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Roads And Budgets

Since the beginning of the year, the Village Board has been very busy with developing plans for three major capital improvement projects (2014 Road Improvement; South 14th & 6th Ave. Drainage/Village Hall Parking Lot Reconstruction; and Reconstruction of the Tennis and Basketball Courts at Memorial Park) working on the budget, proposing an offer for a new contract with the CSEA Union, developing reorganization plans for the Building Department and Clerk’s Office, and finally, continuing to manage the Operation Downtown (Jericho Tpke) Project.

Let me start with the Operation Downtown Project, a project that will create a more pedestrian friendly Main Street with traffic calming and horticultural elements on Jericho Turnpike. But this project, which for years has been government bureaucracy at its worst, has now turned into a tremendous inconvenience for our local businesses, shoppers, and residents. The constant setbacks we are having with the pace, schedule, and methods of our contractor who is performing the work has been nothing less than a total disappointment. We truly apologize, but look to celebrate when the work is finally done. We’ll try even harder to get it right.

And finally, the Village Board adopted a new budget that holds taxes within the State mandated 1.8 percent tax cap. We had our Bond Rating upgraded to AA+, which will help keep interest costs down on future debt issues. And thank you to State Senator Jack Martins in securing several grants that will help with our capital improvements in several areas of the village.

News

Commuting to work via train is exasperating and expensive—add on the stress of parking and the threat of tickets, it becomes madness.

 

“There’s a lot of parking if you get here early enough,” commuter Michelle Vernant said. “If you think you’re getting a spot after 8:30 a.m., think again.”

 

At the New Hyde Park Train Station, there are 340 commuter parking spaces that line the train station from New Hyde Park Road to Covert Avenue.

In his first duty as new commander of G&E Linder VFW Post 8031, U.S. Air Force veteran Mario Obertis fired a three-volley salute to honor local military veterans who had fallen in battle or are otherwise deceased as part of the color guard during last Tuesday’s Veterans Day observance in New Hyde Park.

 

“I’m always proud to be a commander of the veterans group. I feel like it’s giving back,” said Obertis, a Korean War era veteran who had previously served as post commander from 2001 through 2005.


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. 


Calendar

Songfest Tickets - November 19

PTA Meeting - November 19

Herricks School Board Meeting - November 20


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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