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.
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.
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.
Michael Dolan Sr. was removed as a New Hyde Park volunteer firefighter on Tuesday April 2, according to his son, Michael Jr. The senior Dolan had been suspended nine months ago, after both Dolans were charged by the Nassau County district attorney’s office with stealing 65 Kidde smoke detectors from the department.
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.
The younger Dolan was said by an independent hearing officer to have had no knowledge of the removal of the smoke detectors and the department should take no action against him.
The village of New Hyde Park proposed a $5.8 million budget for the 2012-14 year, a $39,350.69 increase from the previous year, but the new fiscal plan will not break the state-imposed tax cap. New York State set the village’s allowable tax levy increase at about 2.23 percent ($88,639.96).
New Hyde Park’s final levy mirrored the state’s figure. The total tax levy at press time is $4,068,439.57. Residents would pay $31.32 more in taxes per year should the budget be approved as is.
It was the first such change at the top in New Hyde Park in a dozen years. Robert Lofaro’s 14-year journey through the village ranks took him from trustee to deputy mayor and now, the mayor’s seat.
Lofaro was sworn into office at Village Hall on Monday, April 1 while two other returning trustees were sworn in once again. Lofaro outlined some of his goals before a packed William Gill Theatre.
“We want to keep our taxes stable, we want to continue our road projects that began in 2001,” Lofaro said.
David Sexton and Nkenge Gilliam of the Sewanhaka Central High School District have both been named “Distinguished Teacher of 2013” by the Harvard Club of Long Island.
The two will be honored at the Harvard Club of Long Island’s annual University Relations Lunch on April 7. Following the award ceremony, Harvard professor Dr. Maria Tatar will give a short lecture entitled, “Mythical and Magical: The Resurgence of Fairy Tales in Popular Culture.”
New Hyde Park officials recently met with New York State reps to discuss the Jericho Turnpike repaving project, Trustee Donald Barbieri revealed last week. He said that after state Department of Transportation (DOT) work in Mineola, which is slated to restart April 8, is finished, workers will return to the New York City line and continue work through New Hyde Park.
You can blame a hole in the floor of the Parkville Library back in the early 1990s for putting longtime New Hyde Park resident Marietta DiCamillo on the road to civic activism. At the time, she was pulling serious hours wearing a number of hats as the office manager/financial controller/head of IT and HR at the Independent Federation of Flight Attendants (IFFA). But given the pride she had (and continues to have) in her community, this was one issue DiCamillo wasn’t going to let slide.
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.
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