Public meetings on $6.5M bond measure for new firehouse
The Point Lookout-Lido Fire District will hold two community meetings this week to support a $6.5 million bond measure for a new firehouse and improvements to the Point Lookout Fire Station.
The meetings on Wednesday and Thursday will start at 7:30 p.m. District officials will provide information about the 25-year bond measure before an Oct. 21 vote at the Point Lookout and Lido firehouses from 4 to 9 p.m. Absentee ballots are accepted.
The bond measure would add a second floor to the Point Lookout Firehouse for a training room and district offices. The Lido Firehouse would be demolished and a new firehouse would be built with a larger apparatus bay, showers and training space.
Firefighters are currently working in two firehouses built in 1957 and 1968. Fire commissioners say the buildings are deteriorating and firefighters don't have enough space to safely operate modern equipment.
A $7 million bond measure failed last year after about 75 percent of voters rejected a 23-year tax bond, which included demolishing the 83-year-old Ye Olde Fire House. The future of that firehouse is still unclear and is not included in the Oct. 21 bond measure. Officials are seeking landmark status for the building.
-- JOSH ASBURY
Proposals sought for Coles school parcel
Glen Cove officials are seeking proposals to redevelop a shuttered city school.
Proposals for the Coles School property, at 27 Cedar Swamp Rd., will be accepted until Nov. 21.
Interested developers should submit an Expression of Interest to the city. Proposals that involve the sale of the property are preferred, but leasing options will be considered, according to a statement from the city.
The Glen Cove School District closed the Coles School in 1991. The city purchased the property in 2002 and has rented out the facility until 2008. The school has been vacant since then, officials said.
The two-story, 20,083-square-foot school was built around 1930. There are two other buildings on the site: a gymnasium and support building, officials said.
The Request for Expression of Interest document can be obtained either via the NY State Contract Reporter or on the City of Glen Cove website at glencove-li.us.
Potential developers are required to attend a Coles School property visit on Wednesday (Oct. 15), but other visits will be scheduled if needed, officials said.
All inquiries must be in writing and submitted to Ann Fangmann by email at Grantadmin@cityofglencoveny.org or by fax at 516-759-8389. All other contact with City Staff other than the authorized contact person is prohibited and is grounds for disqualification.
-- MACKENZIE RIGG
Meet the candidates scheduled for Oct. 21
Smithtown town residents will be able to meet and pose questions to candidates for county, state and national offices at a Meet The Candidates program on Oct. 21.
The League of Women Voters of Smithtown will host the event beginning at 6 p.m. at the Smithtown Historical Society's Frank Brush Barn, 211 Middle Country Rd., in Smithtown.
Scheduled to participate are state Sen. John J. Flanagan (R-East Northport); state Assemb. Michael Fitzpatrick (R-St. James) and Democrat Jason Zove, candidates for the 8th Assembly District; Suffolk County Water Authority chairman James Gaughran, a Democrat, and Suffolk County Legis. John M. Kennedy Jr. (R-Nesconset). Also scheduled to participate are candidates for Suffolk County Comptroller, and Rep. Timothy Bishop (D-Southampton) and state Sen. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), who are competing for the 1st Congressional District seat.
Candidates will give opening statements and answer prepared questions by the league as well as vetted questions from the audience written on index cards, said Joyce Rosenthal, the league's voter service chairwoman.
"We want to present the candidates to the public and let the public have an opportunity to see what the candidates stand for, and give the candidates an opportunity to meet people and [share] what they plan to do if they're elected," she said.
The event is free and open to the public.
-- LAUREN R. HARRISON
Village trustees to meet tonight at 6 p.m.
The Patchogue Village Board Tuesday to consider entering into a three-year agreement with Suffolk County to maintain county roads in return for salt to melt snow this winter.
The municipalities agreed to a similar one-year contract last year.
The 6 p.m. village trustee meeting also is to include a public hearing to convert a single-family River Avenue home into a multiple-family dwelling, officials said.
Other agenda items include approval requests to allow an East Patchogue shopping center on Main Street to contact Patchogue's engineering company, H2M, to review plans for a possible sewer connection.
In addition, an approval request to hire Rosemar Construction Inc. to mill and pave Oxbow Road for no more than $99,600 is to be discussed.
-- DEON J. HAMPTON
Herr is re-elected to Democratic post
Southampton Town Democratic Committee chairman Gordon Herr was re-elected to his post by a unanimous voice vote on Oct. 7, party leaders said.
Herr, who has served as chairman for six years, was elected to a two-year term during a party meeting at the Southampton Publick House. He was unopposed.
In an interview Sunday, Herr said he wants to continue registering Democratic voters in the historically Republican-dominated town and also involve more minorities in the party.
"Every month, when we get the new registration figures, the number of Democrats who are newly registered are twice the Republicans," he said. "Our goal is to continue that trend."
Last year, Southampton elected its first Democratic-leaning town board majority since the early 1990s. The majority includes Supervisor Anna Throne-Holst and Councilman Brad Bender, both Independence Party members elected with Democratic support, and Democratic Councilwoman Bridget Fleming.
On Oct. 7, the Democratic committee also elected vice chairwomen Mackie Finnerty and Joy Flynn, treasurer George Lynch and secretary Hank Beck.
-- WILL JAMES
Trustee Barnett now village clerk
Christine O'Shea, the clerk for Brightwaters for 18 years, retired last month, village officials said.
"She will be missed," Mayor Joe McDermott said at last week's board meeting, and wished her a happy retirement.
O'Shea did not return a call for comment.
McDermott said he was appointing trustee Donna Barnett to the clerk position, effective after Barnett stepped down from the village board last week.
Barnett is the former village treasurer for Amityville and will work full time for Brightwaters at a yearly salary of $75,000, according to McDermott. O'Shea was paid $88,000 a year.
Brightwaters resident Donna Periconi questioned the timing of the appointment, noting at the meeting that Barnett was elected trustee in June. "Is it more than coincidence?" Periconi asked.
"It was not a planned thing," said McDermott, who added the mayor has the authority to make appointments for open village positions.
McDermott will also appoint a new trustee to fill Barnett's vacant seat next month, he said.
-- SOPHIA CHANG
One-on-one free legal advice Oct. 23
In celebration of National Pro Bono Week, the Nassau County Bar Association invites county residents to the Free Annual Pro Bono Legal FAIR (Free Assistance, Information and Referral) from 3 to 6:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at the association's office at 15th and West streets in Mineola.
Residents can meet one-on-one with a volunteer attorney for free legal information and guidance on any topic. The event is held in cooperation with Nassau/Suffolk Law Services and The Safe Center LI.
Dozens of volunteer attorneys knowledgeable in many areas of law will be available to meet with residents to provide information and refer them for more assistance if needed, officials said in a news release. Attorneys will not provide legal representation.
Register for a free individual consultation with an attorney by calling 516-747-4070. The county bar association will also provide bilingual attorneys upon request when registering.
-- SID CASSESE
14th annual village hayride coming soon
Northport is holding its 14th Annual Halloween Hayride from noon to 4 p.m. on Oct. 26. The event takes place each year at the Northport Village Park, overlooking the harbor.
The Northport Chamber of Commerce sponsors the event. Local podiatrist Ron Iannacone started it in 2001, and it's gotten bigger each year.
The celebration includes a hayride, petting zoo, pumpkin patch, pumpkin painting, costume contest and music. Candy and refreshments will be on hand.
The $5 per person event is kid-friendly. More information is available at 631-754-3905.
-- VALERIE BAUMAN
Senior residents' dances, ID events
The North Hempstead Department of Community Services and Department of Services for the Aging are sponsoring dances for its senior residents where they can receive identification cards.
The annual "Halloween Monster Bash!" events will be held in New Hyde Park and New Cassel and feature games, food, music, and a costume contest.
The first event is scheduled for Oct. 24, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. The second is Oct. 30, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., at the "Yes We Can" Community Center in New Cassel. Only town residents can attend.
Members of Project Independence, the town's program for residents aging-in-place, can receive the ID cards. Because seating is limited, residents must call 311 or 516-869-3111 to reserve.
-- SCOTT EIDLER
Halloween family fun day, free on Oct. 25
The Village of Lindenhurst will host a Halloween event for families on Oct. 25.
The Halloween Family Fun Day is co-sponsored by the Lindenhurst Rotary Club and will feature live entertainment and games along with face painting, relay races, hay rides and pony rides. Prizes will be given out and food will be available.
The free event will take place from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at Village Park, at Hartford Street and Irmisch Avenue. For more information call Lindenhurst Village Hall at 631-957-7500.
-- DENISE M. BONILLA