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New Hyde Park Trustee Seat Filled

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:30

CPA, school treasurer to fill open village trustee seat

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro appointed Donna Squicciarino as trustee to fill his unexpired term vacated when he took the mayor’s post. Lofaro, who was elected March 19, had resigned from his trustee position on April 1, with two years remaining in that term.


Squicciarino is a CPA and has been a resident of New Hyde Park for 16 years. She brings a strong financial background with experience in property taxes, accounting, finance and budgeting, according to village officials, according to Lofaro.


BOCES Budget Set

Written by Matthew Ern Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:00

The Herricks School District passed the new BOCES Administrative Budget for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year at a Board of Education meeting Wednesday, April 17.  The BOCES (budget was set at $19,686,115, a 2 percent increase from last year.


The new budget saw many costs remaining fairly consistent with the previous years. Most categories only saw minor fluctuations with the biggest increase coming in fringe benefits (11.9 percent).  The biggest decrease was in equipment costs (-23.6 percent).   


The board also approved the property tax report card for the 2013-14 school year. Total proposed spending for the year would see an increase of 3.19 percent.


FD Hearings Cost $11K

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

Figure comes in response to query from civic leaders in Dolan case 

The New Hyde Park Fire Department revealed on April 16 that $11,467 in taxpayer money was spent on disciplinary hearings of Michael Dolan Sr. and Jr. The two were accused last year of stealing Kidde smoke detectors from the firehouse.


Lakeville Estates Civic Association President Marianna Wohlgemuth sent a letter to the Fire Commissioner Richard Stein on April 8 asking to disclose costs involved with the hearing. The letter was co-signed by her sister, Marietta DiCamillo, president of the North Lakeville Civic Association.


Third degree larceny charges against the two, filed in mid-July 2012, have since been dropped. Fire officials declined to comment on any aspect of the senior Dolan’s case. 


Village Budget Adopted

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park tax levy set at 2.04 percent

Number crunching is over for the Village of New Hyde Park after the board of trustees adopted the 2013-14 village budget on Tuesday, April 16. The final total budget is set at $5,853,068.67, which represents a $31,433.51 increase from last year.


The village will not pierce the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap, affirming a 2.04 ($4,061,113.39) tax levy increase. On April 2, the village presented a tentative 2.23 percent tax levy, which mirrored New York State’s allowable limit to New Hyde Park.


Read All About It

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park residents install community bookshelf at train station

Newspapers and magazines are available at many Long Island Rail Road train stations. But in New Hyde Park, there is something additional for commuters – a bookshelf, thanks to residents Katina Grigoraskos and Carmin Perrone.

Grigoraskos and Perrone installed a New Hyde Park Community Bookshelf at the New Hyde Park train station. The two joined forces with the LIRR and “jazzed the station up a bit,” getting donations from Hillside Public Library. 

The idea came to fruition when Perrone was getting rid of her bookshelf and the two thought to put it to good use. Grigoraskos and Perrone reached out to the train station manager Jennifer Uihlein. 

Friends, neighbors and the two women donated books. Books can be dropped off anytime during open hours.


Gift To The Cause

Saturday, 20 April 2013 00:00

The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce presented a benevolence check, as they do each year, in support of the St. Baldrick’s Foundation Marcus Christ Hall event to fight childhood cancer spearheaded by P.O.P. Officer Nick Mosesso for the N.C.P.D. Third Precinct, with the support of New Hyde Park Village staff and dedicated volunteers.


County Clerk Speaks At Herricks Center

Friday, 19 April 2013 00:00

 Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell was the guest speaker at a recent senior’s luncheon at the Herricks Community Center.  Clerk O’Connell spoke with members about the services the Clerk’s office provides to the community including the processing and maintenance of the County’s land and court records.


Budget Out, And Up

Written by Gary Simeone Thursday, 18 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park talk programs, Race To Top

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District presented the 2013-14 budget for a May 21 vote last week. Next year’s budget is currently $35,525,755, a 2.99 percent increase from 2012-13.

Assistant Superintendent for Business Michael Frank gave his budget presentation at a school board meeting at the Manor Oaks School. Outlined in his presentation were the ways he planned to develop the budget for the 2013-14 school year. 


Running For Katie McBride

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 17 April 2013 08:24

Run/Walk set for June 23

Michael McBride doesn’t want accolades for the now 4th annual Katie’s Run 5K run/2-mile walk set for June 23. Instead, he would like his daughter, whose name graces the event’s title, to be remembered. The event benefits the Ronald McDonald House, where McBride spent countless hours during his daughter’s treatment. 


awoke on a June morning in 2007 with a sore throat. Jean, Michael’s wife, took her to the doctor after school, thinking it was nothing serious. The doctor didn’t like what she saw.

“We went over to Good Samaritan Hospital in West Islip and the ear, nose and throat doctor, just by the look on his face, he knew there was something wrong.”

After rounds of tests, Katie was diagnosed with Burkitts Lymphoma the day after her 11th birthday, which was also Fathers Day. When her chemotherapy treatment concluded, Katie was finally home in September 2007 and attended the first day of school, but something was still wrong.


Volunteering To Lose Hair

Written by Gary Simeone Saturday, 13 April 2013 00:00


St. Baldrick’s event held at Marcus Christ Hall St. Baldrick’s event held at 

The Nassau County Police Department’s Third Precinct hosted its fifth annual St. Baldrick’s Event for children with cancer at Marcus Christ Hall on Monday, April 1. The event was led by local Boy Scout troops in honor of one of their members, James Sokol, who was diagnosed with leukemia in January. The St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer charity that funds promising research to help find cures for kids with cancer.


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