Village Board Reports to the Community
The Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees met and reported on a great deal of community issues this past week. Mayor Tom Tweedy and Trustees Jim Rhatigan, Dominic Longobardi, MaryGrace Tomecki and Kevin Fitzgerald discussed recent events and happenings during their regular meeting held on January 7th . In attendance were residents, Village Department heads as well as Village Administrator Gerard Bambrick, Clerk Susan Walsh, Public Works Supt. Stephen Siwinski, Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister and Village Attorney John Ryan.
Trustees made the following reports:
Trustee Rhatigan reported that the buffet court at Aqueduct Race Track was recently closed which resulted in putting approximately 200 people out of work. When the gaming facility first opened at Aqueduct, a promise was made that there would be long-standing employment opportunities for people in the Queens area. Resorts World Casino New York City has shown little regard for the people they have put out of jobs. As we go forward with the task force in Floral Park regarding a casino at Belmont Race Track, we will remind residents of those actions taken by Resorts.
Trustee Tomecki, as Fire Commissioner, wanted to acknowledge those residents who cleared the fire hydrants of snow after our recent storm. Residents who are within the vicinity of a fire hydrant, as stated in the Floral Park General Code Chapter 65-6 B.(4), must make fire hydrants visible so that in case of fire, the Fire Department can gain access to the fire hydrants without difficulty or loss of precious time. Seconds count in the event of a fire. In the interest of our community, if your neighbor is not home and they have a hydrant in the vicinity of their property, please make an effort to clear a path to that hydrant. Both Trustees Tomecki and Fitzgerald were very happy to witness residents clearing fire hydrants.
Trustee Tomecki reported that in the last few weeks she was pleased that the prevailing winds were blowing from the northeast and northwest so that incoming flights were not landing on Runway 21 Left but rather on 31 Left and 13 Left into Kennedy Airport allowing the Village to experience less noise. There have been a few nights of excessive airplane noise which lasted over eight hours. Trustee Tomecki asked residents that in the event of excess airplane noise to please contact the New York/New Jersey Port Authority at 1-800-225-1871 to make a complaint. The Port Authority will return all complaint calls.
Department of Public Works
Trustee Longobardi said he wanted to take the opportunity to thank the fine individuals of our Public Works Department, along with those of the Police, Fire, Recreation and Administrative Departments for the efforts made to open our roads and provide people with the government services needed during the recent Hercules Storm. If anything, it was a herculean effort on the part of our Village staff to ensure the safety of our residents and make sure that any issues that may have arisen were addressed and taken care of. This storm lingered for several days and caused a great deal of uncertainty in planning an execution because of the changing patterns it offered. The professionalism and hard work of the Village staff made it look easy.
As a reminder, it is winter. Please keep snow shovels, brooms, flashlights, candles and battery-operated radios ready in case of bad weather. Sand for sidewalks and walkways is available at the Village Garage in the event of snow or ice storms. Make sure you have plenty of water, food and prescription medications should be have a bigger winter event that may last a few days.
Floral Park Public Library
Trustee Fitzgerald reported that based on a number of requests from various patrons, starting later this week, the Library will be adding Consumer Reports to their listing of available data bases. This resource is especially valuable to residents when researching and comparing various purchases of items such as cars, appliances, electronics, etc.
On Sunday, January 12, 2014 from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, the St. Francis Hospital Health Van will be at the Library to offer free screenings including blood pressure, cholesterol and diabetes.
Mayor Tweedy echoed the sentiments of Trustee Longobardi on the fine work done by the Department of Public Works during the recent storm. It proved to be a difficult storm, as no two storms are alike, but DPW was up to the challenge. The Mayor said he appreciated the efforts made by residents in shoveling their walks and not putting the snow back into the streets.
Mayor Tweedy attended an Eagle Scout Ceremony on January 4th for Harris Michael Cherpelis of Boy Scout Troop #568 from the Greek Orthodox Cathedral of Saint Paul in Hempstead.
Mayor Tweedy said that we recently found out that after 35 years, Carla Cohen, Editor/Publisher of The Gateway is retiring and moving to Seattle to be with her family. We would much prefer to see her stay as she has been a great friend to us all and, through the years, has reported the news adroitly and accurately. Truth was her guide. We welcome Scott Cushing, the new Editor/Publisher of The Gateway, who is not a stranger to anyone in Floral Park.