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New Home For Water Authority In New Hyde Park

The Water Authority of Western Nassau County opened its new 16,000 square-foot headquarters  on Monday, Dec. 2 on Union Turnpike in New Hyde Park. They previously operated on South Tyson Avenue in Floral Park since 1996.

 

“As people walk by, even during construction, [the building] was so well-received,” Water Authority Superintendent Michael Tierney said. “It’s a modern-type building and designed to look like a water storage tank.”

 

While Western Nassau’s new facility is ready, Tierney stated there is still work to be done before moving in. The majority of the project was funded by a 2010 bond issuance by the water authority. It helped build the central garage and main

headquarters at the site.

 

“There’s still some punch list items that some of the contractors have to do hear at this building but [the water authority] is also closing out on two other major projects, two iron removal plants in Elmont and Franklin Square,” Tierney said.

“[The removal plants] performing very well.”

 

The $8.5 million facility will serve as a cost-saving measure, according to the water authority. Tierney estimates that save the water authority $400,000 in costs due to the move to New Hyde Park. Between rental costs and property taxes.

Western Nassau paid approximately $23,000 per month in rent in Floral Park and almost $82,000 per year in school and real estate taxes. 

 

“We have huge savings now,” he said.

 

Tierney said two major projects on Western Nassau’s table include an installation of a Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) facility in Elmont that will cover four water district wells. This facility would remediate issues pertaining to organic chemicals.

 

“This will be installed in our southwestern section of the district,” he said.

 

The water authority will also tackle redoing a water tank near the New Hyde Park Long Island Rail Road Station. Western Nassau reps recently conducted an inspection at the site, according to Tierney.

 

“It’s going to have be rehabilitated and I expect that to be starting up sometime in the early spring,” he said.

 

Tierney said the water authority will propose a bond to facilitate station changes, which are “rather old,” said Tierney, who noted that other upgrades will occur at other sites.

News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District selected Brentwood-based Park East Construction as its bond construction management firm last week. The group will oversee the $86.6 million in improvements coming to the district. Park East will analyze school architect Wiedersum Associates’ plans before applying for New York State Education Department approval.

 

“They are going to make sure the [firms that win district contracts] do the work right,” District Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie said. “They’re going to make sure [the engineer’s] drawings are right before they are sent up to New York State. [Park East] reports directly to the architect and the Board of Education to make sure what we say we’re going to do is done well.”

The Sept. 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education covered a range of issues, from the district’s overall performance to the sudden death of a student to fiscal and personnel issues—even to the loss of maple trees. 

 

National Ranking 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth announced that the district’s high school had achieved an impressive level of distinction in a recent national survey that measured scholastic achievement; in fact, a great deal of Long Island made the cut, he said.


Sports

Seniors Daniella Ford and Margie Londono highlight a Sewanhaka Indians girls soccer team vying for its second straight winning season. 

 

Ford, who is in her fourth season as starting goalie for the Indians, netted a season-high 24 saves in a 3-1 loss to Valley Stream Central. 

 

“She’s a stud back there,” said Sewanhaka third-year coach Eric Premisler, whose team is 0-3 as of press time, after going 8-3-1 last season. “If we can stop a team from taking five shots because of good defense, Daniella is going to stop another 15 shots. And we’re going to have a chance to win every game.”

The Sewanhaka Indians continue to let their presence be felt in Nassau Conference II. 

 

The Indians played their second game as members of the conference on Saturday, Sept. 21, against the Long Beach Marines, topping the south shore squad 51-30. 

 

On the opening drive, the Indians relied on running back Brenton Mighty’s legs to get them into the red zone. On first and goal from the 15-yard line, quarterback Elijah Tracey hit

Michael Parasconda on a screen pass for the first score. 


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