A regular meeting of the Board of Trustees was held on Nov. 16 at 8 p.m.
The meeting opened with a Pledge to the Flag. Present were: Mayor Kevin J. Greene, Trustees Thomas J. Tweedy, James E. Rhatigan, Mary-Grace Tomecki, Dominick A. Longobardi, Village Administrator Virginia Appel, Village Clerk Yvonne R. Blaber, Superintendent of Building Department and Superintendent of Public Works Stephen L. Siwinski, Police Commissioner Stephen G. McAllister and Village Attorney John E. Ryan.
The $5 million bond referendum put forth by the Floral Park-Bellerose UFSD was voted down. There is no question that much of the work proposed needs to be done, including upgrading and/or replacing boilers; major roof replacement work; wiring upgrades (although possibly a different scope than presented); drainage; and masonry/brick repairs.
It is with great regret that I write the following letter to you as a means of letting you know that I have decided not to run for a second term as mayor of the Village of Floral Park. Having been blessed with the chance to serve my hometown for almost 16 years as both your trustee and then your mayor, this decision did not come easy. In recent months, my responsibilities at Con Edison, where I am a construction manager, have expanded dramatically. This change in my professional life, coupled with my decision to spend more time with my family helped me to realize I could not continue to oversee affairs in Floral Park with the same level of diligence that I have in the past, and in truth, that I was comfortable with as an elected representative.
It was once called the “Great War” until an even bigger war was fought and since they could not call that, “The Greater War” they settled on WWI and WWII. I recalled this at the memorial ceremony we had on Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, which was, as always, moving.
The Floral Park Memorial High School Parents Athletic Booster Club held its first annual golf outing on Monday, Oct. 25. It was a successful fundraiser and a wonderful event! We would like to thank the Golf Committee and all those who volunteered to contribute to the day’s success.
The untiring work of volunteers makes a difference in the lives of many individuals in our community. The Town of Hempstead is filled with many citizens who dedicate their lives to helping others.
When I was in the third grade I wanted to be an inventor. Inspired by MGM’s 1940 biopic, Edison the Man starring the incomparable Spencer Tracy, I endeavored to discover something that would change the world. “Edison,” said one of his principal biographers, “invented the 20th century.”
At a recent luncheon a friend of mine, whose opinions I respect, leaned over the table and told me, sotto voce, that the opposition I helped mobilize against the Third Track was really overdone. This unexpected sally was like being struck by lightning on a cloudless, blue day.
A regular meeting of the board of trustees was held on Oct. 19, at 8 p.m.
Prior to the regular meeting, Mayor Greene announced that NYCOM Public Service Recognition Certificates were being presented to two employees who have reached milestones in their careers.
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