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Mayor’s Message Village of Floral Park

The following letter was submitted for consideration by the Districting Advisory Commission for the creation of new county legislative district lines on Jan. 3.  Our belief continues to be that, as the Village of Floral Park is one village, it should be identified and represented as such, completely intact, within the boundary of one legislative district.

Dear Chairman Francis Maroney, 

I am the mayor of the Incorporated Village of Floral Park.  It is requested that Floral Park’s written comments, as contained herein, be made a part of the public record. 

Floral Park was incorporated in 1908. Over the last century-plus, Floral Park not only has become a full-service village, but a close community of neighbors.  Throughout its history, our village has suffered its fair share of tragedies and challenges, all of which have served only to solidify us as a community. 

Ten years ago and over vehement objection, the Nassau County Legislature established legislative districts, which literally ripped Floral Park in half.  As it was at that time and as it is now, the law directs that specific deference be given to village boundaries. 

Sadly, based on the re-districting maps being proposed by both the Republicans and Democrats, this injustice will be perpetuated for yet another decade.  Once again, an arbitrary line bearing no relation to the reality of our residents or our community will divide the residents of our village.  No rational justification exists for the continued legislative division of our village. 

However, this can be easily remedied. With only a slight revision of the Republican proposed map, not only can Floral Park be unified as a whole, but also the Village of New Hyde Park can be largely rejoined (under the current proposal, New Hyde Park is split in three). Specifically this can be achieved by altering the Republican proposed map and including the portion of Village of Floral Park north of Jericho Turnpike (currently in proposed ND 10) and incorporating that area into proposed ND08 where the rest of Floral Park is proposed to be included.

The voters lost from proposed ND 10 in that process could be recaptured by adding the portion of New Hyde Park south of Jericho Turnpike (currently in proposed ND 08) to what appears to be approximately half of the Village of New Hyde Park in proposed ND 10. Thus, under this proposal, Floral Park can be completely contained within a single legislative district, and New Hyde Park can at least be closer to being kept intact. 

On behalf of the board of trustees and all the residents of Floral Park, it is respectfully requested that this injustice be corrected and that the village, as a unified village, be restored to its rightful place under the legislative district map.  


News

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”

New Hyde Park resident Tom Madera, of 7th Avenue, doesn’t want another car crashing into his house and hopes a Nassau County plan to install traffic calming features along Covert Avenue will prevent another incident.

 

“Anything would help, even if it makes noise like rubber strips along the road,” he said. “I can assure that it doesn’t make as much noise as a screeching Cadillac which has decided to reorganize the front of your house. That happened two years ago.”

 

The project would run down Covert Avenue from Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park, south to Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont. The project could cost more than $250,000, according to Aryeh Lemberger, unit head for Nassau County traffic engineers. He expects the plan would begin in 2015.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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