Peter Speiss and Richard DePhillis of Pannell Kerr Forster PC (PKF) reported on the latest audit of the New Hyde Park Village at its last village board meeting. The report included the financial statements and supplementary information for the year ending May 31, 2001. The overall report and accounting procedures were favorable and for interested residents copies may be obtained from New Hyde Park Village Clerk Mary Anne Minerva.
In the reports of the trustees Trustee Richard Coppola again reminded residents that the New Hyde Park Little League Parade would be held on April 13. It was also announced that prior to the next village board meeting on March 5 there would be a public hearing at 7:30 p.m. for the purpose of the adoption of a proposed local law entitled Certificate of Occupancy. The 75th Anniversary Committee meeting will be held on March 11 at 7:30 p.m. to discuss the celebration to be held later this year.
Trustee Lawrence Montreuil reported that the New Hyde Park chapter of the Veterans of Foreign War and the American Legion have notified the village that the Annual Memorial Parade will be held on May 25. The parade will start on Hillside Boulevard, will proceed to village hall for a short ceremony and then north on New Hyde Park Road and west on Lincoln Boulevard to Memorial Park for another ceremony and the placing of the wreaths.
The problem of parking on Jericho Turnpike was discussed regarding promoting stores by patronizing them on Jericho Turnpike and it was mentioned, by former Village Trustee Florence Lisanti that she has had no problem parking when shopping on Jericho Turnpike on Sunday morning.
In response to a question about the Keyspan agreement Mayor Daniel Petruccio suggested that any residents who wanted further information should call the phone number listed on the bill. Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro said that the people at Keyspan are extremely helpful when they are called. Mayor Petruccio added that he would like to have any residents with concerns to call village hall so those concerns could be included in the next newsletter.
The issue of illegal apartments was also discussed and Mayor Petruccio said that the board has sent out a clear message that it will not tolerate illegal apartments or dwellings. A resident wanted to know how to register a complaint about illegal dwellings and Trustee Lawrence Montreuil said that if a resident complains to the Building Department by filing a complaint in the form of a deposition, the Building Department will in turn notify the property owner. If the building owner objects to the building department investigation, the department will obtain a search warrant to gain access to the property. If an illegal apartment is verified then a summons will be issued and a court case will evolve.
Trustee Donald Barbieri announced that at the last New Hyde Park Library Board meeting an art show is being considered in the spring with artwork to be displayed outside village hall. Artists interested in displaying their artwork in a village art show are encouraged to call the library at 354-1413.
It was reported that there is no decision by the board regarding the hearing to consider the appeal for reconsideration of the denial of a dancing/live music permit at the premises of Copperfields on Jericho Turnpike.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro reported that there are a number of items from last year's road construction that need to be corrected and they will be addressed. He also asked the board to review a letter he received from the LIRR so that he could respond to the letter.
The next village board meeting will be held on March 5 at 8 p.m. after the hearing at village hall.