The following are the opening remarks of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss made during the public meeting of the Mineola Village Board on Feb. 20, 2013:
A week and a half ago, we had a significant snowfall. Your DPW crews under the direction of superintendent of public works Tom Rini again did a great job clearing the roads. They worked through the night and the next day. Many of our vehicles were removed from the roadways, yet many were not. Folks, it’s important we all comply with the law and remove our vehicles from the streets during a snowstorm and place them back only after the streets have been sanded and salted. We need to do whatever we can to help get the streets cleared of snow so traffic can move through unimpeded.
Several months ago an individual who decided it was a good idea to drive his vehicle into Memorial Park to cause some damage. This person was identified by a member of our auxiliary police department. We pressed charges and today we received a check from that individual for the damage he caused.
A few weeks ago there was a robbery at the Stop 24 on Jericho Turnpike. The Nassau County Police have made an arrest in that case as well as two burglaries. I would like to thank Inspector McCarthy and his staff for their continued hard work.
Recently, there was a burglary at an apartment building on Mineola Boulevard and one at Birchwood Court just the other day. In both of those cases, the perpetrator hit the buzzers in the lobby until someone buzzed him in. It appears to be the same individual that’s involved in both cases. The police are releasing pictures of this individual this evening and I encourage anyone with information to contact the police.
To all of our residents living in apartment buildings: please, don’t buzz anyone into your building without knowing who they are. If you’re not expecting someone, don’t buzz them in. Go down to the lobby. I know it’s at times difficult depending on what floor you live on, but safety makes a difference. Please don’t blindly let people into your building, the consequences could be devastating.
Last week I attended the grand opening of LaunchPad Long Island, which is a new business here in Mineola. It’s an organization that helps start-up businesses grow and stay on Long Island. It’s a great concept and I wish them much success.
We have received a letter from the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation acknowledging our efforts in our tree planting program. We again have received the New York State “Tree City, USA” designation. We have gotten this award for over two dozen years and we will continue to do so.
Lastly, we have begun breaking ground on Bruce Terrace. Although the work has been going on in the area behind the pool since last summer, this is the first part of our portion of the project that the residents will actually see from the street. This has been a long and drawn-out process, but we are moving forward. I said we would get it done and we are. I appreciate your patience and understanding of everybody involved in this project.
One thing I forgot to mention is the St. Patrick’s Day parade. It’s going to be on March 3, Sunday, the second year that it’s going to be in here in the village. It starts at 1 p.m. down by the court complex and runs north on Mineola Boulevard. Please come out, show your support, we’re all green and Irish that day.