Assemblywoman Schimel Brings State Housing Commissioner to North Hempstead
June 12, 2012

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Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel introduces State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns to residents of Denton Green, a senior housing facility, which is located in Garden City Park.
Great Neck, New York - Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel recently took State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns on a tour of North Hempstead to learn more about the area's housing facilities and needs. Commissioner Towns is the head of New York State Homes and Community Renewal. Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Assemblyman Charles Lavine joined Assemblywoman Schimel and Commissioner Towns on some of the tour's stops.

"I was delighted to have Commissioner Towns join us on a tour of some of the wonderful affordable housing opportunities in the Town of North Hempstead. I was pleased that he recognized the high quality housing stock that we have in North Hempstead," said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.

The tour included visits to Denton Green, a Mitchell-Lama affordable housing facility for seniors in Garden City Park, Landmark on Main Street, a community center and low-income senior housing facility in Port Washington, Apex I, a senior housing facility in New Cassel, and the Town of North Hempstead's newly built New Cassel Community Center.

"I'm thankful to Commissioner Towns for taking time out of his busy schedule to visit the Westbury/New Cassel community and for taking a tour of the wonderful Apex I facility," said Assemblyman Charles Lavine. "The tour with Assemblywoman Schimel and Chairman Kimmel, who has worked diligently to improve the community, allowed the Housing Commissioner to see a true model of success that all future affordable housing projects should follow."

"Given Long Island's critical affordable housing needs, I was happy to share with Commissioner Towns North Hempstead's stock of moderate-income senior dwellings," said Supervisor Jon Kaiman. "The Town's quality affordable housing stock serves as a model that could be deployed to help address the region's vital need for shelter within the means of those who are financially locked out of the mainstream housing market," Supervisor Kaiman said.

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On a tour of Landmark's community center and senior housing facility, Reverend Dr. Charles Vogeley brought Commissioner Towns and Assemblywoman Schimel for a visit to the Jeanne Rimsky Theater. Pictured (left to right): Bob de Bruin, Board Member of Landmark on Main Street Limited Partnership, L.M. (Landmark on Main Street, L.M.), Rev. Dr. Charles Vogeley, Board President of Landmark on Main Street, L.M., Sydelle Knepper, Founder and CEO of SKA Marin, Commissioner Darryl Towns of NYS Homes and Community Renewal, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, Robert Schanzer, Board Vice President of Landmark on Main Street, L.M., and Sharon Maier-Kennelly, Executive Director of Landmark on Main Street, Inc.
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Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns visit a resident's apartment in Landmark on Main Street's senior housing facility.


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Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Assemblyman Charles Lavine join Assemblywoman Schimel and Commissioner Towns on their visit to Apex I, a senior housing facility in New Cassel. Pictured (L to R): Patricia Bourne, Executive Vice President of Planning for the Kimmel Foundation, North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, State Housing Commissioner Darryl Towns, Howard Kimmel, Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kimmel Foundation, Ellen Kelly, Executive Vice President of Site Development, Reverend Monsignor Brendon Riordan, Board Member and Pastor of St. Aloysius Roman Catholic Church in Great Neck.
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North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman (right to left) shows Assemblyman Lavine, Assemblywoman Schimel and State Housing Commissioner Towns the gymnasium and basketball courts at the town's newly built community center in New Cassel.