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 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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