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The Mayor's Corner

Winter Questions Are Always Plentiful

Happy and healthy New Year to all. With winter upon us, more time is spent indoors and communication with neighbors becomes less frequent. It is important that we all maintain contact with our friends and neighbors, especially the senior population and those living by themselves. Checking on others during these winter months, especially with this brutally cold weather, is important to ensure the safety and well-being of all. Working with each other is what helps to make this Village a great place to live. 

 

I’d like to commend residents for keeping their vehicles off the streets during the recent snow storm. The majority of residents followed village regulations regarding snow emergency stipulations. While it can be difficult to comply, it is necessary to keep our village roads empty so that plowing can be done in a safe and efficient manner.

 

During and after the storm I received phone calls and emails from residents as to where cars could be parked legally during a storm event. Village policy allows vehicles to be parked in village parking lots when snow is predicted or actually falls.

 

Cars can be parked in Village parking lots where permits are normally required without the necessary permits. Tickets will not be issued under these circumstances.

 

Village lots are located as follows; Willis Avenue and Fordham Street, Hillside Avenue and Liberty Street, train station, and the lot located between Nassau Road and Pennsylvania. I also encourage all to work closely with neighbors to share driveway space, when possible, to help alleviate  the parking situation. 

 

I’m aware that the following message has been delivered a number of times both in this paper and the Village Green but I feel it is necessary to repeat it once again. Once snow reaches two or more inches, a snow emergency will be declared. All vehicles must be removed from Village streets so that plowing can be done.

 

Owners of vehicles left on the village streets will be subject to a $150 fine. The vehicles are to remain off the street for 18 hours after the snowfall ends. In order to assist in the cleanup and to avoid the issuance of a summons please move the vehicles off the streets whenever snow is predicted.

 

Along these lines, I ask when shoveling either by hand or by snow blower, snow not be put back in the streets. Direct the snow onto your property as snow returned to the streets recreates a dangerous situation. It requires additional plowing and icing conditions.

 

Together, we can make a difference by following the aforementioned information.  


News

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.”

At the April 3 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, it was revealed that New York State’s recently passed budget has allotted a larger-than-anticipated amount of aid for schools; this has resulted in an additional $360,000 for the district to use for its 2014-2015 budget.

 

According to Board of Education President James Gounaris, the 2014-2015 Herricks budget was already adopted, on March 20; after the surprise boost in state aid, the budget was adjusted and re-adopted at the April 3 meeting, with the additional funds allocated toward restoring some budgetary cuts made to the district in recent years.


Sports

Sewanhaka High School’s seventh grade girl’s basketball team finished with an undefeated season, coached by Alison Leighton and assistant coach Myeishay Brooks. 

 

“With an incredible starting five, and depth throughout the roster, the team showed that with talent and determination, they can do anything,” Leighton said. “Not only were they an unbelievable team to coach, they were sportswomen on the court, and gave one hundred percent effort in their games, and practices.”

Most tourists travel to see the sights and eat the food. But New Hyde Park resident Dr. Peter Douris recently flew to South Korea for a different reason entirely. He spent a week in the southern mountains testing for 5th degree black belt in the Korean martial art of Soo Bahk Do. 

 

Douris was part of a group from Kwon’s Karate studio in Manhasset, where they’ve all trained for many years with their instructor, Master H.Y. Kwon, a ninth level black belt.

 

In Korea, their days began at 6 a.m. and continued until very late.


Calendar

Zoning Board Meeting - April 9

PTSA-PTA Meeting - April 9

PTA Meeting - April 10


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