Thursday, 16 January 2014 00:00
On Dec. 16, 2013, the SafeWise Report released its “50 Safest Cities in New York” list. To compile this report, SafeWise used the most recent FBI crime data from 2011 for municipalities with a population of at least 15,000, and other ranking factors, like unique safety initiatives and security programs implemented within the past few years. From the hundreds of cities in New York, they narrowed the list down to 50 and assigned rankings according to how the city met their criteria.
The Village of Floral Park has been honored as the safest city on their list, stating the following in their report:
“Safe neighborhoods and strong community programming are just two reasons you’ll want to call Floral Park home. Located on Long Island, Floral Park is honored as the safest city on our list. In fact, no murders, rapes or arsons were reported to law enforcement in 2011. One reason residents of this charming 1.4 square mile village enjoy safe streets is likely due to Floral Park’s commitment to educating and empowering young people through robust community services.
“During the summer season, you’ll find families cooling off at the Floral Park recreation pool complex or heading to the library for movie night. This all American small town also offers a number of innovative programs aimed at helping protect kids, including the I-
Safe program that teaches kids how to responsibly and productively use information and communications technology.
“Floral Park’s Setting Adolescent Values through Education and Deterrence (SAVED) program helps steer children away from destructive behavior. Mom and dad will find that getting involved in their new hometown is easy, thanks to a number of community organizations, like the Floral Park Art League, Beautification Committee and Floral Park Council of Cultural Affairs. Rest assured, if your family is fortunate enough to make the move to Floral Park, they won’t be disappointed.”
The men and women of the Floral Park Police Department work very hard to maintain the security and quality of life of the village, and we are honored to be named the number one safest city in New York. This report confirms that the actions of our vigilant and dedicated Police Officers continue to produce excellent results that make Floral Park such a great place to live.
Floral Park Police Department
Saturday, 19 April 2014 00:00
On March 29, women were invited to attend the second annual Women’s Symposium, Education to Entertainment: A Morning of Learning, Listening and Laughter, sponsored by the Floral Park Lions Club in collaboration with District 20k2. Through the generosity of the Sewanhaka Central High School District and Floral Park Memorial High School principal Dr. Kathleen Sottile and staff, the school hosted the event for the second year.
Women’s positions and responsibilities are constantly changing and there is an ongoing necessity to provide women with a forum by which to address these and other demands. The symposium concentrated on many current issues in 16 diversified and enlightening workshops.
Friday, 18 April 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Central High School District School Board adopted the 2014-15 proposed budget last week. The proposed budget total for the 2014-15 school year is $175.3 million, a budget increase of $3.52 million from last year. The tax levy increase is set at 2.1 percent. The budget vote will take place on May 20.
The current projection for state aid in 2014-15 is $29.2 million in the state legislative budget, a slight increase from last year ($27.8 million).
“There was a budget-to-budget state aid increase of 5.2 percent,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said.