Edward Scott, newly elected president of the Albertson Civic Association, is spearheading an effort to revitalize the organization and the community it represents.
His first move after being elected to head the civic group last month was to organize a beautification committee to improve the appearance of Willis Avenue.
“When you drive down Willis Avenue, it doesn’t have that Main Street U.S.A. feeling,” Scott said.
Scott said the membership of the organization has doubled since January to approximately 500 Albertson residents as part of a grass-roots effort to boost its numbers over the past few months.
Scott wants to see a uniform line of trees along Albertson’s main thoroughfare, and said he’s drawing support from Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano for that effort. The initial priority is replacing trees where some are missing along Willis Avenue.
A second part of the beautification initiative is to put vertical banners on street poles to give Albertson a more distinctive identity. Scott expects to enlist the support of local businesses in that effort.
“I know the businesses will be more than willing to support us,” Scott said.
Scott is a local businessman himself, running a cleaning company and an exterminating company based in Albertson. He started those businesses after retiring from the New York Police Department in 2008 after a 20-year career that included being among the first responders after the attacks on the World Trade Towers in 2001.
Scott, who has been a member of the Albertson civic since the mid-1970s, has lived in the community for the past 17 years. Retiring from the NYPD four years ago gave him an opportunity to get more involved in the business of the civic association.
“I’ve always been interested in the neighborhood,” Scott said. “When I retired in 2008, that’s when I decided to get more and more into the neighborhood.”
He also became involved in local politics, running unsuccessfully against Town of North Hempstead Councilman Thomas Dwyer in 2011.
One of the issues Scott pressed in that campaign, the town’s proposed acquisition of the Roslyn Country Club, is still a sticking point for him now, and a major issue of concern for members of the Albertson Civic Association. He said members of the civic association share his skepticism about costs of the park’s operation being covered by subscriptions to the facility among town residents.
Scott pointed to the $750,000 annual cost of running Clinton G. Martin Park and the 80 pools owned by residents of Roslyn Heights as factors to be weighed against the town’s acquisition of the country club property.
“I have a had feeling that eventually this is going to come back to us. Let us vote on this,” he said.
Scott said he’s “disappointed” in Dwyer’s support of the acquisition and wants Dwyer to address the Albertson civic group soon. Scott said he’d also like Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink (D-Roslyn) to give the group updates on developments with county issues.
“I just want to keep us informed. An informed community is a good community,” Scott said.
Scott said the Albertson Civic Association is also seeking establish a coalition with other neighboring civic organizations in New Hyde Park and Williston Park for mutual support on issues of common concern.
Meanwhile, Scott said the Albertson Civic has launched a Web site and has become more active in fielding complaints about parking, and other issues of concern to residents.