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MAYOR

VILLAGE OF

NEW HYDE PARK

Robert A. Lofaro

Term April 2013 - April 2017

Mayor@vnhp.org

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Mayor’s Letter to the Residents

 

November 15, 2014

Dear Residents,

 

As the leaves continue to fall and the temperature starts to drop, we begin to transition our operation from outdoor landscaping activities to winter preparedness and planning activities. That means capital improvement planning, budget preparation, and maintenance/winterization activities. We had hoped to have completed two additional major capital improvement projects before the start of winter. Those two projects included the South 14th Street & 6th Avenue Drainage and Village Hall Parking Lot Reconstruction Project, and Reconstruction of the Tennis and Basketball Courts at Memorial Park Project. However, the bids on these projects exceeded our budget. We will revise the plans and bid documents and reissue the bids early next year.

 

We expect to receive the Audited Financials for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2014, but our internal reporting reflects another good year financially. And with that result, we were again able to attain an AA+ rating from Standard and Poors for the new $1.2 million in bonds that we will issue this November. We are hopeful that we will receive a very low cumulative interest rate.

 

Once again, I appeal to our residents to volunteer your time and talents to help make our village a better place to live. Please email me if you are interested in serving on any of our committees or boards including Parks and Recreation, Beautification, Cultural, Zoning, and several others. Please help.

 

Finally, please read the informative articles in this Newsletter. I welcome your comments. You can contact me at mayor@vnhp.org with your opinions and suggestions.

 

Best regards,

Mayor Bob Lofaro

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September 1, 2014

Dear Residents,

 

Hooray!!  We finally completed the major portion of our Operation Downtown (Jericho Turnpike) Project.  A project that has created a more pedestrian friendly Main Street with traffic calming, streetscaping, and horticultural elements along Jericho Turnpike.  How wonderful it is to drive along the turnpike and see the beautiful flowers, trees and bushes.  And these improvements, along with the Village’s new sign code, which has introduced a new sign construction material, colors, and patterns, have also added to a more welcoming business district.  We are hopeful this will continue to invite new businesses, shoppers, and visitors to our community.  We now will need to ask the State to reduce the amount of No U-Turn signs that they have installed all along our improved areas.  And very special recognition to Trustee Donald Barbieri, for his patience and dedication to make this vision a reality.  His tireless work on this project is the primary reason it was completed.

 

We are also very excited with the completion of the 2014 Road Improvement Project.  Our contractor Laser Industries has managed this project very efficiently and the timely completion is very satisfying to the residents and the Village Board.

 

We are also continuing plans for two additional major capital improvement projects, the South 14th & 6th Ave Drainage and Village Hall Parking Lot Reconstruction Project, and the Reconstruction of the Tennis and Basketball Courts at Memorial Park Project.

 

And finally, we would like to see more trees along our village streets and we ask for residents to call the Department of Public Works and ask for one to be planted in front of their home at no cost.

 

Please read the informative articles in this Newsletter and please reach out to us and provide your comments and opinions.

 

Best regards,

Mayor Bob Lofaro

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April 29, 2014

Dear Residents,

 

             Since the beginning of the year, the Village Board has been very busy with developing plans for three major capital improvement projects (2014 Road Improvement Project, the South 14th & 6th Ave Drainage and Village Hall Parking Lot Reconstruction Project, and the Reconstruction of the Tennis and Basketball Courts at Memorial Park Project), working on the budget, proposing an offer for a new contract with the CSEA Union, developing reorganization plans for the Building Department and Clerk’s Office, and finally, continuing to manage the Operation Downtown (Jericho Tpke) Project.

 

             But let me start with the Operation Downtown (Jericho Tpke) Project.  A project that will create a more pedestrian friendly Main Street with traffic calming and horticultural elements on Jericho Turnpike.  But this project, which for years has been government bureaucracy at its worst, has now turned into an tremendous inconvenience for our local businesses, shoppers, and residents.  The constant setbacks we are having with the pace, schedule, and methods of our contractor who is performing the work has been nothing less than a total disappointment.  We truly apologize, but look to celebrate when of the work is finally done.  We’ll try even harder to get it right.

 

             And finally, the Village Board adopted a new budget that holds taxes within the State mandated 1.8% Tax Cap.  We had our Bond Rating upgraded to AA+, which will help keep interest costs down on future debt issues.  And thank you to State Senator Jack Martins in securing several grants that will help with our capital improvements in several areas of the Village

 

            Enjoy reading the informative articles in this Newsletter and please reach out to us and provide your comments and opinions.

 

Best regards,

Mayor Bob Lofaro

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February 2014

Dear Resident,

As I write this letter, another heavy snowfall has moved over our village and will be followed by bitter cold temperatures.  And when all you hear and read in the news is “stay inside” and “don’t go out unless you absolutely have to”, I always have great confidence that our Department of Public Work’s crews will be out in the elements to assure your safety and clear the way for you to move freely.  Additionally, your garbage and recyclables will be collected as well.  Too often you hear people say “I pay a lot in taxes and I expect great service”.  Well, I think we delivered and I hope you agree.  Your village employees care a great deal about the work they perform and that is evident throughout the year.  But if by chance we missed our objective, we are always open to your feedback and will do whatever we can to correct the situation.
But I must also thank you, our neighbors, for all of the work that you do to make our village safe.   The clearing of snow from your property and insuring your sidewalks are passable for pedestrians has been outstanding and greatly appreciated, even if many people still choose to walk in the street.      
It’s been a tough winter so far, but spring will be here soon enough and the hundreds of the donated daffodil bulbs that were recently planted by our Boys Scouts will soon rise and make New Hyde Park alive again.  And all of the new plantings on Jericho Turnpike will also bring beauty to our Main Street, which has been a never ending project, but should be completed in May.
And finally, look for our massive 2014 Road Improvement Project that will reconstruct almost two miles of village roadways that hasn’t seen new asphalt in over thirty years.  Some lifetime residents say they can’t remember their road ever being done.  Well now they will.

Bob Lofaro

Mayor

Village of New Hyde Park

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September 2013

Dear Neighbors,

 

Our kick-off to Fall started with our great Annual Village Street Fair.  And despite a brief period of heavy rain in the morning, everyone hung in and made the day another outstanding success.  A big THANK YOU to our Street Fair Coordinator Janet Bevers, the men of the Department of Public Works, the staff of the Clerks Office, our NCPD and Auxiliary Unit, our Craft-A-Fair partner, and all of the local businesses and Community Groups for making this year’s fair one to remember.

 

As you will read in this newsletter, there is lots of good news to report including our receipt of funds from FEMA and The Dormitory Authority of the State of NY.  This was much needed revenue and we are thankful to deposit these funds into our treasury.

 

Our portion of the construction for the Operation Main Street Project continues to limp along due to so many bureaucratic hurdles we needed to complete.  We are also beginning to plan for the 2014 Village Road Improvement Project.  We hope to construct another 1.5 miles of Village roadways, however, we also know there is still much more to be done.

 

And finally, we encourage our residents to join the Village Board at our Public Meetings to listen or participate in matters of local importance.

 

Bob Lofaro

Mayor

Village of New Hyde Park

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July 2013

Mayor’s Letter to the residents

 

Dear Neighbors,


Summer is usually a time when many residents take a break from their busy year and enjoy vacations, swimming, traveling along with some rest and relaxation. But the Village will remain active throughout this time with major road and streetscaping projects, concerts in the park and children’s recreational activities.


We are expecting the commencement of the final phase of the Jericho Turnpike “Operation Main Street” project to begin in mid July and be completed sometime in the Fall. During this phase, we will complete the brick pavers and landscaping features of the project to include planting, benches, and other beautification elements.


The 2013 Children’s Summer Recreation Program, under the direction of Program Coordinator Joe Goetz, begins another year with nearly 150 Village children registered. Thank you to our volunteer Park’s and Recreation Commissioner Rich Pallisco, who is responsible for all of the wonderful activities that happen each day in our beautiful parks. And thanks to our volunteer Cultural Commissioner Lisa Miranda, we have some great shows and entertainment to be held right in our own Memorial Park. We would also like to thank our show sponsors: Maspeth Savings Bank, J. Palazzolo Son, and Applebee’s of New Hyde Park for helping to bring these shows to our local stage.


We need to give thanks and great credit to the Nassau County Police Department, the Village’s Building Department, the Nassau County Fire Marshall’s Office, our business property owners, and local residents for assisting in addressing and correcting quality of life and compliance issues on Jericho Tpke in the areas of South 12th Street and Ingraham Lane.


And finally, we will continue to provide all of the other services with the highest quality and be as responsive to your needs as possible. Please feel free to contact me if you require any assistance.


Mayor Bob Lofaro

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April 2013

Mayor’s Letter to the residents

 

With this being my first letter as your new Mayor, I would like to start by thanking all of my family, residents, friends, and colleagues who had encouraged me to run for this office.  For all that know me; serving this village has been such a fulfilling experience and a true passion.

 

Next, I would like to acknowledge the outstanding work of former Mayor Dan Petruccio, who represented our village in such a positive way and was truly instrumental in so many of the significant accomplishments that were made during his tenure.  Thank you for your service.

 

So as you can read in this Spring Issue of the Village Newsletter, there is so much activity going on.  With the annual appointment of key Village personnel, members of our Boards and Committees, these individuals will help with the effective management and operations of our Village and we are grateful for their work and dedication.

 

The Board was also able to adopt a new budget with a very modest increase that will enable us to maintain a high level of service. And so many other project continue to progress, like the Jericho Project, Operation Main Street, Road Improvement Projects, Park Improvements, facility repairs, and equipment replacements.

 

But we could always could use new volunteers to help us achieve our goals, so I ask that anyone who might be interested in serving in some capacity in our Village family, please email me  or give me a call.

 

Mayor Bob Lofaro

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Robert Lofaro is sworn in as Mayor on April 1, 2013

 

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Former Mayor Dan Petruccio's Letter to the residents

March 2013

So here I sit putting my last Mayor’s message together and I am wondering where I should begin.  The first lesson I learned upon being elected Mayor of this wonderful Village is that in thanking any group of people it is important to thank my wife.  While I was out handling Village matters, my wife was attending parent-teacher conferences and basketball games and dance recitals.  She made it possible for me to dedicate the necessary time to handling the responsibilities of my office.  So in beginning my litany of thanks I begin with the most important person in my life, my wife Roseann.  I would also like to acknowledge the support and enthusiasm of my daughters: Elyse, Caitlin and Lianna.  They have truly enjoyed being the “Mayor’s daughters”.  I am so proud of the type of young women they have become. 

My fellow Board members: Bob, Larry, Donnie and Rich have made my Tuesday nights rewarding and enjoyable.  Over our twelve years together we have developed a mutual respect for each other which has translated into effective government service for the residents.  We have argued and debated, we have compromised and cooperated and most of all we have presented a singular vision for the future of the Village that is a by-product of hard work and a spirit of public service.  These men are the embodiment of the idea of “public service”. 

When I first started attending Village meetings over fifteen years ago, I was fortunate enough to get to know a trio of men that educated and encouraged me in my knowledge and love of the Village.  Kevin Gormley, George Sakowich and Fred Brown were my mentors and I was their pupil.  They understood the value of Village government and the benefits it provides to the residents.  They understood the concept of treating taxpayer’s money as if it were your own.  Only spend what you have and always prepare for a rainy day. 

The first important decision I had to make upon assuming the position of Mayor was to appoint a Village Attorney.  The selection of John Spellman to represent the Village was the best decision I made.  He provided guidance and stability helping to steer a group of government newcomers in the right direction.  He has been a counselor and most of all a valued friend throughout these past twelve years.  Thank you John.

The guys down at the Department of Public Works and the staff up at Village Hall continue to serve this community with pride and affection which is not part of their job descriptions.  There are too many to mention by name so I won’t even try.  One of the reasons that I feel it is the right time to leave my position as Mayor is that the administrative leadership is so solid at this time. Tom Gannon and Cathryn Hillmann have streamlined our operation and used prudence and financial discipline to put the Village on firm ground. 

It has been an honor to serve as Mayor of this wonderful Village.  Thomas Friedman once wrote; “When do we feel best about ourselves as Americans?  It’s when we are

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The Mayor is the chief executive officer of the Village and is elected for a four-year term.  The duties of the Mayor are set forth in Village Law, Section 4-400.  The first statutory power given to the Mayor is the authority to preside over the meetings of the Board of Trustees.  In all cases of Board votes the Mayor has the right to vote, however, it is mandated that the Mayor vote in the case of a tie.  The Mayor has no veto power over legislative action of the Board.  One of the more important powers of the Mayor is the power to appoint all department heads and non-elected officers and employees.  While the Mayor makes all of the appointments, the approval of the Board of Trustees is required.  The only mayoral appointment, which is not subject to Board approval, is the appointment of one of the Trustees as Deputy Mayor. The Mayor may also fill vacancies in elected or appointed office without Board approval.  The Village Law also gives the Mayor the responsibility to provide the enforcement of all laws, rules and regulations and to cause all violations thereof to be prosecuted. The Mayor has significant responsibilities regarding the ongoing business of the Village.  He is permitted to perform Marriages within the confines of the Village.  The specific requirements to be eligible to hold an elective Village office are : one must be 18 years of age or older, a citizen of the United States, and a resident of the Village.

 

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