In case anyone was wondering about the jackhammering and cement pouring that has been going on in the plaza of the Mineola Train Station, it will all be very clear soon. Construction is under way for the revitalization of Station Plaza North.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mineola revealed at its May 12 meeting that it has decided to reach out to a consultant to assess the noise issues at the Verizon Plant in Garden City to come up with a solution. Lally Acoustical Consultants was contacted by the village last Wednesday.
Mayor Jack M. Martins revealed that Mineola and Garden City officials met at the Verizon plant last Wednesday to hash out the issues that have been inconveniencing the residents of 13th Avenue since last December. He also disclosed that Garden City met with the senior vice president of Verizon who is authorized to have substantive discussions regarding screening and putting sound attenuation around the objects on the roof that are making noise.
Mineola School Board Trustee Laraine Salvatore is suing the school district for legal costs she incurred to bring action against the district because it failed to defend her during a defamation lawsuit filed against her by former district superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli. Salvatore will not be running for her 2010 board position.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice formally announced her candidacy for New York State Attorney General in a video posted on her campaign’s new website at www.kathleenrice.com on Monday, May 3. A written statement to the press Monday morning reads, “In the four-and-a-half minute video, Rice, a Democrat, outlines her record as a tough, innovative, and progressive career prosecutor who vows to fight for ethics reform in Albany, improved Wall Street regulation and a renewed focus on local ‘kitchen table’ issues affecting communities across the state.”
At a recent board of trustees meeting, the Village of Mineola approved its settlement of a lawsuit which it had brought against major oil companies for actual and potential damages to the village’s water supply as a result of a gasoline additive known as M.T.B.E. (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether).
The Mineola School Board of Education met with the CCC (Community Committee on Consolidation) on April 22 to discuss the ongoing concern of the closing of schools. The reason for the meeting was to open more dialogue between the board and the CCC, to see what gaps can be bridged in terms of the school district’s reconfiguration.
The Verizon Wireless plant is once again the source of dispute for the Villages of Mineola and Garden City. Months after angry residents spoke to Anton Community Newspapers about the loud noise emanating from equipment, the mayor of Mineola announced the possibility of initiating a lawsuit against not only Verizon, but also the Village of Garden City.
The Village of Mineola Board of Trustees recently voted to leave the Town of North Hempstead when it comes to garbage disposal and enter into a 10-year agreement with Omni of Babylon. Mineola Mayor Jack M. Martins and the village trustees reasoned that Omni offered a better price than the town did and the new contract will offer significant savings to village taxpayers. However, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jon Kaiman believes Mineola was better served staying with the town’s solid waste disposal services. Mayor Martins, though, stands behind the village’s decision and believes that it agreeing to a contract with Omni will save taxpayers money.
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