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Flood-Free Streets?

Final piece of flood project approved

The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) approved funding for Nassau County’s part of a plan to address flood issues in Mineola and Carle Place, officials revealed on May 15. Mineola and North Hempstead’s portion of the three-part Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project has been ongoing.

 

The county will install two new catch basins and five new manholes and 1,715 feet of 36-or 48-inch bypass pipes on Sheridan Boulevard from Raff Avenue, crossing Westbury Avenue, entering Mineola’s recharge basin. Pratt Brothers Construction will handle the county’s work.

 

“I always knew we could get this through the county, but I was always concerned about NIFA pulling the rug out from under us at some point,” Nassau County Legislator Rich Nicolello said. “I’m hopeful we can get work done as quickly as possible and get through a rainy season.”

 

NIFA did not return calls for comment.

 

Mineola Public Works Superintendent Tom Rini hopes the county will start the Sheridan pipe within the next two or three weeks.

Mineola is installing two new drainage manholes and four new catch basins, and already removed approximately 300 feet of existing 18-inch drainage pipe. The pipe was replaced with a new 30-inch drainage pipe on Bruce Terrace.

 

“It was no small task,” Mayor Scott Strauss said of the county’s portion. “We know the challenges the county is facing financially. Rich

Nicolello did a tremendous job at getting this done. This project will hopefully move forward at a rapid pace.”

 

The village will replace an existing 36-inch drainage pipe in the village’s south recharge basin with a 48-inch pipe on Westbury Avenue.

 

The village will demolish an existing manhole, which will be replaced by a new 8-foot diameter manhole and 48-inch headwall.

 

New catch basins will be installed, with five 6-foot manholes. The 1,420 feet of 18-or 24-inch drainage pipe on Liberty Avenue, which will provide storm water relief to East Second Street, has been installed.

 

“Our contractor is back on site at this point working on the recharge basin. You obviously have outfall pipes coming in from Liberty [Avenue], East Second [Street], Bruce Terrace and now also one coming from Sheridan Boulevard.”

 

Village contractors installed a 15-foot deep manhole where Nassau’s contractor will connect an enlarged pipe to the Mineola sump.

 

“We still have a few concrete repairs that need to be done on Bruce Terrace,” Rini said. “We have a couple of manholes on the Liberty Avenue interceptor [pipe] that need to be raised up.”

 

Rini met with contractors on May 15. The resurfacing of Liberty and Bruce Terrace will be expedited with pool season around the corner. Milling and paving of the roads will begin on Tuesday, May 28.

 

“We can at least get those streets done and complete it and move on to Dow Avenue,” Rini said.

 

Westbury Avenue resident Bill Gresalfi has friends in the low-lying areas of Carle Place. “My friends say so far it’s working,” he said.

 

The Town of North Hempstead broke ground on January 3. North Hempstead finished drainage improvements, new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the Mineola/Carle Place border. The town is completing a recharge basin on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue.

 

“This project will change people’s lives,” Supervisor Jon Kaiman said. “Good things happen when we all work together.”

The three municipalities received $800,000 each in state aid to complete the project. New York State originally granted $2.4 million solely to North Hempstead, but the funds were vacated after a seat change in the Seventh Senate District. Senator Jack Martins had the grants restored in 2011.


News

The Village of Williston Park Board of Trustees passed a local law last week that establishes the authority for legal action on water bills that are $25,000 or greater. 

 

According to Village Attorney James Bradley, if a water bill remains unpaid for 90 days, he is authorized to commence legal proceedings for collection, and charge attorney fees for prosecution. Fees would be added to the unpaid bill and subject to non-payment penalties

 

“The person or entity responsible for paying the unpaid bill will be liable for the attorney fees,” Bradley said, while noting that the bill is an amendment of existing code.

The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola. 

 

With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born. 


Sports

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.

 

Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries.  He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.

 

“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said.  “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”

Mustangs Shut Out Valley Stream

The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).

 

Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.


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