The New Hyde Park Village Board of Trustees held a meeting on Tuesday, January 15. Here are some things you may have missed.
Police in the Parks
- New Hyde Park Auxiliary Officer John Concannon thanked the board for inviting the force to the village holiday party and court party.
- He also reported that he was at Memorial Park twice Tuesday night in response to complaints by residents about large gatherings.
- “The fact that things are going well in the park, one never knows if we deterred more from happening and when we happen to be there, if there is a problem, we had a small problem right before Christmas, several youth in the park after dark, we asked them to leave, they left,” he said. “There have been a few cars and there’ve been a few young people but nothing on the scope of what I heard from last meeting.”
- The auxiliary police does patrol both Memorial and Nuzzi Park.
FEMA Aid for Sandy
- Deputy mayor Robert Lofaro noted that FEMA has set the date for recovery aid following Hurricane Sandy at Nov. 7, 2012.
- “Any expenses beyond that was sort of post and not covered by FEMA,” he said. “I don’t know if they’ve changed their mind about that but most municipalities were working until after Thanksgiving spending moneys working on Sandy cleanup.”
- The House of Representatives voted Tuesday on more than $50 billion in aid to areas affected by Sandy.
- The village estimates that it spent approximately $300,000 following the hurricane for cleanup and restoration.
Spotlight: New Hyde Park
- The village held it’s “Spotlight: New Hyde Park” with nine musicians performing on stage.
- The village will revisit the event with some promotion at New Hyde Park Memorial High School.
- “We may just try to initially have a couple of open mike talent nights where we invite young people to come in and perform,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “We had dance, we had guitar, we had piano.”
The following landscapers/ gardeners had their licenses renewed:
- Larry’s Landscaping (Islip)
- Marco Quevedo Landscaping (Valley Stream)
- Alvarado Landscaping (Garden City Park)
- McNulty Outdoors
- Cabnal Landscape (East Meadow)
- Victor’s Landscaping Service
- Bari Landscaping (Elmont)
- Benavides Landscaping (Westbury)
- The zoning board of appeals met on January 20 and heard two cases: 419 New Hyde Park Road – 4 ft. roof over terrace variance in the front yard on the New Hyde Park Road side (approved); 501 Tenth Ave. for an east side yard variance of 1.5 ft. to make room for a second floor addition. The next meeting of the zoning board of appeals will be on February 13.
- The architectural review board met on January 2 and heard two cases: 1902 Jericho Turnpike – white front facade with two signs for the Red Ginger Restaurant, the former Asian Buffet; 1615 Belmont Ave. – construction of a one-family, two-story home. The next meeting of the architectural review board will be on February 6.
- Rental registrations in the village is 95 percent underway according to trustee Lawrence Montreuil. Inspections are scheduled for Saturdays in February. There were 22 permits issued from January 2-15, including six building permits and 12 certificates of various types.
Other Board News
- The village still anticipates going out to bid on the Jericho Turnpike revitalization “shortly” according to Barbieri with an anticipated late winter/early spring start.
- A new review process has been enabled where the building department and department of public works sign off on permits before they come before the village board.
- Empire Billiards representatives reportedly made an inquiry to the village about obtaining a special use variance for a hookah lounge. No formal application has yet been made to the village.
- The village court will hear two cases on January 23 from the building department: 24 Lewis Ave. for feeding stray cats; and a tree constituting a hazard not being removed and garbage and other debris not being removed from a property.
- Boy Scout Troop 298 will hold their annual pancake breakfast on January 27 at Marcus Christ Hall from 9 a.m. to noon.
- The board will hold a hearing on a resolution to exceed the 2 percent state-imposed tax cap if necessary on February 5 at 7:30 p.m. at the village hall. Villages can exceed the tax cap with a simple majority vote of their boards, in New Hyde Park’s case, three votes out of five.
The next meeting of the New Hyde Park Village Board is on Tuesday, February 5 at 8 p.m. at the village hall.