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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

Running for his second major office in as many years, Adam Haber touched on familiar themes in a visit to Anton Media Group to discuss his candidacy for the Seventh District New York State Senate seat, where Haber is challenging the Republican incumbent, Jack Martins.

 

Haber entered politics in 2009, when he ran for and won, a seat on the Roslyn School Board. The district was then reeling from an embezzlement scandal that had cost it millions of dollars. Haber touted his achievements on the board, including bringing finances into line to the point where the district has seen the lowest tax increases of any district in Nassau County. Last year, Haber ran for the Democratic Party’s nomination to challenge Edward P. Mangano for the Nassau County executive’s race. 

After a recent security scare, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is leading a push to get public election polling moved out of school buildings. The board of education is aiming to pass its resolution at the state level to encompass all New York Schools and address what they see as a broad school security flaw. 

 

“What’s good for our kids should be good for any child in any other public school in the entire state,” Superintendent Robert Katulak said. 


Sports

 

The Sewanhaka Indians topped the Herricks Highlanders, 26-6, on Saturday, Oct. 25. The Indians (5-2) Garden City High School to close out the regular season on Saturday, Nov. 1 at 2 p.m. at 170 Rockaway Ave., Garden City.

 

(Photos by Stephen Takacs)


The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 


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