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Lofaro Addresses Storm Preparedness

With the New York area hit by a stunning amount of snow in recent weeks, Mayor Robert Lofaro addressed the village’s current level of storm preparedness at the Tuesday, Feb. 18 board of trustees meeting, stating that, as is the case with many municipalities across Long Island, New Hyde Park has had challenges accessing supplies of salt to treat icy roadways.

 

“We, fortunately, have had enough supply to deal with the snow events that we’ve had, including the one this morning,” he told the trustees. “But it got to the point that we got a delivery of salt [on Feb. 18], and that salt was immediately put on the trucks, so it’s not like we have a big surplus. We have another 80 tons on order which is to be mixed with 80 tons of sand, and we hope to get that soon.”

 

Lofaro emphasized that the issues surrounding adequate stores of salt had nothing to do with the village’s foresight; it had more to do with policies that New York State instituted this winter.

 

“This is not a problem where we forgot to order the salt, or we didn’t know how much salt to order,” he said. “The problem is that New York State wanted all salt deliveries to be sent directly to them and not municipalities because they didn’t want any one municipality hoarding salt.

 

According to Lofaro, the state kept tight control over salt supplies. “We actually had to go to the Sunny Side Yard in Queens and pick up salt because they wanted to control that,” he said.

 

New Hyde Park is currently getting direct deliveries of salt that aren’t controlled by the state, Lofaro said; in addition, he stated that the they have had sufficient salt supplies to deal with the snow encountered thus far this season, with another salt delivery expected

soon.

“Our equipment is holding out well, and I believe our men are holding out well also,” he said. “They’ve been put to the task and we certainly appreciate the work that our men in public works do.”

Stress Report Talk

 

In addition, the mayor spoke on the recent Municipality Stress Assessment report released by New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli. The intention of the report is to serve as an financial early-warning system to local municipalities, Lofaro indicated that New Hyde Park had ranked among the very best villages in the state as far as financial stability goes.

 

“Out of the 500-some-odd villages on Long Island, there are some that are in significant financial stress, but I’m proud to say that New Hyde Park is not one of them,” he said. “The lowest score [and best score] you can get is a zero, and the highest score is perhaps has high as 70, and we got a 3.3, which is extremely low...this means that we are in extremely good fiscal condition, and our auditors have said this as well. We’re extremely happy about this.”

 

Lofaro also noted that while the village has not yet started full-on work on the upcoming 2014-15 budget. Preliminary efforts have been ongoing and the board of trustees is expected to begin crafting a spending plan for the next fiscal year soon.

News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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