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Village of Mineola- A Village of Shame

The following is off topic but is something that I need to get off my chest. And yes, I am using my blog as a sort of bully pulpit ( all be it a tiny one) to bring some attention to what I feel is a form of organized thuggery.

The nature of local governments to create local fiefdoms,  that have bloated patronage laden payrolls, have a stranglehold on our lives. The following letter is to the Mayor of the Incorporated Village of Mineola. For those of you who don’t know, Mineola is located in the heart of Nassau County and is also home to  our county seat. It is a Republican controlled village that has a thriving tax base, a major transportation hub, and schools that are struggling to stay afloat financially.

Mayor Scott Strauss

Village of Mineola

155 Washington Avenue

Mineola, New York 11501


Dear Mayor Strauss,

Attached please find my check for $50 for payment of  ticket that I received on Marcellus. After spending a stressful day with my father in the emergency room at Winthrop Hospital, I returned to my car ( after moving it several times) to find that I have been ticketed by your village.

Please convey my sincere regret to your village residents, that they feel the need to consciously raise revenue on the families of those seeking medical care at Winthrop. Your village’s predatory nature of issuing tickets, in front of the hospital, is something that has marked your village as a village of shame.  It’s bad enough that your parking meter rates surrounding the hospital are exorbitant; you also have parking enforcement thugs that prey on those who are facing medical emergencies. Your village’s snow removal is poor and has forced many of us that must go to the hospital to scale huge snowbanks to feed meters or move our cars.

Attached please find my $50 check. I pray it is used to help you and your village to reset your moral compass. In the meantime, as I make my daily visits to Winthrop Hospital, my thoughts of my ailing father will be shared with a disdain of your village.

Respectfully submitted,

Ralph Ratto

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3 thoughts on “Village of Mineola- A Village of Shame

  1. This makes me crazy! I appreciate your sharing. In the past, I’ve seen the show, “Parking Wars”, and thought there seemed to be a targeting of neighborhoods with the least resources; but targeting people experiencing health crises as well?!! Outrageous! You have outlined perfectly this cruel and shameful practice of revenue collection. Maybe you will at least get some sort of bumbling apology. Also, I’m sorry for your father’s medical emergency and hope his health is improving.

    • Your parking enforcers sit a wait for meters to expire. I was no more than a minute or two late. I don’t mid looking for a spot, or even putting 2 bits in a meter, but your village preys on those visiting the hospital. That labels your village. BTW, my car had a cargo box on it at the time and it would not fit in the garage.

      It is well known that your village enforcers sit and wait for the meters to expire. they issue tickets when your village also does a terrible job removing snow which makes it difficult for many to even get to the meter. You sir chose to live their, I had no choice

  2. Adam Fink on said:

    Ralph Ratto:
    As a resident in Mineola near where you parked I have no sympathy for you. If we did not enforce our parking laws our streets would be overrun by non residents using the LIRR and the Hospital. the fact that you didn’t want to pay for the parking garage Winthrop provides to visiting families is ridiculous. again there is a cheaper MTA lot in walking distance that is only $6/per day. A third option of parking no more than 3 blocks from the Hospital would be alternate side all day parking. Again you refused these 3 options. So please tell me again how this is the Village of Mineola’s fault because you were to lazy?

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