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Letter: No Amount of Snow Stops New Hyde Park Village DPW

The residents of the Village must give a big round of applause to Tom Gannon, the new superintendent of the department of public works, and his dedicated men for the superb job they did in the village during the recent snowstorm.

Their hard work in moving all the snow around so travel was a bit easier for residents and businesses solidifies why living in the Village of New Hyde Park is a true blessing.

With only a few weeks under his belt as the new “super” he got hit with a major blizzard that crippled half of the East Coast over the Christmas week-end, and Gannon got his first dose of reality in his new position and he handled it like a trouper.

Calling out two trucks at 11 a.m. on Sunday to sand and salt the roads to get a base down, he then called all the men in at 3 p.m. when the snow was rapidly falling and by 4 p.m. they were all out on the roads until late Monday afternoon doing what they do best in a crisis situation.

On Tuesday morning, Gannon called them back in at 3 a.m. to do a clean-up of all the streets after the residents had spent the day clearing their walkways and driveways, pushing much of the snow into the streets.

The men knew exactly what had to be done and how to expedite the job so the residents would not have to suffer, and for that they must be congratulated.

When looking at TV and seeing how major cities like New York City and the boroughs were literally stuck in their streets, it makes all of us in the village feel confident in the caliber of personnel we have serving us in New Hyde Park Village and the fact that the mayor and board of trustees have a sense of urgency toward our needs as taxpayers to get the job done and get it done right away.

To Tom Gannon and his team of hard-working men, the village residents appreciate what you do for us all year long, but your dedication in handling all the obstacles with this blizzard in record time and making our lives all a bit easier, makes us all proud. 

Thank you for a job well done.

Ellen La Regina