Kudos to all those individuals who worked so diligently to put on another wonderful concert series on the lawn of the Smithtown Library. However, The Friends of the Library should consider also being friends of the people whose taxes pay for the library and attend the concerts.
The Friends of the Library should seriously consider being more sensitive to the needs of people with disabilities and cordon off some additional parking on concert days. When asked about handicapped parking a Friend of the Library just shrugged his shoulders and said that there are two spots and if they’re taken, “what do you want me to do about it”? A telephone call to Legislator Nowick’s office informed me that the parking situation is entirely up to The Friends of the Library. I was told that the parking lot has the required two handicapped spots. I pointed out that parking is cordoned off for the legislator and her party, who are perfectly capable of walking, so why cannot the same consideration be afforded to those who have difficulty walking. I was then told my request would be forwarded to The Friends of the Library. All to no avail. I have never been to a venue where ample parking is not provided for people with disabilities.
Dennis Cannataro, who had the vision for these concerts, has been lauded as looking down from above happy that his vision for the town and people of Smithtown is continuing. How happy do you think this caring man would be to know that a segment of the population of the town he loved so much may be unable to attend the concerts due to the distance they must walk?