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Mayor’s Message - June 26, 2009

FPM Girls Softball Team  

On behalf of the village board I would like to extend our congratulations to the Floral Park Memorial girls’ varsity softball team on winning the New York State Class A championship.

The Lady Knights took the long ride to Waterloo, NY last week to compete in the high school state finals. After a successful season with a 23-4 record they went on to beat the Pearl River Pirates 4-0 to secure the Knights their first softball state championship. Great job girls!

 

Senior Awards

 

On June 4 I attended the Floral Park Memorial High School Senior Awards Ceremony. I had the privilege of presenting the Mayor’s Citizen Award to Brianna Childs and Timothy Fowler. This award was started many years ago in an effort to recognize high school students for their involvement in community service and participation in school activities. Both Brianna and Timothy were recognized for their volunteer work with the Ronald McDonald House, Anchor Program and Big Brothers.

I would like to acknowledge and congratulate the entire graduating Class of 2009 on reaching a major milestone in your young lives.

 

Consolidation Bill

 

The bill aimed at dissolving villages, towns and a special district was passed by the State Assembly and Senate and it is currently with Governor Patterson for his signature.

The question is asked as to where do we go from here? At this point the governor has not signed the bill. Although we cannot be optimistic about his intentions, I strongly recommend that residents write to Governor Paterson and ask him to veto the bill.

Judging by the response of our residents to our elected officials, I am sure I can speak for our village that this is not a good bill. It is a bill that is not supported by logic or fact. It is poorly written with several open ended clauses that only leave the reader to believe there are other agendas that we are not aware of. I believe this bill could be extremely costly for village taxpayers. It will have serious negative impacts on communities across the state and be counterproductive to the bill’s worthwhile goal of improving local government efficiency and providing property tax relief.

I would like to thank all of the residents who responded to our call for assistance when we asked that you contact your elected officials and ask them to vote no on the consolidation bill.