NEW HYDE PARK
Robert A. Lofaro
Term April 2013 - April 2017
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.
Village of New Hyde Park
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.
Village of New Hyde Park
Mayor’s Letter to the residents
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
Robert Lofaro is sworn in as Mayor on April 1, 2013
Former Mayor Dan Petruccio's Letter to the residents
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
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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