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The Mayor’s Corner: June 19, 2014

Village At Belmont Starting Gate

The excitement of this year’s 146th running of the Belmont Stakes and the potential for a Triple Crown also brought much needed attention focused on Belmont Park itself. For years Floral Park has been a strong advocate for the preservation and improvement of Belmont Park as a state of the art, world class thoroughbred racing facility, as evidenced by our Statement of Principles submitted to State of New York leaders in 2007. Now even Newsday has published an editorial entitled, “Rebuild Belmont Park for the Long Run” which noted that for thoroughbred “racing to thrive there, Belmont has to be redeveloped to provide a better experience every day.” It’s about time our calls for an updating and improving of Belmont Park may finally be getting the attention they deserve.

While California Chrome’s D.A.P. owners may be leaving Belmont Park with the bittersweet memory of over 100,000 spectators gathering and cheering for a Triple Crown winner on the first Sunday in June, for the other 364 days of the year we are left with the reality of an outdated and neglected state owned facility within our midst. Floral Park has articulated a forward looking vision for Belmont Park which includes a complete “updating of roads, state of the art water, plumbing, sewer, water recharge basins, HVAC and electrical systems both within and surrounding these facilities.

Floral Park and the surrounding communities have now literally been waiting years for the State of New York to embrace our plan for a clean energy facility which can provide safe, dependable and efficient energy to Belmont Park and its surrounding communities. If Belmont Park needs to have lights to conduct sunset racing or a heated track to conduct winter racing or heating and air conditioning for its facilities, then a cogeneration clean energy facility modeled after the one on the campus of the University of California at San Diego, that has been proposed by Floral Park and the sister communities, must be part of the solution too. Creating a municipal utility to support a micrrogrid with Belmont Park at its heart and as its main client makes sense that is too hard for NYRA or the State of New York to continue to ignore.

While California Chrome may now be added to the long and glorious history of Belmont Park, the time has come to write and plan for the future of Belmont Park and its surrounding communities. Floral Park deserves to have a seat at the table whenever the future of Belmont Park is discussed. We will go anywhere at any time to fully participate in those discussions to make sure our vision for Belmont Park is heard as loud and clear as Sam the Bugler’s call at the start of the Belmont Stakes. We are already in the starting gate and ready to go!

Mayor Thomas Tweedy

Village of Floral Park

News

Girl Scouts of Nassau County recently recognized Krista Longobardi and Meaghan Smith, both students at Floral Park Memorial High School, for individually earning their Gold Award, the highest and most prestigious award within the Girl Scouts Organization. In order to be eligible for a Gold Award, a Girl Scout must have completed two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador Journeys or have already received the Silver Award and completed one additional Journey. The Gold Award also requires the completion of 80-hours or more of an individual leadership Take Action project that makes a sustainable and measurable impact on an important issue, or need in the community, and that serves to educate and inspire others in the community.

Longobardi’s Girl Scout Gold Award Take Action Project, Pick Your Pet, teaches children ages 5-12 the benefits of owning a pet. She was able to educate her community on the adoption process, the best pet for your household, and how adoption can save an animal’s life. Longobardi’s love of animals made it easy to spread knowledge on this topic. She improved her communication and public speaking skills as a result of her project since she spoke in front of her community leaders and peers.

Saint Mary’s High School will host the 22nd Annual Don Monti Memorial Golf Classic and Fall Alumni Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 25, at Plandome Country Club. Following the golf outing, a dinner reception will take place where Tom Raleigh, of Floral Park, will be honored with the Timothy J. Coughlin ’76 Memorial Award for Outstanding Contributions to St. Mary’s High School.

Raleigh has deep connections to St. Mary’s High School and the Manhasset community. Four of Raleigh’s five children went to St. Mary’s: Tom, Jr. ’88, Brian, ’91, Katie ’93, Kevin ’95. Raleigh has been a loyal St. Mary’s advocate both as a past parent and former coach.  


Calendar

Town of Hempstead Board Meeting

Tuesday, September 2

Floral Park Senior Citizens’ Picnic

Tuesday, September 2

Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees To Meet

Tuesday, September 2



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