Woman robbed at gunpoint -

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Nicole Hamilton was staring down the barrel of a rifle early yesterday morning, her boyfriend beside her and 11-year-old daughter sleeping in a bedroom a few feet away.
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The Truth

Wantagh, NY

#1 Aug 15, 2007
This incident occurred in Millennium Hills community in Melville, NY. This is no surprise to any of us residents, because we are constantly in fear for our lives. Most of us home owners come from good neighborhoods. We purchased these homes because they were an opportunity for us to stay on Long Island instead of moving to another state due to increase in real estate prices. However, home owners were deceived by Huntington Housing Authority and other investors when we purchased these homes, declaring that it was a great neighborhood. They neglected to inform us that we would be living with welfare renters who would put our lives in danger. Later on, the home owner found out that this community was an experiment for politicians and investors to see if hard working citizens can live with people on welfare. Now we are forced to be exposed to gunshots, used drug needles and drug bags on the streets, drug dealings, racial and threatening slurs from renters, robberies, indecent exposures. This was not what the homeowners bargained for, we would have never purchased these homes if we had knowledge of the truth. Melville, once being a safe neighborhood had now become a place where you fear walking around. If something is not done, the real estate value in Melville WILL go down.
Losers

Scarsdale, NY

#2 Aug 15, 2007
The Truth wrote:
This incident occurred in Millennium Hills community in Melville, NY. This is no surprise to any of us residents, because we are constantly in fear for our lives. Most of us home owners come from good neighborhoods. We purchased these homes because they were an opportunity for us to stay on Long Island instead of moving to another state due to increase in real estate prices. However, home owners were deceived by Huntington Housing Authority and other investors when we purchased these homes, declaring that it was a great neighborhood. They neglected to inform us that we would be living with welfare renters who would put our lives in danger. Later on, the home owner found out that this community was an experiment for politicians and investors to see if hard working citizens can live with people on welfare. Now we are forced to be exposed to gunshots, used drug needles and drug bags on the streets, drug dealings, racial and threatening slurs from renters, robberies, indecent exposures. This was not what the homeowners bargained for, we would have never purchased these homes if we had knowledge of the truth. Melville, once being a safe neighborhood had now become a place where you fear walking around. If something is not done, the real estate value in Melville WILL go down.
its thugs like these that are making the island more and more unsafe. people work hard for what they have and its sad that these uneducated pieces of sh*t just think they can come and take it away. heres a thought, get a job if you want money you lazy piece of sh*t. hopefully these people will be the ones we read about getting shot by rival thugs next week :)
Lynn

Bronx, NY

#3 Aug 15, 2007
I think the increase in the crime rate in Melville is from all of the section 8 housing and welfare pesons moving into Melville and all over Long Island. They are not forced to go and get a job, but instead seek out easy money through drugs and criminal activity. It is one thing to help people who truly need it, and are trying to get a job and improve their lives, but another to support freeloading criminals.
The Truth

Wantagh, NY

#4 Aug 15, 2007
The Truth wrote:
This incident occurred in Millennium Hills community in Melville, NY. This is no surprise to any of us residents, because we are constantly in fear for our lives. Most of us home owners come from good neighborhoods. We purchased these homes because they were an opportunity for us to stay on Long Island instead of moving to another state due to increase in real estate prices. However, home owners were deceived by Huntington Housing Authority and other investors when we purchased these homes, declaring that it was a great neighborhood. They neglected to inform us that we would be living with welfare renters who would put our lives in danger. Later on, the home owner found out that this community was an experiment for politicians and investors to see if hard working citizens can live with people on welfare. Now we are forced to be exposed to gunshots, used drug needles and drug bags on the streets, drug dealings, racial and threatening slurs from renters, robberies, indecent exposures. This was not what the homeowners bargained for, we would have never purchased these homes if we had knowledge of the truth. Melville, once being a safe neighborhood had now become a place where you fear walking around. If something is not done, the real estate value in Melville WILL go down.
Itís sad to say, but this person is right. The reputation of the Melville has been going down. As an investor, I am currently in the market to purchase another home and had spoken to a real estate broker about Melville. They mentioned that the crime rate in Melville has gone up about 40% and the property value has been going down for Melville.
scared4family

East Setauket, NY

#5 Aug 15, 2007
Anyone who lives in Millennnium Hills lives in constant fear everyday. It is not safe here. Affordable housing at what price? your family? We can't "afford" to keep our children here any longer, which is a shame since the community has so many good people but as they say a few rotten apples spoil the bunch and the few rotten apples are running people out of town and out of their homes.
scared4family

East Setauket, NY

#6 Aug 15, 2007
Anyone who lives in Millennnium Hills lives in constant fear everyday. It is not safe here. Affordable housing at what price? your family? We can't "afford" to keep our children here any longer, which is a shame since the community has so many good people but as they say a few rotten apples spoil the bunch and the few rotten apples are running people out of town and out of their homes.
formerlysingle mom

East Setauket, NY

#7 Aug 15, 2007
"Everybody knows my situation. I'm a single mother, I don't have a job, I don't have any money. Why would anybody rob me?" she said, standing outside her apartment in Millennium Mills, an affordable-housing complex of low-slung, beige-colored attached units.
This is riduculus I was a single mother and guess what I worked and recived no public assistance EVER. I paid for my health insurance and went back to work when my son was 4 weeks old. What is wrong with this country when we encourage people to have children and then be irresposible and stay home with no source of income?? People need to be held accountable giving them "free" housing is not the way.
This type of housing should go to people making a better life for themselves, people who work, anyone can get at least a minimum wage job.
She feels she wasn't targeted? Who wold want to rob her then unless they knew she had a safe with $300 cash in it where does an unemplyed person get that kind of money to keep in the house anyhow? This sound pretty fishy to me.
Honest Worker

Wantagh, NY

#8 Aug 15, 2007
formerlysingle mom wrote:
"Everybody knows my situation. I'm a single mother, I don't have a job, I don't have any money. Why would anybody rob me?" she said, standing outside her apartment in Millennium Mills, an affordable-housing complex of low-slung, beige-colored attached units.
This is riduculus I was a single mother and guess what I worked and recived no public assistance EVER. I paid for my health insurance and went back to work when my son was 4 weeks old. What is wrong with this country when we encourage people to have children and then be irresposible and stay home with no source of income?? People need to be held accountable giving them "free" housing is not the way.
This type of housing should go to people making a better life for themselves, people who work, anyone can get at least a minimum wage job.
She feels she wasn't targeted? Who wold want to rob her then unless they knew she had a safe with $300 cash in it where does an unemplyed person get that kind of money to keep in the house anyhow? This sound pretty fishy to me.
THANK YOU!!! Who are we kidding here? I work hard for my money and I don't have $300 stashed in my house. These welfare people have more money than we do. They go into welfare and their rent is no joke...$100 a month, and on top of that the government gives them more money for producing more babies. They sit around all day doing nothing and live off of our tax money while we are the idiots killing ourselves trying to make a living. We work so they can be porch monkeys.
disgruntled citizen

Wantagh, NY

#9 Aug 15, 2007
After so many years of waking up at 5am and coming home at 6-7pm, I think I want to be on welfare...spend all of my assets so I am dead broke and live off the working class. I am tired. Oh that will be the day, waking up whenever I feel like it, having the government give me money to stay home and watch tv or sleep and living basically for free.

But that is only a dream. The reality is our elected officials have no guts to 'correct' the injustice in our society or even come close to setting up a more stringent structure to root out the slackers.
Lisa T

AOL

#10 Aug 15, 2007
Something has to be done before someone gets killed. Millennnium Hills is unsafe and these children whose parents are on welfare are the real victims and the innocent people that own homes there that thought they were lucky to own a home in Melville. But its like they say everything comes at a price and the people who live there are in fear 24 hours a day!!!! Someone has to do something before its too late!!!!!
Millennium Hills Owner

AOL

#11 Aug 15, 2007
In 2004 I was so excited to move into my own home. I work for a not for profit in the area and wanted to stay with the agency helping people and continue to live on the island. Even as I hung my curtains, I realized I was in for more than I bargained for. I could see a couple, home in the middle of a work day, fist fighting in the street in front of their house where the car in the drive has mismatching license plates. My first week in Millenium Hills. Since then, I keep to myself but make sure I am aware of my surroundings. I am tired of hearing about the crime in here and notice that police patrols have drastically decreased this summer.
I am having serious difficulty having compassion for the poor woman who was terrorized at gunpoint the other night. I can see her house from mine and I know that more than she and her daughter live there. There is a group of men hanging around there daily. I guess no one has jobs there. I wonder how the satellite dish was installed on her roof, when she has no job? Was that subsidized like her rent? Is it the extra people she has living there? Or, more than likely, her income is supplemented by dealing drugs from her home. Shortly after I moved in, I noticed if a guest of mine pulls up by the side of that house to park, a man would come out and see what you needed. People come and go at all hours. I wonder what else those robbers stole besides $300.00. Were the other housemates sent off with the rest of their stock before the police were called.
See what living here has done to me? In any other circumstances, I would have gone over with some groceries or a baked good to see if she was OK! Is this what I want for my children?
spanky

Milford, CT

#12 Aug 15, 2007
sounds like a drug deal gone bad or money owed for some dope
Manny

Bronx, NY

#13 Aug 15, 2007
Wherever this gunpoint place is, I sure want to stay the heck away. I read about so many people being robbed there.
rob

Central Islip, NY

#14 Aug 15, 2007
what the hell does she need a safe for if she's unemployed?
Another Millennium owner

Wantagh, NY

#15 Aug 16, 2007
I remember when I moved into my house in Millennium Hills in 2004. I did not know what I had gotten myself into until after I moved in. I had never been exposed to people on welfare, but at that time I was fine with it because a lot of my friends came from different ethnic backgrounds, there was not one bone in my body that was prejudice. After years of living there, itís really sad but I cannot say I have the views I once had. People on welfare definitely made me realize that there is a huge difference amongst us and there is much to dislike. Every day I am forced to be around neighbors that drug deal. One time, we almost had a block fight between the owners and the renters because the renters were antagonizing us. It was so bad that the cops came in to break it up. Hearing gunshots and domestic violence has become a common occurrence and itís not reported anymore because either the cops donít come as often to calls or we fear for our lives. ALL THE OWNERS FEAR FOR THEIR LIVES!!! We are literally crying out for help. Canít someone please help us?
Ed Koch

Medford, NY

#16 Aug 16, 2007
rob wrote:
what the hell does she need a safe for if she's unemployed?
That's obvious. It's for storing her drugs and guns.
Millenium Hell

East Setauket, NY

#17 Aug 16, 2007
2004 a brand new house no more renting. Wow the streets are all dead end the kids can ride their bikes and be safe!!! 2007-there are no bikes here the children do not play outside we don't even go outside!!How do we get out? Now we have a meeting tonight about security concerns, Why wasn't there one last month when a female homeowner was assaulted by a male renter? It takes a robbery at a home that has CONSTANT police activity to get a response? You have to LOVE politics
Festering Boil

Plano, TX

#18 Aug 16, 2007
Lynn wrote:
I think the increase in the crime rate in Melville is from all of the section 8 housing and welfare pesons moving into Melville and all over Long Island. They are not forced to go and get a job, but instead seek out easy money through drugs and criminal activity. It is one thing to help people who truly need it, and are trying to get a job and improve their lives, but another to support freeloading criminals.
You are exactly right. People don't thrive on hand outs. It is the old teach them to fish theory. America has too many people that think welfare is a way to make a living and the crime that has resulted is the thank you the taxpayers get.
Millenium Hell

AOL

#19 Aug 16, 2007
The Truth wrote:
This incident occurred in Millennium Hills community in Melville, NY. This is no surprise to any of us residents, because we are constantly in fear for our lives. Most of us home owners come from good neighborhoods. We purchased these homes because they were an opportunity for us to stay on Long Island instead of moving to another state due to increase in real estate prices. However, home owners were deceived by Huntington Housing Authority and other investors when we purchased these homes, declaring that it was a great neighborhood. They neglected to inform us that we would be living with welfare renters who would put our lives in danger. Later on, the home owner found out that this community was an experiment for politicians and investors to see if hard working citizens can live with people on welfare. Now we are forced to be exposed to gunshots, used drug needles and drug bags on the streets, drug dealings, racial and threatening slurs from renters, robberies, indecent exposures. This was not what the homeowners bargained for, we would have never purchased these homes if we had knowledge of the truth. Melville, once being a safe neighborhood had now become a place where you fear walking around. If something is not done, the real estate value in Melville WILL go down.
you shpuld check out the other thread on this from the article on the 14th
bigmouth

Northport, NY

#20 Aug 16, 2007
i have been a resident of this nightmare community for long enough. Let us out. The government who tricked us into their experiment should pay us to leave. we have been through enough. i have written endless letters and made endless petitions but not one person answered. The Huntington Housing Authority who is suppossedlyresponsible for these renters refuses to kick the undesired people out. They say the renters have squatters rights!! what??? what about my civil right to aquire safe housing. Sounds like a good lawsuit to me, anyone else in?
We as homeowners have been fighting this battle since we moved in-finally a security meeting! please i will believe in new security measures when they are finally up. I dont believe in politicians blowing smoke up my *&# anymore-put your money where your bigmouths are!

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