The Mineola Fire Department was alerted for a reported house fire on Ellsworth Avenue on Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 12:28 p.m. Dispatchers reported of multiple calls confirming that this was a working house fire. Arriving firefighters would come to recognize the involved structure as the home of one of their own, a decorated ex-chief of the Mineola Fire Department.
As Ladder 165 arrived on the scene, Lt. Carl T. Nunziata notified Firecom of the fire and also requested LIPA to go to the scene for live wires down in front of the house. Fire was engulfing the entire west side of the house as heavy smoke enveloped the neighborhood, officials said. Engine 162 arrived on scene and ex-captain Tom O’Brien manned the pump. Ex-captain Joe Neves, trustee/ firefighter Paul Cusato and firefighter Chris Goncalves stretched a supply line to the hydrant. Firefighters Michael Scala, Danny Maghalaes, Kevin Nicoll and Eric O’Brien stretched an attack line toward the home.
The town’s portion of the project encompasses drainage improvements, including installation of new catch basins and pipes on three to four streets near the border of Mineola and Carle Place. A recharge basin would be built on Mineola land located north of Westbury Avenue near Glen Cove Road.
These programs were the victim of the ongoing tug-of-war between party lines in the county concerning borrowing and redistricting. Organizations across Nassau County, like the Gateway Youth Outreach in Elmont and Mineola Youth and Family Services in Mineola were blindsided when the cut came down three months ago.
Mineola is currently in contract talks with village employees. The previous contract stipulations are still in effect, aligning with the Triborough Amendment in the Taylor Law. The law prohibits a public employer from changing any part of an expired labor agreement until a new one is reached.
While beginning as a bright sunny day, the fair saw overcast skies and light rain showers halfway through, delaying live performances and sending much of the crowd home for the day. However, the sun slowly made its way back, and the fair went right back on track.
“Nassau County has lost a dedicated public servant,” said Mangano in a statement. “My wife Linda and I lost a friend of over 20 years. Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt served the residents of Nassau County with great integrity and pride. I had the privilege of serving closely with Peter in the legislature since its creation in 1996, where he distinguished himself as an outspoken advocate for the residents of the 12th Legislative District.”
Willis Hobbies owner and past COC president and Fair Co-Chair Steve Ford detailed the upcoming fair exclusively to the Mineola American. He hopes this year Mother Nature doesn’t delay the fun for the village.
Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene gave the opening speech, with founding member Lou Sanders introducing Strauss. He was elected trustee to the Mineola Village Board in 2010 and was elected mayor in March 2011. Strauss has lived in Mineola since 1964. He’s a graduate of the Mineola High School Class of 1981.
It was the 11th anniversary of that fateful day, also on a Tuesday, and the similarities were not lost on the featured speaker of the evening. Eleven years ago, terror struck the nation on a brisk, cloudless day. The weather was eerily similar last week.
Hosting the event, NCVOA President Ralph Kreitzman, mayor of the Village of Great Neck, offered a brief history of the organization, starting with its inception in June of 1925, when officials from four villages (Freeport, Lynbrook, Rockville Centre and Hempstead) met mainly to discuss traffic problems, an issue still today. “At the meeting, they had a presentation from a company that proposed adoption of three-color traffic signals to avoid some of those traffic problems,” the mayor said, adding, “Importantly, they agreed that a close association of those and other villages should result from that meeting.” Soon after, by-laws were adopted and the Village Officials Association of Nassau County came into existence. Mayor Kreitzman noted that “significant among its provisions was its purpose of ‘the promotion of mutual community welfare’ and a provision that there were to be monthly meetings.”
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