Written by Michael Scro Saturday, 15 March 2014 00:00
Problem Oriented Policing (POP) Officer Nick Mosesso of the Nassau County Police Department Third Precinct delivered an update on criminal activity in New Hyde Park on Tuesday, March 11.
Speaking at a village board meeting, Mosesso acts as a liaison to the community from POP.
“Honestly, there hasn’t been much,” Mosesso said. “We had a residential burglary early in the year, a business burglary, and damaged property of three automobiles.”
Other incidents he mentioned were criminal mischief at Mike’s Convenience Store, which he said someone saw on a surveillance video tape.
According to Mosesso, the two burglaries don’t appear to be related, and he suggested retribution as a potential motive for one or more.
Outside of the village, Mosesso mentioned the stealing of rims and tires off cars, which he said has happened on several occasions in the past two months.
Catalytic converters are also being stolen in different locations, Mosesso said. The converters contain platinum, which is a valuable metal.
“They’ve gone to areas where there are fleets of cars, so they hit seven or eight vehicles in one shot,” Mosesso said.
Mosesso said arrests had been made in converter thefts and police are looking at “multiple individuals” for the theft of rims and tires.
Mosesso said that illegal prostitution is taking place in the area, but declined to elaborate. He explained that it’s not being run as a massage parlor or a business of that sort, and assured that it will be taken care of “within short order.”
Trustee Richard Coppola Jr. encouraged the community to not be afraid of calling 911 to report something, which Mosesso elaborated on, explaining what happens when people call the precinct instead.
“When you do that, the officer has to either put it through to 911 via phone or computer, so it’s an additional step,” Mosesso said. “We don’t dispatch officers from the precinct, it would be faster for you (the caller) to dial 911 and get the ball rolling.”
Village of New Hyde Park Mayor Robert Lofaro said the village board had recently met with Deputy Inspector John Conti,to discuss “hot spots in the community with traffic violations and loitering.”
According to Lofaro, Trustee Donald Barbieri discovered a new traffic pattern in which residents are utilizing a commercial parking lot to get around a traffic light.
Lofaro commended Mosesso, who was alerted that residents were taking handicapped spots down by the railroad. He issued summonses to vehicles parked in handicapped spots the next day, addressing the issue.
“That’s a soft spot for me, making sure the handicapped spots are open to the proper residents,” Mosesso said.
Offering an update on the village road improvement project, Lofaro said the village has received plans New Hyde Park will send out to bid and that a few design elements “have to be tweaked.” The estimated cost from the village’s engineer to do all the work proposed is $1.7 million.
According to Lofaro, an estimated 8,000 linear feet of road work needs to be done, and the village board anticipates a resolution at the next meeting to borrow $2 million over the course of 20 years.
“Hopefully we will go out to bid in a week or so, and we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the bids will be low,” the road work should begin “sometime mid April, if everything works out well,” Lofaro said.
Lofaro shared preliminary numbers, such as the expected cap to remain under 1.8 percent, and that the village is “about $90,000 away from getting to that level.” Lofaro also said that one particular number that’s seen an estimated $30,000 increase from last year is New York State retirement costs.
“For the last two or three budgets, we’ve kept the tax below the cap, we’ve started work on the budget and we’re anticipating a very difficult year,” he said.
Lofaro expressed frustration over unfunded mandates, such as an annual $3,000 to $5,000 on engineering fees for groundwater run off, which he said “the village is not connected to waterways anywhere, but we have to put together a statement every year that we don’t contaminate water anywhere.”
The village board will hold a public hearing on Thursday, March 20, for a nursing aide school that is seeking to open at 613 Jericho Tpke.
“We’re delighted for when new businesses come here, and hopefully Jericho Turnpike will look much better this summer,” Lofaro said.