Joined by North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman, Councilman Robert Troiano and political representatives from the county and the state, scores of New Cassel residents reacted with excitement recently as the answer to a longtime prayer – the building of a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose community center – took its first step toward reality.
In the early morning of Friday, Nov. 13, the Village of Westbury Building Department, accompanied by the Nassau County Police Department, executed a search warrant with respect to alleged multiple code violations at a home on the west side of Post Avenue.
This effort was a part of the village’s increased code enforcement efforts aimed at combating illegal housing and other health and safety code violations. It was also the culmination of an extensive investigation of the property by the building department, initiated by reports of illegal housing and other activity at the site. As a result of the search warrant, summonses were written with respect to 16 violations that were found to exist. If convicted on all counts, the owner of the premises could be subject to maximum punishment of up to $28,600 in fines and eight months in jail.
According to Westbury Village’s Senior Building Inspector Bill Mello, who participated in the raid, a search warrant is a legal process that is authorized by the Village Justice Court, enabling Westbury personnel to enter into a house or other property to investigate alleged code violations.
After almost a year, St. Brigid’s has agreed to enter into a lease agreement with Glen Cove-based SCO Family Services (SCO) to convert the parish’s former convent into Westbrook Academy, a residential school for children with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome.
SCO first presented its proposal to the village in 2008 and after lengthy discussions and hearings the agency’s application was approved. But, late last year SCO decided not to proceed. According to Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro that has since changed with SCO and St. Brigid’s recently reaching an agreement.
On Oct. 22, the New York State Assembly Minority Task Force on Crime in Our Communities held a roundtable discussion at the Levittown Public Library to discuss various matters related to crime in Nassau County. The meeting was hosted by Assemblyman David G. McDonough (R-Merrick), co-chairman of the Assembly Minority Task Force, and co-headed by fellow state Assembly members Andrew Raia, Tom McKevitt and Joseph S. Saladino.
The Task Force on Crime in Our Communities was created in 2006 by the Assembly Minority Conference for the purpose of discussing crime-related matters with politicians and community leaders, gathering information and working to incorporate its findings into subsequent state legislation. “The Task Force on Crime in Our Communities was developed to learn how communities throughout New York State are working to keep their residents safe and secure,” reads a press release issued by the Task Force. “Task Force members are charged with discerning which programs are successful – and which aren’t – and reporting back to Albany about how the Legislature can support and encourage effective measures of crime prevention.”
Deborah Marquart Liddick entered the United States Air Force (USAF) in April 1989. Over the course of the past 20 years and six months, the Westbury native has moved up the ranks, earning various promotions, including being named Colonel in September 2009.
Liddick is a 1984 graduate of Carle Place High School, where she was active in the French Honor Society and orchestra and served as captain of both the varsity field hockey and varsity lacrosse teams. Following high school, she enrolled in the four-year Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) program at Wilkes College in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
“ROTC gave me the opportunity to receive an undergraduate degree, develop discipline, confidence, and skills to grow into an officer while attending college,” Liddick told The Westbury Times.
On Oct. 28, before a crowded room at the William P. Bennett Community Center in Hicksville, the Long Island Special Districts Association (LISDA) hosted a public forum on the facts on consolidation and dissolution of special districts. Karl M. Schweitzer, president of LISDA and chairman of the Hicksville Water District, spoke residents, public officials and local political candidates about the recently passed New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act.
This discussion included the communities of Bethpage, Plainview, Jericho, Westbury and Garden City and the presentation and discussion covered the facts on consolidation and dissolution as it pertains to the local fire and water districts in the communities represented at the meeting.
“During the debate in the state Senate most representatives who spoke supported the bill, but openly admitted that it had flaws and that they would be open to and encouraged amendments before the actual legislation takes effect in March 2010,” said Schweitzer. “LISDA and those I represent have always supported the need of our residents and if it is a streamlined and uniformed consolidation process, then we stand behind that. However, it should not be driven by political debate on what some special interest group thinks would be best, but input from those affected residents.”
The Islamic Center of Long Island (ICLI) was incorporated as a nonprofit entity in April 1982. At that time, a small brick home on the Brush Hollow Road property was altered but seven years later more space was needed and, by 1992, construction of a 10,000-square-foot structure featuring a mosque, library, classrooms and offices was completed. Now, 20 years later, ICLI is again seeking to expand.
At an Oct. 19 meeting, ICLI presented the Westbury Zoning Board of Appeals with their application seeking to build a three-story, 19,000 square foot addition somewhat connected to the existing structure via a courtyard. In planning for the expansion, ICLI purchased four homes – three on Jaymie Drive and one on Talbot Drive – over the course of the past 18 years. The plan, currently, is to use the land the homes once sat on for parking and to construct the addition on the current parking area.
While the proposal would significantly increase on-site parking from 35 to 87 spots, current village code requires 308 on-site parking spaces – 1 per 100 square feet. Since ICLI is short 221 spots, and the shape of the parcel cannot accommodate a tiered garage, the center is required to obtain a parking variance from the zoning board.
The race for Nassau County’s 2nd Legislative District (L.D.) became a heated one back in May when current legislator Roger Corbin was arrested on charges of alleged federal income tax evasion; Corbin pleaded not guilty and, as of press time, is expected to go to trial later this month. As a result, Westbury residents Gregory Lewis, Pablo Sinclair and North Hempstead Town Councilman Robert Troiano Jr., along with Corbin, all sought to be the Democratic Party’s candidate but, prior to the Sept. 15 election, Lewis withdrew and Sinclair was kicked off the ballot. What looked like a four-way primary soon between a two-way race with Troiano defeating Corbin for the Democratic ticket and the chance to go up against Republican Derek Partee and Sinclair, who is running on the independent People’s First Party. All three candidates were asked the same questions; their responses appear alphabetically below:
New York State Senator Craig M. Johnson, the Senate Majority’s representative to the MTA Capital Program Review Board (CPRB), announces two ways that will give the public unprecedented opportunities to comment on the MTA’s proposed 2010-2014 Capital Plan.
A public hearing on the MTA Capital Plan will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 29 in the chambers of the Nassau County Legislature, 1550 Franklin Avenue, Mineola.
Announcements on similar hearings in the Hudson Valley and New York City are forthcoming.
Additionally, Senator Johnson has launched a website where residents living in the MTA’s service area can read the proposed Capital Plan and provide their feedback. The website is http://www. nysenate.gov/committee/mta-capital-program-review-board-cprb and a link to the site can also be found at www.craigjohnson.nysenate.gov.
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro announced that the Post Avenue movie theater project has progressed with the signing by the village and developer Lowe Properties of a Memorandum of Agreement related to certain matters of concern and the adoption by the village board of its SEQRA determination.
“I am happy to report that the applicant and the village have come to agreement and have signed a Memorandum of Agreement, that covers some of the important issues that the
According to Westbury Village Clerk Ted Blach, the memorandum covers the developer’s obligation to pay for all expenses to build the proposed parking deck (over the village’s existing Madison Street municipal parking lot), in excess of the $1.5 million federal Community Development funds committed by the village and Nassau County to pay for the deck construction.
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