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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

Two New Hyde Park business men were arrested on Tuesday, April 8 for underreporting gross sales, Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced. 

 

DA Rice said Gerard Losquadro, 61 of Garden City and Charles DiMarino, 48, of East Norwich, as the former and current owner, respectively, of New Hyde Park Auto Body Works, failed to remit $149,936.65 in sales tax collected from customers to the New York State

Department of Taxation and Finance from Sept. 1, 2009 to May 31, 2013, according to the DA’s office. 

The Village of New Hyde Park Board of Trustees held their 2014-15 tentative budget hearing on Monday, April 7, where a proposed budget of $6 million was presented.

 

The appropriation represents an increase of $160,512 from the 2013-14 budget and a tentative tax levy of $4.135 million, a 1.8 percent increase from last year.

 

“Working on this year’s budget was one of the hardest we’ve ever done,” Village Mayor Robert Lofaro said.


Sports

Sewanhaka’s boys lacrosse coach Peter Burgess has one rule when it comes to his goalies: make the saves that you’re supposed to make. 

 

Luckily for Burgess, senior Jake Mellen does that and more. 

 

“Once or twice a game he’ll make a save that no one’s supposed to make,” Burgess said. “I’ll look over to my assistant coach and say, ‘Wow, that was a special play right there’”

 

For three years, Mellen has been making those kind of spectacular saves for the Indians as the starting goalie. Before his senior season started, he was voted captain by his teammates and coaches. 

Coaching to some can be measured by wins and losses. But New Hyde Park’s head baseball coach Doug Robins measures his success through the success of his players, on and off the field. 

 

Robins has coached the Gladiators varsity baseball team since 1999 and made the playoffs 10 out of those 15 seasons. His teams have finished in second place in their league twice. 

 

Despite his teams on field success, Robins goal is to help his players succeed and receive the opportunity to play college ball. 


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