Friday, 03 February 2012 00:00
Westbury Village Mayor Peter Cavallaro and Trustee Beaumont Jefferson attended the Jan. 25 Sherwood Civic Association meeting, held at the Westbury Public Library.
Interim Vice President of the Association, David Braham, introduced the mayor as “the most accessible mayor on Long Island.” Mayor Cavallaro proceeded to speak about a number of issues and concerns of the community, including police protection, property taxes (including an explanation of the new 2 percent tax levy cap adopted by New York State last year), code enforcement, as well as an update on the redevelopment of the Westbury Movie Theatre. The mayor indicated that he was hopeful that the theatre would be open by late spring or early summer, and that a significant amount of progress has been made by the developer, despite a slow start.Following the mayor’s remarks, members of the audience asked questions regarding a wide range of topics, including illegal housing enforcement and the future of the Fortunoff Source Mall just outside the Village. On the latter topic, Mayor Cavallaro said, “We have not been advised of any specific proposal for that site, if and when the mall closes, but we will continue to monitor the situation and let our opinion be known to the Town of Hempstead as the situation develops.”
On the housing front, the mayor indicated that housing enforcement “remains one of the highest priorities of the administration” and that the village has been conducting housing sweeps in several parts of the community to root out the most flagrant violators. The mayor indicated that the village’s emphasis on housing enforcement would remain a priority.
Representatives of the Nassau County Police Department, including Public Information Officer Sharon Galvin, were also present at the meeting to discuss the ongoing efforts by the Sherwood Civic Association to organize a neighborhood watch program.
Officer Galvin, and civic association member Gerard Modeste gave updates as to the status of the neighborhood watch program, and how the police department will interact with local volunteers to make the program work. Trustee Jefferson has been working with Mr. Modeste and the other members of the civic association to organize the program.
Mayor Cavallaro said, “The Village will provide and install Neighborhood Watch signs, similar to those we have put up in other parts of the village, once the Association lets us know the locations where they would like the signs to be placed.”