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Nassau GOP selects Elaine Phillips as candidate for county comptrollerFormer state Senator and Flower Hill Mayor, Elaine...
03/20/2021
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Nassau GOP selects Elaine Phillips as candidate for county comptroller

Former state Senator and Flower Hill Mayor, Elaine Phillips, was chosen as the Nassau County Republican Party’s candidate for county comptroller ahead of the elections this fall.

The 61-year-old served as senator for the state’s 7th district from 2017-2018 after spending the previous four years as the mayor of Flower Hill. Phillips also spent 25 years working on Wall Street as a financial adviser in the private sector.

“I believe Nassau County really needs me right now,” Phillips told Newsday in an interview. “They need a strong financial watchdog. They need someone with financial experience. They need someone who’s able to make these type of decisions and who’s had this type of oversight in the past.”

Efforts to reach Phillips or a representative from the county’s Republican party for comment were unavailing.

Phillips will challenge Nassau County Democratic Party candidate Ryan Cronin in the race for county comptroller this fall. Cronin, in a statement, welcomed Phillips to the race and said he looks forward to discussions on how to prioritize Nassau’s taxpayers.

“I welcome Elaine Phillips to the race and look forward to a spirited conversation about how best to move Nassau forward during this difficult time,” Cronin said. “As our families and business continue to feel the hardships from COVID-19, I plan to bring my message of reducing Nassau’s tax burden to voters throughout our county.”

Cronin, a Garden City resident, said his initial goal if elected as comptroller is to lower the fiscal burden of Nassau taxpayers due to the current hardships already caused by the lingering coronavirus pandemic.

Lowering the cost of living is essential to sustain Long Island as a great place to live and raise a family,” Cronin said. “Now, more than ever, we need elected officials committed to this objective. COVID-19 has upended the lives of our families, friends, neighbors, and businesses. As Comptroller, I will ensure Nassau County government works efficiently and eliminates corruption, fraud, and abuse.”

The two will look to replace current Comptroller, Jack Schnirman, who cited leaving politics to other people as a reason not to run for re-election.

Before being elected comptroller in 2017, Schnirman served as the Long Beach city manager for six years beginning in 2011. Although Schnirman touted efforts to increase government transparency, his tenure as comptroller included some blemishes.

A 2019 draft audit conducted by state Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli showed Schnirman was one of 10 former and current Long Beach employees who received a total of more than $500,000 in excessive separation payments.

Schnirman’s overpayments were a combination of accrued sick and vacation days that exceeded the amount allowed under city codes, resulting in his getting total payments of $108,000. Schnirman ultimately returned all of the $52,780 in overpayments he had received.

Schnirman highlighted the work that his office was able to do over the past four years, including the implementation of the Open Nassau Transparency Portal, which allows residents to view county expenditures, budgets, payroll and other governmental aspects. Schnirman’s office also recently released a three-year progress update, which showed that the comptroller’s office recovered more than $149 million for county taxpayers.

Schnirman also lauded his office’s work in reforming the county contract system and having the public more involved in the office’s daily operations.

“It is no secret that I love focusing on this work because even though it is nerdy, finding more efficient ways to deliver critical services, supporting our economic recovery, and closing our equity gaps makes a difference for our communities’ families,” Schnirman said.

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Former state Senator and Flower Hill Mayor, Elaine Phillips, was chosen as the Nassau County Republican Party’s candidate for county comptroller ahead of the elections this fall. The 61-year-old served […]

Man arrested for aggregated harassment in New Hyde ParkA Garden City man was arrested in New Hyde Park after allegedly h...
03/20/2021
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Man arrested for aggregated harassment in New Hyde Park

A Garden City man was arrested in New Hyde Park after allegedly harassing and threatening a woman, the Nassau County Police Department’s Sixth Squad said in a statement.

According to detectives, the female victim, 26, had been contacted through social media by Jon Christ, 30, of Pine Street in Garden City, whom she reportedly knew but did not want to contact her anymore.

“The victim’s boyfriend then responded to the subject through his social media and an exchange ensued,” police said. “[Christ] made threatening and inappropriate posts directed towards the female victim. The exchange escalated and [Christ] threatened physical harm to the male victim.”

An investigation was conducted and Christ was arrested for aggravated harassment around 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday, March 16 in New Hyde Park. The police said that Christ had been arrested “without incident.”

Christ has been charged with three counts of aggravated harassment in the second degree and one count of hate crimes. He was arraigned March 18 in at Nassau First District Court in Mineola, where he was represented by the Legal Aid Society of Nassau County, and is scheduled to return to court on March 25.

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A Garden City man was arrested in New Hyde Park after allegedly harassing and threatening a woman, the Nassau County Police Department’s Sixth Squad said in a statement. According to […]

Fitzgerald voted into mayoral seat in Floral Park, no immediate results for NHPFloral Park Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald rece...
03/17/2021
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Fitzgerald voted into mayoral seat in Floral Park, no immediate results for NHP

Floral Park Trustee Kevin Fitzgerald received 434 votes for mayor in Tuesday’s election to succeed Dominick Longobardi, who decided not to run again.

Trustees Lynn Pombonyo, who received 422 votes, and Frank Chiara, who received 416 votes, were both re-elected for two-year terms.

Pombonyo, who was first elected to the board in 2014, served as the superintendent for the Floral Park-Bellerose school district. She holds a doctorate in educational leadership from Seton Hall University.

Chiara, a chief investigator in the Bronx district attorney’s office, was elected to his first term as a trustee in 2017 and has been a Floral Park resident for 19 years.

Fitzgerald was appointed to the village board in 2011 and was made deputy mayor in 2016 after James Rhatigan’s death.

He first got involved in village government as a member of the Third Track Task Force, fighting the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s plan for a third Long Island Rail Road track in the mid-2000s.

A trustee seat will be vacant with Fitzgerald now elected as mayor, and village officials said the mayor will appoint someone to that position.

Longobardi, who was first elected in 2017, said stepping down after two terms is a longstanding tradition of the Citizens Party, of which he and Fitzgerald are members.

“There are no term limits in the village, but it is a [party] tradition carried on for many years, and it’s just my time to pass the torch,” he said earlier in a phone interview. “Kevin is a great guy and I have all the confidence in the world that he will thrive in the position.”

Longobardi touted his staff and the people of Floral Park for their support and efforts to constantly improve the village over the past two terms.

“I am absolutely honored, blessed, and very thankful to be a part of this board for the past 13 years and to also leave as its mayor,” he said. “I also thank the dedicated residents of Floral Park for their ongoing efforts and participation in countless numbers of committees and organizations to help make this village a better place to live every day.”

The Village of New Hyde Park did not have results available on Wednesday.

Village Mayor Lawrence Montreuil had announced that he would not seek re-election in the election. Montreuil has served as mayor since April 2017 and his term ends March 31.

“While it has been my absolute passion and privilege to serve my New Hyde Park neighbors for 30 cumulative years, I plan to shift my attention from the important concerns of my neighbors to matters closer to home,” Montreuil said.

All of the seats on the board and the village justice are four-year terms.

Trustee Richard Coppolla did not seek re-election but Trustee Richard Pallisco was running, Montreuil said at a meeting of the village Board of Trustees on Jan. 28.

The election had a new local political party throwing its hat in the ring with endorsements from a previous village mayor.

Former New Hyde Park Mayor Dan Petruccio, who served from 2001 to 2013, endorsed the New Hyde Park Unity Party’s slate of candidates.

The candidates were Christopher Devane for mayor, Madhvi Nijjar and Arthur Savarese for the two trustee positions, and Timothy Jones for village justice.

Devane served as a village justice from 2003 to 2021.

Nijjar is a 20-year resident of the village who works in the mental health and human services fields, teaching others who aspire to work in the same profession. Nijjar earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from John Jay College before receiving a master’s in social work with a major in psychotherapy from Adelphi University.

Savarese works in marketing and sales and has served on the board for and coached local Little League teams, and Jones is a trial attorney for the Scahill Law Group in Bethpage.

According to the party’s mission statement on its website, it stands for “the principles of an open, honest, diverse and inclusive form of Village government.”

Also running for trustee in the at-large election is Bassam Khoury, who ran on the Common Sense Party line.

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Greater NHP Chamber Of Commerce Elects New PresidentEarlier this year, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce ele...
03/17/2021
Greater NHP Chamber Of Commerce Elects New President

Greater NHP Chamber Of Commerce Elects New President

Earlier this year, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce elected its new president of the chamber, Cheryl Fajardo. Recently, Fajardo answered some questions from Anton Media Group about the chamber’s future and the effect that COVID-19 has had on it.

Q: How did you get involved in the chamber?

A: I was the area manager for a company called Monroe Calculator, and I wanted to expand the product to the territory I was assigned. What better way to meet decision-makers and also network with other businesses to grow my business. As I got involved in the chamber, I realized how important the chambers function was in the community. I also enjoyed working on the benevolence side of it.

Q: What challenges does the chamber face with COVID-19?

A: [The challenges are] raising money for our local charities and ensuring that our local businesses are still around to serve our community.

Q: As president, what do you hope to bring to the chamber of commerce?

A: Confidence. That we will make it through the pandemic and come back even stronger. We give our members a place to ask questions and get valuable information from experts in our community. We want to help them thrive by promoting and supporting them. We are an organization of fine businesses that do business with each other and serve our community. We have a pro-active, talented board of directors who I enjoy working with to keep the chamber running well with fresh ideas and good value for our members.

Q: Does the Greater NHP Chamber of Commerce have anything planned for 2021?

A: Yes. We have been having Zoom meetings to educate our members on various topics such as how to use social media and also Zoom networking. We hope to have in-person outside safe social distancing network meetings in May and June. In September, we are looking forward to having our annual golf outing to raise money for our nonprofit organizations. Your readers can go to our website for details and see our directory for a listing of all our members that we urge you to support. Go to www.nhpchamber.org. We also post on Facebook and Instagram.

Q: What is the one thing you want residents to know about the chamber you feel is most important?

A: The Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce is an organization of outstanding businesses in our community. The biggest thing I can say is to shop local and, by doing that, it keeps the money here in Nassau County. It helps businesses, the community, and each and every person to thrive.

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Earlier this year, the Greater New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce elected its new president of the chamber, Cheryl Fajardo. Recently, Fajardo answered some questions from Anton Media Group about the…

SUNY Old Westbury to open doors for COVID-19 vaccine appointmentsSUNY Old Westbury will open its doors to New Yorkers se...
03/17/2021
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SUNY Old Westbury to open doors for COVID-19 vaccine appointments

SUNY Old Westbury will open its doors to New Yorkers seeking the coronavirus vaccine on Friday as eligibility to receive inoculations once again expanded throughout the state on Wednesday.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced that the SUNY Old Westbury site is one of three mass vaccination sites that will open on Friday. The other two sites are the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University and the Brentwood campus of Suffolk Community College. The three sites will be permitted to schedule appointments as early as Wednesday, with the first appointments being Friday at 8 a.m.

“The single most effective vaccination mechanism is what we call a mass vaccination site,” Cuomo said Monday. “It is one large facility capable of doing thousands, in some cases keep them open 24 hours a day. From what we call a through-put from just getting needles in arms, these mass sites are the most effective. There’s going to be one here.”

Cuomo announced that vaccination sites throughout the state will be permitted to vaccinate any New Yorker who is eligible to receive the vaccine beginning on Wednesday.

Nassau County Executive Laura Curran announced last week that the Nassau Coliseum will be turned into a mass vaccination site later this month. The announcement came after calls from the Nassau County Legislature to convert the venue into an inoculation center since January.

“We’re focused on continuing to ramp up our capacity for vaccination as more supply is anticipated to arrive in the coming weeks,” Curran said. “All of our residents must have access to the COVID-19 vaccine, and this iconic site will gives us the ability to deliver the vaccine rapidly.”

Cuomo said last week that the initial order of anyone at least 65 years of age being eligible to receive the vaccine would be lowered to 60. The eligibility was officially expanded to public-facing government and public employees along with essential in-person and public-facing building employees on Wednesday. Examples of these employees include child service workers, DMV workers, county clerks, election workers and building service workers.

“These are the people who are the everyday heroes who are out there doing their job,” Cuomo said. “They’re putting themselves in a possible position of exposure. They are essential for us to continue operating.”

As of Wednesday, more than 214,000 Nassau County residents had completed their vaccine series, with 379,000 receiving at least one dose, according to state figures. Throughout Long Island, more than 289,000 had completed their series, with more than 520,000 receiving at least one shot so far.

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