Written by Joe Scotchie: JScotchie@antonnews.com Friday, 16 March 2012 00:00
This Tuesday, residents in the Village of Flower Hill will elect a new mayor and new members of the board of trustees.
The upheaval on the board is due to the decision by Mayor Charles W. Weiss and other members of the board—-Deputy Mayor Bill Clemency, Trustees Norman Glavas and Avery Ryan—-not to run for re-election.
Two weeks prior to the March 20 election, Mayor Weiss presided over his final BOT meeting, one where he also delivered his final State of the Village address.
“It is with a mixture of sadness and gratitude that I am ending my seven years as Mayor of the Village of Flower Hill,” the mayor said. “I will be sad to leave the many wonderful people with whom I have worked these past years. I am, however, extremely grateful for the honor of having served my friends and neighbors in the Village.”
Mayor Weiss then listed numerous accomplishments that the BOT achieved during his tenure as mayor, including revamping the Village Code, renovations of the Village Hall building, upgrading the village’s computer systems, establishing a village website, working with a local Eagle Scout to restore an “ancient” cemetery in the village, obtaining Flower Hill Park and Stonytown Road from Nassau County, negotiating cable franchises with Verizon & Cablevision, establishing an Office of Emergency Management, renovations and expansions at St. Francis Hospital, the construction of a new Landmark Diner, the Capital One shopping center, and the American Car Wash, discovering and obtaining over $100,000 in grant money which he said was “overlooked by previous administrations,” work on the Hempstead Harbor Protection Committee, negotiating an agreement with the North Hempstead Country Club to allow village residents to attend the annual Fourth of July fireworks, and preparing federally-mandated MS-4 Storm Water Management Plans.
The mayor claimed that the above accomplishments helped to beautify the village and update village facilities. He said by acting as Storm Water administrators, the BOT saved the village “thousands of dollars per year in outside consulting fees.” He added that the village’s work on Flower Hill Park included landscaping, building a stage, a playground, and holding block parties, concerts, movies, and children’s entertainment.
“The Village faces many trials ahead,” the mayor continued. “The uncertain economy combined with lower tax revenues and reduced sources of income will make maintaining the present level of services a challenge. The current New York State administration has made it clear that it considers local governments to be expendable. Our village supplies essential services, including garbage removal, snow removal, road maintenance, building and zoning permitting, ombudsman and liaison with other governments, vital statistics, emergency management and the village court, efficiently and at an extremely low cost. It takes a great deal of time, dedication, effort and thought on the part of the Trustees and staff in order to keep this village operating in the manner which the residents have come to expect.”
And so, the mayor thanked Deputy Mayor Clemency, and Trustees Norman Glavas and Avery Ryan, plus the village staff, village employees, Village Attorney Jeff Blinkoff and numerous Town of North Hempstead and New York State officials.
More specifically, Mayor Weiss praised Clemency for serving as the village’s representative to the North Shore Cable Commission and for preparing the village’s annual MS-4 reports on Storm Water Management. He thanked Mr. Glavas for his work on the village’s 75th anniversary celebration, one held in 2006-2007, while praising Ms. Ryan’s work on negotiating the firefighter service award programs with the Roslyn Fire Department.
Next door to Flower Hill is the Nassau County Museum of Art, which is currently exhibiting a highly popular rendering of George Washington’s legendary crossing of the Delaware River. Continuing in that same spirit, Mayor Weiss quoted from General Washington’s farewell address: “Though in reviewing the incidents of my administration, I am unconscious of intentional error, I am nevertheless too sensible of my defects not to think it probable that I may have committed many errors.”
“My tenure as mayor has not been perfect,” Mayor Weiss concluded. “I no doubt could have done some things differently or better. But I am proud of my record and secure in the knowledge that everything I have done in this position has been motivated solely by the desire to leave the Village of Flower Hill a better place than when I first took office.”