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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

Village Board Trustee Mary-Grace Tomecki spoke on behalf of the Noise Abatement Committee at Tuesday night’s Village Board meeting regarding the proposed helicopter track route put forth by State Senator, Charles Schumer. Changes to the route would affect noise levels in the village and to other communities along the LIRR line.

The North Shore Route is a route currently used by helicopters exiting New York City heliports to locations on the east end of Long Island.

“The current route takes helicopters over the Long Island Sound at an altitude of 2,000 feet and is designed to minimize noise on the residential communities below,” said Tomecki. “A helicopter must arrive at its destination which in the case of the North Shore Route, means it must transition from water to land.”

The Town of North Hempstead has prepared a transportation contingency plan for local commuters who may be looking for alternatives if the Long Island Railroad (LIRR) workers strike on July 20.

The plan includes adding free parking at North Hempstead Beach Park, on West Shore Rd. in Port Washington, to aid car pooling, and providing up to 300 spaces at iPark, 1305 Union Tpke. in New Hyde Park, enabling commuters to catch bus service along Union Tpke. or meet up with carpooling buddies.


Calendar

Village Concert

Friday, July 25

Magic & Comedy

Friday, July 25

Irish Kids-Fleah Music Fundraiser

Saturday, July 26



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