So what are we to make of this “Occupy Wall Street” movement? Is it “much ado about nothing” or does its global momentum signify something important? One hears echoes of the counter-cultural movement of the ’60s. Back then it wasn’t the money changers on Wall Street per se, but the establishment and the parents who were responsible for everything that was wrong with the world. Bromides such as “Don’t trust anyone over 30” passed for folk wisdom; but today’s protesters have plenty of graying and balding “Baby Boomers” in their ranks who are caught up in reliving the days of yore.
The 10th and final principle relates to oversight and transparency. This principle speaks to more than just a measure of trust; this is a requirement that must be memorialized into law. The State of New York, its governor and elected state representatives, has a moral obligation to fairly and equitably represent the interests of all New Yorkers. Our 2007 Statement of Principles speaks to the fundamental issues of fairness. The analysis of this 10th principle articulates the apparently deliberate yet inequitable treatment the surrounding communities of Belmont Park are subject to when compared with other — state owned; NYRA operated — thoroughbred racing facilities.
A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Oct. 4, at 8:40 p.m.
Trustee Rhatigan reported that the Building Department has received an application for a convenience store at the old Sizzler property on Jericho Turnpike. This application is considered a special use permit so it needs to be heard at a public hearing by the board of trustees.
The Building Department is waiting for the architect to file the necessary drawings, the building permit application and the approved County permit for Phase II of the Our Lady of Victory Church renovation.
On Saturday, Oct. 1, the Village of Floral Park dedicated our 9-11 Relic Steel Monument on the lawn in front of Village Hall. While dark clouds and sprinkling of rain may have greeted us earlier that morning, at 10:55 the clouds opened and bright warm sunshine shone down. The dedication ceremony was a wonderful tribute to those honored but was also emblematic of the heart, support and love we unselfishly extend to our neighbors in times of need. We also saw abundantly expressed the foundation upon which the spirit of Floral Park is deeply rooted and that is, the spirit of volunteerism, which was generously shared with us by our FPPD Color Guard, the American Legion Color Guard, our greatest volunteers; the Floral Park Fire Department, its Color Guard, officers and members, Life Scout Ryan Perge, Eagle Scout James Calan, the New York Metro Pipe Band, FPM students; vocalist Janina Salorio and violinist Fiona Calberson and finally by all the wonderful ladies of our administrative staff who graciously gave of their time to host the events of this historic day. Special thanks to our Village Clerk Susan Walsh, for coordinating and attending to the countless details which made for the dignified ceremony we enjoyed.
Okay, so the guy likes to eat. He even admits it. But so what — the Constitution has an age requirement but says nothing about making weight before being sworn in as President of the United States. I’m talking about Chris Christie, governor of New Jersey, who many are pushing to enter the presidential sweepstakes. With opinion polls strongly indicating that Barack Obama is vulnerable, Republicans are salivating at the prospect of taking back the White House in 2012. The problem is none of the candidates have been struck by lightning.
We continue to relate our 2007 Statement of Principles not to a state controlled VLT operation but rather a Shinnecock controlled Indian full gaming casino. This week, we further examine our relationship with NYRA and an equitable future relationship with Belmont Park.
VIII. The facilities must continue to be an economic engine generating jobs and business for the communities in which each is located. It must be ensured that local residents and businesses are protected from any adverse economic impact as a result of activities at the facilities. Local residents should be given preference when hiring at the facilities and local businesses be given preferred status, including as suppliers, vendors and service providers. Creating an overall business and service center should be considered, with the goal of generating additional revenue streams to benefit the surrounding communities.
A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Sept. 20, at 8 p.m.
Trustee Rhatigan reported that during the month of August, the Building Department issued 11 building permits totaling an estimated $145,300 in construction costs. They also issued five plumbing permits, 12 electrical permits, three fence permits and 10 miscellaneous permits. The Architectural Review Board heard four new cases and revisited two old cases in August. There were no Zoning Board of Appeals cases heard in August. Two applications were submitted for a special use permit to be heard by the Board of Trustees. One is for a convenience store on the old Sizzler property and the other is a modification to antennas on the silo at Van Buren Avenue.
September 11 defines us as New Yorkers. Our village commemorated that day this year as we have every year since that first sorrowful anniversary. The Floral Park Fire Department assembled in their dress blue Class A uniforms, marched and stood at silent attention at Headquarters at 8:46, then again at 9:03 a single fire bell tolled, echoed by the majestic Methodist Church bells, marking each impact on the Twin Towers. In the afternoon, an ecumenical service of remembrance was celebrated at the Methodist Church. In the early evening a closing ceremony was held at Reliance Firehouse on Holland Avenue; honoring all who made the ultimate sacrifice in the service of others. The service, like all that day, was well-attended by members of our fire department, surrounding fire departments, representatives and EMS personnel from New York Presbyterian Hospital and many Floral Park friends and neighbors. This quiet reflective service was punctuated by bagpipes, readings of psalms and contemplative silence. The service’s brevity and dramatic calm promoted an introspective mood and concluded the village’s ceremonies of this most difficult and painful day.
So we’re getting more drama at the United Nations this week as Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas makes a unilateral push for statehood. It’s a ruse for world attention since the United States has made it clear it would veto such a move as long as the call for Israel’s destruction persists. And persist it does. But it’s a move on the international chessboard that will put the spotlight on the Palestinian Authority’s effort to end the Israeli occupation and create a homeland for the Palestinian people. At least that’s how they deftly but erroneously state the proposition. While statehood for the Palestinians will not become a reality anytime soon, it’s altogether possible that the PA will receive non-membership status from the General Assembly, putting it on par with the Vatican.
We continue to again discuss our 2007 Belmont Task Force Statement of Principles. These principles are based on fairness and equity. Recent press releases regarding NYRA’s Saratoga Race Course and that NYRA property’s development makes our seventh principle, being a good neighbor to your neighbors more timely than ever before.
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