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Letter: Uniondale plan not worth the money

From right, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Hempstead

From right, Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray, Hempstead Town Councilwoman Dorothy Goosby, and Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano unveil the Uniondale Streetscape Reconstruction plan at the Uniondale Public Library. (August 21, 2012) Credit: Barry Sloan

Newsday reported that the Town of Hempstead and Nassau County paid $102,000 to consultants to help create "a community-driven plan for the future of Uniondale" ["Unveiling vision of future," News, Aug. 22]. After residents, community leaders, and town and county officials worked for a year with the paid consultants, they determined that the top requirement was improved streetscaping. If I understand the term, it took a year and $102,000, plus the time paid by taxpayers for public officials, to decide that everyone wants nice streets.

Now that we have this report, how much do the state, Town of Hempstead and Nassau County intend to spend for improved streetscaping? How much more is this going to cost the state, county and town taxpayers? If there is no intent for the county to pay for the actual work, then why did it pay for the consultant? Why did the officials applaud the plan?

Nassau County is in a dire financial condition, but instead of using the money to offset public service cuts, someone spent Nassau tax money on a report telling us that people in Uniondale want nicer streets.

Allan Stern, Glen Head