As I am sure you are aware, the Coronavirus continues to be on everyone’s mind. As we informed you yesterday, I have recently tested positive for COVID-19. Also, Trustee Cheng has tested positive for COVID-19. Neither Trustee Cheng nor I maintain regular office hours at Village Hall and any staff with whom we have come into close contact and others have been notified and are proceeding according to established protocols. Currently we are doing well and quarantining at home.
Although to date, no Village staff who have interactions with the public at Village Hall, the DPW and Building Departments have tested positive (and all safety protocols are and have been followed), we believe it is safer, for the public and for the employees, that we limit public and employee contact at Village Hall and the Building and Public Works Department offices. All Village Departments remain open and will continue to provide their services to the Village residents.
Last week, Governor Cuomo issued updated executive orders to continue a variety of plans designed to help stem the spread of the Coronavirus. These plans still include limits on social gatherings and requiring health protective measures such as wearing masks and social distancing.
We must remain steadfast to prevent the spread of this virus. The Board of Trustees and I are reaching out to let you know that we are paying close attention to all of the updates from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the NYS and Nassau County Departments of Health officials concerning Coronavirus. At the same time, we are ensuring full compliance with the guidelines while maintaining a safe and secure environment for our employees, our residents and our partners.
Our Police and Fire Departments are working to maintain full services and provide the safety and security everyone deserves. Please remember, our Fire Department is made up of volunteers who are your neighbors and friends. In this time, we ask that you only call the Fire Department in times of emergency. If you are experiencing a non-life threatening event, please consider seeking medical attention and/or transportation to a health care facility through other means.
Our Public Works Department and Building Department will continue to provide services and remain available to you. A hierarchy was established putting services such as garbage and recycling collection in order of priority and many building permit procedures online. Out of an abundance of caution, the Building Department and Public Works and Building Departments temporarily will only being taking public inquiries through phone or email through November 27, 2020 to comply with NYSDOH and CDC guidelines. Our staff in these departments continue to work, but we ask that you PLEASE use our website, fpvillage.org, for forms and applications rather coming to the Village. If you have any questions please call 326-6300 and someone will help you. The Village Hall, Library and Recreation Center remain open.
Thankfully, modern technology can give us the ability to continue our daily lives as best we can. Where possible, a number of our Village staff, like many of you, may be working remotely from home. Our staff is working to make certain that the necessary essential services needed by our residents are provided. We are doing our best to protect our staff from the virus, while minimizing the disruption to our operations. I just want to take this opportunity to thank each and every member of the Village staff for doing their part to make sure our residents and businesses have what they need.
Please remain vigilant in protecting each other during this pandemic year. One of the most effective things we can do to protect everyone and stay healthy is to continue to stay informed and follow the guidelines as to how to minimize the coronavirus’ spread. The following is a link to the information on this topic by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/ or
https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/index.html and the Nassau County Department of Health (DOH) https://www.nassaucountyny.gov/1652/Health-Department. You should frequently check back at these sites as the CDC and County DOH regularly update the information provided. In addition, the Nassau County DOH has established a Coronavirus Hotline: 516 227-9570.
Our Village Government continues to remain open for business taking every precaution feasible to protect our Village staff and residents using our facilities. In addition, if and when there are determinations made as to the cancelation of Village related meetings, events or activities, we will post notice of such cancellations here on the Village website (fpvillage.org), on the Village’s Facebook Page and by email notification. If you are not already on the Village’s email notification list but wish to be added, please click here and follow the instructions to sign up.
I urge you to follow the precautions established by the CDC to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 virus. By following guidelines and respecting each other, we will all get through this together. As we gather in smaller groups at our Thanksgiving tables this year, I hope we can reflect upon all of the wonderful blessings in our lives and be thankful for each other here in Floral Park, the greatest place to live. Please call the Village if you need anything. We are here for you.
On behalf of the Board of Trustees, thank you for your cooperation and have a Happy Thanksgiving.