Newsday: Patchogue mayor’s focus for 2015: Making village more family friendly. Notable Quotes:
“Pontieri said his focus for 2015 is on making the village more family friendly after working for the past few years on revitalizing the downtown area. Downtown Patchogue has drawn residents and artists to new apartments as well as visitors from around the region to the restaurants and clubs that have opened.
“You have to bring in young families. You want to be a walkable community
“Pontieri’s plan is “a logical next step” after focusing on the downtown area, said Vision Long Island executive director Eric Alexander. “He needed to bring more development to improve his tax base, then he brought in more businesses to grow the retail base.”
“After redeveloping a downtown, residents want amenities and attractions such as walkable streets and neighborhood parks, Alexander said.
Our playgrounds in Long Beach are fantastic. The new Georgia Park is amazing. The new Skate Park will most likely be totally tubular. We have the greatest park in New YorkState: The Beach & Boardwalk, but I wish (& hope) downtown improvements come next with walkability being a main focus.