New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio says no to flow control. To that end the village attorney, John Spellman, is drafting the New Hyde Park Village Board's position without conceding to the purviews of the proposed legislation by the Town of North Hempstead for waste removal. "Our position as a board has consistently been 'Keep Your Hands Off Our Garbage'," said Petruccio.
From the results of the recent hearings, it is possible for the Town to have a clear plan in place by the end of the year. "It seems like there's a certain urgency on the part of the Town [of North Hempstead] to push this legislation through rather quickly," said Petruccio. "We as a village have had the power to be independent of the town for all of these years and we're not prepared to relinquish that independence."
(Editor's note: The town's position is outlined in a story that appeared in the Dec. 25 issue of The Illustrated News.)
All members of the board expressed similar season's greetings to the residents and businesses in the village. Trustee Richard A. Coppola Jr. said, "I want to wish everybody a healthy, prosperous new year and a happy holiday season."
Condolences to the Gentile Family
Mayor Daniel Petruccio expressed sympathy on behalf of the community for the passing of Thomas J. Gentile, Sr. on Dec. 4. Petruccio described the Gentiles as a cornerstone family in the village. He said, "There is a long lineage in this village of families staying and continuing to move into the community." Gentile was a veteran, an active member in the community serving the fire department for over 50 years and is survived by his wife and children.
Request for Proposal
Village Clerk Patrick Farrell has been authorized to begin soliciting requests for proposal from architectural firms to redesign the village theater, youth center and senior citizens center located within the village hall. The work will be funded by a grant issued by the state.
New Lighting and Parking Issues
In response to prior residents' requests, Public Works will be installing additional light posts on Ingraham Lane.
On 11th Avenue, restrictive parking signs will be installed to ensure minimum distance from street ends is observed.
A resident asked for status on a previous request to monitor overnight parking issues on North 12th Street and whether weekend patrols could be increased. Jim McCloat of Public Works reported that the amount of parking tickets issued on that street in December have steadily been decreasing since patrols were stepped up in that area. "Our goal is that people are compliant; we are not really looking at it as a revenue stream," said Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro. "Our belief is if it requires us to bring in code [enforcement] for Saturdays and Sundays, days and nights because we have such a rash of violations around the area, we'll address it."
Clarification was given for residential parking codes. One resident gave several parking offenses that have been witnessed recently such as cars in driveways that cover the sidewalk or overlap into the street and cars that are parked on property, but parallel to the street. Mayor Petruccio said, "[We have] a limitation on the amount of frontage you can pave or cement, so unless we get a complaint, let's put it this way, we don't go looking for that offense." Lofaro suggested homeowners in these situations should apply for the "R" parking sticker and use municipal parking overnight or in some cases should apply for a class "B" permit for on street parking.
Budget Director Named
Deputy Mayor Lofaro proposed naming Village Clerk Patrick Farrell as Budget Director for 2009-10 budget. The resolution was approved by the board.
Lofaro also gave special thanks to the beautification committee and Public Works for the efforts put into areas around the village hall to prepare for the winter and the recent tree lighting ceremony that was sponsored by State Bank of Long Island.
Little League Parade
The New Hyde Park Little League parade is scheduled for April 4 beginning at 10 a.m. Staging for participants will be on Leonard Blvd. between Jericho Tpke. and Park Ave. The parade will travel west on Jericho Turnpike to Covert Ave., then head west on Stewart Avenue to Nuzzi Field.
A special hearing is scheduled for Jan. 13 at 7:30 p.m. for Metro PCS to present its plan to the board for the installation of cellular antennas at 1804 Plaza Avenue.
Only 32 building permits were issued in November. Trustee Lawrence J. Montreuil reports that this is 46 percent less than the previous month and 37 percent less than last year. Montreuil said, "The building department is scrutinizing the expiration date of many open plumbing and building permits to ensure that no work is done on a permit that has lapsed, given the recently revised village code."
The building department issued 25 certificates of occupancy, completion and approval in November. The building department has been diligently working on suspected cases of illegal apartments within the village. One case being investigated involves a homeowner allegedly renting an illegal apartment to a family registered with the school district and allowing a second family in Queens to use the home's address to enroll children into the village school district. A court date has been set for Feb. 18.
The building department has denied a special use permit for operation as a convenience store at 253 Jericho Tpke. The approval sought can only be granted through a special use hearing with the village board members. Such hearing has not yet been requested.
Trustee Montreuil mentioned the department's tedious process of transferring building files to microfilm with the assistance of the information systems contractor. "The effort will provide a very sustainable record system for many years to come."
Zoning, Planning and Architectural Boards
The zoning board met Dec. 10 and heard four cases.
403 Lowell Avenue-variance granted for dormered second floor.
121 N. 6th Street-special permit given to allow for apartment.
301 Brill Place-application tabled for conflict with amended village code
1318 Lincoln Avenue--application granted for additional 98 square feet floor-to-area ratio and reduction in allowable side yard.
The Planning Board met Dec. 7 to review a previous request from 1541 Washington Avenue. The permit was approved for the property to be subdivided in order to build two single family homes. The next Architectural Review/Planning Board meeting will be held Jan. 7.
Hall Request and Renewals
The Model Railroading Museum will be using Marcus Christ Hall on Feb.14 and 15 to exhibit model railroading and layouts.
The following organizations have been approved for reoccurring meetings at Marcus Christ Hall for the upcoming year:
American Legion Ernie Pyle Post #1089-third Thursdays, from 7-9 p.m.
Cellini Lodge #2206-third Tuesdays from 7:30 p.m.
Greater NHP Republican Club-third Mondays
License Renewals Approved
Subway, 1201 Jericho Tpke.
Wong's Garden, 1203 Jericho Tpke.
The board is requesting a special meeting with owners of Dunkin Donuts, 601 Jericho Tpke. on Jan. 6 at 7:30 p.m. to review the terms of the requested license renewal.
Daniel Finley Allen & Co., 114 Sylvester St., Westbury
Jamaica Ash & Rubbish Removal, 172 School St., Westbury
Eagle Sanitation, P.O. Box 833, Westbury
National Waste Services, 1863 Harrison Ave., Bay Shore
Calabro Landscaping, 22 Greenbelt Ln., Levittown
Victor's Landscaping Service, 1043 N. 1st St.
Jericho Hope Cleaners, 1519 Jericho Tpke.
Yesterday's Diner, 443 Jericho Tpke.
Tow Car Operators:
Nationwide/JCRS Collision, 2044 Jericho Turnpike
Special garbage collection exceptions for the upcoming holiday are in the past village newsletter or on the village website. The next regular board meeting will be on Jan. 6 at 8 p.m.