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Altadonna, Schiaffino Sworn In

Last week, Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna, was sworn in for another term as mayor. Trustee Tina Schiaffino was also sworn is as were members of the administrative staff, the commission staff, the ethics board and the legal staff.


Deputy Pravato spoke and praised Oyster Bay Town Supervisor for the town’s cleanup efforts following Sandy. Pravato also praised U.S. Representative Peter King for his efforts to lobby and eventually bring federal funds to the area.


Altadonna praised his fellow board members for their efforts in the village and also spoke about the village’s response to Superstorm Sandy. He commended board members for their tremendous efforts in responding to the needs of village residents following the devastating storm.


“Without this board, we couldn’t do what we do,” the mayor said. “There is a strong board behind me and I thank them for that.”


Altadonna also spoke about upcoming issues. He said that great progress has been made in securing a spot for a critical care facility to the village. He has long lobbied for such a center, saying that the nearest hospital is too far away to transport residents facing life or death situations when every second is critical. According to Altadonna, progress has been made about securing a spot near the Lexus auto dealership on Sunrise Highway, but if that should not happen, the village would look at a spot further west.


“That’s going to bring critical care to this village,” he said. “We’re going to get this done.”


He also spoke about the possibility of the village launching its own police force. The mayor has said the Seventh Precinct is stretched too thin, and that the village is often left underserved because officers on patrol in Massapequa Park are often called to the Sunrise Mall in response to activities there. The mayor said that he would be launching a citizens’ advisory board to consider the issue of launching a police force, including the cost effectiveness of such a venture as well as whether it would improve quality of life issues stemming from criminal activity in the area.


Altadonna also spoke about next year’s budget, calling it “strong.”