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Hearty Farewell To Petruccio

Thursday, 04 April 2013 00:00

Applause erupted when the gavel hit the base, but Daniel Petruccio admitted it might have been only the second time he’s used it since winning the office of mayor in New Hyde Park 12 years ago. 

“I can’t even give it to Bob, sadly,” he said, holding the gavel. “It’s got my name on it.” He was referring to the new mayor, Robert Lofaro.

Community leaders, activists and village mainstays were out in full force for Petruccio’s last meeting on Tuesday, March 26. He held the post for 12 years.

 

Sharing Is Caring

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio. dgilderubio@antonnews.com Monday, 01 April 2013 16:53

How a love of learning drives

Little Treasures Preschool

Good things come in small packages and for Kathy Richards, that would be the 2-, 3-and 4-year-old little ones or “friends” that attend Little Treasures of New Hyde Park, the preschool she co-founded with a friend eight years ago. It’s the culmination of her eternal love and desire to get in front of a classroom of children just setting out their educational journey.

 

Sharing Is Caring

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Sunday, 31 March 2013 00:00

How a love of learning drives Little Treasures Preschool

Good things come in small packages and for Kathy Richards, that would be the 2-, 3-and 4-year-old little ones or “friends” that attend Little Treasures of New Hyde Park, the preschool she co-founded with a friend eight years ago. It’s the culmination of her eternal love and desire to get in front of a classroom of children just setting out their educational journey. 

 

Downtown Improvement Coming

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 30 March 2013 00:00

Hempstead to receive $3.4 million, chunk goes to Elmont

Elmont will receive $325,000 of the $3.4 million awarded to the Town of Hempstead for town-wide residential and downtown improvement projects, Nassau County officials revealed last week.

Every year, a pool of federal money dubbed Community Development Block Grants (CDBG) is made available to local municipalities in order to improve the lives of residents in both public and private spaces. Areas near Hempstead Turnpike in Elmont will be revitalized, totaling $250,000. Approximately $75,000 will be allocated for projects relating to “Community Corners.” Hempstead applied for these grants in early 2012.

 

Veteran Trustee Elected Mayor

Written by Marilou Giammona Friday, 29 March 2013 00:00

Egan, Justice Milone re-elected, newcomer Onorato clinches spot

Village trustee Gerard S. Tangredi was elected mayor of Stewart Manor in an uncontested election. Tangredi received 255 votes last week. Mayor James J. Kelly announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

Trustee John R. Egan, Unity Party candidate, was re-elected for his fourth term, and newcomer Michael Onorato, a Village Party candidate, was elected as trustee. Deputy Mayor and Trustee Robert C. Fabio announced earlier this year that he would not seek re-election.

 

New Mayor In Town

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 28 March 2013 09:37

Petruccio feels Lofaro’s skill-set makes for a great leader

Though incumbents ran unopposed for the New Hyde Park Village Board last week, anticipation mounted since Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced he would not seek a fourth term as village leader. He held his post for 12 years. 

Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro will take over as village mayor after garnering 134 votes on March 19. Incumbent trustees Donald Barbieri and Lawrence J. Montreuil received 131 and 139 votes respectively. Village Justice Chris Devane received 144 tallies.

 

Pet Of The Week

Thursday, 21 March 2013 00:00

Rebecca “Becky Paige” is the snuggly longhaired, tabby feline and best friend to Jessica Orquera in New Hyde Park. Becky is incredibly shy and spends her whole day hiding in dresser drawers and in covert kitty operations.

Her favorite treat is catnip sprinkled over her kitty-condo, and she goes wild for the sound of a can opener tapping a can of tuna.

Want your pet featured in the New Hyde Park Illustrated News? Email a good quality photo (no cell phone pictures please) and a brief, funny description to Rich Forestano at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

 

Weitzman: Downtowns Are Key

Written by Rich Forestano Saturday, 23 March 2013 00:00

Former Comptroller Weitzman wants hometown feel in Nassau County, IDA cooperation

Downtown revitalization never seems to go by the wayside in Nassau County and is a key component for growth in the area, says comptroller Howard Weitzman. Weitzman held a roundtable discussion with Anton Newspaper editors last week and will face-off in a primary race with Nassau County Legislator Wayne Wink. 

 

Proposed Budget; 2.49% Hike

Written by Rick Karas Wednesday, 20 March 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Schools talk budget

Months of hard work and number crunching came together at the New Hyde Park School on Monday, March 11 when the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education unveiled a first draft of its 2013-14 budget that calls for a 2.49 percent hike over last year’s figures.

District Superintendent Robert Katulak and Assistant Superintendent Michael Frank gave a detailed explanation of all the factors that come into play when coming up with a final number.

 

Rival Garbage Haulers Compete For East Williston Contract

Written by Alan KraWitz Friday, 22 March 2013 00:00

Trash talk dominated the discussion in East Williston last week as the village held a public hearing to determine whether to dump their current and somewhat embattled garbage hauler, Dejana, in favor of the next lowest bidding company, Meadow Carting. 

Port Washington-based Dejana Industries, Inc., has been the village’s garbage hauling company since 2009, under a competitively bid contract which provides options to renew at the village’s discretion. The company’s current contract expires on May 31st. 

 

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