9 percent of my life in Kings Park, and move back to New York City and die there after one year, what is my residency for the article’s purpose? And if I spend 50 percent of my life east of the Meadowbrook Parkway, and 50 percent west of the Meadowbrook, what am I considered? Without the definition, the statistics are impossible to interpret.

Robert Gerver, Kings Park

Editor’s note: The writer is a retired high school math teacher and textbook author.

I found your article about life expectancy on Long Island to be informative. It was intriguing to read that there are vast differences in neighborhoods and life expectancy. I was just wondering at my age of 77, would it help if I moved?

Martin Blumberg, Melville

Thank you for the article detailing where I might live to shorten my life. Despite living a thrifty life of debt aversion while staying well within my means, it has become apparent that I cannot afford to live more than 7.5 years beyond retirement. I look forward to spending my remaining years in a community where I can peacefully die before I am taxed into starvation.

Ann Rita Darcy, Huntington Station

Northport vineyard has fans, too

A neighbor of the new Del Vino Vineyards in Northport wrote that he is upset with the change in his neighborhood [“New vineyard angers neighbors,” Letters, Dec. 30].

People resist change, but a vacant, overgrown lot with a deteriorating building facing Norwood Avenue has been replaced by an aesthetically pleasing building and acres of vines. There is no parking allowed on Norwood Avenue near the vineyard; the vineyard provides valet parking.

The vineyard is an asset appreciated by many locals. The letter writer might want to get to know Del Vino owner Frederick Giachetti better. I’ve visited Del Vino a few times since it opened, and he was always gracious. Try to enjoy this new asset to our town, as many of us do.

Frank Wade, Northport

Pet store regulations are needed

Regarding the Dec. 19 news story “Push to regulate Suffolk pet stores,” I have no sympathy for pet store owners who claim that the legislation would overregulate their industry.

According to the Humane Society of the United States, responsible breeders don’t sell puppies to pet stores because they want to meet their puppy buyers in person. The organization says federal inspectors have found breeders keeping dogs in deplorable conditions, housed in wire cages with little or no medical care, heat or other necessities. In addition, the society says the majority of national breeder clubs’ codes of ethics prohibit or discourage members from selling dogs to pet stores.

The owners of puppy mills care only about profits, not the care of the bodies or souls of these beautiful animals. Adopt a pet from a shelter or rescue group.

Jenna Kern-Rugile, East Northport

The eternal wish of LIRR riders

Thanks for the blast from the past — the reprint of your Jan. 1, 1944, edition delivered to subscribers who requested it.

I couldn’t help but notice that the cartoon on the editorial page was titled “Wouldn’t it be nice for Christmas?” — and the wish was for “Improved LIRR service.”

I guess that proves the adage “The more things change, the more they remain the same.” I just didn’t know whether to laugh or cry.

Doug Heimowitz, Jericho