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Petruccio To Not Seek Mayoral Seat In March Elections

Village board starts off 2013 with a bang

2013 has arrived and the New Hyde Park Village Board wasted no time getting back to business, with a major announcement to kick off the New Year.

The big news is who is leaving. Not leaving town, but stepping down.

Mayor Daniel Petruccio announced he will not be seeking a fourth term and will finish out his time as mayor at the end of March. Petruccio stressed that his health is fine, but that after 12 years, it’s time for a change.

“It’s not like I’m sitting here saying the work is done, I’m finished,” Petruccio said. “I just think it’s time for me to make some room for somebody with some fresh ideas, and it seemed to be the right time.”

Petruccio took office in 2001. He would have been the longest-tenured New Hyde Park mayor had he made a run at the post this coming March.

“I would like to say thank you for your service, it’s been for me a tremendous experience to serve with you and enjoy the benefit of your leadership,” said Trustee Lawrence Montreuil. “The mayor has always been open to everyone providing their points of view and putting their arguments across...a tremendous facilitator and leader in every sense of the word. Your presence will be missed.”

Come April, there will be a new mayor, but Petruccio put that aside for village business...for now.

Resident Bruce Hecht lives on Albert Street, and told the board that unruly kids are a continuing problem at neighboring Memorial Park. Even when the park is locked, littering and even urination is an issue there, he said.

The board agreed that police patrols need to be stepped up around the park, and that the matter would be discussed with local precincts.

The board also acknowledged the recent fatality on S. 12th Street, where a woman was killed trying to cross the railroad tracks on Monday, Dec. 31. Safety at railroad crossings and heeding the warning lights was once again the prevailing message.

In Other News

• There will be a public hearing for the tentative 2013-14 budget on Tuesday, April 2. Village Clerk Katherine Hillmann will be the budget officer.

• The annual Little League parade will be Saturday, April 6 at 10 a.m.

• Repaving work on Jericho Turnpike continues, and will include the sequencing of traffic lights to hopefully prevent backups during rush hour at certain intersections.

• The chamber of commerce officer installation will be held later this month.

• The Spotlight talent show will be held at Village Hall in the William Gill Theatre starting on Jan. 10 at 7 p.m. for ages 13-21, and Jan.13 at 2 p.m. for ages 12 and under.


News

The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District is planning improvements to a district that has already seen much success in recent years. The school year has only just begun and the Board of Ed is already setting its sights on the future. 

 

At the Sept. 8 board of education meeting, Superintendent Robert Katulak’s monthly report outlined the major goals set for the district last month. While approved in August, the three goals were made available to the public this month and each target different areas for improvement throughout the district. 

 

The first goal deals with English Language Learners (ELL) within the student population. ELL students are those that speak a language other than English at home and score below proficient on assessments. 

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.


Sports

Sewanhaka boys soccer coach Peter Burgess wasn’t sure how long his team’s playoff drought was when it was broken last season. 

 

“Somebody said it was 13 years,” said Burgess, whose entering his fourth year coaching varsity. “But I think it was five or six, I don’t know maybe longer.”

 

But one thing’s for certain, he wants to keep last year’s momentum going. 

 

The Indians, who started their season with a 3-0 loss at Hewlett, will aim for their second straight trip to the playoffs this year. 

The Sewanhaka Indians made their Nassau Conference II debut with a bang.  The Indians opened their season at home against the Calhoun Colts, unsure what to expect, as all they had ever seen of the Colts was one tape of a scrimmage. 

 

“It was nerve raking leading up to the game,” said Head Coach George Kasimatis. “We weren’t sure what to expect on offense or defense, you have to guess early on. “

 

But it didn’t take the Indians long to introduce themselves to the conference, as junior, Quarterback, Elijah Tracey broke a 75-yard run taking it the distance to put the Indians up early, which ended in a 27-7 rout of the Colts. 


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

Herricks Meeting - September 18

Bike Safety Day - September 21


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