MAYOR’S MESSAGE: IMPORTANT DEVELOPMENTS CONCERNING BELMONT PARK PROPOSAL   I am writing to our residents to update you on some recent developments regarding the proposed development at Belmont Park of which you should be aware and, quite frankly, of which you should be concerned. Yesterday the Empire State Development Corporation (ESD) released their draft Scoping Document for the proposed development at Belmont Park.  Unfortunately, this document reveals for the first time a significant expansion of the breadth of this project that had not been previously disclosed. In fact, certain aspects of this project that were disclosed yesterday are in direct contradiction to what the public had been previously told in writing.  The scope of the project now reaches well outside the two parcels to the south of the Belmont Race Track property. Among the most troubling additions to this proposal are: (1) the plans to now use the North Parking Lot (which borders the Floral Park Bellerose School and many residences in the West End), despite prior written representations that excluded the North Parking Lot from this proposal; (2)  the addition of a 40,000 square feet electric substation to be situated next to the Floral Park Bellerose School; and (3) ...
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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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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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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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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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