In my Mayor’s Message on July 1st, I wrote to inform you that after weeks of negotiations, Floral Park and  New Hyde, along with the help of Stewart Manor, had reached agreement with Governor Cuomo and the MTA/LIRR on a pact aimed at protecting and preserving our community and our quality of life should the proposed LIRR Third Track Expansion Project come to fruition.  While we would have liked nothing more than to see this project eliminated, we negotiated a Memorandum of Understanding so that, if the project were to become a reality, Floral Park would be afforded measures of protection to help preserve the community we all cherish. As you may have read in the paper or heard in the news, earlier this week the Governor, the State Legislature and the MTA/LIRR have come to an agreement to allow the Third Track Project to proceed. Let me state that at no time did the Villages of Floral Park, New Hyde Park or Stewart Manor approve or condone this project, as has been reported in the media.  Our acknowledgement that the project is moving forward is not an abandonment of our concerns.  Although we would still prefer that the Third ...
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After weeks of negotiations, meetings and phone calls to work to preserve and protect our great communities, Floral Park and New Hyde Park along with the help of Stewart Manor have reached agreement with Governor Cuomo and the MTA/LIRR on a pact aimed at protecting and preserving our community and our quality of life should the proposed LIRR 3rd Track Expansion Project come to fruition. While we would like nothing more than this project to be eliminated, we have entered into this Memorandum of Understanding so that, if the project becomes a reality, Floral Park will be afforded measures of protection to help preserve the community we all cherish. I should establish some history and background here because I want everyone to understand that Mayor Montreuil and his staff from New Hyde Park, Trustee Cheng, Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick, and I, with the guidance of our counsel in this matter, Michael Murphy, Esq. of Beveridge & Diamond, together with the support of Mayor Onorato from Stewart Manor, embarked on talks and negotiations with the MTA/LIRR and the Governor’s office to work towards establishing an agreement that would provide the protection, safety and security our collective communities needed and required should ...
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Dear Friends, On behalf of the Village Board, the Pool Committee and staff, I want to take this opportunity to thank all of you who took the time to contact us or come to the Village Board meeting the other night to share your thoughts regarding our Pool. I also want to thank you for your help and caring that our Village and the things we enjoy are protected and cherished. This was clearly evident and very much appreciated. Over the coming weeks and months, the Village Board will explore with the Pool membership and with the Village’s Pool Committee, whether there are membership pricing alternatives that can accommodate the requests and suggestions we have received. If any viable alternatives are developed, these alternatives will most likely not be available until next pool season, although there may be some minor modifications that we may be able to implement this season. Similarly, the Village Board is reviewing options regarding whether to extend the early discount period.  Consequently, if there is a change in this policy as to extending the early discount prices, the affected Pool members will be notified and the necessary adjustment made at that point. We will keep you ...
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Dear Neighbors, I am writing today to clarify misinformation which is circulating on social media. The Village Board made a decision several weeks ago to allow a limited number of pool season applications (up to 40 families) from the New Hyde Park area, specifically those residing in the area served by the Clinton G. Martin Pool, which is closed for renovations. This decision was made following an inquiry from that pool and then a formal request from the Town of North Hempstead if we would consider opening our pool as an option, among others, for some of those living in the district served by that pool. This request was made several months prior as the Town of North Hempstead made plans for the closure of the Clinton G. Martin Pool. At that time, the Village reviewed the option in light of pool operations, membership numbers, budgetary needs and various other factors. Specifically, we looked at whether or not adding any of these families would cause an undue burden on operations, finances, people’s enjoyment, etc.  We also looked at membership numbers for the two years in which the pool has been open since renovations and found that there was a decrease ...
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Recently, Governor Andrew Cuomo, while speaking here on Long Island, dismissed the concerns of our residents and business owners and those of our neighbors in New Hyde Park and Garden City regarding his proposed Third Track Project as N.I.M B.Y.(Not In My Back Yard) saying: “The politicians who pander to NIMBY, their day is over. Because if you want to pander to a vocal minority, you better hope there’s no vocalization from the majority, otherwise you’re going to have a problem.” I would like to believe that the Governor meant simply that he wasn’t going to let people who oppose a proposal for no reason other than N.I.M.B.Y. to stop progress. If that is the case, he would be correct. However, if his statement reflects that he feels our community and our neighbors are just being obstructionists, he would be very mistaken. Floral Park and our neighbors aren’t questioning the Third Track project, or any project for that matter, for the sole reason of N.I.M.B.Y.  In fact, we have not opposed the project. What we have done is a systematic review of the information available in the proposed Third Track Project. We have formulated questions and issues to discuss with ...
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It seems that Malverne Mel is the better prognosticator than Punxsutawney Phil.  The early spring we are experiencing has allowed us to get the jump on some important new infrastructure work.  We are beginning to see returns with our road program, which enters its third year.  We have begun mobilization for complete road restorations on several more roads this spring.  We now see the dividends hoped to be earned with this program.   Now our road crews can return and concentrate their efforts on the long term road repair begun several years ago with the purchase of specialized equipment and new repair protocol; as opposed to spending money funding road repairs to roads which provided salvage and temporary repair at best.  We have completed several miles of roads over the past decade and over the past three years we have dedicated .5% of our tax levy to our road program.  This year, and the following two years, completes the five-year program.  I have no doubt our roads will look and perform as they should. After Irene and then Sandy, we quickly realized that our monumental trees had become not simply the beautiful village identity we enjoyed.  We mistakenly assumed they would ...
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THIRD TRACK UPDATE On November 28th, the MTA and the Governor’s office took its next step with respect to the Third Track Project and released its Draft Environmental Impact Statement. The DEIS is over 1,000 pages and the Appendices that accompany it are an additional 1,500 pages. The LIRR has scheduled public hearings on the DEIS and announced that the comment period will close January 31, 2017. It is important to note that this project has grown from a $1 billion-dollar project to a $2 billion project in just ten months. A link to this document and information about the hearings can be found at the Village’s website: www.fpvillage.org . A week before the DEIS was released, representatives from the Governor’s office made the rounds to representatives of the Mainline Village governments to give a verbal preview, of sorts, to the DEIS. I, along with Third Track Task Force Chairman Trustee Archie Cheng and Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick met with the Governor’s representatives. We again questioned whether the DEIS will address the critical issue of providing a justification for this $2 billion project that will disrupt the lives of the mainline communities for years. We also questioned whether the DEIS ...
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At the most recent Village Board Meeting, a resident expressed concern regarding ADA access to the station platforms at the LIRR-Floral Park Station.  This concern is not new. The Village’s concern has been enunciated to the LIRR by this board and each board with whom I have served.  How could the LIRR continue to ignore this glaring deficiency and neglect an important population’s access to the trains?  The LIRR identifies handicapped access on the Hempstead Branch to be at the Stewart Manor station where there is a ramp. This has been and continues to be an inadequate response. This same resident also stated that an unidentified representative of the Governor’s office stated that the Village has not raised the concerns about handicap access at the Floral Park Train Station since the LIRR resurrected the 3rd Track Project this past January. If this is in fact what the Governor’s representative stated, this is clearly factually inaccurate. In early January, Governor Cuomo asked that we meet with his representatives and keep an open mind. Out of respect for the Governor and his office, we undertook these meetings in good faith. We made it clear that although we would approach this with an ...
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WHY and HOW Why? And How?  Two very simple questions the answers to which should precede any major undertaking.  This is especially true when the proposed undertaking is a mega-project project that will cost billions and disrupt the lives of several communities for years to come. However, since the MTA/LIRR’s surprise announcement of their plans to resurrect the Third Track Project this past January, they have been unable to answer these two very simple questions. With respect to the WHY,  in a letter dated February 3, 2016, the Mayors of the Mainline Villages  asked why was this project necessary in light of LIRR President Nowakowski’s already announced 7 point proposal to improve operational efficiencies along the Mainline including grade crossing eliminations   In the six months that have followed, despite repeated requests, the MTA/LIRR has been unable to answer this question   If the MTA/LIRR cannot explain why they need to undertake this project, then they should not ask the residents along the Mainline to accept the inevitable disruption to their lives that this project will entail. With respect to HOW, we have been asking the MTA/LIRR for months for basic details about this project.  Despite numerous meetings, the MTA/LIRR has not ...
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Recently, LIRR President Pat Nowakowski issued a press release in which we were assured that the MTA-LIRR is listening and listening carefully.  President Nowakowski states that they are taking all our concerns and incorporating them into their next step, which is the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS).  He claims unprecedented community outreach has been achieved and that the DEIS will answer in “painstaking detail” each and every one of the many questions and concerns enunciated at the scoping sessions. Well, if the LIRR was truly listening, then they would have heard Floral Park, the other Mainline Villages, Congresswoman Kathleen Rice, Senators Martins and Hannon, Assembly members Ra and Solages, our County Legislators Nicolello and Muscarella, our  Town council members and each of our Democrat and Republican candidates for the 7th Senate District say: This process is moving too fast and the LIRR has not given the impacted communities enough information or time to meaningfully evaluate or  ask substantive questions about this mega project. If the LIRR did in fact hear us, then they are ignoring us because President Nowakowski’s press release makes clear that the LIRR is moving ahead to the next phase of this process at ...
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