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New Hyde Park Village Board Notebook: March 26

Other news from the March 26 village board meeting.

The New Hyde Park Village Board of Trustees held a meeting on Tuesday, March 26. Here are some things you may have missed.

Department of Public Works

  • “Tom Gannon and the department (of public works) would like somebody to tell them if winter is over yet, if anyone knows and meteorologists,” deputy mayor Robert Lofaro said, noting that the village did not have significant amounts of overtime or with sand and salt this season.
  • The department will now move into spring season with field preparation and pothole repairs.
  • If residents see any potholes, they are advised to please call the village department of public works.
  • The village has purchased a new tar kettle which will heat up the asphalt quicker and do “hot patches.”
  • The department will also be making more saw cuts for a square patch which is more permanent that a simple pour.

Long Island Rail Road

  • Following a reports of a broken rail near the Carle Place LIRR station on March 26, Lofaro said that the LIRR needs to “diversify” its options for commuters, noting that village residents could avail themselves of the Hempstead line due to the close proximity of the Stewart Manor station.
  • “Hopefully the main line does not become the only line,” he said. “Instead of adding a third track, maybe they should consider using another area to create a new track.”

Auxiliary Police Report

  • In 2012 the New Hyde Park Auxiliary Police operated for 2,063.5 hours, a 33 percent increase in patrol hours. They also had 219 hours at end of February including patrol, administrative, car maintenance according to captain John Concannon.
  • Sergeant Nancy Kraft retired from the department after 12 years in auxiliary. She was with New Hyde Park for 5 years.
  • New auxiliary officer Thomas Varghese recently completed an intensive training course for one hour a week for 38 weeks.
  • “That’s quite a commitment and we applaud him on that. It’s not easy to get 38 Wednesday nights to go out and train and get away from your family,” Concannon said, also noting that the spring and summer seasons are typically busy for the department.
  • “We hope to see all of you at the little league parade that’s coming up, the Memorial Day parade and all these functions that are happening during the summer so you’ll see us out there assisting the police department with those things.”
  • If there is an emergency, residents are reminded to call 911.

License Renewals

The following businesses were granted license renewals:

  • landscapers:
    • Victor Escobar Landscaping (Hempstead)
    • Roberto’s Lawn Care (Floral Park)
    • Uniondale Landscaping (Uniondale)
    • Sorto (West Hempstead)
    • Marter R. Landscaping (Inwood)
  • catering: S.C. Treats “Mr. Softee” (Old Bethpage)

Building Department

  • The next meeting of the zoning board of appeals will be on April 10 at the village hall at 7:30 p.m. There are two cases scheduled: 500 North Third St. (special exception permit); 524 North Seventh St. (full second story addition).
  • The architectural review board met on March 6 and heard two cases: 524 North Seventh St. and 516 Ingraham Lane (full second story addition). The next meeting of the architectural review board will be on April 3 at 7:30 p.m. and hear two cases: Roslyn Savings Bank at 1114 Jericho Turnpike (sign request); 1300 Jericho Turnpike (waiver for a subdivision).
  • The village court heard one case on March 20, leveling a fine of $250 at 5 Millers Lane for delay of removal of a dangerous tree.
  • The village has only six more properties to inspect for rental registration. So far a total of seven property owners have been issued violations after inspections.
  • The building department has issued 23 certificates of occupancy during the month of March.

Other Board News

  • The Kiwanis Club requested use of the village hall parking lot on Saturday, May 11 from 11 .m. to 1 p.m. for a bike collection drive to benefit the Belmont Race Company Chaplaincy and Salvation Army.
  • The New Hyde Park Funeral Home requested that “several” handicapped parking spaces be installed in front of the funeral home on Lakeville Road. The department of public works must first inspect the area and conduct measurements.
  • The 2013 New Hyde Park Little League parade will be on Saturday, April 6 at 9:30 a.m. The lineup will be at the Applebee’s parking lot. Opening Day is Monday, April 8.
  • The April meeting of the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will be held on April 18 at Umberto’s from 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The guest speaker will be Michael Bradley.

The village installation will take place on Monday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the William Gill Theater. The next meeting of the New Hyde Park Village Board will be on Tuesday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m.

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