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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

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”

The Village of New Hyde Park will soon hear Manhattan businessman Sam Chan’s proposal to open a 84-seat hibachi-style restaurant at 1215 Jericho Tpke. in New Hyde Park, the former spot of the maligned Empire Billiards Hall. The hearing is set for Tuesday, Sept. 16 at 7:30 p.m.

“The board will be hearing the case for restaurant usage,” Mayor Robert Lofaro said. “This will also have to go before the zoning board. They will likely hear the case.”


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



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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