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
Wednesday, 12 March 2014 00:00
The Floral Park Fire Department has maintained a stalwart presence in the community for more than a century. It boasts three station locations—Vernon Street and Floral Boulevard (headquarters), Holland Avenue north of Jericho Turnpike, and Atlantic Avenue and Pine Street—which are home to five companies: Rescue Co. #1, Hook & Ladder Co. #2, Alert Engine Co. #1, Reliance Engine Co. #2 and Active Engine Co. #3. All told, the department comprises more than 100 volunteers.
While that is an impressive number, it is down from a decade ago.
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
In 2012, Howard Kroplick was named town historian for the Town of North Hempstead. Now, two years later, he has published a pictorial history of the town, including several historical accounts of Floral Park, simply titled North Hempstead, a volume brought out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its extensive Images of America series.
“As town historian, it was the logical thing to write such a book,” Kroplick said. “This is the first published book on the town.” The volume, he added, is “long overdue” and also a publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the town’s discovery by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block.