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Ellen Birnbaum: Looking Ahead

Ellen Birnbaum plans to “hit the ground running” next month when she is sworn in as the Nassau County legislator for the 10th legislative district, which represents North New Hyde Park. With a long history of working for the Democratic party, local government and many years working for the Town of North Hempstead, she is now busy getting her office set up and already planning her agenda.


First off, Birnbaum is determined to take a “good look” at the Nassau County Police Department and try to discover if the consolidation of the Sixth Precinct into the Third Precinct has negatively impacted her local constituents. She is concerned about daily reports, believes there is “a lot” of overtime hours, has questions regarding increased salaries and is quite concerned about the lack of police reporting daily incidents to local officials.


Birnbaum said that it is most important that mayors and other such officials are kept up-to-date about what is happening in their own villages and towns so that they can inform their residents. “Government should be transparent … there should be accountability,” she said.


Birnbaum plans to not only research this issue, but meet with police. And then she will analyze police work and study statistics.


“I plan to be very diligent about this,” she stated.


When it comes to working in the Republican-majority legislature, Birnbaum plans to forge relationships “on both sides of the aisle. She emphasized the importance of working together with both sides to enact change.


Birnbaum noted that she will continue projects that outgoing district legislator and North Hempstead Town Supervisor-elect Judi Bosworth began. She also said that she would like to know why Nassau County seems unable to bring these long-needed safety projects to fruition in a more timely manner.


As far as the much-discussed county budget, Birnbaum is firm that she will certainly be examining that budget. “I’ll hold the reins on bonding,” she said, firmly.


With her 17 years in town government and the last two-and-a-half years as the town’s director of inter-municipal coordination, Birnbaum feels she is ready to step forward as county legislator.


“I’m up to the challenge,” said Birnbaum.


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.

Following her uncontested election last month, trustee Donna Squicciarino was officially sworn in by Mayor Robert Lofaro for a one year term on Monday, April 7. 


Squicciarino is the second woman in New Hyde Park’s 86-year history to serve as trustee. Florence Lisanti was the first woman to serve on the board, whose term expired in 2001.


“I think it’s great,” said Squicciarino. “We needed a woman at the table with a different point of view. We have a lot of different perspectives that guide the village in the right direction.”


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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