I was surprised that Huntington's elected officials feel the need to convene committees to identify the causes and solutions to the area's problems ["Standing up to fear," News, March 25]. Most homeowners in Huntington Station already know that the problems are due to the unrestricted growth of both legal and illegal rental units.
Newsday's article mentions a time when Huntington Station did not have its current problems. That time was before this influx of rental units with absentee landlords. There is a direct link between the increased density of transient renters and the increase in crime and blight. This is why there is such widespread opposition to "revitalization" projects such as AvalonBay that seek to add more high-density rental housing.
The solutions to Huntington Station's problems are simple. Enforce the town code to remove illegal rental units. Stop trying to downzone to add new legal apartments. Convert rented illegal multifamily houses back into owner-occupied single-family homes.
Too many apartments creates too many problems.
Robert James, Huntington Station
Editor's note: The writer is a member of the Greater Huntington Civic Group, an advocacy organization.
People ask why youths are stopped by police. Ironically, as I picked up Newsday, the cover story was about Huntington Station trying to clear up the gang problem and get safer neighborhoods.
How does one expect the police to patrol a neighborhood without stopping suspicious characters? If they let things go, the police are said to be shirking their duty and not caring about the community.
Sometimes we all have to make sacrifices for the greater good. In these bad areas, people have to understand that they may become part of a police action but that it is necessary to solve the problem.
I speak from experience. I became the subject of a police search when I was upstate and my car and my description matched that of the perpetrators of a bank robbery. I was walking out of the woods with a rifle after a morning of deer hunting. Imagine the possibilities had I behaved bizarrely when the police told my friend and me to stop and lie on the ground. My advice: Cease and desist, and do what you are told.
Frank Grunseich, Deer Park