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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

15 Below, an alternative rock band composed of Sewanhaka High School students, rocked the William Gill Theatre in New Hyde Park Village Hall on Wednesday, July 23. The band had the crowd tossing up beach balls to energetic beats and swaying their iPhones along to slower tunes. 

 

“They were very good tonight,” said Darren Derick Polanco. “I always come to their shows.”

New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri contends helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise. In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, the noise levels are still an issue.

 

Barbieri drafted a letter to the Federal Aviation Administration, apprising the entity of New Hyde Park’s situation. The FAA did not return calls for comment.


Sports

 Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park recently received belt promotions after successfully completing a series of extensive exams.

 

“Our goal at Charles Water Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water, owner and director of the school.

“Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”

Runners and walkers from New Hyde Park are invited to join in the fun on one of the most unusual 5K courses on Long Island at the Saturday, Aug. 9 Sands Point Sprint.

 

 The run presents the Long Island running community with an opportunity to traverse a unique combination of paved paths and runner-friendly woodland trails at the Sands Point Preserve. 

 

The August 2013 edition of the Sands Point Sprint attracted 313 finishers, including top New Hyde Park finishers Michael Ringel, who scored first in the 11-14 age group and Dave Frisone, who earned first place honors in the 65-69 age group. Race organizers are looking for both Ringel and Frisone, and a host of other New Hyde Park runners, to be back next week.


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