Hi, and thanks for checking out this community! By myself, (so far, hopefully not for long) I am the sole member of this new organization, the Long Island Open Spaces Alliance. You can read the general mission statement on the info page, and once we get enough members, we can draw up a charter, and a mission statement to put on an official website.
If you are here, you are obviously concerning about the dwindling spaces left on our island. Overpopulation is becoming a major problem. Traffic is at an all-time high. Every single piece of land is being developed with culd-de-sacs. Our island is starting to look like Pleasantville, only uglier. As this area becomes more desirable, more people are looking to move here. The prices of houses go up, the tax property goes up, and I fear that one day we will just resemble Queens.
The North Fork and the East End are especially at risk. Farmers are being pressured to subdivide their property so yuppies who are looking to "move out into the countryside" can ruin just that - the countryside atmosphere that makes up the East End. Manorville, in particular, once a small and unpopulated town, is now filled with huge culd-de-sacs, and huge houses on .25 acre properties. The population increase in Manorville in the past few years has increased over 100%. I don't have the exact number, but I saved an article on Manorville from Newsday a few weeks ago, which I will scan and post.
Think about how long it used to take you to get from town to your house five years ago. I think one of the main things that will come to mind is the extra 15 minutes you have to crawl through now. Does anybody live in Smithtown? Or Huntington Bay? So you know the gridlock that plagues Main St. route 25, and North 110 through the Station and the Village. 347 is a nightmare. 25A after 4:30? Yeah right. Montauk Highway in Babylon during rush hour? Well, do you feel like sitting in new york city traffic?
I'm sure most of you have heard of the controversy surrounding the cottages at West Meadow Beach. A piece of history destroyed, just because its on public property. Does anyone remember the Smith house that was on Edgewood Avenue in Smithtown, next to the YMCA? That beautiful historical landmark, bulldozed so that the YMCA could expand? Have you driven by it lately? Then you see what I see - an abandoned building. Instead of expanding, it closed down. And another part of history is lost.
I drive through historical Stony Brook, and it makes me so angry that this is what all of Long Island used to look like. Now it's vinyl siding, gated communities, perfect paved roads and the bright white curbs. What is happening to the elegant beauty of towns like Saint James, Sayville, Huntington, Manorville, Setauket, West Islip? I really wish I could write more about Nassau County, but I really have to do more research. So if anyone wants to fill me in on whats happening over there, please do.
I was driving down my street one morning, and the leaves were falling, and I was driving slow, admiring all of the houses, most of them here for at least 20 years. And then on my one street, I see a culd-de-sac. Another one. A big piece of land that was a forest being bulldozed for more houses. Behind my friends house, where he used to just look into trees, he now looks into a huge contemporary colonial, about ten feet away from the end of his property. My house used to not be visible from the street in back of me, but now I can see perfectly clear to the new houses being built behind my house.
When is this going to end? Either when there is no more land left. Or when we make it clear that we don't want it here.
So it is our duty to fight and protest future pleasantville communities, and to save our open spaces. We want to be able to drive a few miles within 10 minutes instead of 30. We want to be able to go out to Mattituck for farms and nature, not to admire brand spanking new houses piled practically on top of each other. We want to be able to visit more preserves. We want cleaner beaches. We want to protect landmarks from being knocked down. We want to discourage subdividing. And we want to make it clear that Long Island does not have any more room for new comers.
Please fight with me.
I will be looking for other people to help me out with administrative duties, along with regular members. I will need someone to moderate this community with me, as well as someone who can moderate/regulate a website that I'm designing. We need people for member advertising, preferable spread out, so we can get the word out all over the island. I need people who can keep their eye out on possible spaces that could be sold to developers, so we can do everything we can as early as we can to fight it. We want to advertise to homeowners with large pieces of open land, who may eventually be tempted to sell it to developers. We need people who can lobby officials in the area to sponsor and support us. I would like to contact similar organizations in the area and increase our strength. I need members who can do this on the South shore, the North shore, out east, and in nassau and suffolk counties, so there might be more than one title. I would like someone to head the Nassau portion of the group, and I will head the Suffolk portion. We need someone to handle money. So I would like to offer the following positions, please e-mail me or comment if you would be interested in committing to one of these titles:
Head of Nassau LIOSA -will be responsible for recruiting members, assigning various tasks, arranging meetings, and general oversight. Must be able to keep contact with all other LIOSA officials.
Nassau Events Director - responsible for organizing protests, fundraisers, and getting tables at fairs/festivals/rallies/etc. in Nassau County
Suffolk Events Director - same as above, but for Suffolk County.
East End Events Director (possibly even a North Fork and South Fork director) - same as above.
Treasurer - responsible for collecting any donations we receive, and keeping track of funds, since I'm terrible at this.
Secretary - paperwork. you keep all the red tape in order. you will also be reading papers and looking for annoucements of anything going on that we can fight or help with.
Advertising Committee - you will draw up flyers, take out ads, and will also be responsible for recruiting members via flyers around your town, campus, internet, etc.
Website/Community Moderator - general upkeep of community and website.
Political Lobbyists - anyone who is willing to contact their local officials and state officials to sponsor and help us out.
This might take a while before we get off the ground, but I'm willing to be patient, and hopefully, so are you. Thank you for reading.