(LAWRENCE, N.Y.) – On Jan. 2, 2023, Nassau County issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) seeking a vendor for a long-term lease to operate what is now the Five Towns Community Center in Lawrence. Amidst questions and concerns about the future of this valued community resource, Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D – Lawrence) issued the following statement:
“During the last several months, numerous residents have reached out to express profound concerns about the future of the Five Towns Community Center, which has a 50-year lease with the County that is set to expire on July 3, 2024. It is unfortunate that there has been a lack of adequate community outreach in the initial stages of the decision-making process. Moving forward, I urge County Executive Blakeman and his administration to openly communicate with the community and keep their interests and concerns at the heart of their plans,” Nassau County Legislator Carrié Solages (D – Lawrence) said.
“Last night’s forum clearly demonstrated the public’s support for the Five Towns Community Center and its approach to community service. To ensure a fully fair and transparent process, I urge County Executive Blakeman and the administration to hold more public meetings to gather additional feedback from people who are served by the Five Towns Community Center, and to publicly commit to applying their feedback to any future decisions about a facility that has served and provided resources to its community in so many ways since 1907,” Legislator Solages said.