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Racing For Wounded Warriors

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Thursday, 09 May 2013 00:00

Running club once again raises fund for veterans organization 

When the New Hyde Park 8K kicks off at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday, June 2, it will be the 36th time the starter’s gun has gone off for this annual event. And, as in the past, New Hyde Park Runners race organizers will take money raised and donate it to a local charity. For the third year running, the lucky organization will be Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior. It’s a cause that club president Harold Axelrod and his members have grown very close to, having raised more than $5,000 the past two years.  


H20 Giant Coming To Town

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 08 May 2013 08:38

Water authority hopes for June move-in date in New Hyde Park facility 

The Water Authority of Western Nassau County expects to move into its new home in New Hyde Park next month, according to officials. The authority has called South Tyson Avenue in Floral Park home since 1996.

The water authority, formerly Jamaica Water, floated two bonds to help build a central garage and the main headquarters, according to Water authority Chairman John E. Ryan. Western Nassau was looking in Floral Park, Elmont and in the surrounding areas of the district to find a new home. It came down to cash.


“The owners of the properties were asking for a lot of money,” he said. “It was not doable. [New Hyde Park] was a good location at a good price.”


Umberto Celebrates Milestone, Makes Giant Donation

Written by Christy Hinko Saturday, 04 May 2013 00:00

It is not likely that most people celebrate a milestone birthday by surrounding themselves with nearly 200 of their closest friends and family members, are presented with the key to the county, and make a generous donation to a friend’s charity. This is exactly what Umberto Corteo, owner of the Original Umberto’s of New Hyde Park, did on April 16 to celebrate his 70th birthday.  


Before presenting the Key To Nassau County, County Executive Ed Mangano shared a brief story about Corteo’s migration to America, “He [Corteo] represents the American dream; he came here with so very little.”

Born outside of Naples, Italy, Corteo worked his father’s farm to help feed their family of 13; he is the seventh of 11 children. 


Civic Watchdogs

Written by Dave Gil de Rubio Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00

How the M&M sisters have taken a bite out of taxpayer waste

Public service has always been high on the list of priorities for sisters Marianna Wohlgemuth and Marietta DiCamillo. Over the past two decades, the two women, who are informally known as the M&M Sisters, have made a point of ensuring that the people of New Hyde Park have been getting the most bang for their tax dollars. The creation of the Water Authority of Nassau County and the restoration of the Parkville Library are just two of the many feats the two siblings have accomplished since they started taking on taxpayer-related economic malfeasance since 1990. Their activism found them being recently honored by Legislator Judi Bosworth at the 15th Annual Trailblazers Awards Ceremony that was held at the chambers of the Nassau County Legislature. 


Main Street Project Rising

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 02 May 2013 00:00

Approximate June start date 

After hitting a snag, New Hyde Park’s Operation Main Street, aimed at improving the village’s business district, is gaining traction. The Village of New Hyde Park sent final paperwork to the New York Department of Transportation on Sunday, June 21. 


Trustee Donald Barbieri estimated a June start date, with a projected four-month construction run time. Barbieri has spearheaded the project from the start.


New Hyde Park Trustee Seat Filled

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 01 May 2013 09:30

CPA, school treasurer to fill open village trustee seat

New Hyde Park Village Mayor Robert Lofaro appointed Donna Squicciarino as trustee to fill his unexpired term vacated when he took the mayor’s post. Lofaro, who was elected March 19, had resigned from his trustee position on April 1, with two years remaining in that term.


Squicciarino is a CPA and has been a resident of New Hyde Park for 16 years. She brings a strong financial background with experience in property taxes, accounting, finance and budgeting, according to village officials, according to Lofaro.


BOCES Budget Set

Written by Matthew Ern Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:00

The Herricks School District passed the new BOCES Administrative Budget for the upcoming 2013-2014 school year at a Board of Education meeting Wednesday, April 17.  The BOCES (budget was set at $19,686,115, a 2 percent increase from last year.


The new budget saw many costs remaining fairly consistent with the previous years. Most categories only saw minor fluctuations with the biggest increase coming in fringe benefits (11.9 percent).  The biggest decrease was in equipment costs (-23.6 percent).   


The board also approved the property tax report card for the 2013-14 school year. Total proposed spending for the year would see an increase of 3.19 percent.


FD Hearings Cost $11K

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 26 April 2013 00:00

Figure comes in response to query from civic leaders in Dolan case 

The New Hyde Park Fire Department revealed on April 16 that $11,467 in taxpayer money was spent on disciplinary hearings of Michael Dolan Sr. and Jr. The two were accused last year of stealing Kidde smoke detectors from the firehouse.


Lakeville Estates Civic Association President Marianna Wohlgemuth sent a letter to the Fire Commissioner Richard Stein on April 8 asking to disclose costs involved with the hearing. The letter was co-signed by her sister, Marietta DiCamillo, president of the North Lakeville Civic Association.


Third degree larceny charges against the two, filed in mid-July 2012, have since been dropped. Fire officials declined to comment on any aspect of the senior Dolan’s case. 


Village Budget Adopted

Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park tax levy set at 2.04 percent

Number crunching is over for the Village of New Hyde Park after the board of trustees adopted the 2013-14 village budget on Tuesday, April 16. The final total budget is set at $5,853,068.67, which represents a $31,433.51 increase from last year.


The village will not pierce the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap, affirming a 2.04 ($4,061,113.39) tax levy increase. On April 2, the village presented a tentative 2.23 percent tax levy, which mirrored New York State’s allowable limit to New Hyde Park.


Read All About It

Written by Rich Forestano Wednesday, 24 April 2013 00:00

New Hyde Park residents install community bookshelf at train station

Newspapers and magazines are available at many Long Island Rail Road train stations. But in New Hyde Park, there is something additional for commuters – a bookshelf, thanks to residents Katina Grigoraskos and Carmin Perrone.

Grigoraskos and Perrone installed a New Hyde Park Community Bookshelf at the New Hyde Park train station. The two joined forces with the LIRR and “jazzed the station up a bit,” getting donations from Hillside Public Library. 

The idea came to fruition when Perrone was getting rid of her bookshelf and the two thought to put it to good use. Grigoraskos and Perrone reached out to the train station manager Jennifer Uihlein. 

Friends, neighbors and the two women donated books. Books can be dropped off anytime during open hours.


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