Mayor’s Message December 3, 2019

  I would like to take this opportunity to provide you with updates on Village happenings during the holiday season! 

            Third Track               –                      As reported by Trustee Cheng at our last Village Board Meeting, work on the sound attenuation walls behind the Recreation Center and pool and up to the hockey rink has almost been completed and the expansion of the Linden Avenue tunnel is well underway. Preliminary work has also been started on the north side of the Right of Way behind Charles Street.

The Village has had several discussions with 3TC and the MTA regarding the area by the pool slide platform. 3TC and the MTA have agreed to install 48 feet of additional metal louvered screening that is approximately 12 feet high above the white vinyl fence in the area of the slide pool.

Work is well underway at Plainfield Avenue and Terrace Avenue to build the wing walls and support for the 3rd track bridge. Expect delays in both directions on Plainfield Avenue.

The Village has met with 3TC regarding the restoration of Field 7 and landscaping along the retaining walls. We will provide further information as soon as we have come to an agreement.

Lastly, parking under the viaduct along the South Tyson Extension has been reopened. As was our understanding and as stated in the Memorandum of Understanding with the MTA, five parking spots were lost. This loss was due to the addition of pillars to support the third track. Several spots under the viaduct are now situated on an angle resulting in two parallel spots being replaced with one angled spot. However, we have reached out to Hector Garcia from the LIRR and hopefully 3TC and the LIRR will work to change some of the angle parking back to two parallel spots.

            Centennial Hall          –                       The Purchaser/Developer, Friedman Group, has been submitting engineering and architectural plans to our Building Department for the required Building permits. We anticipate to close on the sale of the property to Friedman Group this month. As you may recall, after many public visioning sessions, the plans for Centennial Hall was for an adaptive reuse of the property in which the architectural aesthetics of the property will be maintained and the building will be converted into 18 residential apartments.

            Upcoming Holiday Events

            Friday, December 6th           –           Christmas Tree Lighting and Festival to be held at Memorial Park from 5-9 pm.  The tree lighting will be at 6:00 pm. Many thanks to the efforts of the FP Junior Woman’s Club, Our Lady of Victory and FP Chamber of Commerce for organizing this memorable annual event.

            Saturday, December 7th      –           Covert Ave Chamber & Village of Stewart Manor Tree Lighting.  Festivities begin at 3:30 pm.

            Sunday, December 8th         –           Lions Club Holiday Breakfast at St. Hedwig’s Parish Hall starts at 11 am to 2 pm.

            Sunday, December 8th         –           Hillcrest Civic Association Tree Lighting at Colonial Gardens Park at 5 pm

            Friday, December 20th        –           Recreation Center’s Tree Lighting at 7:30pm at the hockey rink.   Join Santa’s elves and skate on the rink and enjoy a cup of hot chocolate!