Residents Oppose Proposed Taxi Dispatch Center in East Meadow

Community members said that the proposed dispatch center on Clearmeadow Drive would threaten the safety of their children and bring down the property value of the area.

More than 50 residents spoke out against a proposed taxi dispatch center on Clearmeadow Drive and Hempstead Turnpike during a community meeting at Nassau University Medical Center on Monday night.

Joseph Piscitello, the potential buyer of the property at 2279 Clearmeadow Drive, and his developmental consultant, Richard Bivone, were planning to go before the Town of Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals on Wednesday to request a variance for off-street parking and a special exception to have taxi use at the property with no vehicles.

Bivone said that customers would have the option to walk into the proposed dispatch center and wait for taxis, which would come from All Seasons Taxi in Westbury. He also said that the taxis would not be parked around the property or the neighborhood.

"The property has been vacant for a while," he said. "The only people that will need parking on the property will be one dispatcher and the manager."

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Residents said that they believe taxis will be housed at the property due to the potential buyer's request for a variance of 10 parking spaces.  Many said that the taxis will cut through residential streets, rather than drive down Hempstead Turnpike to beat traffic, and that the safety of their children will be threatened with taxis speeding through their neighborhoods.

After hearing many residents express their anger and outrage about the matter, Bivone said that he would adjourn the case at Wednesday's hearing.

"After hearing the community's concerns, we feel it would be best to adjourn the matter," Bivone said, "We are going to speak about how we are going to proceed further with the application."

Joseph Coscone lives nearby on Carol Road and said that the dispatch center does not belong in his community.

"We don't want you here," Coscone said during the meeting to thunderous applause. "There are 27 children on my block and you have no right to put a taxi stand there. I will fight you tooth and nail."

"Obviously the community does not want it here," Yvonne Amato said. "It would make East Meadow look like a commuter parking lot and not a residential community."

Sybil Cherisme, who lives on Ronni Drive, said that the dispatch center would bring down the property value of the area.

"It will no longer look like suburbia," she said. "People who will be using the cabs will not be constituents of this community. It will be people who are visiting the jail or the medical center. It would not serve us or benefit us."

Linda Green, who lives on Nancy Drive, said even though the case will be adjourned, the matter will continue to resurface.

"They are going to come back with another plan and try to sugarcoat it," she said. "We don't want a taxi stand here."

How do you feel about the proposed taxi dispatch center possibly coming to Clearmeadow Drive? Tell us in the comments below.

paul October 24, 2012 at 06:47 PM
To Charles: Gee, I guess I hit a nerve. Thank you for the compliments. Your use of an acronym is silly. My comments are reasonable and articulate. Try it sometimes, it works.. You are totally stressed out. Let me know how your therapy sessions work out...
paul October 24, 2012 at 06:51 PM
To Mary Loc: "Paul has struck a nerve and I'm glad someone finally spoke up." I could not have agreed with you more.... Seems like I did.....
Susan October 24, 2012 at 08:19 PM
Thank you Charles. If you only knew what I knew .....
Jenn October 24, 2012 at 08:59 PM
@ Bill - I will only address one comment you made, and not the rest because it's actually the only one that matters to me. "There was a limo / car service for a bit on EM Ave in the old lot opposite the Crystalbrook and there was no problem with that . ( now that is what I consider as residential and there was no negative impact there)" This was a limo company that used the parking lot for overnight storage. The cars were not in and out and they didn't even have runs every day. - Do you even see the difference? As for the issue of the taxi stand to begin with, I don't actually see the point. In a time where there is a phone in everyone's pocket, why do we need a dispatch station that supposedly will not house the cars?
Susan October 24, 2012 at 10:28 PM
BIg news, good or bad, depending on how you feel .... http://www.liherald.com/stories/Application-to-add-a-taxi-depot-on-Hempstead-Turnpike-withdrawn,44079?preview_key=e98b13
Linda Green October 24, 2012 at 11:09 PM
@Susan, thanks so much for posting that link, great news!!! @all the residents that took the time out to attend the community meeting at NUMC, thanks, your voices were heard, united we stand!
marianne krause October 24, 2012 at 11:51 PM
East meadow s going down the drain because of the poor me, not in my backyard problem everyone suffers from, if this town does not start to move foward its going to be taxed to death and will eventually end up like other towns that have failed and become more over run with problems . As far as that remark that t children will suffer they already are there is no place for them to go, and its not the taxis that are running crazy around the town as much as it is the kids who's parents somehow feel it is necesarry to buy them cars that are capable of exceeding safe speed levels
paul October 24, 2012 at 11:56 PM
That is soooo true.... Time will tell.....
paul October 25, 2012 at 12:03 AM
To Charles: Regarding the Ritas location. As of the end of September it was not back on the market. Sonic is still on the board with the property..... To Susan: "If you only knew what I knew ....." Sorry to hear. Let us know when you get better.......
paul October 25, 2012 at 12:07 AM
Charles: Thanks for the Forest Gump answer. My first read it appeared to sound like the kind souls waiting for the bus out in the elements should stand under the STS awning. My bad.. Signed: Forrest Gump Jr.... ;o)
marianne krause October 25, 2012 at 12:08 AM
@Jenn exactly who are these people w do not want? what kind of remark is that?
paul October 25, 2012 at 12:16 AM
Just waiting for the BZA calander to post it... Great news for a few: Now they will try to use the lot opposite 7-11 near Mavis Tire.... Good going.....
Jenn October 25, 2012 at 12:55 AM
historically (from first-hand work experience), the types of people that end up hanging around a taxi station (aside from commuters off the train during typical work hours) tended to be skells, junkies and low-lifes (meant to read druggies & drug dealers). It's where they made their connections and often stood around doing their deals close-by, then hopping in a cab when they needed to "make a house call". Those are the people I referred to. That's the kind of remark it was.
Charles October 25, 2012 at 12:58 AM
The proposal was withdrawn!!!! How do you like dem apples Paulina?!!!! @Linda! We were heard!!!
marianne krause October 25, 2012 at 03:05 AM
@ Jenn open your eyes sweety its already here, maybe if you got out of that gingerbread house in the sky you seem to live in you would know that. , and its seems you have been watching to much law in order.... really skells???? lol
Susan October 25, 2012 at 03:26 AM
You are very welcome Linda! It still amazes me that even after this is all settled (for now anyway) there is still someone who needs to resort to insulting, hurtful remarks and name calling when he has nothing constructive to add. I agree that it's time the Patch did something. Very sad. As far as a change in location is concerned, someone is always going to wind up living near this, even if it's near Carmen and Hempstead Tpke. I think the former Rita's Ices is a perfect location especially since we know the TOH BZA squashed plans for Sonic. Plenty of room and parking. The club goers will love being able to get a cab and the owners can't complain about the parking spaces that were used by Rita's to begin with! And no one really lives close enough for it to interfere with their quality of life. It's probably a lot more money though.
paul October 25, 2012 at 03:35 AM
To Nasus: As of the end of September, Sonic still has dibs on the Rita's Ice location. You are so correct that Charlie should not resort to using such foul language. Perhaps Patch will have it addressed.... Sorry Charlie...
paul October 25, 2012 at 03:39 AM
To marianne: You just hit a homerun... Yeah... Some want to blame others when they need to look at what is REALLY going on around them.... I dont think they see the value in the taxi location so close to the hospital. Like the people from the hospital dont walk to 7-11 or dunkin donuts.... Guess what, they do...
Susan October 25, 2012 at 03:47 AM
Thank you for just proving my point.
robert October 25, 2012 at 06:21 AM
Put the taxi stand where it will be of better use to it's customers...Uniondale and Hempstead. Go open your coffee shop and don't forget to take your medicine.
Jenn October 25, 2012 at 01:36 PM
Marianne, you are incredibly disgusting. You troll the Patch looking for people to attack. I said nothing offensive or rude to another person here, and yet you feel the need to be nasty to me. And to clarify, I never said that the junkies weren't here already, I merely pointed out that this type of location gives them a place (another place) to congregate. I do not live in a gingerbread house in some fairy tale land - as a matter of fact I have a wonderful drug dealer on my block that we watch every day do his business, but for some reason the cops won't touch him - despite neighbors having meetings with a couple of detectives. Detectives who were more than aware of this idiot before we called. Maybe it's the fact that he lives with a retired NYPD Inspector who happens to be his grandfather. So I am MORE than aware of the crap going on - it's in front of my face every day. How that for a FAIRY TALE? FYI - I don't watch those crap shows on TV. As a matter of fact I don't watch much TV at all. The word skell is in my vocabulary from growing up with an NYPD officer in my house for many years. Lastly - Marianne, it's not the first time that you've tried to take a poke at me. I am not sure where along the way I offended you, but let it go. I have never come on here with the purposse of antagonizing anyone. Just stating my opinion, and in a civil way - as always.
ArtyMarty October 25, 2012 at 01:54 PM
We are worried about taxis using Clearmeadow Drive as a shortcut to Newbridge Road and Salisbury Park Drive. The entrance and exit is on Clearmeadow Drive. If all you know about the area is the Hospital then you have a lot to learn about the area.
ArtyMarty October 25, 2012 at 01:58 PM
That building is already on the tax rolls. The entrance to the property is on Clearmeadow Drive. Evently you don't know anything about the area. Another person who doesn't know the area making dumb comments.
ArtyMarty October 25, 2012 at 02:00 PM
The safety of our children is the most important thing to worry about.
marianne krause October 25, 2012 at 02:08 PM
Thanks for the nice compliment from the master troller herself. Figures your attitude towards the less fortunate comes from the fact that your are a product of a police family. still does not change the fact that and a lot of others in east Meadow can't stand the fact that this town is crumbling because of your type of thinking. And also what is it with you people that when you are confronted with the truth you perceive it as a attack?
paul October 25, 2012 at 03:07 PM
To Jenn: You have presented real issues with an open mind and eyes wide opened. Unfortunately most in the area have a closed mind and eyes wide shut with no sense of reality... They are getting dumber by the day...
Jenn October 25, 2012 at 03:29 PM
See how quickly you take one comment and read so far in to it that you create your own reality. My comment was that I grew up with an NYPD officer in my house for many years. I do NOT come from a police family. My grandmother was dating a cop and they were over our house a lot. My family is far from the police. Some of my relatives are some of the "misfortunate" as you like to dub them. It doesn't change my view on their behavior and how it effects others. Junkies and dealers hanging around, especially in one location is and always has been detrimental to the safety and well being of our children and families.
H2O October 25, 2012 at 04:05 PM
So many opinions, i don't know where to start. Yes, the Clearmeadow location probably isn't the best location for the community to have a taxi stand. Maybe it had spots for 5 taxis or under, then maybe it would be workable. However, there are way too many people on their high horses here. Taxi stands lower property values..........Taxis will be racing around, East Meadow won't look like suburbia blah blah blah. Such nonsense. EM will always have its share of "undesirables" because of the jail and hospital. Everyone knew this when they bought houses in the area. Taxi drivers usually aren't the safest but they are no worse than most of the high end car driving, english as a second language people who race around in front of my children's school with no care for anyone or anything........half the time with out of state plates. As for the people saying they don't want this looking like Queens, I hope you argue with the same vigor when they build a 6 foot fence right down the center of Hempstead Turnipike. I think the need for a taxi stand exists, but the Rita's location and the Old auto parts store/Deli with 25 spots or so would be more ideal.
marianne krause October 25, 2012 at 06:52 PM
@Jenn Sorry do not read anything into anything just using the facts you give . And as for what you said about me attacking you or anyone else before,all i did was express my opinion when all of you attacked me anything i may have said was said in defense you on the other hand from what i just saw go from one topic to another leaving your opinion which is fine but its ok for all the rest of us to do the same thing. A taxi cab stand is not going to change anything its not going to bring "people we don't want" because lets face it most of the "wallk ins " will more then likely be East Meadow residence and those comming and going from the hospital and jail., you know the ones that are already here. Maybe you should think before you type and not use terms like "those types" "skells" or "people we don't want " it makes you look bad and sound even worse
paul October 26, 2012 at 01:56 AM
The hospital is part of the community wheather you like it or not.....


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