Letter to the Editor: Sonic Does Not Work for East Meadow

One local shares his reasons why he believes Sonic should take its business elsewhere.

Dear Editor,

For weeks there seems to be an ongoing debate on the site about the support or lack of support for the new

While all of the residents the fact that a business wants to move into our fine neighborhood, some of the responders have severe reservations that this would be a mistake for Sonic to take over the old Rita’s location as currently proposed. Anyone doing the research on this proposal sees that, if not properly monitored, this would make that site a huge problem for years to come.

Some responders have chosen to argue for the proposal as if they are willing to let almost any business locate to East Meadow, but that is not really the case. Some responders have chosen to argue for the proposal saying that Nassau County is not Suffolk County or Rockland County or Newark. Some responders have chosen to argue for the proposal by saying traffic on eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike will not worsen. It seems that they are just fooling themselves and willing to compromise their principals so they can fill the spot.

Enclosed you will see photographic proof of what a nightmare 1900 Hempstead Tpke. will become to the residents, visitors, police and neighboring businesses if the New Sonic Restaurant is given permission to move there as their current proposal states.

I did send a letter with disturbing photos of other Sonic Restaurants to the Town of Hempstead. Please do not get me wrong; I think a Sonic Restaurant would be a great asset to Nassau County, but in a different location. A location on Merrick Avenue where the old SYMS/Filenes was would be ideal. A location across from the Tri-County Shopping Center where the old HSBC bank was would be another ideal location. Although they are on Hempstead Turnpike, there is a service lane there that would act as a great buffer.

I can be as emotional as the next resident, but I tend to try to speak with facts and data with proof to back up my opinions. I am not opposed to fast food, just all Sonic-proposed design of all the covered vehicle stalls with service. I am not arguing that this would become a teen hangout. I am not arguing that there is crime in that lot. I am saying that location is the most hazardous road in the tri-state area where multiple deaths have occurred. This would magnify that.

This proposal is very, very perilous. It needs to be altered greatly or moved to a safer place for the good of all involved and to be successful. I have wracked my brain, driven around and asked fellow residents where in East Meadow would you put the Sonic?  The most common response is "Sorry not in East Meadow, but nearby instead." There are many other businesses that could use the Rita’s location without a detrimental result.

Look at the pictures I have supplied (I have others) or take a ride to another Sonic and you’ll see what my concerns are.


Bill Alderman

East Meadow Resident

Want to respond to Bill's letter? Email a response in 300 words or less to Michael.Ganci@patch.com or tell us in the comments!

Bill Alderman February 27, 2012 at 09:02 PM
Susan Seeing as how "Your comment was truthful, not meant to be sacarstic." I duly apologize for taking it as such. As far as CEMCO goes there is a committee that is looking into whether to change the bylaws to be clearer to allow residents to join and vote. There are resident members currently , but can't make motions, vote, etc and anyone may attend . I guess i misunderstood that you were directing your comments to the Patch editor and not the writer of this "Letter to the Editor"- which would have been me. (But I wasn't alone in that impression-) sorry for taking it wrong, i should have known better. For those of you who do not know : the "Council of East Meadow Community Organizations (CEMCO) is a voluntary civic organization in East Meadow that allows for the shared information of other civic, community, public and private organizations ......and individual residents of the East Meadow community to interact and share information in a public forum."
Bill Alderman February 27, 2012 at 09:04 PM
sorry -meant " I duly apologize for Not taking it as such. (An honest comment - instead of sarcastic)
Susan February 27, 2012 at 09:48 PM
I got it, thank you. I don't know why you thought it was directed at you. It's not your fault that others didn't know about this meeting. Now I am well informed. I spoke to Norma this afternoon. Btw, those "members" of CEMCO that can't vote, etc. They're really not members under the bylaws. They are attendees just like I used to be.
paul March 17, 2012 at 12:07 AM
To Pat Maher: You stated to Newsday: "The board did their due diligence in investigating the issues presented to them and apparently, found fault with the application presented by Sonic," said Patricia M. Maher, president of the Merrick Avenue Civic Association, who opposed the plan. "I believed that Sonic hadn't presented sufficient information and studies to be granted the application." Please tell us all how the application process works? Why dont you tell us all the reasons it was declined, since no one else does yet? It says Political agenda all over it........
paul March 22, 2012 at 02:46 AM
The official release by the BZA has not yet been distributed. As stated by another writer it was not yet typed up for mailing. I was given the same response today in person at the TOH. If the decision is something that can be reasonably appealed I am pretty sure an attempt will be made. Keep writing/blogging all your positive comments. The right people are reading them... When an official response is received please feel let the BZA know how you feel....


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