The Water Authority of Western Nassau County opened its new 16,000 square-foot headquarters on Monday, Dec. 2 on Union Turnpike in New Hyde Park. They previously operated on South Tyson Avenue in Floral Park since 1996.
“As people walk by, even during construction, [the building] was so well-received,” Water Authority Superintendent Michael Tierney said. “It’s a modern-type building and designed to look like a water storage tank.”
While Western Nassau’s new facility is ready, Tierney stated there is still work to be done before moving in. The majority of the project was funded by a 2010 bond issuance by the water authority. It helped build the central garage and main
headquarters at the site.
New Hyde Park residents gathered Saturday, Dec. 7 to kick off the holiday season when The Village of New Hyde Park hosted their yearly Christmas tree lighting ceremony at the Village Hall.
The auditorium at the Marcus Christ Community Center, decorated for this holiday season, filled up quickly as families and local residents came to enjoy the Christmas festivities. Mayor Robert A. Lofaro, who’s been on the board for the last 15 years, welcomed guests.
Sewanhaka Central High School District voters rejected a $99.5 million bond on Wednesday, Dec. 4 that would have funded extensive repairs and upgrades to the district’s five high schools. District residents voted against the plan, 2,705-2,412.
Forty percent of the bond would have been covered by state aid. The bond would have cost every taxpayer $144.26 annually.
“There’s not a whole lot you can say at this point,” said Joan Romagnoli, the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park representative on the Sewanhaka school board. “I’m disappointed. The administration worked tirelessly. Their outreach in the community was solid.”
The first-grade classes at Hillside Grade School recently held its Thanksgiving Feast. The students made “apple turkeys,” recited poetry, sang songs, and made butter for their corn muffins. During class, they learned about the first Thanksgiving and how children long ago lived.
A cold windy day did not stop the Manor Oaks School students from running in the Second Annual Turkey Trot recently. Gym Teacher Ms. Innella coordinated the event. In order to take part in the run, students were asked to bring in canned food. The food was donated to local families in need, so they can enjoy a Thanksgiving dinner.
The kids had fun running the race. Some students dressed up as Pilgrims, Indians and even turkeys for the costume contest.
A new proposal by interim Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials of the Town of North Hempstead. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
New Hyde Park residents and officials reacted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to veto a state bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise study of two major airports. A main sticking point in the bill was the necessity of the identical legislation put forth by the state of New Jersey.
Rather than wait for New Jersey, the governor is ordering a study be held. New Hyde Park resident Kurt Lanjghar, a proponent of aircraft noise abatement in the community, was pleased, but puzzled.
Community backlash against erection of a new radio tower drove the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District into the spotlight in recent weeks, forcing its commissioners to address communication lapses, and ultimately, ceasing and reversing construction efforts. The district covers North New Hyde Park.
Now, a Dec. 10 election for a commissioner’s seat is thrusting the water district toward center stage once again. Current commissioner Donald O’Brien will vie for a second term, challenged by former commissioner Robert DeVito.
Tempers flared over what residents call ineffectual and incompetent education officials last Thursday at a Herricks Board of Education meeting. Parents, teachers, and administrators at Herricks called for the resignation of New York State Education Commissioner John King.
Major grievances included the Common Core, raised testing standards in mathematics and English, and the issue of students’ private data being collected by third parties. U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan’s recent comments about “white suburban moms” not wanting to face the harsh truths these increased standards might illuminate also drew ire from both the board and parents at the meeting.
Nassau County is going to reevaluate its plan to install a red light camera on Jericho Turnpike near New Hyde Park Road after village officials noted traffic backup near a Long Island Rail Road crossing just south of the proposed site.
Nassau County Traffic and Safety Coordinator Chris Mistron said accident studies are conducted at proposed sites to determine the need for a camera. However, this particular site needs more vetting.
“Right now, I don’t know if we are going to proceed with that location,” he said. “We’re going to do a reevaluation.”
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