The following are the opening remarks of Mineola Mayor Scott Strauss made during the public meeting of the Mineola Village Board on Jan. 16, 2013:
Last week I met with a group of investors from Launch Pad Long Island. This organization was created to help start jumpstart businesses and build successful companies here on Long Island and they have chosen Mineola as their home. I think it’s a great concept and it fits perfectly with our plans to revitalize and reenergize our downtown. If we want to prosper, we need to create an environment where our children and grandchildren can remain in our communities, where they can grow their ideas and become successful without having to leave Long Island. This is a great model and I’m proud Mineola is leading the way.
Dr. Nagler, the superintendent of schools of the Mineola School District and I met to discuss a number of topics and continue to maintain a positive working relationship.
I had the honor of attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Bonnie Parente and John Ferro who have partnered up and opened a law practice here in Mineola. Bonnie Parente resides in East Williston and is currently their deputy mayor. John also lives in East Williston and is a former trustee there. I welcome them to their new office and wish them great success.
Yesterday I had a very good meeting with Inspector McCarthy, the commanding officer of the Third Precinct. We discussed several items, including the enforcement of traffic laws and the quality of life concerns. As always, he was very receptive to our questions and needs and concerns and will address them. We’re making plans for a representative from the police department to attend one of our future meetings here.
Late in the evening I attended the chamber of commerce meeting where Inspector McCarthy was the guest speaker. He gave us the synopsis of the merger of the third and the sixth precincts and how well it seems to be going and also listened to the police department’s response to Superstorm Sandy.
This Friday morning and also a couple of times next week. and certainly it’s not unexpected – this is snow season – and so as I’ve mentioned a zillion times before, should we get two or more inches of snow, please remove your vehicles from the roadways so we can properly plow them. Once the roads are plowed you can put your vehicles back on the street. Touch the website, the Mineola Village website, and sign up for those emails. We’ll try to push as much information out as we possibly can.
There’s a rumor out there that people in the Bruce Terrace area that are involved in the project will be losing their homes because of the project. That is absolutely false, nobody is losing any of their property at all. The project’s going along very well, there’s a big hole in the ground now, it’s moving along the way it should be, those rumors are false. No one is losing any of their property at all.
I know some areas of the village still have a few streetlights out. This is due to the lack of available parts; the lights are old and difficult to get parts for. We just received some and are installing them as quickly as possible. I greatly appreciate your understanding and patience while we try to get all the streetlights replaced in the village.