Dear Fellow Residents, With the assistance of the New York Islanders, the Village has obtained the following telephone number to be used to report issues, problems and complaints associated with the Belmont Redevelopment Project. This number is: 516-548-3118 This number has been issued for the above purpose and I urge all residents to please contact the number should you experience any issues so those in charge of the Belmont Construction and Project can address any and all issues you raise. It is important that the project team and the construction companies know of any and all issues quickly. Communication is very important as we hope that through the use of this number the issues raised will be positively and expeditiously addressed. In addition, I ask that you contact the Village via email at [email protected] inform us of any calls made to the number and what the nature of those calls was. This will help us advocate on your behalf to get the proper resolution to your concerns. Belmont Help Mail Card Dominick A. LongobardiMayor ...
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Belmont Update, November 7, 2019 Today Judge Roy Mahon issued a decision scheduling a return date of December 6th on the Village’s request for a limited preliminary injunction to prevent NYAP from continuing with any “irreversible” work pending the outcome of the Village’s Article 78 Action. However, Judge Mahon declined to grant the Village’s request for a Temporary Restraining Order (TRO) pending the determination of the Village’s request for a preliminary injunction. In order to grant the extraordinary relief of a TRO, the Judge would had to have found that the Village is presently suffering “irreparable damages” as a result of the construction. The Village provided evidence that the Village and its residents were presently being injured by the construction work, specifically due to the increase of heavy construction vehicle traffic on Plainfield Avenue and the construction and staging activity taking place right next to the residences on Crocus Avenue and Floral Park Bellerose School playground. The Village explained that these impacts were not addressed during the environmental review process. However, NYAP and ESD were able to remove the immediate harms being suffered, representing to the Court that, as of November 5th, they have undertaken to stop all project related ...
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Dear Fellow Resident, As a response to the Village’s challenge under Article 78 to the development project at Belmont, the Empire State Development Corp (“ESD”) and New York Arena Partners (“NYAP”) filed papers with the court to request a dismissal of our challenge. Mr. Michael Murphy, Esq., counsel for the Village at Beveridge & Diamond, was correctly quoted in Newsday as saying the Village “will respond in due course and vigorously defend the Village’s claims and its right to protect its residents and community from the severe impacts this project poses.” I would like to call to our residents’ attention a quote from the aforementioned filings where ESD and NYAP stated that the Village is “an unalterable and steadfast foe of the Belmont Park Redevelopment Project.” This comment is patently not true and extremely disingenuous. Neither I, the Village Board, the Belmont Task Force or our residents, from when the request for proposal was first issued to today have ever stated that we were against development at Belmont Park. We have worked to segregate the New York Islanders from this development project and welcome them to our community. And we have attempted to work with ESD, NYAP and the Governor’s ...
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Dear Friends, I want to take this opportunity to address a recent issue regarding the Belmont Redevelopment Plan and subsequent news articles that have appeared in many publications. Since the Village moved forward with the option to file an Article 78 Proceeding regarding the Belmont Redevelopment project, a number of news articles have taken liberty with events that have occurred in an attempt to link them to our actions regarding this filing. While I usually do not comment on such frivolous and obvious politically-motivated actions, I am compelled to single out one incident that in my opinion is completely without merit. Nassau County Executive Laura Curran recently called for an investigation regarding an incident whereby the Nassau County Police Helicopter was used to view the Belmont Park Complex and on-going-construction as part of discussions for a new and improved evacuation plan for our children and staff at the Floral Park- Bellerose Elementary School.   The historical and current plan called for our children and staff to evacuate the building through the school yard and through the rear access gates into the North Parking lot of Belmont Park should an incident occur that required evacuation of the building. With the construction ...
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COVERT AVENUE CLOSURE IN NEW HYDE PARK AND DETOUR PLAN The full closure of Covert Avenue (between 1st and 5th Avenues in New Hyde Park) had been pushed back a few times, but now it is in fact proceeding on Monday April 15th. Below is information from the Third Track Contractors (3TC) regarding the closure, including the Detour Route. Detour Route  There is also additional information regarding traffic mitigation steps we are taking specific to Floral Park  of which we want you to be aware. DON’T BLOCK THE BOX In anticipation of the Covert Avenue Closure, at the beginning of this year the Floral Park Police Department began stepping up enforcement of “Don’t’ Block the Box “infractions. To date, the Police Department has issued 118 summonses for this infraction and countless warnings. Because the intersections where this presents the greatest problems are County roads, it required County approval to have the necessary line striping for “Don’t Block the Box” at these intersections. Back in October, the Village reached out to County Executive Curran and County Legislators Rich Nicolello and Vinny Muscarella for their assistance with various mitigation proposals based on the recommendations of the Village’s traffic expert, NV5. Included in ...
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UPDATE February 21, 2019 Today, the Empire State Development Corp  (ESD) approved the extension of the contract of its environmental consultant so as to provide the ESD and its consultant time to respond to the overwhelming public comments that the ESD has received, which the ESD acknowledged was a record number of comments for any project it has ever had. The ESD also announced that the Final Environmental Impact Statement (FEIS) will not be issued until the 2nd quarter of the year. Their prior schedule was to issue the FEIS in the first quarter of the year. At the ESD Board Meeting today, Belmont Task Force member Jessica Alfonsi and Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick argued that delaying the FEIS was not enough and, given the many deficiencies in the Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), the ESD should go back a step and re-issue a revised DEIS and allow a new round of comments on the revised DEIS.  Certain ESD Board members appeared sympathetic to this position, but no action was taken today. It is clear that the residents of this Village are having an impact. The Village submitted over 2000 letters to date raising issues with the planned development. I want to thank  the members of the Belmont Task ...
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  Message from the Mayor                                             December 2018   Dominick A. Longobardi, Mayor             From December 2018 Village Items-for a full copy of December 2018 Village Items Click here           LOOKING BACK ~~ AND MOVING FORWARD During this time of year, it is common to look back on the past year (or years) and to also look forward and plan for the future.  This seems particularly appropriate for the Village of Floral Park as 2018 comes to an end.  There are many projects that have been in the planning stage for some years that took shape and are coming to fruition now.  Each of these projects have taken a lot of effort and focus during the past several years, and many of the projects will now positively shape the future of the Village. Additionally, there are major projects from entities outside the Village that will have, or could have, a significant impact on the Village.  Of course, I am referring to the Long Island Rail Road Third Track Project and the New York State Empire Development Corporation’s Belmont Redevelopment Project. So, whether it is a project we look forward to, or just a project we have to deal with, all of these projects ...
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I hope this message finds you and your families well. The recent issuance of details regarding the proposed development at Belmont Park are a constant and continuous cause for concern as the plans remain fluid. The Village Board and the Belmont Task Force have been working to obtain correct and current information that will enable our Village residents and businesses to plan and work to protect our quality of life. Several changes to the various plans offered have taken place based upon concerns raised by our residents and our neighboring communities. Specifically affecting our Village, these changes include the following: The proposed hotel has been moved to just south in the middle of the grandstand and lowered to approximately 150 feet from 250 feet. The proposed electric sub-station will be moved away from the borders of the school and residential properties. The North Lot, the lot adjacent to the Floral Park-Bellerose School and our residents, will be used only for “over-flow” parking. I want to thank the Empire State Development Corporation and New York Arena Partners for continuing to work with our community to ensure that our concerns are considered and addressed. While these proposed changes are a move in ...
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Update on Belmont Park As discussed at several prior Village Board meetings, we had invited the Islanders and the Empire State Development Corporation to come to Floral Park for a tour of the Village. Our goal for such a meeting was to give the Islanders organization and the Empire State Development Corporation a better understanding of Floral Park, our community, our proximity to Belmont Park and our concerns about development at Belmont. On February 7th Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald, Village Administrator Gerry Bambrick, Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister and Fire Chief Michael Longobardi and I met with representatives of the Islanders organization, including team owner John Ledecky, and with Empire State Development representatives, including Holly Leicht, the ESD’s Executive Vice President for Real Estate Dev. & Public/Private Partnership. At the meeting, we discussed the Village’s concerns about development at Belmont. We also gave them an approximately hour long guided tour of the Village so that they could not only see our areas of concern (e.g., proximity to sensitive surrounding uses (schools, residences, etc.), local business districts, existing infrastructure or lack thereof) but, even more importantly, also observe first-hand the unique character of our Floral Park community that we are seeking to ...
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Mayor’s Message:   December 13, 2017 There is an old saying, “the Devil is in the Details”. This certainly applies in the situation regarding the Economic Development Corporation’s (EDC) offer to accept ideas for the development of the property owned and controlled by New York State for development at Belmont Park. Once again our Village finds itself faced with the challenge of defending our beloved homes and businesses and the way of life we have come to enjoy from outside influences that may adversely affect us. The proposals offered to the EDC for the development at Belmont Park include two sports arenas. One of the arenas offered by NY ARENA Partners will be an 18,000 seat closed arena which will be the home of the NY Islanders. The other, offered by a group sponsored by the New York Football Club, will be a 26,000 seat open-air soccer stadium. In addition, the proposals include hotels, shops and restaurants, parking fields, soccer fields, recreation and open space and space for the local community. The Village and the Belmont Task Force have been working diligently to express our concerns regarding any development at Belmont Park. The Village has reached out to the ownership of ...
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