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POP Officer Talks Theft, Prostitution

Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Nick Mosesso of the Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct delivered an update on criminal activity in New Hyde Park on Tuesday, March 11.

Speaking at a village board meeting, Mosesso acts as a liaison to the community from POP.

 

“Honestly, there hasn’t been much,” Mosesso said. “We had a residential burglary early in the year, a business burglary, and damaged property of three automobiles.”

 

Other incidents he mentioned were criminal mischief at Mike’s Convenience Store, which he said someone saw on a surveillance video tape. 

 

According to Mosesso, the two  burglaries don’t appear to be related, and he suggested retribution as a potential motive for one or more.

 

Outside of the village, Mosesso mentioned the stealing of rims and tires off cars, which he said has happened on several occasions in the past two months.

 

Catalytic converters are also being stolen in different locations, Mosesso said. The converters contain platinum, which is a valuable metal.

 

“They’ve gone to areas where there are fleets of cars, so they hit seven or eight vehicles in one shot,” Mosesso said.

 

Mosesso said arrests had been made in converter thefts and police are looking at “multiple individuals” for the theft of rims and tires.

 

Mosesso said that illegal prostitution is taking place in the area, but declined to elaborate. He explained that it’s not being run as a massage parlor or a business of that sort, and assured that it will be taken care of “within short order.”

 

Trustee Richard Coppola Jr. encouraged the community to not be afraid of calling 911 to report something, which Mosesso elaborated on, explaining what happens when people call the precinct instead.

 

“When you do that, the officer has to either put it through to 911 via phone or computer, so it’s an additional step,” Mosesso said. “We don’t dispatch officers from the precinct, it would be faster for you (the caller) to dial 911 and get the ball rolling.”

Loitering, Traffic Violation Talk

Village of New Hyde Park Mayor Robert Lofaro said the village board had recently met with Deputy Inspector John Conti,to discuss “hot spots in the community with traffic violations and loitering.”

 

According to Lofaro, Trustee Donald Barbieri discovered a new traffic pattern in which residents are utilizing a commercial parking lot to get around a traffic light.

 

Lofaro commended Mosesso, who was alerted that residents were taking handicapped spots down by the railroad. He issued summonses to vehicles parked in handicapped spots the next day, addressing the issue.

 

“That’s a soft spot for me, making sure the handicapped spots are open to the proper residents,” Mosesso said.

Road Improvements Discussed

Offering an update on the village road improvement project, Lofaro said the village has received plans New Hyde Park will send out to bid and that a few design elements “have to be tweaked.” The estimated cost from the village’s engineer to do all the work proposed is $1.7 million.

 

According to Lofaro, an estimated 8,000 linear feet of road work needs to be done, and the village board anticipates a resolution at the next meeting to borrow $2 million over the course of 20 years. 

 

“Hopefully we will go out to bid in a week or so, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the bids will be low,” the road work should begin “sometime mid April, if everything works out well,” Lofaro said.  

Budget Numbers Shaping Up

Lofaro shared preliminary numbers, such as the expected cap to remain under 1.8 percent, and that the village is “about $90,000 away from getting to that level.” Lofaro also said that one particular number that’s seen an estimated $30,000 increase from last year is New York State retirement costs.  

 

“For the last two or three budgets, we’ve kept the tax below the cap, we’ve started work on the budget and we’re anticipating a very difficult year,” he said.

 

Lofaro expressed frustration over unfunded mandates, such as an annual $3,000 to $5,000 on engineering fees for groundwater run off, which he said “the village is not connected to waterways anywhere, but we have to put together a statement every year that we don’t contaminate water anywhere.”

Public Hearing Set

The village board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 20, for a nursing aide school that is seeking to open at 613 Jericho Tpke.

 

“We’re delighted for when new businesses come here, and hopefully Jericho Turnpike will look much better this summer,” Lofaro said.

News

 Online food market OurHarvest has recently joined forces with Mineola-based Island Harvest Food Bank, Long Island’s largest hunger relief organization, to help feed hungry Long Islanders over Thanksgiving and throughout the holiday season.

In the year it’s been open, the Space at Westbury has been host to musicians, comedians, dancers and last week, the venue opend its doors for world class boxers and their loyal fans. One of the headliners was Richie “Brazil” Neves, from New Hyde Park.

 

Winner Takes All Productions and Greg Cohen Promotions brought a night of boxing to the Space on Thursday, Nov. 13. While boxing events have come to Long Island before, this was the first of its kind to come to The Space. 


Sports

Despite a disappointing playoff loss against the Wantagh Warriors, Sewanhaka Indians Head Coach George Kasimatis, is pleased with his football team’s season. 

“I’m proud of my team,” he said. “But you are never satisfied unless you win the whole thing.”

 

The Indians faced a big challenge this year, moving up into Conference II left them as the new kids on the block, unfamiliar with the teams they would be going against. 

Kasimatis will have a tall task next year replacing graduating seniors, which made up most of his starting lineup. Kasimatis said most of the offensive line, such as Danny Gianotti, Adrian Gonzalez and Louis Segarra III, and the defensive line, such as Justin Alexandre, Peter LaTorre and Peter Militano are seniors, many of which have started multiple years for him. 

The fifth seeded Sewanhaka Indians traveled to Wantagh to take on the fourth seeded Wantagh Warriors on Friday, Nov. 7 for its opening playoff game. 

 

The Indians opened the game sluggish on offense, and were held in check throughout the first quarter. The Indians defense did its best to keep the team within striking distance, but field position form shaky special teams play, put them in a difficult position. 

 

Warriors running back Dylan Beckwith, was able to punch in a 15-yard touchdown run, to give the Warriors a one score lead after the first quarter. 


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