Long Island was rocked with a heavy rainstorm two weeks ago, and some local weather reports have said rainfall in Mineola reached levels that haven’t been reached in 50 years. Certain Mineola residents are still feeling the effect.
Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy sat down with editors of Anton Community Newspapers last week to discuss some of the hot-button issues in Washington and some specific to the 4th District that she represents.
Scott David Diamond, a resident of Mineola, is the Republican/Conservative candidate for the 16th Assembly District of the New York State Assembly. He will be challenging the incumbent Democrat, Michelle Schimel (D-Great Neck). Diamond currently works as a paralegal contractor for the U.S. Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division. The Mineola area is located in the 16th AD.
In the “old” days, police would receive a 911 call about shots fired in an area and respond to the scene with possible fatalities or severe injuries. For one year now, police have been able to respond within seconds of a shooting occurring.
The Board of Trustees of Mineola voted to expand the overlay district at its most recent meeting. The expansion gives the village the opportunities under the development incentive bonus law, which would require developers to come before the board for approval as well as provide amenities to the village.
MTA/LIRR and Mineola representatives recently met to discuss a possible solution to the flooding that takes place during heavy rainfall near the Mineola Train Station and its intermodal center. Mineola Mayor Jack Martins was at the meeting, but details of the meeting are unknown at this time.
The Mineola School Board of Education voted to opt for bond option two at its regular business meeting last week after the finance committee of the school district presented its findings. District Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler recommended to the board that it pursue bond option two during its July 22 meeting. The bond will be out for vote on Oct. 26.
However, if a successful bond referendum is not passed, the district will reconfigure the school district under reconfiguration option one. Option one consists of the closing of the Hampton Street School and Cross Street School with a pre-K-2 south model at the Willis Avenue School and a mirrored model at the Meadow Drive School but with a north jurisdiction.
Grades three and four would be at the Jackson Avenue School, with grades five through seven being at the middle school. Mineola High School would have an eighth through twelfth grade model under option one.
Mineola residents were packed to the gills at a public hearing last week that addressed the special use permit application of Wei Ji Lin to establish a Chinese take-out restaurant on Old Country Road. The restaurant would sit in a row of stores located between Juniper Avenue and Geranium Avenue on Old Country Road. It seems like the perfect spot to complement the fairly new Kemistry Restaurant and Lounge and stores of the like.
However, unlike most restaurants in the area, it would sit directly south of residential housing, particularly Geranium and Juniper Avenues. Various residents said that they’re inconvenienced already by restaurant-goers parking illegally to “get a quick bite” and the smells and odors that have been emanating from restaurants nearby.
Mineola’s Department of Public Works announced on Aug. 4 that new jungle-gyms will be installed at Wilson Park. The village will be purchasing two new sets for the park. The new structures will have a combined cost of $40,612.
Mayor Jack Martins revealed last week that sound engineering consultants from all three parties involved in the Verizon noise issues visited the site recently and conducted noise tests. Martins visited the site briefly during the tests, but had to wait outside until the tests were completed.
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