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New Hyde Park Village Board Notebook: Jan. 4

Here are some of the highlights of the meeting.

If you missed the Tuesday Village board meeting, here are some of the key points.

  • Mayor Daniel Petruccio opened up the meeting by wishing everyone a Happy New Year.
  • Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro noted that the finishing touches are being put on the theater upstairs in . Lofaro thanked Village Clerk Patrick Farrell for his work with the sound systems, lighting, design and for even "breaking in the theater with the Cold Spring Harbor Band." Lofaro added that Trustee Donald Barbieri and the cultural commission will be working on getting performances in that space.
  • Lofaro then discussed the not running for a few days during the storm. There is a new rule where if there's 10 or more inches of snow, they will stop running. Though the lack of trains might have been an inconvenience for commuters trying to get into the city, Lofaro noted that it helped the more easily plow the parking area.
  • Trustee Lawrence Montreuil noted that Village hall was open for business the day after the snow storm happened.
  • Montreuil noted that the Architectural Review Board did not meet on Wednesday as they normally would because there were no cases on the docket. They will have three cases coming up on Jan. 19.
  • Petruccio noted that the Village is moving more into the "computer age" with a recent purge of files that are now on the computer. He also noted that the Department of Public Works and Building Department will be housed primarily in Village hall with the DPW maintaining its previously facility as a satellite office.
  • Budget meeting dates will be Jan. 25 at 8 p.m., Feb. 1 at 9 p.m. after a regular public board meeting, Feb. 8 at 8 p.m., Feb. 15 at 8 p.m., March 1 at 9 p.m. after a regular meeting and if needed there will be additional meetings on March 3 and March 8, Petruccio said. The tentative budget will be out on March 20, he added. There will be an annual meeting on April 4 at 8 p.m. about the budget that may be in the theater this year, Petruccio said, and the tentative budget hearing will be on the evening of April 5. "The next two months or so we'll be looking very closely at budget items," Petruccio said. "I couldn't be more confident with the board that we have here and our department heads that we will make it work."

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