Manhasset/Port Washington Mayors Meet With NYS Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso to Discuss Issues of Local Concern to Village Residents

April 10, 2019 – Mayors representing residents in the Villages on the Cow Neck Peninsula, including Manhasset and Port Washington, met on Friday, April 5, 2019 with Assemblyman Anthony (“Tony”) D’Urso to discuss issues of importance to Village residents.

Participating in the meeting were Mayors Edward A.K. Adler (Sands Point), Lawrence A. Ceriello (Munsey Park), Barbara Donno (Plandome Manor), Nora Haagenson (Baxter Estates), Robert McNamara (Flower Hill), Thomas Minutillo (Plandome), Kenneth C. Riscica (Plandome Heights) and Robert Weitzner (Port Washington North). Together, these Mayors represent nearly half of the residents on the peninsula. Plandome Heights Mayor Kenneth C. Riscica hosted the meeting in Plandome Heights Village Hall.

The Mayors and Assemblyman D’Urso discussed a broad range of topics of concern to Village residents, including, the “tax cap”, progress of the East Side Access project which will provide direct access on the LIRR Port Washington Branch into Grand Central Terminal, the status of local applications for state grants for roads and other public works projects, the deleterious impacts of proposals to construct “flood gates” at Throgs Neck to protect NY City from storm surges and efforts in Albany to legalize recreational use of marijuana.

The Mayors thanked Assemblyman D’Urso for his long record of service to the Villages and in particular for his advocacy in helping to reverse proposed cuts in “Aid and Incentives for Municipalities” (“AIM”). AIM funding represents assistance that the Villages receive from the NY State which is used for infrastructure, road and other projects in the Villages. Assemblyman D’Urso noted that he recently joined the membership of the Committee on Local Government in the State Assembly to assist local governments in such efforts.

Assemblyman D’Urso gave the Mayors an update on issues and priorities in the State. The discussion was open, candid and thorough. The Mayors expressed appreciation to Assemblyman D’Urso for his efforts to aid his constituents, including the residents of Munsey Park. We expect to continue the conversation with Assemblyman D’Urso.

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso (center) with Mayors from Manhasset and Port Washington (From left to right, Mayors Ed Adler, Larry Ceriello, Nora Haagenson, Bob Weitzner, Assemblyman D’Urso, Mayors Ken Riscica, Barbara Donno, Bob McNamara and Tom Minutillo

Assemblyman Anthony D’Urso (center) with Mayors from Manhasset and Port Washington (From left to right, Mayors Ed Adler, Larry Ceriello, Nora Haagenson, Bob Weitzner, Assemblyman D’Urso, Mayors Ken Riscica, Barbara Donno, Bob McNamara and Tom Minutillo

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The Manhasset Chamber of Commerce has announced a Shredding Event

April 20, 2019

10 am - 3 pm

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ELECTION RESULTS - MARCH 19, 2019

Lawrence Ceriello - Mayor 47 Votes

Antonio D’Angelo - Trustee 43 Votes

Joseph Williams - Trustee 44 Votes

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INCORPORATED VILLAGE OF MUNSEY PARK

FAQs For Distribution To Residents Regarding ExteNet

Does the Village have the legal authority to block the Cell Facility?

No. Cell facilities are regulated by federal law, and the Village has virtually no authority in this matter.

Can the Village regulate the level of Radio Frequency (“RF”) emissions from the Cell Facility?

No. RF emissions are set by federal law, and the Village has no authority to challenge a facility that otherwise complies with federal law.

Can the Village require Extenet to demonstrate its RF emissions fall within federal safety standards?

Yes. The Village has already required Extenet to certify that the Cell Facility’s RF emissions fall within federally mandated safety limits.

Has Extenet certified that the Cell Facility’s RF emissions fall within federal safety limits?

Yes. Extenet has certified that the Cell Facility’s RF emissions shall be less than one per cent of the federally allowed limit.

Will the RF emissions from the Cell Facility be at ground level?

No. Extenet has certified that all RF emissions will be at least thirty six (36) feet above the height of a six (6) foot tall person standing under the Cell Facility.

Why will the Cell Facility be in the shape of a flagpole with a pedestal?

Your Board negotiated with Extenet to have the Cell Facility comprised within a flagpole and a ground pedestal as the most aesthetically pleasing alternative, in keeping with the Village’s colonial architecture, and thus avoiding an unsightly and obtrusive cell tower or utility pole.

Has Extenet demonstrated a need for this Cell Facility within our Village?

Yes. Extenent has provided evidence, as required by federal law, to demonstrate its need for the Cell Facility within our Village, and that Extenet has no viable alternative to the proposed location.

Has Extenet certified that it has explored alternatives to placing this Cell Facility at this location, and within our Village?

Yes. Extenet has provided evidence, again as required by federal law, to demonstrate it has explored alternatives both within and outside our Village, and the proposed site is the only viable location.

Has Extenet certified that it will construct and operate the Cell Facility in accordance with applicable federal law?

Yes. Extenet has certified that the construction and operation of the Cell Facility will comply with applicable federal law.

Why the proposed location on the Village-owned triangle at the intersection of Park Avenue and Manhasset Woods Road?

Extenet originally proposed to place the Cell Facility on a utility pole in front of a private home. Your Board negotiated with Extenet to place the Cell Facility on public property and not in front of a residence.

Does the present application by Extenet permit it to erect additional cell facilities within the Village?

No. The current application is limited to this one site. If Extenet wishes to place additional cell facilities within the Village, Extenet must make a new application, which will be subject to the same laws and review process discussed here.

Will the Cell Facility improve cell phone coverage?

Yes. Extenet has represented that this Cell Facility will improve coverage for cell phones and similar electronic devices, and will accommodate new advances in wireless technology.

Will the Cell Facility affect real estate values?

Extenet has provided evidence that the Cell Facility will not negatively affect real estate values, but rather should enhance them, given the improvement in telecommunications.

Are neighboring villages dealing with this issue?

Yes. Extenet has filed applications for multiple cell facilities with Flower Hill, Plandome, Manor, Plandome Heights, and more. It must be emphasized that local authority in this matter is severely limited by federal law. Nonetheless, as described above, your Board protected the interests of residents by, among other things, negotiating for the cell facility to not be in front of a residence, to assure Extenet certifies compliance with federal safety standards, and so forth. Notably, and as mentioned, other villages are dealing with applications for a dozen or more cell facilities, whereas the Village is dealing with only one at this time.

Is the Village permitted to charge Extenet a fee for placing this cell facility within the Village?

Yes, but in a very limited amount. Once again, federal law strictly controls, and it sharply limits any fee the Village might charge to a very modest amount. The precise dollar amount is still being discussed, and will be stipulated via contract. To be sure, the paramount concern of your Board has been and will always be the best interests of the residents, and not revenue.

When will the construction of the Cell Facility commence, and how long shall it take?

The exact start date of any construction is, of course, dependent upon completion of the Village review process. With respect to the duration of any work, we have inquired of Extenet as to a time frame. Please look for further updates from your Board.

Will construction of the Cell Facility negatively impact residents?

Your Board has emphasized to Extenent that it must take all steps necessary and appropriate to minimize any disruption or inconvenience to residents during construction of the Cell Facility.

Will the Board require Extenet to appear at a public hearing, and will the Board hear evidence from Extenet’s representatives at that public hearing?

Yes. Your Board is requiring Extenet to appear at a public hearing. At that hearing, Extenet will be required to have its representatives publicly testify with respect to many of the matters set forth above.

When would construction commence?

If and when the Village approves the Extenet application for the cell facility, thereafter Extenet will contact PSE&G and Verizon to “walk the site,” i.e., to coordinate with the other utilities. If the site does not require any preparatory work, then the utilities typically issue their own licenses within 45 days. If preparatory work is required, then that time frame is naturally extended.

Once the other utilities give permission, the cell facility is typically installed within seven (7) days.

How long would construction take?

Extenet’s construction for the cell facility should take approximately 4-8 hours. Thereafter, Verizon must place and splice fiber cable to the cell facility.

What steps will Extenet take to minimize disruption to traffic and inconvenience to residents?

Construction will be undertaken after the morning rush hour, and Extenet expects work to be completed prior to 3 P.M. the same day. Signs, cones, and traffic signals shall be employed in order to assure safety and good order. Prior to commencing construction, Extenet will give notice by distributing written flyers to nearby residents.

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PSEG Long Island is beginning a scheduled project that will improve electric reliability for you and thousands of other customers in your community. It will replace existing poles and related equipment, strengthening the most vulnerable sections of the energy grid against extreme weather. This work is funded by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Hazard Mitigation Assistance Program.

Project Description and Benefits
Specifically, we will: 
• Replace existing wire with more weather-resistant wire
• Install new and more durable poles in several locations
• Replace switching equipment to help reduce the number of customers affected by an outage

Project Route
The route will cover approximately 2 miles along an electric main line circuit. PSEG Long Island crews will be working on the following streets in Town of North Hempstead and Villages of Munsey Park and Flower Hill and the hamlet of Manhasset:
• Nassau Avenue between Willow Place and Thayer Road 
• Thayer Road between Nassau Avenue and Park Avenue 
• Park Avenue between Thayer Road and Manhasset Woods Road 
• Manhasset Woods Road between Park Avenue and Northern Blvd (Route 25) 
• Northern Blvd (Route 25) between Deepdale Drive and Searingtown Road
• Rear Property south of Harrow Lane between Bruce Lane and Searingtown Road 

In addition, switching equipment will be replaced at:
• Plandome Road south of Dennis Street
• Nassau Avenue east of Onderdonk Avenue
• Manhasset Woods Road south of Hunt Lane

When will the work take place?
PSEG Long Island crews will generally work Monday – Saturday, 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with limited evening and Sunday work. No work will be done on major national holidays.

Who is doing the actual work?
PSEG Long Island licensed and approved contractors.

Will the project include tree trimming?
Trees growing near power lines significantly increase the chance of power outages and pose safety risks. As we expand and improve our electric circuits, we will trim trees, where necessary, following our utility best practice model (ANSI A300 standards as well as the Best Management Practices Tree Pruning publication): 8 feet to each side; 12 feet above; and 10 feet below the conductor.

What size and where will the poles be located?
The new poles will be approximately the same height as existing poles, have a stronger base and will be placed about two-to-three feet from the current pole locations. Removing old poles requires action from all utilities that have installed equipment on the pole. To expedite this process, PSEG Long Island will actively coordinate with the cable TV and telephone utilities, as well as local municipalities.

Will there be any traffic interruptions?

There will be minor traffic interruptions related to this work.  To ensure traffic moves safely, PSEG Long
Island licensed and approved contractors will provide cones, flagmen and signage at the work site, as needed, to minimize interruptions.

Will there be any power outages?
PSEG Long Island anticipates some localized, intentional, short-duration power outages related to this project. All affected customers will be notified in advance of any power outage.
What is the timeline for the project?
This project will start in April 2019 and will take approximately three months to complete.

Whom can I contact for more information?
Customers with questions about the project can visit www.PSEGLINY.com/FEMA or cna contact PSEG Long Island Customer Service at 1-800-490-0025.

As always, customer and employee safety is our primary concern. Please be cautious when travelling near our construction work zones.  

Sincerely,
 
John O’Connell
Managing Director and Vice President, Electric Operations

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Board of Trustees Winter Update 2019

The Board of Trustees hopes the New Year is off to a great start for everyone.  With a few weeks of winter left, we wanted to update the residents on what has been going on in and around the Village and some of the plans we are looking forward to in 2019.

IN REMEMBRANCE:  The Board of Trustees, on behalf of the Munsey Park Community would like to take a moment to remember and honor one of our local hero’s, Sgt. James “Jimmy” Regan. Sgt. Regan paid the ultimate sacrifice February 9th, 2007.   This year marks the 12th anniversary of his death and we honor his sacrifice to our country. The Regan family began Lead the Way Fund in Jimmy’s honor and if you are interested learning more about the great work they do, information can be found at www.Leadthewayfund.org.

BUDGET:  We are in the process of preparing the budget for the 2019-2020 fiscal year, which begins on June 1 of this year.  We will present the budget at our April meeting. 

MARIJUANA:  As is well known, the State of New York is considering the legalization of recreational use of marijuana throughout the State.   The Board of Trustees is of the view that the State errs in consideration such legalization and that a retail marijuana store within the Village will have an adverse effect on the health, security and well-being of Village residents and would negatively impact real estate values and the quality of life within the Village.  After due consideration of the foregoing, the Board of Trustees voted to prohibit the “fabricating, manufacturing, growing, cultivating, displaying for retail or wholesale, dispensing, or the selling of marijuana or any products containing cannabis (whether naturally occurring or manufactured) or containing tetrahydrocannabinol or derivatives thereof (whether naturally occurring or manufactured), whether for medicinal use or other usesale”.   Similarly, we applaud the Town of North Hempstead’s ban of recreational sale of marijuana and thank all of the residents, both within the Village and within the Town, for making their views on this controversial subject known.

EXTENET:  Extenet, a telecom construction company, has made formal application for the installation of a “small cell node” at the Village owned triangle at the northwest corner of Park Avenue and Manhasset Woods Road.  The facility will not be a tower, but rather a typical flag pole and pedestal, replacing the existing flagpole at the site. 

The BOT is currently reviewing the application, and public hearings will be noticed and held. While federal law greatly restricts local authority in such matters, you can be assured that your Board has actively protected the interests of the residents. 

Your Board already persuaded Extenet to forego its original plan to place the facility in front of residences, instead locating it on Village property, and to make it unobtrusive.  Your Board is requiring Extenet to appear at public hearings, and provide evidence that the facility shall operate within federally mandated safety limits, there is a justifiable need for this facility within the Village, and the facility complies with applicable law. 

Anticipate further announcements regarding the date and time of these public hearings, and a special outreach will be made to residents who live closest to the location. 

ROADS: The Village plans to undertake the road improvement project of Bellows Lane, Stuart Lane and Eakins Road (south) this summer.  We are in the preliminary phases of this project.  Survey work is currently being planned, weather permitting, to prepare the roadway and driveway specs for the project.  The Board will keep residents updated on our progress.  In addition, the Village plans on repaving Burnham and parts of Kensett following the summer project.  

VILLAGE ELECTION: The Village election will be held on Tuesday, March 19th.  The polls will be open from 12pm to 9pm at Village Hall.  There are three positions up for election and the following have submitted petitions to be on the ballot. Current Trustee, Lawrence Ceriello will be running for Mayor, current Trustee Antonio D’Angelo will be running for one of two Trustee positions, and current BAC member Joseph Williams will be running for the second trustee position.  All three candidates are running unopposed.  More information is available at Village Hall. 

PSEG MAINTENANCE:  PSEG has notified the Village that they will be replacing existing poles and related equipment starting in April.  This is in an effort to strengthen the most vulnerable sections of the energy grid against extreme weather.  PSEG will be sending Village residents a letter with more information.  In addition, you can find the PSEG notice letter on the Village website.  If you should have any questions about this please contact PSEG Long Island Customer Service at 1-800-490-0025.

CAR AND HOME SAFETY:  As a reminder, do not forget to lock up your homes and cars.  There have been a number of car thefts in the Manhasset area.  Do not leave any valuable items in your car.  If you have a burglar alarm, use it whenever you go out and always at night.

SNOW REMOVAL:  The Winter season has been mild this year, but winter is not over.  As a reminder, residents must clear snow and ice from the sidewalk adjacent to their home. It is critical that all the walks are cleared. One uncleared section effectively eliminates access to the sidewalk for the entire community. The safety of our residents depends on everyone doing their part.  The Fire Department has also asked us to remind you to keep fire hydrants outside your homes clear. Lastly, it is also important that you clear a path to your garbage cans so that the carter can safely perform its duties. Meadow Carting will not pick up garbage, if a path has not been cleared.

EMAIL:  The Village experienced some email distribution problems with its server recently.  The problem has been corrected, but please check your spam or junk folder for any missed emails.  If you know of anyone that is not receiving the Village emails and would like to, please direct them to signup on the Village website or contact Village Hall for assistance.

VOLUNTEERS: If any residents have a desire to get involved with the Village, please reach out to Mayor DeMento or any of the other Trustees.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be March 13 at 7:30pm.

For additional information please visit our website at www.Munseypark.org

Village of Munsey Park Board of Trustees:
Frank DeMento,  Mayor (fdemento@munseypark.org)
Jennifer Noone, Deputy Mayor (jnoone@munseypark.org)
Lawrence Ceriello, Trustee (lceriello@munseypark.org)
Antonio D'Angelo, Trustee (adangelo@munseypark.org)
Anthony M. Sabino, Trustee (amsabino@munseypark.org)


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Once again, in our on-going effort to restore and renew the beautiful tree canopy over our Village streets, the Village will be planting trees throughout the Village.  We have selected beautiful specimen trees grown by Marando Nurseries of Manorville, Long Island, one of the region’s premier growers.  We have selected for planting “White Oaks”, a beautiful tree, iconic in our Village, and Zelkova “Green Vase”, a gorgeous tree widely considered as a substitute for the American Elm.  We expect planting to begin in the next couple of weeks.  We still have a few trees available for planting if you are interested in having one planted in front of your house. Just let Maureen Mclean in Village Hall know as soon as possible. 

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Please be advised that the repaving of Hunt Lane (Abbey Road east to Sully), Morse and Earl will start today with an estimated completion by Thursday evening.  There will be limited access to portions of the roadway at times over the next two days, please avoid the area if possible.

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BOARD OF TRUSTEES OCTOBER 2018 UPDATE

Welcome Autumn!  Autumn is one of the most beautiful times of year and we hope you are enjoying the change of season and colors.  Please read all about the news and events that are going on in the Village.  If you can, please fly your flags proudly on Veterans Day as thanks and remembrance to our service men and women who have sacrificed and served so that we may live free in this great country.  As always, our village staff is here to assist, so please don’t hesitate to call or stop by Village Hall.

MEDICAL MARIJUANA DISPENSARY ON NORTHERN BLVD:  We have heard your objections to the proposal to locate a marijuana dispensary on Northern Blvd.  Munsey Park residents are speaking with one voice: no one wants the marijuana dispensary to be located on Northern Blvd. We view it as threat to the safety and well-being of our children and residents.  It will negatively impact the quality of life in Munsey Park and in Manhasset generally.  However, since the location of the proposed dispensary is outside the boundaries of Munsey Park, our options, as a Village, are limited.  The Mayor and Board of Trustees have expressed our concerns to state, town and other local officials and are monitoring the situation.   We urge all residents to contact their state and town officials to express your concerns. Yesterday, our Town Councilwoman, Dina De Giorgio, filed a resolution to set a hearing date to vote on a zoning resolution limiting the locations of medical marijuana dispensaries. The resolution will be proposed at the next meeting of the Town of North Hempstead Board on Thursday October 25th at 7:00 pm. at Town Hall. We urge all interested residents to attend. We will continue to report to you as we learn more about this situation.

ROADS:  As we continue to address the infrastructure needs of the Village, we are focusing on the worst rated roads according to the VMP Road Ratings Map, which can be found on the Village’s website.  As a result, the next project will be the resurfacing of Hunt Lane (Abbey Road East to Sully Drive), Earle Place and Morse Lane.  The Village received numerous bids for this project and called a special meeting on October 2nd to select a contractor.  The Village selected the lowest responsible bidder, United Paving Corp., at $118,750.  This project consists of milling the road, repairing the concrete base and repaving the road with asphalt.  It is expected that construction will begin sometime in November.  The Village will be sending out more information to the residents in this area.  The Village would like to thank Senator Elaine Phillips for the $150,000 road grant awarded to the Village which will assist us with this project. 

INTRODUCTION OF TED BOUTZALIS:   Recently, one of the Village’s maintenance crew left the Village to pursue other endeavors.   After a thorough search for a new candidate, the Village hired Munsey Park resident Ted Boutzalis. Ted was born and raised in Astoria, Queens.  He has lived in Manhasset since 1995 (the past 13 years residing in Munsey Park) with his wife Anna and his two children, William and Alexander.  Ted worked in the Hunts Point Produce Market in the South Bronx for 35 years and retired in 2013.  Ted continues to be an active Assistant Scout Master for Troop 71.  If you see Ted around the Village, please extend him a warm welcome.

EXTENET:  Counsel for ExteNet Systems, Inc. (“ExteNet”) recently contacted the Village regarding its reiterated proposal to install a “small cell” on a utility pole at the intersection of Park Avenue and Manhasset Woods Road.  Earlier this year, ExteNet had submitted an application with the Village to install this same “small cell” in the Village.  When the Village did not grant the application, ExteNet filed a lawsuit against the Village.  After Village counsel effectively defended the lawsuit, ExteNet withdrew the request and discontinued the lawsuit.  Due to ExteNet’s recent reiterated request to install the “small cell,” the Trustees and Village counsel are now considering the appropriate action to take, including inviting a representative from Extenet at an upcoming monthly meeting.

HALLOWEEN:  Halloween will be here soon.  As it falls during the week this year, expect activity after school hours during the day and into the evening.  The Village of Munsey Park has not planned any event, sanctioned any event or issued permits for any event to occur on Halloween.  However, the Village recognizes that children trick or treat on Halloween. Therefore, to keep our streets safe for trick or treaters, we have requested that the 6th/3rd precinct provide us with traffic control and patrols on Halloween night.  Also, our traffic control officer and our maintenance crew will help with traffic control in the Village from 3pm-7pm.  Please do your best to accompany your child trick-or-treating, where possible.

VILLAGE TREE LIGHTING/LIGHT THE NIGHT WITH MPWC:  The Village of Munsey Park, along with the MPWC will reignite the annual tree lighting tradition that was once held in the Village.  In conjunction with MPWC Light the Night on Sunday evening December 2nd, a tree lighting ceremony will be held at Copley Pond.  All residents are invited to attend.  There will be hot chocolate, carolers, games for the kids and a coat drive.  More information to follow.

NYS REQUIREMNETS FOR SEXUAL HARASSMENT POLICY:  Earlier this year, the State Legislature, backed by the Governor, implemented new “Employer Requirements” concerning the adoption of a ‘Sexual Harassment Prevention Policy’, which is required to meet certain minimum standards as established by the Department of Labor and the NYS Human Rights Commission.  Under the new law, every employer in New York State (including the Village) is required to establish a sexual harassment prevention policy meeting these standards. The Department of Labor in consultation with the Division of Human Rights has established a model sexual harassment prevention policy which meets the minimum requirements and in accordance with the new requirements, the Village has adopted the state recommended model Sexual Harassment Policy for the Village.

PWMOEM:  At a recent meeting of the Port Washington Manhasset Office of Emergency Management, the Village participated in a productive discussion of emergency preparedness, and the physical assets possessed by various villages that might be available during a crisis.  The PWMOEM hopes to have a representative of PSE & G Long Island attend the next meeting, so we might be updated on the utility’s emergency management plans.  One of the keys to emergency management is having mutual aid agreements, and a comprehensive plan for emergency management in place.  These are necessary precursors to, not only obtaining the use of emergency equipment, but obtaining reimbursement from FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Agency.  In that regard, our review of our existing agreements and plans is ongoing.  We are pleased to confirm that the following agreements are in full force and effect: a) Intermunicipal Agreement with the Town of North Hempstead and the Village, as updated by Mayor DeMento, and running until 2022; b) Mutual Aid Agreement with the PWMOEM and its constituent villages; and c) Mutual Aid Agreement by and between Plandome, Plandome Heights, Plandome Manor, Flower Hill, and VMP.   A study of a comprehensive emergency management plan is underway, and we will continue to report on pertinent developments.

LEAF & BULK ITEM PICK UP:  Arrangements have been made with Meadow Carting for special leaf collection on four consecutive Fridays beginning Friday, November 2nd. Leaves should be bagged in clear or black bags and placed at the curb.  Residents are reminded that Meadow Carting is obligated to collect bulk items under our contract with them.  Residents must schedule the pick-up with Meadow by calling 516-338-0121. Under no circumstances are items (other than leaves on the specified days) to be left at the curb (even on the day of pickup).  Items should be left on the driveway near the house in view of the street.  Please make sure that any cars or other items blocking the path to the street are moved so that Meadow can easily move the items down the driveway into the truck.

CAR AND HOME SAEFTY:  As the holidays near and it gets darker earlier, we remind residents to be vigilant and lock their homes and cars.  Do not leave any valuable items in your car.  If you have a burglar alarm, use it whenever you go out and always at night.

TOYS FOR TOTS:  The U. S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is collecting new, unwrapped toys during October, November and December.  They plan to distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to less fortunate children in the community in which the campaign is conducted. Village Hall has a toy donation container if you wish to contribute during normal business hours of 9am – 4pm.

VOLUNTEERS: If any residents have a desire to get involved with the Village, please reach out to Mayor DeMento or any of the other Trustees.
 
NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be November 14th at 7:30pm.
 

For additional information please visit our website at www.Munseypark.org

VILLAGE OF MUNSEY PARK BOARD OF TRUSTEES:
 
Frank DeMento, Mayor (fdemento@munseypark.org)
Jennifer Noone, Deputy Mayor (jnoone@munseypark.org)
Lawrence Ceriello, Trustee (lceriello@munseypark.org)
Antonio D'Angelo, Trustee (adangelo@munseypark.org)
Anthony M. Sabino, Trustee (amsabino@munseypark.org)

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The Board of Trustees hope all the Village residents are enjoying the end of summer and the start of a new school year.  The Board did not meet in August so we wanted to update you on issues discussed at our September meeting and other issues that are currently affecting the Village.

REMEMBRANCE:  Please take the time to remember all the families that were affected by September 11, 2001, especially our Village residents.  They include Thomas Burke, Paul R. Casio, James Connor, Joseph D. Dickey Jr., John F. Iskyan, Timothy C. Kelly, and Frank Salvaterra.

TRAFFIC & SAFETY:  School is open.  Back-to-school time means more pedestrians and bicyclists around our schools and in our Village.  Please drive safe and give yourself some extra time.  There are first time students walking our streets with parents who will be very excited about the new year.  Let's make sure we have a safe start to the school year.  Slow down, come to a complete stop at the stop signs and find a safe spot to drop off and pick up your student.  Please observe all parking signs in the Village, especially around Munsey Park School.  During Munsey Park school open house evenings in September, parking is restricted to one side of the street, please observe all parking restrictions.  Village streets are too narrow for double side parking and restricts access for emergency vehicles. 

ROADS:  The Hawthorne/North Eakins road re-pavement project was completed over the summer and we thank all of the residents for their cooperation and patience during the construction.   As we continue to address the infrastructure needs of the Village, we are focusing on the worst rated roads according to the VMP Road Ratings Map, which can be found on the Village’s website.  The Village currently has a bid out for the repaving of Hunt Lane (Abbey Road East to Sully Drive), Earle Place and Morse Lane and hopes to complete this project in the Fall.  We will update residents on this project at the October meeting after we receive all of the bids.

SENATOR ELAINE PHILLIPS ROAD GRANT:  The Village would like to thank Senator Elaine Phillips, who granted the Village $150,000 for our roads.  We will put this generous grant towards our next infrastructure project.  The Village will continue to apply for road grants at the town, county and state level and we are hopeful to get even more financial assistance to improve our roads.

EXTENET:  We are pleased to report that Extenet, the company that had applied for a special use permit to install a cell node on Manhasset Woods Road, north of Park Avenue and then sued the Village of Munsey Park for not approving the application, has withdrawn the application and voluntarily discontinued the lawsuit against the Village.  We are delighted with these developments.  Notwithstanding the foregoing, the interest of cell providers in adding cell facilities may continue and Munsey Park, along with surrounding Villages, may receive further requests to consider these telecommunication facilities.  The Board stands ready to enforce the provisions of the Village Code to protect the interests of our residents.  At this time, however, the matter is closed.  The Board will continue to insist on strict compliance of the Code in connection with all future applications for telecommunications infrastructure in the Village.  The Village will also continue to monitor associated events, in Munsey Park and in nearby Villages, and will keep residents informed of further developments, if any.

ON-GOING TREE REPLACEMENT:  The Village is continuing with its efforts to restore the right-of-way trees throughout the Village.  Over the past year, we have planted approximately 40 trees – London Plane, White Oaks and Zelkova trees on Manhasset Woods Road, Park Avenue and various other streets upon request of residents.   This Fall we expect to plant another 36 trees of various types throughout the Village.  If you are interested in placing your name on a list to obtain a tree along the street in front of your home, let Village Hall (Deputy Clerk Maureen Mclean) know.  We expect to be placing our order with the tree farm in the next few weeks and planting will occur after the first frost in November/December.

VILLAGE ENTRANCES:  You have probably noticed some landscaping improvements at the entrances to the Village at the Park Avenue Hill and at Manhasset Woods Road.   Things have moved slowly due to the availability of suitable plants, the sudden onset of hot, dry weather earlier this year and the lack of irrigation in those spots.  However, we are now moving to complete the project. We expect to install landscape lighting and irrigation in those areas this month and finish planting thereafter.  We think that you will like the results.
 
MLWD WORK:  The water district is conducting an upgrade on a Park Avenue waterline from the water tower.  They are currently waiting for the approval from the health department to complete the waterline tie-ins, which should occur in the next week or so.  All affected residents have been notified by the MLWD.  Once these tie-ins are complete, MLWD restoration of Park Avenue will begin. 

NO SOLICITATION LIST:  Various organizations have been soliciting Village residents asking for their support or contribution to a certain cause.  If any resident would like to be placed on a ‘Do Not Solicit List’ please contact Village Hall.

NEW AMERICAN ARTISTS:  As you know, the streets in Munsey Park are named after famous American artists – Winslow Homer, Thomas Eakins, Gilbert Stuart, James Abbott McNeil Whistler to name a few.   If you’ve visited Village Hall, you noticed reproductions of some of their famous paintings on display.    This Fall, we are inviting residents of Munsey Park to submit their own works of art for a limited time display in Village Hall under a program we call “New American Artists”.  Village Hall will have more information available on this event shortly.

REDWOODS IN MUNSEY?:  Yes! A little backstory since the story behind Dawn Redwoods is fascinating!  The Dawn Redwood (Metasequoia glyptostroboides) is believed to have once been one of the most widespread tree species in the Northern Hemisphere.  Fossil remains of this redwood were found in North America, Asia and Greenland.  Scientists had concluded that it must have been extinct for millions of years.  However, in 1944, a Chinese forester found an enormous dawn redwood in a remote province of China and in 1948, a small group collected the seeds and distributed the same to various universities and arboreta worldwide for growth trials.   The tree has made a remarkable comeback and may now be found in NYC’s Central Park and in London among other places.  Unlike most other conifers, the tree is deciduous, seasonally dropping its delicate needles in the late fall.  Now, through the generosity of Joseph Marando, owner of Marando Nurseries of Manorville, the tree farm where we have sourced our right-of way trees, 2 Dawn Redwoods will be donated to Munsey Park and planted, one each in Waldman Memorial Park and Copley Pond Park.  Once we have a date for planting, we will let you know.

STORM ASSISTANCE INFORMATION & IMPORTANT NUMBERS:
With the possibility of significant weather events approaching our area this season, here are some useful phone numbers to keep on hand.

Emergencies: Dial 911
To report power outages or downed power lines:
• PSEG 24 hour hotline: (800) 490-0075
To report gas outages or gas safety emergencies:
• National Grid 24 hour hotline: (800) 490-0045
Information on mass transit service:
• MTA/LIRR/NYC Transit: www.mta.info
• LIRR 24 hour travel information center: 718-217-5477
Up to the minute information about traffic conditions on Long Island’s major roads:
• NYS Department of Transportation’s 511 service: www.511ny.org or call 511.

VOLUNTEERS: If any residents have a desire to get involved with the Village, please reach out to Mayor DeMento or any of the other Trustees.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be October 10, at 7:30pm.

For additional information please visit our website at www.Munseypark.org.


Village of Munsey Park Board of Trustees:

Frank DeMento, Mayor (fdemento@munseypark.org)
Jennifer Noone, Deputy Mayor (jnoone@munseypark.org)
Lawrence Ceriello, Trustee (lceriello@munseypark.org)
Antonio D'Angelo, Trustee (adangelo@munseypark.org)
Anthony M. Sabino, Trustee (amsabino@munseypark.org)


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AuthorMaureen McLean

Dear Residents,

We are pleased to report that the Village has been informed that Extenet, the company that applied for a special use permit to install a cell node on Manhasset Woods Road, north of Park Avenue and then sued the Village of Munsey Park for not approving the application, has withdrawn the application and voluntarily discontinued the lawsuit against the Village.   We are delighted with these developments.   Notwithstanding the foregoing, the interest of cell providers in adding cell facilities continues unabated and Munsey Park, along with surrounding Villages, may receive further requests to consider these telecommunication facilities.  The Board stands ready to enforce the provisions of the Village Code to protect the interests of our residents.  At this time, however, the matter is closed.   The Board will continue to monitor associated events, in Munsey Park and in nearby Villages, and will keep residents informed of further developments, if any.

 Mayor and Board of Trustees

Posted
AuthorMaureen McLean

Summer is almost here and the Village would like to take this opportunity to update our residents with some important events and projects in the Village.  Please take a moment to read about Movie Night at Waldmann Memorial Park, taxes, upcoming road work and some additional information.  If any resident has additional questions, please contact Tara or Maureen at Village Hall.
 
MOVIE NIGHT AT WALDMANN MEMORIAL PARK:  The Village of Munsey Park and the Munsey Park Women’s Club invite you to attend Movie Night at Waldmann Memorial Park on Monday evening, June 25.  Bring a blanket, chair and come down to watch the movie GOONIES under the stars.  The movie will begin at sundown and popcorn will be served.  We look forward to a great evening and this new summer tradition in our Village.  All Village residents are welcome to attend.  A rain date is scheduled for Wednesday, June 27.

TAXES:  Village taxes are due no later than July 2nd without penalty.  Taxes were mailed out a couple of weeks ago.  If you have not received your tax bill in the mail, please call Village Hall.  Village taxes reflect no tax increase for the current fiscal year.  Any increase from last year is due to the change in the tax assessment rate from Nassau County.  We will continue to work to contain our Village budget while improving quality of life in a balanced way.  Village hall hours are listed below.

ROAD IMPROVEMENT:  At a special board meeting conducted on May 22, the Board selected United Paving for the Hawthorne/North Eakins road improvement project.  The project will begin within the next week and is expected to last for about 2 weeks.  Street access will be limited at this time.  Please be careful when driving through this area.   All residents directly affected by this project have been notified by the Village, if you any questions please contact Village Hall.

REPLACEMENT TREES:  As you may have noticed, the Village has planted many new trees around the Village.  Approximately 30 new trees will beautify the Village in the coming months.  With the hot summer days approaching, we ask residents with these new trees to water them frequently.  Our road crew is out everyday watering, but assistance from residents would be extremely helpful to our crew and for the survival of these new trees.

MUNSEY PARK EAGLE SCOUTS:   On Sunday, June 10th, the Eagle Scout Court of Honor welcomed the following new Eagle Scouts:  Matthew J. Palmadessa, Dylan Shelley, Ryan Hughes Watson and William Boutzalis.  These young men have impacted their communities directly through various Eagle Scout Projects including the renovation of Waldmann Memorial Park.  Please join us in congratulating these outstanding young men for their scouting achievements and dedication to our community.

MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY:  Thank you to Munsey Park resident Greg LiCalzi Jr. for leading the Memorial Day ceremony at Waldmann Memorial Park and to Mayor Frank DeMento for reminding us of the sacrifices so many have made for our country.  What a special day in our community and a tradition that the Village will continue every year.  The picture shows the children of Munsey Park placing a wreath in remembrance of our fallen heroes.  The flags will remain up on Park Ave until the 4th of July.

STREET SWEEPING AND GUTTER CLEANING:  The Village is in the process of pumping and cleaning out the Village gutters.  Village street sweeping will follow and is scheduled for Wednesday June 27 and Thursday June 28.

NATIONAL GRID UPGRADES:  National grid has completed the gas line upgrades on Park Avenue and surrounding streets.  The final phase of this improvement is to properly patch the road entries, which will begin this week.

SAFTEY UPDATE:  The end of school is approaching and we ask all residents to SLOW DOWN.  Please take your time driving through the Village and be aware of pedestrians and children playing in the neighborhood.  Speed control and safety starts with us.

SUMMER SCHEDULE:  Village Hall will be open Monday through Thursday from 9am - 4pm and close at 12 pm on Fridays through Labor Day.   You may contact Village Hall at (516) 365 -7790.

VOLUNTEERS: If any residents have a desire to get involved with the Village, please reach out to Mayor DeMento or any of the other Trustees.

NEXT MEETING: Our next meeting will be Wednesday, July 11 at 7:30pm.  Just a reminder that there is no board meeting in August, the next meeting following our July meeting will be in September.  

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Posted
AuthorMaureen McLean

The Village will undertake the pruning of certain trees located on the Village Right of Way (ROW) to remove dead or dying branches.  While we continue to assess the need for pruning throughout the Village ROW, we expect pruning to occur on the following streets:

Abbey Road
Hunt Lane
Kensett Road
Remington Road
Whistler Road
Bellows Lane
 
Pruning is scheduled to occur, weather permitting, on the following dates:

June 8
June 13
June 18
June 21
June 26
 
We ask you to keep this schedule in mind.  If you have any concerns or questions, please contact Village Hall. 
 
Thank you.
 

Posted
AuthorMaureen McLean