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Floral Park Trustees Re-Elected

On Tuesday, March 18, incumbent village trustees James Rhatigan and Kevin Fitzgerald, both members of the Floral Park Citizens’ Party, were re-elected in an uncontested election year. Rhatigan earned 318 votes to secure another two years as trustee. Fitzgerald earned 317 votes to secure his two-year term as trustee.

“It is truly an honor and privilege to again be given the opportunity to serve the residents and merchants of the fine village of Floral Park,” Rhatigan told Floral Park Dispatch. "I know I speak for the entire village board as I recommit myself to provide the most thoughtful and diligent service that I am able to give for the betterment of our community."

As a member of Floral Park’s board of trustees, Rhatigan serves as deputy mayor and liaison to the police department, conservation society and the emergency management committee. He also previously served the village as a commissioner of the fire and recreation departments, and of the library, as well as liaison to the beautification committee, Heritage Park committee, and the Citizens with Disabilities committee.

"I would like to thank the residents for their support last Tuesday [March 18] in re-electing both James Rhatigan and myself," said Fitzgerald. "Over the past three years in serving as trustee I have gained a tremendous amount of experience and continue to look forward to serving my fellow neighbors in keeping Floral Park a thriving community."

During his tenure on the village board, Fitzgerald has served as library and park commissioner, liaison to 4 Village Studios, liaison to the Hillcrest Civic Association and to the Beautification Committee.

News

At the eleventh hour on the eleventh day of the eleventh month, residents and community members joined with the Floral Park American Legion to honor veterans at the annual Veteran’s Day ceremonies at Memorial Park, following a march down Tulip Avenue to the park with the members of the veterans of the Legion post, American Legion Auxiliary members, Sons of the American Legion, Boy and Cub Scouts from Troops 482 and 678 and local officials.

During the ceremony, a plaque was dedicated in memory of General Kazimierz Pulaski and others of Polish heritage who have served in the U.S. military. The plaque dedication was led by members of the Polish American Congress, Long Island Division, President Grzegorz Worma and Honorary President Richard Brzozowski. An invocation was delivered by Father Peter Rozek of St. Hedwig Church, followed by a POW-MIA ceremony by Post 334 Vice Commander Matthew Cacciatore.

While parking around Long Island Rail Road train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town.

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Calendar

Floral Park Memorial PTSA Fall Fest Fundraiser

Friday, November 21

Buy A Meal, Wag A Tail

Saturday, November 22

Hanging of the Greens and Potluck Luncheon

Sunday, November 23



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