The Villa Makes No Sense


Developer Daniel Livingston describes the property he wants to turn into upscale condominiums as “blighted.” He has sold a bill of goods to recently reelected mayor Reginald Spinello and, in turn, the six-person city council, that his condos would add tax revenue to their treasury. Livingston says his condos will attract young professionals and empty-nesters.

But will they be enthused to live on a busy downhill/uphill street with curves called Glen Cove Avenue? Livingston originally wanted to promote the thoroughfare as the “Gateway to Glen Cove,” but too many people thought that was preposterous.

Nobody in city hall has addressed the fact that this 160-unit complex will displace the 48 families who currently rent apartments on the site and call it “home.” There is no outreach for these people and others to find affordable housing unless they move to Queens. There are 212 Glen Cove Housing Authority units and another 340 federal Section 8 vouchers available for apartments in the city, according  to officials.

But many apartments in the city are too expensive for the program, said Fred Moore, program director administrator for Section 8 in Glen Cove, which has not accepted new applicants since 2009. That is unbelievable.

How and why does Glen Cove have such a Section 8 program that seems to be stagnant despite having families and individuals who need housing. And how does anybody reach and work with the Housing Authority?

Here is a problem that needs to be addressed, Mayor Spinello, or any of the six city council members who might care. Private citizens are welcome to take on the task of resurrecting the remnants of a housing program for the poor. Volunteer by seeing the city clerk and arranging a proviso that you may eventually receive per diem for the hours you put in. Sounds fair enough.

—Joe Krupinski

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