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Tina Schiaffino Appointed to Board of Trustees

Tina Schiaffino, a longtime resident of North Massapequa Park, has been named as the newest trustee of the Village of Massapequa Park.

The announcement was made at the Nov. 22 board of trustees meeting. Ms. Schiaffino replaces Jerry Larachuitta, who is resigning from the BOT.

“We were looking for someone with integrity, intelligence and compassion. That’s how we run the village board. Tina embodies all of that,” said Village of Massapequa Park Mayor James Altadonna.

Ms. Schiaffino has lived in Massapequa for 12 years. During that time, she has been active in St. Rose of Lima fundraisers, the PTA, and the Massapequa Soccer Club, among other organizations. Mayor Altadonna also describes Ms. Schiaffino as a working mom. “In my book, that qualifies her to do anything,” he added.

The mayor also praised Ms. Schiaffino’s management skills and said she would “add another layer of expertise” to the BOT.

“It is an honor to be appointed as a village trustee,” Ms. Schiaffino told The Massapequan Observer. “I do look forward to working with the village, the board, the mayor, and village administrators. We’re very fortunate to live in this community and I look forward to working in local government.”

Larachuitta himself was appointed to the BOT in February 2009 to replace Joseph Pinto, when the latter was appointed to the Oyster Bay Town Board by Supervisor John Venditto. Prior to joining the BOT, Larachuitta served as President of the CSEA (Civil Service Employees Association) Nassau Local 830 union that has a membership of over 10,000 people from over 800 active titles of work in Nassau County, and nearly 40 departments. In March 2009, Larachuitta was elected unopposed to the BOT while running on the People’s Rights First ticket along with Mayor James Altadonna and Trustee Harry Jacobson. Mayor Altadonna said Larachuitta resigned from the BOT to devote more time to his CSEA duties, which, the mayor added, have become more urgent as the economy continues to struggle.

In other news, the BOT has not yet made a decision on an application by Next G Networks of NY, Inc. for the installation of nine utility boxes on village property.

Next G Networks is seeking to have Metro PCS install receptors on utility poles already in the village. Such receptors are large boxes with antennas on top. The receptors would be used to enhance cell phone coverage in the village. At the November meeting, the BOT did not set a date for when the next hearing would be held.

Also at the November meeting, the BOT has approved the installation of a stop sign at the northwest corner of Atlantic Avenue and Front Street. The purpose of the new sign, village officials said, is to control southbound traffic at the intersection.

The BOT has also authorized the Village Administrator to refund $200 to Scialli & Sons, Inc. of Hicksville for a Street Excavation Permit that the village admits was applied for in error.

In addition, the BOT gave Mayor James Altadonna authority to enter into an agreement with Nassau County for the purpose of undertaking a Community Development Program under Title I of the Housing & Community Development Act of 1974 as amended in the amount of $50. This merely means that village residents who are seeking such grants, which are meant to primarily serve low income residents, must apply to the BOT, whose members, in turn, will pass on the information to county officials for further judgment.

In recent weeks, the village has reached Tax Certiorari settlements with Tim’s Florist, 1036 Park Blvd. and Frank Colaciuri Real Estate Holding Corp., 1020 Park Blvd.