Members of the Carle Place Civic Association offered updates on local happenings, including the Roosevelt Field Mall renovations, Homewood Suites and senior housing construction and possible plans for the Nassau County Hub.
CPCA President Peter McDonnell said that a representative from Simon Malls, which owns the Roosevelt Field property, discussed renovation plans with Civic members, and possible plans would include moving the food court and adding several new restaurants and retail stores in the near future.
Regarding the Hub development, McDonnell said a representative from the Nassau County Hub Study organization will speak at the Feb. 15 CPCA meeting to discuss how possible plans may affect the Carle Place area, and specifically, its Long Island Rail Road station.
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Trustee Beaumont Jefferson attended the Jan. 25 Sherwood Civic Association meeting, held at the Westbury Public Library.
Interim Vice President of the Association, David Braham, introduced the mayor as “the most accessible mayor on Long Island.” Mayor Cavallaro proceeded to speak about a number of issues and concerns of the community, including police protection, property taxes (including an explanation of the new 2 percent tax levy cap adopted by New York State last year), code enforcement, as well as an update on the redevelopment of the Westbury Movie Theatre. The mayor indicated that he was hopeful that the theatre would be open by late spring or early summer, and that a significant amount of progress has been made by the developer, despite a slow start.
Following a presentation of the district’s 2012-2013 preliminary budget, Westbury Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead announced her retirement, effective June 30, at last week’s Jan. 19 board of education meeting.
In a letter to Dr. Clark-Snead dated June 30, 2011 from Westbury Board of Education President Dr. Pless Dickerson, the superintendent was advised that the board didn’t intend to renew her contract beyond June 30 of this year.
“I had to really go through some emotional deliberation as it relates to this. You know how I feel about the children and families in this community, but with what has taken place with what the governor is doing, I think it’s drastic, and I cannot in good conscience, be a part of that,” said Dr. Clark-Snead, who had served as superintendent of the district since September 1999.
On Jan. 19, Westbury School District Superintendent Dr. Constance Clark-Snead and Assistant Superintendent Mary Lagnado presented updated preliminary budget options for the 2012-2013 school year, which included $850,000 in newly received State aid.
Lagnado presented three options to the public, with options one representing a 2.66 percent increase, option two reflecting the 2 percent tax cap levy and option three a zero percent increase as a result of a failed budget.
The New York State Governor property tax cap legislation limits the increase in property taxes each year for a school district to 2 percent or the rate of inflation, whichever is lower. If a community chooses to increase taxes more than the tax cap allows, a 60 percent vote in a school budget vote can override it.
Chief Peter W. Meade of Carle Place, retired Assistant Chief Fire Marshal for Fire and Rescue Services for the Nassau County Fire Marshal’s Office, will be honored by the Kidney & Urology Foundation of America (KUFA) at its inaugural “Top 25 Champions for a Cure” Reception Benefit on Tuesday, Feb. 7 from 6 to 8 p.m. The awards reception, hosted by The Woodlands Country Club, Woodbury, will honor 25 worthy advocates who have been afflicted by, committed to education, or dedicated to finding a cure for prostate cancer and/or kidney disease.
“We are pleased to honor Chief Meade as one of the top 25 individuals who has done so much for prostate cancer and kidney disease,” noted Tracey Gittere, 2012 event chairperson and president of Legendary Events, Inc. of Carle Place.
Following a string of residential burglaries and an increased police presence in the Westbury/Carle Place area, the Third Squad is investigating a burglary on Jan. 10 where three elderly women were held at gunpoint for their jewelry, police said.
Nassau County detectives said the burglary occurred around 2 p.m. when a white male, approximately 50 years old, entered an unlocked side door at a residence on 5th Avenue. Police said the suspect followed an 83-year-old female visitor into the home and confronted her, along with a 90-year-old woman and an 86-year-old female, who were already inside the home. The suspect displayed a handgun, took jewelry from a jewelry box and fled the scene in a gray, four-door Honda, said police.
The Village of Westbury Board of Trustees held its first regular meeting for the year on Jan. 5 and centered on two public hearings to discuss and evaluate new local laws, which were briefly introduced at last month’s meeting.
One public hearing resulted in the passage of a local law authorizing the village, if necessary, to impose a property tax levy in excess of the state-legislated two percent cap.
Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.
With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.
Carle Place’s John Heslin has been regularly called the “unofficial mayor” of the hamlet, but perhaps now the title is a bit more official.
On Dec. 6, Town of North Hempstead Clerk Leslie Gross presented Heslin, a retired New York City policeman, with the distinguished title at the Westbury Manor on Jericho Turnpike.
Nicole Iadevaia, an 18-year-old W.T. Clarke grad from Westbury, has been writing poetry since she was in third-grade and it was her greatest wish to have her poems published in book form.
Iadevaia didn’t allow lupus, juvenile arthritis or writer’s block to stand in her way as the poet spent two years editing and compiling her poetry, ultimately deciding to name her poetry collection Laughter in Chaos.
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