Readers Write: Port Washington flunks Niche test

It looks like our Port Washington community has turned the corner and is now heading downward.

The Internet news site, Patch, reported today that had just published its annual list of the 100 best places to buy a house in the NYC area. 20 of the communities listed are in Nassau County, while 4 are in Suffolk.

Port Washington is not listed and no area in Port Washington is listed, as one of the 20 Nassau County communities to buy a house in.

The 24 L.I.  communities chosen by  Niche are (in the order of their ranking) : Great Neck Gardens, Syosset, Roslyn Estates, Plainview, Hewlett Harbor, Great Neck Plaza, Cold Spring Harbor, East Hills, South Valley Stream, Stony Brook, Jericho, Halesite, East Williston, Bellerose, Kensington, North Wantagh, Merrick, Herricks, West Bay Shore, Wheatly Heights, Bethpage, Great Neck Estates, Wantagh and Greenvale.

The key factors used by to determine if a community is a “best place to buy a house in” are: the location’s housing market, home values, taxes, crime rates and the quality of local schools.

Well, I’m sorry to have to tell you, my fellow Port Washington resident, that we flunked the Niche test. And, in my estimation, things are not going to get any better in Port Washington, in the foreseeable future, thanks to inept, unaware and uncaring political and civic leadership.

Joel Katz

Port Washington

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