Letter: Hicksville Resident Is Fed Up


I’m a lifetime resident of Hicksville and I started following my town when Newsday printed an article on Aug. 13, 2017 that read “Changes are coming to make Hicksville’s tired downtown a model for the future.”

The model of what I and others see in Hicksville and our immediate surrounding is NOT what the community wants. The segregation of 12 different projects is repulsive. You, the town board and others, are destroying our quality of life. It’s a sad fact that I have no choice but to leave Hicksville when my husband retires in 9 years. My home has been in the family since 1957. My parents moved here to get away from the city life and now I am having to do the same.

No one cares what the residents want, not to mention our safety and quality of life. Our roads are a disgrace. I’m embarrassed to say I live in Hicksville.

I decided against speaking at a town meeting because I have no desire to hear a condescending response or hear again from Councilman Lou “We didn’t get here overnight. The road repair isn’t going to happen overnight” Imbroto. Are you kidding me? That comment doesn’t even warrant a response. I’m sad that this is where I am and have to move on.

Here is a list of projects:

1) Seritage (former Sears property):

a) Mixed use with 596 apartments;

b) grocery store;

c) office building;

d). Chipotle and TD Bank;

e) fitness center;

f) shuttle to the LIRR

2) Third Track:

a) Where will the train yard be?

b) How many trains will this location hold?

c) Will this lot hold commuter and freight trains?

3) Former Chroma Paint, 154 Broadway, Hicksville: Mixed use property with 12 apartments.

4) Broadway and East Barkley Street, Hicksville: Mixed use with 18 apartments.

5) 99 Railroad Ave., Hicksville: Up to as many as 200 apartments.

6) Elevated community center: south of the LIRR.

7) Trinity Lutheran Nursery School expansion: Part of the Downtown Revitalization Initiative. Nassau County Legislator Rose Walker’s grandchild attends the school.

8) Syosset Park:

a) Toxic land, life threatening issue; I want private independent testing done with absolutely no affiliation with the town, county or state;

b). 350,000 square feet of retail;

c) 200,000 square feet of office space;

d) 626 housing units;

e) 100,000 square feet of restaurants and entertainment;

f) two hotels;

g) Shuttle to Hicksville railroad station.

9) 400 West John Street and Kuhl Avenue, Hicksville: 43,000 square foot new development with eight loading docks.

10) 50 Engel St., Hicksville: Bus lot on 2.27 acres. How many buses can fit on this lot?

11) Federal Express, Arrow Space Boulevard, Bethpage:

a) 244,483 square feet;

b) 176 trucks between 7 and 8 a.m.

c) 165 trucks between 5 and 6 p.m.—total of 341 trucks within two hours;

d) trucks will not be allowed on South Oyster Bay Road. The trucks will have to travel Route 107.

12) E-Commerce Warehouse, 344 Duffy Ave., Hicksville:

a) 195,000 square feet

b) 20-30 loading docks.

We are being destroyed from the west, north and south.

I’ve had enough.

—Lorraine Burnard


  1. We saw this coming last year and moved to North Carolina. Nassau county in general is becoming Queens development has gone into overdrive and the corruption is rampant. No place to live anymore. Get out before it gets any worse or vote out those board members that are creating this mess.

  2. Hello Arthur. My family also is looking to relocate to NC. Your lucky you were able to get out last years.

  3. We are a family that is of fourth generation Hicksville residents. We are out of here within the year. Truth of the matter is that Hicksville IS QUEENS. There is no difference between Hicksville and the Bellrose/Floral Park area of Queens where we currently work. The shopping options are geared to those primarily of Indian decent. We have several homes on our block that are rented out illegally (the TOB does NOTHING). It’s a waste of your time to complain. They make YOU feel like the criminal. Having to send your ID (who knows who else has access to this information, have they heard of identity theft..?) Even complying as requested, the town spends more time riding around looking for homeowners to fine for taking down a tree in their own backyard without a permit,($$) than it does following up on the reporting of these illegally occupied homes. We have one home on our block rented out to under age college students who party EVERY weekend. Broken bottles and glass up and down the street, and drunken rowdiness until all hours. The police are sick of it, and tell us to call the town. (who tells us, they are one family)..seriously???? They are different ethnicities.. Figure it out !it’s not brain surgery. We have three homes on our block that rent out rooms, the home owner does NOT reside in any of them. These middle eastern men hang blankets on clothes lines dividing the sleeping quarters. This is not the quality of life our parents and grandparents left Brooklyn and Queens for. THIS IS The NEW QUEENS. There is no going back, and the TOB doesn’t give a rats behind about Hicksville. We aren’t Jericho or Plainview. Time to face reality, and sadly move on. I agree with previous poster who said it’s embarassing to say you’re from Hicksville. We never give directions to our home that include Plainview Road or Old country road.

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