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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

While this year’s New Hyde Park Street Fair takes place one day before the first official day of fall, the event keeps the spirit of summer alive a little longer for the 20,000-25,000 attendees. 

 

Organizers are looking to up the ante for the 19th annual event on Saturday, Sept. 20, with the usual clowns and crafts supplemented by a petting zoo, pony rides and a new children’s carnival, from New Hyde Park-based Send in the Clowns.

 

“We try to capatilize on all the elements of the fair that work and modify ones that need work,” said New Hyde Park Village Board Research Assistant/Fair

Coordinator Janet Bevers. “The fair has been in place for 19 years now so in essence we follow a similar format. We invite all the village merchants to participate.”

 

The pony rides will be stationed near the Green Meadow Farms petting zoo on Lakeville Road, with the carnival setting up shop in the village’s Central Boulevard parking lot.

 

“It’s exciting to see a local company taking on a big piece of the fair,” Bevers said.

 

Fair reps expect at least 220 vendors to line the street fair this year. In the fair’s inaugural outing in 1995, just 90 craft vendors showed up.

 

“I think it’s one of the biggest events in Nassau County,” Queens-based Craft-A-Fair President Tony Ciuffo said. “The fair accentuates the local merchants.

Every year it gets more and more exciting. I expect new vendors this year. Around 25 percent of the vendors will be new this year.”

 

Each year, vendors rent space on the turnpike from New Hyde Park Road, continuing west to Covert Avenue. Last year, a few extra blocks were added near Lakeville Road.

 

Former trustee Florence Lisanti was one of the first organizers of the street fair, who trustee Donald Barbieri commended for leading the charge.

 

“[The fair] is a great day for the community,” he stated. “We’re proud to have all our local organizations along the turnpike. The merchants get to showcase what they do. We are very proud of the street fair.”

 

Local merchants, Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce members, charity and service groups can set up tables on the sidewalk free of charge, Bevers said.

 

“We view the fair as the premiere street fair on Long Island,” Bevers stated. “It goes about a square mile. The community feel to the fair is crucial. It’s a big fair and still retains its local charact

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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