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Letter: Mosque will act to be a better neighbor

Women pray at the Selden Mosque on the

Women pray at the Selden Mosque on the last day of Ramadan on June 4. Credit: James Carbone

A reader wrote to complain about disturbances and inconveniences experienced by our dear neighbors of the Islamic Association of Long Island mosque in Selden [“Ramadan stress in area with mosque,” Letters, June 10].

As a community, we have fallen short of the prophet Muhammad’s guidance to be thoughtful, courteous and considerate of our neighbors. We appreciate the reader’s honest and respectful thoughts regarding heavy traffic, particularly during our holy month. We offer our sincere apologies to the writer and other community members for any negative experiences.

These inconveniences were unintentional. Leaders of the mosque have regularly reminded members of their duty to respect our neighbors. This year, we enlisted security personnel, many of them former law enforcement officers, to direct traffic and parking. On some nights, we called the Suffolk County police ourselves to issue tickets when vehicles were parked illegally.

However, we must and shall do more. God willing, some Islamic centers in nearby communities, including in Medford and Mount Sinai, will finish construction on expansions soon, thereby reducing traffic at our center.

Until then, we remain committed to making sure our friends and neighbors are not harmed or inconvenienced. We remain committed to being a source of benefit to the community and making our neighborhood a safe place to live, worship and coexist.

Nayyar Imam,

Coram

Editor’s note: The writer is leader of the Selden-based Long Island Muslim Alliance.

Opposition to gas pipeline is a killer

I find groups that oppose the proposed natural gas pipeline across New York Harbor very interesting [“NJ deals blow to gas pipeline,” News, June 8].

One must ask, how do they heat their homes, cook food and heat water? I am sure it is not with total solar or wind power. If in fact they were true to their cause, they would be off the grid.

Opposition to the gas pipeline is a killer for Long Island. It will force some to use oil instead (bad idea) or all-electric appliances (cost prohibitive).

Has anybody given thought as to what is entailed to convert the Island to solar and wind? Cost is a big factor. Gas is still better than oil. It is cleaner and more efficient.

George Euler,

Brookhaven

Manhasset plan would add congestion

The plan by Brookfield Properties of Manhattan to build a multiuse development on 16 acres near Macy’s at Northern Boulevard and Community Drive in Manhasset is a terrible area [“Mixed-use plan for lot,” Business, May 31].

The community already experiences traffic problems, especially on Northern Boulevard, and this would increase them. Also, the plan would add to the vehicle pollution and population of the community. The area does not need more luxury space, nor does it need new commercial space while stores on main streets in neighboring communities, including my own, are shuttered. This proposal would hurt the quality of life in this area.

Terry Levitt,

Great Neck

County exec should act on detectives, guards

It is remarkable that on the same day that a Newsday editorial chastised the Nassau County Legislature for holding hearings on bipartisan concerns regarding detective and crossing guard shortages [“In police talks, give taxpayers first priority,” June 10], the newspaper’s front-page news story explored the opioid crisis and sex trafficking [“Opioid crisis fueling LI sex trafficking”].

The Nassau police narcotics and gang squads are dangerously understaffed, although the department has a budget approved by the legislature to fill detective positions. These detectives find and arrest drug dealers and gang members involved in the opioid and sex trafficking crises. The legislature already has included money for more detectives in the 2019 budget. It is not unreasonable or politically motivated to demand that the county executive staff these posts now.

As for the shortage of civilian crossing guards, when a police officer is taken out of service in one area, response times in another may suffer, putting residents at risk. On average, 30 to 50 officers are taken off patrols to accommodate school crossings each day. A potential compromise to raise the pay of part-time crossing guards to attract candidates and to fill eight vacant positions that are funded is worthy of the county executive’s immediate attention.

Yes, crime has fallen dramatically in the last decade due to the outstanding efforts of the hardworking men and women of the Nassau County police. We must not, however, take for granted the very real dangers that inadequate staffing presents to our officers and residents.

Denise Ford,

Long Beach

Editor’s note: The writer, a Democrat, represents the 4th District in the Nassau County Legislature.

Point cameras at the MTA’s time clocks

With cameras posted throughout the Metropolitan Transportation Authority system, it appears that there are none at the employee timekeeping clocks that were damaged [“IG: 2nd clock damaged,” News, June 9]. If Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is serious in saying that taxpayers “will not tolerate getting ripped off when it comes to possible overtime fraud,” cameras should be installed where the clocks are located.

Barrett Psareas,

Cedarhurst

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