North and Central Merrick Civic Association
Claudia Borecky, President          516-972-6988            claudiaborecky@gmail.com

Newsletters

This newsletter strives to keep our neighbors abreast of issues that impact our community. 

APRIL 28, 2016 NEWSLETTER


ROAD IMPROVEMENT COMMITTEE REPORT:
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As a follow-up to last month's meeting with Town representatives, the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") held a Road Improvement Workshop on Thursday, April 28 to coordinate efforts to repave several roads throughout our community.  

Dozens of residents have begun visiting their neighbors, garnering support to repave their roads. If you would like to find out if someone is advocating for your road or would like to advocate for one or more road that you believe need to be repaved, please email Claudia Borecky at claudiaborecky@gmail.com.

Together, we will make it happen.
POLICE UPDATE 
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At the NCMCA meeting Thursday night, Officer Ditieri updated the community on recent criminal activity.
  •  The knife-wielding man who robbed several convenient stores and Dunkin Donuts in Nassau County and Suffolk is still at large.
  • Burglary on Iris Avenue in Merrick in which an I-pad, jewelry, credit cards and cash were stolen.
  • 2 cars were stolen from the Merrick train station
  • Reports of grand larceny on Commonwealth Avenue in which DJ equipment was stolen
  • Larceny - wallet and credit card was stolen on Merrick Avenue
  • Drug arrest for dealing heroin on Maeder Avenue 
  • Heroin overdose on Merrick Avenue - Police revived the person with NARCAN
Several residents asked for increased police surveillance at stop signs and speeding at different locations.  We again asked for a speed trailer for Camp Avenue and several people reported sites where they suspect drug dealings are taking place.
BRIARCLIFF SIGN COMMITTEE - The NCMCA formed the Briarcliff Sign Committee to look into installing a new sign at the entrance to that community on Henry Road off of Merrick Avenue. We held our first meeting on March 28 and are currently researching design and cost. Please email claudiaborecky@gmail.com  if you would like to help us on this committee.
SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA - The 2016 Spring Eggstravaganza was the most successful event the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") and Printing Emporium's ever hosted.  Approx. 500 kids scampered through the field, hunting for eggs to fill their baskets. Special thanks to our sponsors: the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 ("ALA"), Boy Scout Troop 577, Brownie Troop 2404, whom, along with other volunteers, stuffed several thousand eggs and scattered them throughout Fraser Park and to Legislator Rhoads for his donation. Our two stars: Brittany the Balloon Artist and our Easter Bunny, Pat Tropea, brought smiles to our children that will live on forever in their memories.
LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD - ADDITIONAL PERMITTED PARKING SPACES AT TRAIN STATIONS - ANNUAL FEE INCREASED TO $10 - 

Click here to see the new map of restricted parking lots.

Commuters complain that they cannot find a parking space at the Merrick and Bellmore LIRR parking lots.  For decades, the Town of Hempstead told us that they cannot restrict parking to town residents.  NCMCA President Claudia Borecky formed a Taskforce to address this issue. Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Borecky FOILED the Town of Hempstead and learned that not only is it allowed, but discovered that Bellmore and Merrick were the only two stations on the Babylon branch that did not have permitted parking for town residents.  In fact, not only did the contracts between the Town and the MTA allow permits, it spelled out its regulations regarding same.

After petitions, letters  and a public outcry, in 2012 the Town of Hempstead restricted a portion of the Bellmore and Merrick lots for town residents at a cost of $3 annually.  That cost is now raised to $10.

NEW PARKING SPOTS:
  Out of the five commuter lots at the Merrick train station, there will now be 1,118 parking spaces that will require a permit, with 414 to remain unrestricted.  Out of Bellmore's six lots, there will be 1,083 permitted spaces, with approximately 800 unrestricted spots.   
To apply for a permit by mail, go to bit.ly/tohparkingpermit. For more, call (516) 812-3513 or email commuterparking@tohmail.org.
SCHOLARSHIP - The NCMCA will be awarding a scholarship to a North Merrick high school senior whom served his/her community in a way that has made a difference in the lives of others and the betterment of our community.  We will be presenting this scholarship at our June 21, 2016 meeting.
MERRICK AVENUE BEAUTIFICATION  - The Beautification Committee will again meet to discuss the cleaning, weeding and plantings at the bed of trees along Merrick Avenue and other areas in need of work..The NCMCA formed the Merrick Avenue Beautification Committee to beautify the base of the trees that line the business sections of Merrick Avenue.
ADOPT A TREE -  For a cost that is yet to be determined, the NCMCA offers families, individuals and businesses opportunities to Adopt A Tree.  By adopting a tree, you will receive a plaque with your business or family name on it, placed at an existing tree, giving your business, family or friend a legacy that will live on forever. Please indicate the location of the tree you wish to adopt by emailingclaudiaborecky@gmail.com.
 MEMBERSHIP - The officers of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") work very hard to protect and preserve the quality of life of our suburban community.  The post office box, website page, beautification projects, scholarships and events for our children all cost money. 
 
Please consider becoming a member.  Where else would $20 get your roads paved, pot holes filled, stop signs installed, holiday events and scholarships for our children, help for our veterans, protect your home and family, and advocate for sustaining what makes Merrick unique?  Please write your check out to NCMCA and mail it to P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY 11566 or join online by visiting our website at www.northmerrickcivic.com.
NEXT NCMCA MEETING:

May 16, 2016 @ 7 P.M. at the North Merrick Library, 1691 Meadowbrook Road, North Merrick


FEBRUARY 25, 2016 NEWSLETTER

SPRING EGGSTRAVAGANZA

As we dream about warmer weather, our children are dreaming of bunnies and eagerly anticipating the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") and Printing Emporium's Annual Eggstravaganza, which will be held on Saturday, March 26 at Fraser Park on Fraser Avenue in North Merrick.  The Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 a.m. sharp. Don't forget to bring your own basket to bring your goodies home. Donations to the dessert table are welcome.

 The Easter Bunny will make his annual visit and there will be crafts and lots of fun at this Egg-siting event. Your children will have an opportunity to sit with the Easter Bunny so bring your camera and snap away and create hometown memories for your children to reflect on for years to come. The NCMCA asks donations of $1 per child to help us defray the cost of the event.  Rain date is Easter Sunday – March 27 at 1 p.m.


Volunteers and Community Service

The NCMCA offers community service to children who either help stuff the eggs or help out on the day of the event. We welcome volunteers, both children and adult, in preparation for and on the day of the event. Please email Claudia Borecky atclaudiaborecky@gmail.com or call 972-6988 if you or your children are able to help.

BRIARCLIFF SIGN COMMITTEE

The NCMCA formed the Briarcliff Sign Committee to look into installing a new Briarcliff sign at the entrance to that community on Henry Road off of Merrick Avenue.  Anyone interested in helping us on this committee, please come to our first meeting on Monday, March 28 at 7:00 p.m. at Panera Bread, 2375 Merrick Road, Bellmore.  Please email claudiaborecky@gmail.com if you’d like to attend.

LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD

ADDITIONAL PERMITTED PARKING SPACES AT TRAIN STATIONS – ANNUAL FEE INCREASED TO $10

Commuters complain that they cannot find a parking space at the Merrick and Bellmore LIRR parking lots.  For decades, the Town of Hempstead told us that they cannot restrict parking to town residents.  NCMCA President Claudia Borecky formed a Taskforce to address this issue.  Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Borecky FOILED the Town of Hempstead and learned that not only is it allowed, but discovered that Bellmore and Merrick were the only two stations on the Babylon branch that did not have permitted parking for town residents.  In fact, not only did the contracts between the Town and the MTA allow permits, it spelled out its regulations regarding same.

Needless to say, after petitions, letters and a public outcry, in 2012 the Town of Hempstead restricted a portion of the Bellmore and Merrick lots for town residents at a cost of $3 annually.

NEW PARKING SPOTS:  Out of the five commuter lots at the Merrick train station, there will now be 1,118 parking spaces that will require a permit, with 414 to remain unrestricted.  Out of Bellmore's six lots, there will be 1,083 permitted spaces, with approximately 800 unrestricted spots.  The cost of the permits are raised to $10.

How to get a sticker:
Town of Hempstead Clerk Nasrin Ahmad will be at local train stations in March in the Mobile Town Hall from 6 to 8:30 a.m. to issue parking stickers. She will be at the:
* Baldwin station on March 8.
* Seaford, March 10.
* Merrick, March 15.
* Bellmore, March 17.
* Wantagh, March 22. 

To apply for a permit by mail, go to bit.ly/tohparkingpermit. For more, call (516) 812-3513 or email commuterparking@tohmail.org.

SPEEDING IN BELLMORE LIRR PARKING LOT

The NCMCA wrote a letter to the Town of Hempstead regarding dangerous traffic conditions in the easternmost commuter parking lot at Bellmore train station.  Residents claim that motorists traveling west on Sunrise Highway often cut through the entrance of the easternmost commuter parking lot of the Bellmore train station to avoid the traffic light on Sunrise Highway.  Motorists often travel at excessive speed when traveling through this parking lot, as if it were another lane of Sunrise Highway. 

We requested the Town to install 10 mph speed limit signage at the easternmost entrance and affixed to the wall that runs along the south side of the tracks of the parking lot at the Bellmore train station. Further, please paint with bright white paint the words “SLOW” and “10 MPH SPEED LIMIT” on the roadway running through this lot to remind motorists that this is a parking lot with pedestrians walking in the middle of the roadway and vehicles backing out of parking spaces.

PARKING AT MERRICK STOP & SHOP

The NCMCA wrote a letter to Stop & Shop Supermarkets, LLC regarding residents’ difficulties in finding a parking spot in their parking lot on Smith Street and Hewlett Avenue.  This lot is located just one block from the Merrick train station.  On weekdays, the municipal commuter lots at the train station fill early and commuters leave their vehicles in Stop & Shop’s parking lot all day while they go to work in New York City.

We requested signage in Merrick’s Stop & Shop’s northern parking lot that prohibits parking for more than three hours.  We believe this will provide sufficient parking for the high volume of shoppers at the Merrick store and attract and retain more customers as well. 

WATER AUTHORITY DISSOLVED

Without public notice or warning, the Water Authority of Southeast Nassau County (“WASENC”) was dissolved at its last meeting. The lengths that our representatives went to deceive the public is mindboggling.  With all  the mailings that we receive on a weekly basis, not once in six years did the Town of Hempstead even mention that WASENC existed, that it held meetings, that it conducted a feasibility study into the public acquisition of the private water company, that the study was complete and that they intended to dissolve WASENC.

The Feasibility Study was made public in June of 2014 and WASENC did not hold a meeting about it until 1-1/2 years later on January 5, 2016.  And then a second meeting, one month later, to dissolve itself.  On January 26, 2016, the Town of Hempstead filled a vacancy on the WASENC board so that they would have a full board to approve its own demise a week later.  On that same day, an email notification from WASENC Secretary Reinhardt to a small group of people about the February 2 meeting.  There was no mention in that notice that they intended to pass a resolution to dissolve WASENC. 

GOVERNOR’S PLAN TO PROTECT OUR WATER

Pres. Claudia Borecky attended Governor Cuomo’s press conference to announce the state’s funding $300 million for its Environmental Protection Fund.  Cuomo spoke of how we must learn the long-term effects of historic industrial pollution on Long Island.  Our infrastructure is aging and falling apart. Cuomo is setting up a Statewide Water Quality Rapid Response Team to address water issues. The state is establishing the nation's leading clean drinking water program to address both regulated and unregulated contaminants in public and private drinking water systems.

With respect to the quality of Nassau County's drinking water, the Governor is ordering independent testing to fingerprint the manufacturers responsible for polluting our aquifers.  This is of significant importance in testing contaminants in the Grumman Plume.  He restated that he has given the order to allow the Massapequa Water District to test sites that are rapidly approaching its water district. The higher rate of certain cancers near the former Bethpage Grumman Plant needs to be studied as well. The study of the Grumman Plume starts today.  

And lastly, Governor Cuomo committed $6 million for a comprehensive study of Long Island's aquifer to determine the full extent of its contaminants and saltwater intrusion in Nassau and Suffolk. The studies do not include wells in Brooklyn and Queens.

POLICE UPDATE
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Burglaries - In mid-December 2015, two homes in North Merrick (on Cameron and Northridge) were burglarized. At the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") meeting of January 28, 2016, Deputy Inspector Gary Shapiro reported that at that time, other burglaries occurred in Bellmore and they apprehended one person they believe may be responsible for the burglaries. He said that they are still looking for a second suspect. Since the arrest, the burglaries have stopped in the Merrick/Bellmore area.
Plans for the 1st 
 and 7
 
th Precinct -  
 
The 7th 
  Precinct covers communities from East Massapequa to Merrick, mostly south of Sunrise Highway. Most residents believe that the 7th Precinct served us well over the years just where it is.  In 2012, the NCMCA hosted a meeting where residents expressed outrage at County Executive Mangano and the Republican Legislative majority proposal to consolidate the 1st and 7th precincts. At the time, we asked the County to implement plans from 2008 to upgrade the 1st and 7th Precincts. The new 1st Precinct is expected to open in the spring of this year. 
 
The plans for the 7th, which was designed before Sandy hit, included resiliency upgrades at the current site. Yet, last spring, the County Legislators voted for capital funding to relocate the 7th Precinct without any public hearing or public input. This 'precinct in our park' plan went so far as to be scheduled for a planning commission hearing. Legislator Rhoads apologized for the Planning Commission having prematurely notified neighbors about the plans, even though he approved funding and design for the 'precinct in Cedar Creek Park' plan almost a year ago.  Residents felt they were blindsided by the county, because if our legislator really wanted public input, he would have asked for suggestions from his constituents BEFORE he wasted thousands of our tax dollars on a contractor to draw up the plans. Because of the public outrage, Rhoads and Mangano declared that the precinct in the park plan will not be built at Cedar Creek.
 
Since consolidation of the 1st and 7th Precinct was planned before Superstorm Sandy hit, Pres. Claudia Borecky expressed concern that the County may now be reconsidering consolidation since a new, much larger building has been built to house the 1st Precinct. Acting Police Commissioner Krumpter would not promise that consolidation of the 1st and 7th will not occur, but he did state that Nassau County warrants having the six precincts that it now has (we had 8), and there is no plan to consolidate the precincts at this time. He further stated that now, because of popular demand, they will seriously reconsider upgrading the 7th Precinct where it stands. These upgrades were already approved in 2007.

Calling 911 and Burglaries - Commanding Officer Inspector Daniel Flanagan held the first meeting of the 1st Precinct Community Council this month where civic leaders shared their concerns about their communities.  Borecky mentioned reports of the 911 call center being understaffed. At the NCMCA meeting, Deputy Inspector Shapiro reported that they have since hired between 20-30 new operators.
Several people were uncertain as to when they should call 911 and when they should call the precinct.  Inspector Flanagan stated that whenever you need a police officer dispatched to a scene, you should call 911 directly. He explained that the 1st Precinct doesn't ordinarily dispatch from the precinct, so if someone calls the precinct requesting a police presence, the officer receiving the call must take down all the information and then call the 911 call center to relay the message. The message could be lost in the retelling and time is lost in relaying the message to the 911 operator.  It was also pointed out that staffing 911 operators is dictated by the number of calls it receives from residents.  If someone calls the precinct instead of 911, that call won't be counted as a 911 call and the need for more operators won't seem necessary. 
Problem-Oriented Police Officers ("POP") - Over the past six years, we went from five POP officers at the 1st Precinct to none.  The NCMCA along with our former legislator and other civics, rallied against the County having cut its POP, gang, traffic, heroin and plain-clothes divisions in 2013.  In October of last year, after a wave of retirements and cuts in the special units, Nassau County hired 183 new officers. They reinstated the plain-clothes and heroin divisions and recently hired two POP officers for the 1st Precinct. The two POP officers will schedule their hours around the needs of our communities.  Through our Neighborhood Watch Program, we've been the eyes and ears of the community. Working together with the POP officers, we helped prevent crimes.  So, we were happy to hear that they reinstated the POP unit and hope that with the new graduates, even more POP and other special units will be returned to the 1stPrecinct. 
Speeding/Graffiti/Problem Houses - Speeding and reckless driving continues to be a problem on Camp Avenue.  Two accidents occurred near Remson Avenue, one in which a 14-year old girl was struck by a car.  We asked for increased police presence and that a speed trailer be placed on Camp Avenue. 
The graffiti on the fences on Merrick Avenue has been cleaned up by the owners of the property. No arrests were made. In situations as such, if anyone sees anything, please call the precinct at 573-6100.
Officer Shapiro stated that there were no reports of police activity on William Street, but assured us that they are aware of the problems and regularly patrol that area.

ELIMINATION OF OUR BUS LINES - In 2010, Borecky spoke up at a hearing and wrote letters on behalf of the NCMCA, vehemently opposing cutting Nassau's Bus Line N53, which provided bus service for North Merrick residents to and from the Merrick train station. Some of the bus lines were reinstated as a result.

Last month, Legislator Rhoads and the Legislative Majority voted to eliminate three more bus lines in the Bellmore/Merrick communities without notice to the public, public meeting or public input. Our youth depend on our bus lines to get to college. For others, it is their only means to get to work. But for the growing senior population in our community, cutting a bus line severs their lifeline and sentences them to be housebound.
 
Posted below is information about the one remaining bus line and about the three lines that have been eliminated so that you can see how these changes may impact your transportation needs.
 
Current Bus Line:
N45 - Starts at Centre Avenue and Merrick Road in Bellmore, stops at the Bellmore train station and then goes north on Bellmore Avenue and turns left onto Beltagh Avenue, continuing onto Camp Avenue to Meadowbrook Road and heads left on Washington Avenue; turns north onto Uniondale Avenue toward Nassau Community College and then turns left onto Stewart Avenue, ending at Roosevelt Field.  
 
Eliminated Bus Lines:
N46 - Started at Centre Avenue and Merrick Road in Bellmore, stopped at the Bellmore train station, then traveled north on Bellmore Avenue to Bellmore Road and continued north, turning left onto East Meadow Avenue, taking  Prospect west to Merrick Avenue, turning left onto Front Street and ending at the Hempstead train station.  

N50 - Started at Centre Avenue and Merrick Road in Bellmore, stopped at the Bellmore train station, then traveled north on Bellmore Avenue to Newbridge Road and continued north, stopping at North Jerusalem and Hempstead Tpke, where people could transfer to other lines.  It ended at the Hicksville train station.

N51- Started on Hewlett Avenue and Merrick Road in Merrick, stopped at the Merrick train station and then traveled north along Merrick Avenue, turning left onto Front Street and then right onto E Ovington Blvd. toward Nassau Community College and then turned left onto Steward Avenue, ending at Roosevelt Field. 
MERRICK AVENUE
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The storefront windows at 26 Merrick Avenue are blackened.  Local residents are curious as to what sort of business is opening up shop in downtown Merrick behind the mysterious darkened glass. 
 
After speaking with Town of Hempstead's Wireless Communication Director Ralph Vallarella, I learned that T-Mobile is installing a hub for its cell antenna network at this site.  He explained that its Freeport location was damaged during Hurricane Sandy and it needed an area close to its network of DAS (digital antenna system).  As you may recall, in 2009 residents woke up one morning to find these DAS antennas on top of utility poles in front of their bedroom windows and near schools throughout our communities.  We formed a Telecommunication Taskforce and collaborated with the Merrick Moms and civic associations from Merrick, North Bellmore and Wantagh in addressing the inundation of cell towers in our community.
 
After much protest, very few antennas were removed, but we were successful in working with the Town of Hempstead in writing wireless telecommunication code to protect our community from future cell tower installations. The Town hired CSM Technologies, which reviews all wireless telecommunication applications that come before it. 
 
Since 2009, much of the DAS equipment was replaced with larger cylinders. At first, the cell antennas only serviced Metro PCS.  These larger antennas have the capacity of serving several cell phone carriers and now serve Verizon and T-Mobile as well.  Although Hempstead's new code specifically states that new equipment must go through the same rigorous criteria that it would have if it were a new site, the federal government ruled that once a cell antenna is legally installed, the Town could not restrict any new equipment as long as it meets federal standards. Mr. Vallarella stated that the Town checks the equipment for radio-frequency emissions, both before and after they are installed. Over 200 tickets have been issued over the years for violations.
 
Mr. Vallarella further assured me that this hub will house their massive computer system, which is fed by fiber-optic cables.  There will be no radio frequency emitted to or from this site.  The hub will not be manned.  T-Mobile will install a gas-powered generator on the roof that will kick-in in the event of a power outage.  This is a federal requirement.
 
264 Merrick Avenue - Councilwoman King-Sweeney's office informed us that the house that was just demolished at 264 Merrick Avenue will be replaced with a one-family residence.
ROAD WORK AND UTILITY POLES - National Grid informed us that it will come back in the spring to fill the ruts in the road it caused when it laid new pipelines under many of our streets in North Merrick, including Nassau Avenue and Meadowbrook Road.
 
After we complained to Verizon about several utility poles along Camp Avenue and Meadowbrook Road that were dangerously leaning over the street and heavily overloaded with wires and other equipment, Verizon has installed several new poles in our community.  Some of the old poles still remain while others were cut in half, but not removed.  We are following up with this issue and will report back to you.
BRIARCLIFF SIGN COMMITTEE -  The sign at the entrance to the Briarcliff section of North Merrick was destroyed in the Fall. Some residents expressed an interest in attaining a new sign.  Anyone from the Briarcliff section who may be interested in helping us in this regard, please email Borecky at claudiaborecky@gmail.com. 
EXTEND THE HOLIDAYS TOY DRIVE - The Merrick American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 and the NCMCA held a toy drive to extend the season for giving beyond the holiday season to provide toys and books for hospitalized children and their families when the holidays are over.  Thanks to the generosity of the people of our community, we will be bringing smiles to hundreds of children when we present these gifts to The Ronald McDonald House ("RMDH") of Long Island in January 2016.
MEMBERSHIP:  The officers of the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") work very hard to protect and preserve the quality of life of our suburban community.  The NCMCA needs funding to continue its work.  The post office box, website page, beautification projects, scholarships and events for our children all cost money. 
 
Please consider becoming a member.  Where else would $20 get your roads paved, pot holes filled, stop signs installed, holiday events and scholarships for our children, help for our veterans, protection of  your home and family, and an advocate for sustaining what makes Merrick unique?  Please write your check out to NCMCA and mail it to P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY 11566 or join online by visiting our website at www.northmerrickcivic.com.
Please feel free to call me if you have any questions or concerns.

Claudia Borecky, President

 
 

Volunteers needed to help the North & Central Merrick Civic Association put on our annual Halloween Spooktacular. This is a great opportunity for your children to do their community service. 

Join us for the 2015 Halloween Spooktacular, hosted by the North and Central Merrick Civic Association and the Printing Emporium on Saturday, October 31st at Fraser Park, North Merrick (Fraser Avenue just south of Old Mill Road).   Bring your ghosts and goblins to this North Merrick annual event where there will be plenty of crafts, games, entertainment and, of course, candy and raffles.  A donation of $1 per child is suggested and we appreciate a donation to the dessert table. (Rain Date is Sunday, Nov. 1)

Please feel free to contact NCMCA Pres. Claudia Borecky at 972-6988 if you would like more information about this event, would like to join the Spooktacular Team or would like your children to do community service at 
this event. 

Membership in the North & Central Merrick Civic Association is $20 per family per year.  All donations could be made by writing a check to the NCMCA and mailing it to P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY 11566 or contribute online by visiting www.northmerrickcivic.org

You do not need to be a member to attend any of our meetings or events.
Thank you for your support of this spooktacular event.


Neighborhood Watch Program

 NWP welcomes new Director  -The North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Program is happy to announce the appointment of our newest Regional Director, Sue Moller, to Region 3, which covers Merrick north of the Southern State Parkway to Camp Avenue and from Merrick Avenue east to the Bellmore border. 

 

We are always in need of Block Captains.  Block Captains help recruit for the program and are the lead point of contact for all incidents on your block.  This allows him/her to piece together information that he/she may be receiving from other neighbors.  Your block captain keeps records and keeps the Regional Director informed of all incidents.  This chain of contacts will make it easier for the Regional Directors to detect trends in the neighborhood and can serve as the liaison between the police and the community.  If you do not have a Block Captain, please report all incidents to Regional Director. 

 

The Regional Directors area as follows: 

     North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Regional Directors

Region 1

Claudia Borecky (acting)

516-972-6988

South of North Jerusalem to Southern State From Uniondale border to Bellmore border

Region 2

Lenny Goldstein 

516-868-8490

South of SS Pkwy to Camp Ave between Meadowbrook Pkwy and Merrick Ave

Region 3

Sue Moller
516-526-2049

South of SS Pkwy to Camp Ave between Merrick Ave and Bellmore Border

Region 4

Mark Manas 

516-379-1697

S of Camp Ave to Sunrise Hwy Between Meadowbrook Pkwy and Merrick Ave.

Region 5

Audrey Ciuffo  

516-223-0017

South of Camp Ave. to Sunrise Highway Between Merrick Ave. and Bellmore border

 

If you are interested in participating in the Neighborhood Watch Program or becoming a regional director or block captain, please email Lenny Goldstein, program director, at magmart@aol.com, and visit our website atwww.northmerrickcivic.org

 

North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page – A Facebook page was launched to send out immediate notices of criminal activities in our community.  Please “Like” the page so that you can get up to the minute reports.  Email alerts continue to be a vital feature of our program.

 

Nassau County Police Department’s Community Outreach Meetings –  Nassau County hired the Police Executive Research Forum (“PERF”) to provide management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support our law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.  NCMCA President Claudia Borecky, together with other civic leaders from the 19th legislative district, met with these representatives to discuss the community’s relationship with our police department.

 

It was unanimously felt that the loss of our Problem-Oriented Police (“POP”) officers has had an impact on the safety of our community.  Regularly assigned POP officers worked in conjunction with the civic leaders in identifying areas of concern for each civic’s community.   Civic leaders agreed that the police response time was excellent, but have had complaints that the follow-up was poor.  We asked for increased patrols in problem areas.  We also expressed great concern about the heroin epidemic and asked that the heroin task force be reinstated.

 

The Nassau County Police Department held a meeting for community leaders in the 1st Precinct at the Uniondale Library.  Our Neighborhood Watch Program Director Lenny Goldstein and Vice-President Francine Goldstein attended the meeting.  They asked for better communication as we often call the police to verify reports and do not receive a timely call back on the issue.  Again, without POP officers, not having that personal connection makes it difficult for us to timely notify our membership of impending danger.

 

The NCPD discussed the County’s 911 program and gave safety tips for protecting your families. 

 

Beautification Program

 

Merrick Avenue Beautification ProjectWe will be calling for a meeting of the Beautification Committee to discuss the cleaning, weeding and planting of hostas at the bed of trees along Merrick Avenue in the spring. The NCMCA formed the Merrick Avenue Beautification Committee to beautify the base of the trees that line the business sections of Merrick Avenue.  It is the Committee’s intention to uniformly plant drought resistant, hardy plants so that very little care will be necessary to maintain their beauty.

 

We hope to unite our businesses with our community; give Merokeans a sense of pride in our hometown; increase pedestrian traffic along Merrick Avenue; and attract newcomers to our community. 

 

Adopt a Tree -  For $120, the NCMCA is offering families, individuals and businesses opportunities to Adopt A Tree.  By adopting a tree, you will receive a plaque with your business or family name on it, placed at an existing tree, giving your business, family or friend a legacy that will live on forever.

 

Contributions can be made online by visiting www.northmerrickcivic.org or mailing your check to North Merrick Community Association, P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY  11566.  Please indicate the location of the tree you wish to adopt.  Contributions to the NCMCA are tax deductible. 

 

Business Wall of Pride -  Our local businesses are the backbone of our community and the NCMCA encourages its members to shop locally.  We feel pride in our neighborhood and would like to see our local businesses do well.

 

Under town code, just as we, as homeowners, are responsible for keeping our sidewalks and lawns well-manicured and free of debris, storekeepers are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk and property in front of their stores. 

 

Mary Grecco is taking on the task of visiting stores in Merrick, requesting that they sign a pledge to maintain the property in front of their stores.  We will post the names of those businesses that sign and keep the pledge on our website.  If anyone is interested in helping Mary distribute the pledge letters, please let me know.

 

We will continue to encourage our members to patronize our local businesses. 

 

Scholarship Program – The NCMCA gives a scholarship to a North Merrick high school senior that serves his/her community in a way that has made a difference in the lives of others and the betterment of our community.  Students are handed these awards at Calhoun’s Senior Awards night in May.

 

IV.                Public Water v. Private Water – As you know, the NCMCA played a major role in urging the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay to reconstitute the Water Authority of Southeast Nassau County (“WASENC”).  WASENC was commissioned to conduct a study to see if it would be feasible for we, the people, to acquire Long Island American Water.  The study is complete.  Despite numerous requests, the WASENC has still not held a hearing on the results of that study.  Having reviewed the study, President Claudia Borecky found many discrepancies and believes that the conclusion reached was based on a hypothesis and not on truths. 

 

However, we need an expert in the field who can review the report line by line and see if their conclusion is justified.  If you know of someone with a financial background, preferably familiar with water district budgets, who is willing to review the report on a pro bono basis, please email claudiaborecky@gmail.com.

 

Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations – President Borecky is a co-founder of and sits on the board of the Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations, which addresses county-wide issues that impact our communities.

Speed Cameras – CONCA weighed in on the speed cameras.  President Borecky spoke out in favor of the speed cameras for Merrick Avenue in North Merrick. As you may recall, Ms. Borecky held meetings on the safety of our school crossings, especially since a crossing guard was hit by a car and a children have been hit by reckless drivers over the years.  Borecky felt that if these cameras saved the life of one child, it would be worth it. 

 

However, tickets were issued when school was not in session,  proper signage was not installed to truly protect our children, the owner and not the driver was held responsible,  and fees were levied even if the driver were found innocent.  Some locations did not make sense and did not in any way protect our children.  As you know, the speed camera program was cancelled.  If nothing else came out of this, Borecky hopes that people are now more aware and will drive safely in school zones.

 

Casino at Fortunoff – The NCMCA conducted a poll to determine residents’ views on a casino at the former Fortunoff building.  In our area, some were in favor, some were against and some believed we needed more information.  For those reasons, Borecky voted that CONCA not take a position for or against the casinos, but seek more information about the proposed site.  As you know, the plan for a casino at Fortunoff has been scrapped.  We will keep you informed and seek input on any future sites as they become known to us.

 

Billboards – The County has suggested installing billboards at Roosevelt Field and along the Long Island Expressway.  CONCA will hold a meeting on billboards and request a legislative hearing on the proposal.

 

Hurricane Sandy Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Advisory Committee – Ms. Borecky has a seat on the County’s Sewage Treatment Advisory Committee, which meets to assure the progress of the proposed projects and improvements to the County’s sewage treatment plants.  No meeting has taken place in over six months.  In the interim, United Water has taken over the operation and management of the county’s sewage treatment plants, which treats 85% of the county’s sewage.  United Water holds small meetings in Seaford and East Rockaway with residents in those areas.

 

LNG Port Ambrose Port – President Borecky, a long-time advocate for the health of our waterways and a nine-year active participant in the No LNG Coalition, continues to speak out against the proposal to build a liquefied natural gas port off our south shores.  The Draft Environmental Impact Study was released a couple weeks before the end of 2014 at a time when people were occupied with the holidays.  It held its only New York hearing in Queens, miles away from the Long Beach barrier island, which would be greatly impacted by the Port Ambrose LNG terminal.

 

Ms. Borecky asked for more time for public comment so that we could fully absorb the voluminous report.  Please click here to see more information about the proposed facility. 

 

The public comment period ends March 16,  2015.  Please visit the website to submit your comment online.  Two years ago, when the port was first proposed, over 25,000 people commented against the LNG proposal.  Only 17 comments were in favor of it.  However, now an organized effort is being made in favor of the LNG facility.  Governor Cuomo can veto this project.  If thousands of people voice their opposition to this project, it may convince the Governor to veto this project.

 

Water Issues – CONCA is concerned about the quality and quantity of our drinking water.  President Claudia Borecky spoke to a panel of experts on the News12 Water Forum regarding the volatile organic compounds and toxins in our drinking water.  CONCA advocates for the clean-up of the plume emanating from the former Northrop Grumman facility in Bethpage that has been traveling southeast, poisoning our drinking wells along the way.

 

Just last week, CONCA has been selected to sit on a Long Island steering committee to find ways to protect and preserve our aquifers.  We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this venture.

 

Claudia Borecky, President


 NORTH AND CENTRAL MERRICK

CIVIC ASSOCIATION

P.O. BOX 500, MERRICK, NY 11566

516-972-6988

www.northmerrickcivic.org

Claudia Borecky, President claudiaborecky@gmail.com

          1. FEBRUARY 15, 2015 NEWSLETTER

            This newsletter strives to keep our neighbors abreast of issues that impact our community.

                                1. NWP welcomes new Director  -The North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Program is happy to announce the appointment of our newest Regional Director, Sue Moller, to Region 3, which covers Merrick north of the Southern State Parkway to Camp Avenue and from Merrick Avenue east to the Bellmore border. 

            We are always in need of Block Captains.  Block Captains help recruit for the program and are the lead point of contact for all incidents on your block.  This allows him/her to piece together information that he/she may be receiving from other neighbors.  Your block captain keeps records and keeps the Regional Director informed of all incidents.  This chain of contacts will make it easier for the Regional Directors to detect trends in the neighborhood and can serve as the liaison between the police and the community.  If you do not have a Block Captain, please report all incidents to Regional Director. 

            The Regional Directors area as follows: 

                 North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Regional Directors

            Region 1

            Claudia Borecky (acting)

            516-972-6988

            South of North Jerusalem to Southern State From Uniondale border to Bellmore border

            Region 2

            Lenny Goldstein 

            516-868-8490

            South of SS Pkwy to Camp Ave between Meadowbrook Pkwy and Merrick Ave

            Region 3

            Sue Moller
            516-526-2049

            South of SS Pkwy to Camp Ave between Merrick Ave and Bellmore Border

            Region 4

            Mark Manas 

            516-379-1697

            S of Camp Ave to Sunrise Hwy Between Meadowbrook Pkwy and Merrick Ave.

            Region 5

            Audrey Ciuffo  

            516-223-0017

            South of Camp Ave. to Sunrise Highway Between Merrick Ave. and Bellmore border

            If you are interested in participating in the Neighborhood Watch Program or becoming a regional director or block captain, please email Lenny Goldstein, program director, at magmart@aol.com, and visit our website atwww.northmerrickcivic.org

                      1. North and Central Merrick Neighborhood Watch Facebook Page – A Facebook page was launched to send out immediate notices of criminal activities in our community.  Please “Like” the page so that you can get up to the minute reports.  Email alerts continue to be a vital feature of our program.

             

            1. Nassau County Police Department’s Community Outreach Meetings –  Nassau County hired the Police Executive Research Forum (“PERF”) to provide management services, technical assistance, and executive-level education to support our law enforcement agencies. PERF helps to improve the delivery of police services through the exercise of strong national leadership; public debate of police and criminal justice issues; and research and policy development.  NCMCA President Claudia Borecky, together with other civic leaders from the 19th legislative district, met with these representatives to discuss the community’s relationship with our police department.

            It was unanimously felt that the loss of our Problem-Oriented Police (“POP”) officers has had an impact on the safety of our community.  Regularly assigned POP officers worked in conjunction with the civic leaders in identifying areas of concern for each civic’s community.   Civic leaders agreed that the police response time was excellent, but have had complaints that the follow-up was poor.  We asked for increased patrols in problem areas.  We also expressed great concern about the heroin epidemic and asked that the heroin task force be reinstated.

            1.  The Nassau County Police Department held a meeting for community leaders in the 1st Precinct at the Uniondale Library.  Our Neighborhood Watch Program Director Lenny Goldstein and Vice-President Francine Goldstein attended the meeting.  They asked for better communication as we often call the police to verify reports and do not receive a timely call back on the issue.  Again, without POP officers, not having that personal connection makes it difficult for us to timely notify our membership of impending danger.

            The NCPD discussed the County’s 911 program and gave safety tips for protecting your families. 

            II.   Beautification Program

            1. Merrick Avenue Beautification Project – We will be calling for a meeting of the Beautification Committee to discuss the cleaning, weeding and planting of hostas at the bed of trees along Merrick Avenue in the spring. The NCMCA formed the Merrick Avenue Beautification Committee to beautify the base of the trees that line the business sections of Merrick Avenue.  It is the Committee’s intention to uniformly plant drought resistant, hardy plants so that very little care will be necessary to maintain their beauty.

            We hope to unite our businesses with our community; give Merokeans a sense of pride in our hometown; increase pedestrian traffic along Merrick Avenue; and attract newcomers to our community. 

            1. Adopt a Tree -  For $120, the NCMCA is offering families, individuals and businesses opportunities to Adopt A Tree.  By adopting a tree, you will receive a plaque with your business or family name on it, placed at an existing tree, giving your business, family or friend a legacy that will live on forever.

            Contributions can be made online by visiting www.northmerrickcivic.org or mailing your check to North Merrick Community Association, P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY  11566.  Please indicate the location of the tree you wish to adopt.  Contributions to the NCMCA are tax deductible. 

            1. Business Wall of Pride -  Our local businesses are the backbone of our community and the NCMCA encourages its members to shop locally.  We feel pride in our neighborhood and would like to see our local businesses do well.

            Under town code, just as we, as homeowners, are responsible for keeping our sidewalks and lawns well-manicured and free of debris, storekeepers are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk and property in front of their stores. 

            Mary Grecco is taking on the task of visiting stores in Merrick, requesting that they sign a pledge to maintain the property in front of their stores.  We will post the names of those businesses that sign and keep the pledge on our website.  If anyone is interested in helping Mary distribute the pledge letters, please let me know.

            We will continue to encourage our members to patronize our local businesses. 

            III.   Scholarship Program – The NCMCA gives a scholarship to a North Merrick high school senior that serves his/her community in a way that has made a difference in the lives of others and the betterment of our community.  Students are handed these awards at Calhoun’s Senior Awards night in May.

            1. IV.  Public Water v. Private Water – As you know, the NCMCA played a major role in urging the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay to reconstitute the Water Authority of Southeast Nassau County (“WASENC”).  WASENC was commissioned to conduct a study to see if it would be feasible for we, the people, to acquire Long Island American Water.  The study is complete.  Despite numerous requests, the WASENC has still not held a hearing on the results of that study.  Having reviewed the study, President Claudia Borecky found many discrepancies and believes that the conclusion reached was based on a hypothesis and not on truths. 

            However, we need an expert in the field who can review the report line by line and see if their conclusion is justified.  If you know of someone with a financial background, preferably familiar with water district budgets, who is willing to review the report on a pro bono basis, please email claudiaborecky@gmail.com.

            1.  Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations – President Borecky is a co-founder of and sits on the board of the Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations, which addresses county-wide issues that impact our communities.
              1.  Speed Cameras – CONCA weighed in on the speed cameras.  President Borecky spoke out in favor of the speed cameras for Merrick Avenue in North Merrick. As you may recall, Ms. Borecky held meetings on the safety of our school crossings, especially since a crossing guard was hit by a car and a children have been hit by reckless drivers over the years.  Borecky felt that if these cameras saved the life of one child, it would be worth it. 

            However, tickets were issued when school was not in session,  proper signage was not installed to truly protect our children, the owner and not the driver was held responsible,  and fees were levied even if the driver were found innocent.  Some locations did not make sense and did not in any way protect our children.  As you know, the speed camera program was cancelled.  If nothing else came out of this, Borecky hopes that people are now more aware and will drive safely in school zones.

            1.  Casino at Fortunoff – The NCMCA conducted a poll to determine residents’ views on a casino at the former Fortunoff building.  In our area, some were in favor, some were against and some believed we needed more information.  For those reasons, Borecky voted that CONCA not take a position for or against the casinos, but seek more information about the proposed site.  As you know, the plan for a casino at Fortunoff has been scrapped.  We will keep you informed and seek input on any future sites as they become known to us.

            1.  Billboards – The County has suggested installing billboards at Roosevelt Field and along the Long Island Expressway.  CONCA will hold a meeting on billboards and request a legislative hearing on the proposal.

            1. Hurricane Sandy Sewage and Wastewater Treatment Advisory Committee – Ms. Borecky has a seat on the County’s Sewage Treatment Advisory Committee, which meets to assure the progress of the proposed projects and improvements to the County’s sewage treatment plants.  No meeting has taken place in over six months.  In the interim, United Water has taken over the operation and management of the county’s sewage treatment plants, which treats 85% of the county’s sewage.  United Water holds small meetings in Seaford and East Rockaway with residents in those areas.

            1. LNG Port Ambrose Port – President Borecky, a long-time advocate for the health of our waterways and a nine-year active participant in the No LNG Coalition, continues to speak out against the proposal to build a liquefied natural gas port off our south shores.  The Draft Environmental Impact Study was released a couple weeks before the end of 2014 at a time when people were occupied with the holidays.  It held its only New York hearing in Queens, miles away from the Long Beach barrier island, which would be greatly impacted by the Port Ambrose LNG terminal.

            Ms. Borecky asked for more time for public comment so that we could fully absorb the voluminous report.  Please click here to see more information about the proposed facility. 

            The public comment period ends March 16,  2015.  Please visit the website to submit your comment online.  Two years ago, when the port was first proposed, over 25,000 people commented against the LNG proposal.  Only 17 comments were in favor of it.  However, now an organized effort is being made in favor of the LNG facility.  Governor Cuomo can veto this project.  If thousands of people voice their opposition to this project, it may convince the Governor to veto this project.

            1.  Water Issues – CONCA is concerned about the quality and quantity of our drinking water.  President Claudia Borecky spoke to a panel of experts on the News12 Water Forum regarding the volatile organic compounds and toxins in our drinking water.  CONCA advocates for the clean-up of the plume emanating from the former Northrop Grumman facility in Bethpage that has been traveling southeast, poisoning our drinking wells along the way.

            Just last week, CONCA has been selected to sit on a Long Island steering committee to find ways to protect and preserve our aquifers.  We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of this venture.

            Claudia Borecky, President

             

            February 15, 2015 Update

  1. Merrick Avenue Beautification Project – We will be calling for a meeting of the Beautification Committee to discuss the cleaning, weeding and planting of hostas at the bed of trees along Merrick Avenue in the spring. The NCMCA formed the Merrick Avenue Beautification Committee to beautify the base of the trees that line the business sections of Merrick Avenue.  It is the Committee’s intention to uniformly plant drought resistant, hardy plants so that very little care will be necessary to maintain their beauty.

 

We hope to unite our businesses with our community; give Merokeans a sense of pride in our hometown; increase pedestrian traffic along Merrick Avenue; and attract newcomers to our community. 

 

  1. Adopt a Tree -  For $120, the NCMCA is offering families, individuals and businesses opportunities to Adopt A Tree.  By adopting a tree, you will receive a plaque with your business or family name on it, placed at an existing tree, giving your business, family or friend a legacy that will live on forever.

 

Contributions can be made online by visiting www.northmerrickcivic.org or mailing your check to North Merrick Community Association, P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY  11566.  Please indicate the location of the tree you wish to adopt.  Contributions to the NCMCA are tax deductible. 

 

  1. Business Wall of Pride -  Our local businesses are the backbone of our community and the NCMCA encourages its members to shop locally.  We feel pride in our neighborhood and would like to see our local businesses do well.

 

Under town code, just as we, as homeowners, are responsible for keeping our sidewalks and lawns well-manicured and free of debris, storekeepers are responsible for the maintenance of the sidewalk and property in front of their stores. 

 

Mary Grecco is taking on the task of visiting stores in Merrick, requesting that they sign a pledge to maintain the property in front of their stores.  We will post the names of those businesses that sign and keep the pledge on our website.  If anyone is interested in helping Mary distribute the pledge letters, please let me know.

 

We will continue to encourage our members to patronize our local businesses. 

 

III.   Scholarship Program – The NCMCA gives a scholarship to a North Merrick high school senior that serves his/her community in a way that has made a difference in the lives of others and the betterment of our community.  Students are handed these awards at Calhoun’s Senior Awards night in May.



August 2014 Community Update


Neighborhood Watch Program – August
A meeting was held at the Merrick Library to address safety concerns in the neighborhood surrounding William St. which included a domestic dispute resulting in a shooting, housing code violations, a vacant house break in, an arrest of heroin possession, and after hour activity at Fraser Park.  The Deputy Town Attorney and a Building Department representative were in attendance to answer questions regarding town code, ongoing investigation and increased police presence.  

If you are interested in participating in the Neighborhood Watch Program or becoming a regional director or block captain, please email Lenny Goldstein, program director, at magmart@aol.com, and visit our website at www.northmerrickcivic.org

Say No to a Center for Troubled Youth - July
A meeting was held in July by Legislator Dave Denenberg and the North and Central Merrick Civic Association ("NCMCA") at the North Merrick Fire House regarding trouble households in North Merrick regarding the status of the New York State bill to transfer ownership of the Freeport Armory to Cedarmore Corp. to set up a "center for troubled youth".

The NCMCA joined our neighbors in Freeport in asking Governor Cuomo to veto Hooper's bill to open a center for troubled youth in the midst of a residential area with young families and across from a children's day camp.  Legislator Denenberg graciously provided us with form letters that he prepared for both Freeport residents and Merrick residents, opposing the proposed transfer urging Governor Cuomo to veto Hooper's bill.

Please click here to download the Freeport letter or click here to download the Merrick letter.

Nassau resiliency plan wins $125M in post-Sandy funds contest - June
A proposal to protect Nassau County's South Shore from storm surges and rising sea levels as well as storm water flowing from higher elevations Monday won $125 million in a federal post-superstorm Sandy rebuilding design competition.  "Living with the Bay," by a coalition of U.S.- and Dutch-based design and engineering firms called The Interboro Team, was one of four projects in New York to earn federal funding through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Rebuild by Design competition. The award would go toward further development of the project.

The other New York winners were The BIG Team, with $335 million to build a bridging berm to provide the Lower East Side with vertical storm surge protection; PennDesign/Olin, with $20 million for the study of ways to protect the Bronx's Hunts Point food hub; and SCAPE/Landscape Architecture, with $60 million for an in-water "reef street" to protect Staten Island from waves and erosion using a habitat of finfish, shellfish and lobsters.

2014 Spring Eggstravaganza- April 
The NCMCA held its Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Fraser Park.  It was a huge success – our biggest event ever!

The Merrick American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 once again volunteered their time to help bring this North Merrick tradition to our children.  Fourteen children helped stuff eggs in Legislator Dave Denenberg's office and had a great time, while getting community service hours. 

The Egg Hunt began at 11:00 a.m. followed by a Matzos Beach Ball Toss. The Easter Bunny made his annual visit and there were crafts and lots of fun at this Egg-siting event.




March 28, 2014 Community Update

                                                                                                               

POLICE REPORT

                                   

Sgt. O’Mara of the 1st Precinct reported at the North and Central Merrick Civic Association (“NCMCA”) meeting on March 25, 2014 that shots were reportedly fired on William Street at or near Northridge Avenue in North Merrick recently.  This incident is under investigation.  No arrests were made.

 

Sgt. O’Mara also reported that a 37-year old woman who lived in this same area died of a heroin overdose last month, making her the third person in as many months to die from heroin use in North Merrick.  Upon information, heroin overdoses are increasing in communities throughout Nassau County. 

 

It was also reported that an Audi was stolen out of someone’s driveway on Northridge Avenue.  Sgt. O’Mara also reported that two men who impersonated police officers pulled over a vehicle on Jerusalem Avenue.  Sgt. O’Mara stated that all officers should show their identification when pulling a car over.  He also suggests that you pull over in a well-lit area.

 

Spring Eggstravaganza  The NCMCA will be holding its Annual Eggstravaganza on Saturday, April 12, 2014 at Fraser Park on Fraser Avenue in North Merrick.

 

We need your help with this event.  Please consider joining our Eggstravaganza Committee.  If your children need community service hours or your boy or girl scout troop would like to help, we need help at the tables on the day of the event.  Please email claudiaborecky@gmail.com or call 972-6988 if you or your children are able to help.

 

The Egg Hunt will begin at 11:00 a.m. sharp and will be followed by our Matzos Beach Ball Toss.  Don't forget to bring your own basket to bring your goodies home.  The Merrick American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 are volunteering their time to help us bring this North Merrick tradition to our children.

 

The Easter Bunny will make his annual visit and there will be crafts and lots of fun at this Egg-siting event. This year, we will offer an opportunity for your children to sit with the Easter Bunny.  So bring your camera and snap away and create hometown memories for your children to reflect on for years to come.

 

Suggested donations for this Eggstra-ordinary Event is $1 per child.   Donations to the dessert table are appreciated.

 

Please visit our website at www.northmerrickcivic.org on the day of the event if there is questionable weather. All are welcome. (Rain date is Saturday, April 19, 2014.)

 

LIRR Parking Permits – Parking permits for the Merrick commuter lot just east of Hewlett Avenue is available at the Town of Hempstead, One Washington Street, Hempstead, NY 11050 or by calling 489-5000 ext. 3513 for an annual fee of $3 for Hempstead town residents.  As of April 1, 2014, between the hours of 6 am and 1 pm, parking in that lot will be restricted to stickered vehicles.

 

Water Authority of Southeast Nassau County The NCMCA continues to follow-up with the WASENC commissioners regarding the progress of the $75,000 feasibility study that was awarded to WASENC by the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay in April 2012.  In early 2013, George Sansoucy¸ PE, LLC was fired to conduct the study, which, in its Request for Proposal, stated that it was to be completed within 120 days.  . 

 

In November 2013, Commissioner Reinhardt wrote that the feasibility study was complete and WASENC was planning to schedule its next meeting, probably in January.  Then on January 22, 2014 the Hempstead Town Board hired John A. Mastromarino, a certified public accountant based in Malverne, and is paying him up to $50,000 for consulting services to the town comptroller's office.  Mr. Mastromarino, the former town comptroller and Nassau County deputy comptroller, is expected to review the feasibility report from the Water Authority of Southeastern Nassau County to possibly conduct a public takeover of the former Aqua New York Inc. area, Town Attorney Ra said.

 

Yet in March 2014, in a telephone conversation with a concerned resident, Commissioner Reinhardt stated that the consultant is now waiting for American Water to run a full year beginning last April to get a true financial picture.  It should be noted that American Water took over Aqua Water in July 2012, more than 1-1/2 years ago.

 

We are eagerly awaiting the next scheduled meeting, promised by the end of April.  Having been promised this feasibility study since WASENC was formed in January 2010, we are not holding our breath.

 

Monitoring our Drinking Water:  Currently, there is no one monitoring our aquifers – our sole source of drinking water on Long Island.  The County terminated its contract with the United States Geological Survey (“USGS”) in 2010. Thereafter, the water districts and companies contracted with USGS to continue monitoring our aquifers.  That contract ended this year. 

 

The NCMCA, through its affiliation with the Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations, is joining Water for LI, Legislator Denenberg and others in urging Nassau County to renew its contract with USGS.  Nassau will be responsible for approximately 50% of its contract with USGS, with the other 50% being paid by the water districts and companies.  Yet, the contract sits.  With reports of radiation in our waterways and with NYC expecting to begin drawing from our aquifers again, testing and monitoring our aquifers is essential for the future of our drinking water.

 

Sewage Treatment Plants:  The Nassau County Legislature held a hearing on the Sandy Recovery Projects slated for Bay Park and Cedar Creek.  Legislator Denenberg wrote legislation that requires all revenue deposited into the sewer district (including our sewer tax dollars), remain in the sewer district.  We will send out a comprehensive report shortly.

 

Merrick Avenue Beautification Committee (“MABC”) - The MABC weeds and lays mulch at the base of trees along Merrick Avenue’s business sections, and planted hostas at some sites.  Spring is here and MABC needs volunteers who would like to help us clean-up sites for a few hours on a Saturday or Sunday morning, Anyone wishing to help us, please call Claudia Borecky at 972-6988 or email claudiaborecky@gmail.com. 

 

For $120, residents and businesses can Adopt-A-Tree along Merrick Avenue.  The MABC will clean, weed, apply mulch, plant hostas and install a plaque at that site with the name of the family adopting the tree, their loved ones or to advertise a business in Merrick.  For more information on this program, please contact Claudia Borecky.

 

MEMBERSHIP fees are $20 per family per year.  The NCMCA is a non-profit organization that is working toward bettering our community.  If you have not paid your dues, please consider writing your check to NCMCA and mailing it to the NCMCA, P.O. Box 500, Merrick, NY 11566. 

 

We will continue to keep the community informed and work toward improving the quality of life in Merrick. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.  All calls remain confidential.                                    

 

Claudia Borecky, President

September 14, 2013 Community Update

                                                                                                                Phase II of the Campgrounds Road Rehabilitation Project –  The North and Central Civic Association (“NCMCA”)  is pleased to report that the second phase of the Campgrounds Road Rehabilitation Project is currently underway.  This area has been neglected and ignored for decades.  We would like to thank both Councilpersons Cullin and Hudes for seeing to its completion.

 Pawn Shop in North Merrick - NCMCA worked with Legislator Denenberg, Councilman Hudes, Barclay Townhouses’ attorney and concerned residents in tackling a pawn shop that was proposed to open at 1391 Jerusalem Avenue, North Merrick.  We met, organized, distributed letters, got hundreds of petition signatures and went before the Hempstead Board of Zoning Appeals to oppose the application. 

 The NCMCA is concerned with the effect a pawn shop may have on our community.  The pawn broker business provides individuals a means to sell stolen goods in return for cash.  As cited in the petition linked below, an Analysis of 2011 Rochester-City Pawn Shop Transactions conducted by the Center for Public Initiative found that 62.5% of active pawners had arrest records in the county.  The arrests were for theft, drugs, automotive, disorderly conduct, prostitution and dangerous weapons charges.

We met with the proponent and her attorney.  Our community united and successfully defeated this proposal.  After seeing the extent of the community’s opposition, the proponent withdrew her application

 Meet the Candidate NightOn October 29, 2013, the NCMCA and the South Merrick Community Civic Association will be hosting a Meet the Candidate Night with the North Bellmore Civic Association and the South Bellmore Civic Association.from 7-10 p.m. at the Merrick Golf Course Clubhouse, Clubhouse Road, Merrick.

 Forum on County Finances - The Coalition of Nassau Civic Associations (“CONCA”) will be hosting a Forum on County Finances presented by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and former County Comptroller Howard Weitzman at the Plainview Public Library, 999 Old Country Road, Plainview on Thursday, September 19, 2013 at 7:00 p.m.  Each candidate will speak for five minutes and then we will open the floor for questions.  This forum is open to the public and will afford residents an opportunity to ask the County Comptroller candidates questions they may have regarding the County’s finances.

Hurricane Sandy Wastewater Treatment Advisory Committee – NCMCA President Claudia Borecky, as board member of the CONCA, has been appointed to sit on Nassau County’s Hurricane Sandy Wastewater Treatment Advisory Committee.  The 14-member committee is charged with reviewing the plans and the progress of work at the County's wastewater treatment plants. County Executive Mangano has called for an investment of over $700 million in repairs, however all the Democrat Legislators in committee, except for Leg. Dave Denenberg, withheld their support for full funding, seeking oversight and questioning the need to borrow all the money at once. Our first meeting will be Friday, September 20th.  I will update the membership of the status of the federal funds and sewage treatment projects.

 

Bay Park Ocean Outfall Pipe: CONCA signed onto a letter advocating for federal funds to pay for the installation of an ocean outfall pipe from the Bay Park Sewage Treatment Plant.  Although our sewage is treated at Cedar Creek in Seaford, which already is piped out to the ocean, Bay Park dumps sewage into Reynolds Channel, which affects several Nassau communities on its coastline.  After Superstorm Sandy, 65 million gallons of sewage was released into the Reynolds Channel every day for 44 days, polluting the channel, contaminating fish and destroying the eco-system.  Sewage backed up into people’s homes, rendering them unlivable.  The Advisory Committee will make sure that federal funds go toward updating the plants (Bay Park and Cedar Creek).

 

Halloween Spectacular  - The NCMCA will again host its Halloween Spectacular on October 26, 2013.  We are seeking individuals who would like to sit on this committee and help us plan for the event.  Please contact Claudia Borecky at claudiaborecky@gmail.com if you could help us with this North Merrick tradition.

 

WANTED: Neighborhood Watch Program Director - We are currently without a Neighborhood Watch Program Director. If you are interested in helping, please call Claudia Borecky at 972-6988 or email claudiaborecky@gmail.com















July 20, 2013 Community Update

                                                                                                        

Citgo Meets Community’s Requests – The North Bellmore/North Merrick community won!  1206 Bellmore Avenue Realty Group (“Citgo”) sought a permit from the Hempstead Town Board  to open a 24-hour gas station/convenient store at the corner of Bellmore and Park Avenues at its intersection with Jerusalem Avenue, where a Citgo station currently operates.  After  collaborating with the North Bellmore Civic Association and hosting and attending meetings with Citgo’s attorney, writing letters, getting petition signatures and visiting Town  Hall; the North and Central Merrick Civic Association (“NCMCA”), with the help of Legislator Dave Denenberg, worked with concerned residents to fight for the protection of the character and nature of our community.  Because of the steadfast determination of residents such as Coleen Millosky of North Merrick, the Town Board ruled against a 24 hour gas station/mini mart.  Instead its hours will be from 5:00 a.m. until 11:30 p.m. 

 

The Board approved Citgo’s new application that had been revised to meet the demands of our community and rejected Citgo’s request to move the direction of the pumps and put a driveway in the back of the store. 

 

Thank you one and all for working together to protect the character and nature of our community.  We look forward to seeing that intersection improved upon with a business that the community is happy with.

 

Phase II of the Campgrounds Rehabilitation Road Project –  Hempstead Councilwoman Cullin, who will lose the Campgrounds in January 2014 due to redistricting, has already relinquished Phase II of the Campgrounds Rehabilitation Road Project over to Councilman Gary Hudes who is up for election in November. Hudes has informed us that Phase II of the Campgrounds will begin during the first week of August.  

 At the Hempstead Town Board meeting on June 4, 2013, the Board approved the bid by Roadwork Ahead, Inc. to complete Phase II of the Campgrounds Rehabilitation Project as mapped out in a letter that was sent out to Campground residents.  The map had been since corrected to include paving Hedding Avenue.

 oweHHHhHowever, the plan still excludes both Thomas and Waugh Avenues because they are not town roads.  I met with Councilman Hudes since the Campgrounds has been redistricted out of Councilwoman Cullin’s district and she will only represent that portion of North Merrick until the end of this year.  According to Councilman Hudes, Thomas and Waugh Avenues are privately owned and he is researching their ownership. Hudes further stated that if the roads do not meet the criteria of a legal roadway, the Town may not be able to accept ownership of these roads.

  Pawn Shop in North Merrick - NCMCA Pres. Claudia Borecky joined Leg. Denenberg’s aide Dan Yngstrom, Barclay’s attorney Marc Schneider and Past Fayette PTA President Trish Appello, and about 15 concerned residents who came down to Town Hall to request a fall adjournment of Estate Pawn Brokers Ltd.’s application before the Town of Hempstead’s Board of Zoning Appeals (“BZA”) to open a pawn shop at 1391 Jerusalem Avenue, North Merrick.  

 The NCMCA is concerned with the effect a pawn shop may have on our community.  The pawn broker business provides individuals a means to sell stolen goods in return for cash.  As cited in the petition linked below, an Analysis of 2011 Rochester-City Pawn Shop Transactions conducted by the Center for Public Initiative found that 62.5% of active pawners had arrest records in the county.  The arrests were for theft, drugs, automotive, disorderly conduct, prostitution and dangerous weapons charges.

 After receiving hundreds of letters and emails in opposition to this pawn shop, the BZA adjourned the hearing until September 12,  2013 at 2:00 p.m. to give residents a chance to discuss it further.  We are in the process of scheduling a meeting with the proponent to learn the details of their proposal.  We will keep you updated in this regard.

 

Ten Tires Slashed on Johnson Street and in the parking lot behind Foodtown -On Friday night, June 7, 2013 during the torrential rain storm, ten tires were slashed on two vehicles parked on Johnson Street and one vehicle parked in the adjacent parking lot behind Foodtown on Washington Drive in North Merrick.  The three vehicles were owned by a limousine business and no other vehicles had their tires slashed.  No other vehicles in the lot had their tires slashed. That same night, during that same rain storm, those same three vehicles that had their tires slashed were ticketed by the Nassau County Police Department.  No other vehicles were ticketed.  These incidents were reported to the District Attorney’s Office and are currently being investigated by the 1st Precinct.  These were not believed to be random acts, but rather the act of a tow truck driver who is doing business in Merrick, who had threatened the life, property, business and home of the owner of these vehicles. 

June 19, 2013 Newsletter

                                                                                                               

Ten Tires Slashed on Johnson Street and in the parking lot behind Foodtown -On Friday night, June 7, 2013 during the torrential rain storm, ten tires were slashed on two vehicles parked on Johnson Street and one vehicle parked in the adjacent parking lot behind Foodtown on Washington Drive in North Merrick.  The three vehicles were owned by a limousine business and no other vehicles had their tires slashed.  No other vehicles in the lot had their tires slashed. That same night, during that same rain storm, those same three vehicles that had their tires slashed were ticketed by the Nassau County Police Department.  No other vehicles were ticketed.  These incidents were reported to the District Attorney’s Office and are currently being investigated by the 1st Precinct.  These were not believed to be random acts, but rather the act of a tow truck driver who is doing business in Merrick, who had threatened the life, property, business and home of the owner of these vehicles. 

Phase II of the Campgrounds Rehabilitation Road Project - At the Hempstead Town Board meeting on June 4, 2013, the Board approved the bid by Roadwork Ahead, Inc. to complete Phase II of the Campgrounds Rehabilitation Project as mapped out in a letter that was sent out to Campground residents.  The map had been since corrected to include paving Hedding Avenue.

 

oweHHHhHowever, the plan still excludes both Thomas and Waugh Avenues because they are not town roads.  I met with Councilman Hudes since the Campgrounds has been redistricted out of Councilwoman Cullin’s district and she will only represent that portion of North Merrick until the end of this year.  According to Councilman Hudes, Thomas and Waugh Avenues are privately owned and he is researching their ownership. Hudes further stated that if the roads do not meet the criteria of a legal roadway, the Town may not be able to accept ownership of these roads.  We will follow up on this issue with Councilman Hudes and check on the progress of the Rehabilitation Project with Councilwoman Cullin, who is currently responsible for that project.

 

Pawn Shop in North Merrick - NCMCA Pres. Claudia Borecky joined Leg. Denenberg’s aide Dan Yngstrom, Barclay’s attorney Marc Schneider and Past Fayette PTA President Trish Appello, and about 15 concerned residents who came down to Town Hall to request a fall adjournment of Estate Pawn Brokers Ltd.’s application before the Town of Hempstead’s Board of Zoning Appeals (“BZA”) to open a pawn shop at 1391 Jerusalem Avenue, North Merrick.  

 

The NCMCA is concerned with the effect a pawn shop may have on our community.  The pawn broker business provides individuals a means to sell stolen goods in return for cash.  As cited in the petition linked below, an Analysis of 2011 Rochester-City Pawn Shop Transactions conducted by the Center for Public Initiative found that 62.5% of active pawners had arrest records in the county.  The arrests were for theft, drugs, automotive, disorderly conduct, prostitution and dangerous weapons charges.

 

After receiving hundreds of letters and emails in opposition to this pawn shop, the BZA adjourned the hearing until September 12,  2013 at 2:00 p.m. to give residents a chance to discuss it further.  We are in the process of scheduling a meeting with the proponent to learn the details of their proposal.  We will keep you updated in this regard.

 

American Legion Auxiliary Adopts-A-Tree In Memory Of Philip L. Williams - On Saturday, June 8, 2013, the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282 of Merrick held a dedication ceremony in memory of former American Legion Commander Philip L. Williams by adopting a tree with the NCMCA Adopt-A-Tree Program.  The NCMCA Beautification Committee cleaned, planted hostas and installed a plaque at the base of a tree at the Merrick Veteran’s Memorial Park on Merrick Avenue across the street from Camp Avenue School.  Leg. Denenberg, the American Legion Auxiliary and the family of Phil Williams attended.  Their grandchildren, Madison and Jacqueline, presented their grandmother, Sharon Williams, with a painting and read a poem in honor of their grandfather.

 

Merrick Avenue Beautification Committee (“MABC”)  The MABC weeded and laid mulch at the base of thirteen trees along Merrick Avenue’s business sections, and planted hostas at some sites.  The family of Daniel Murphy Adopted-A-Tree in front of Foodtown and installed a plaque in memoriam of their brother.

 

For $120, residents and businesses can Adopt-A-Tree along Merrick Avenue.  The MABC will clean, weed, apply mulch, plant hostas and install a plaque at that site with the name of the family adopting the tree, their loved ones or to advertise a business in Merrick.  For more information on this program or to join the MABC, please email Claudia Borecky at claudiaborecky@gmail.com or call her at 972-6988.

 NCMCA Annual Community Service ScholarshipThe NCMCA awarded Calhoun Senior Shelby Behrman with its third annual Community Service Scholarship for her work in raising awareness for Leukemia and Lymphoma and her selfless actions in helping those in need.

The NCMCA values the charitable work that our youth do in our community.  Through volunteerism, our children develop values that they take with them for the rest of their lives.  Our children define our community and Merrick is blessed with gifted youth.  It is through their eyes that we vision a better world; from their hearts we could feel the world’s pains; and from their minds we will find solutions to our world’s problems.

 

NCMCA Presents Wreath On Memorial DayNCMCA Secretary Gina Calabro and Helene Manas presented the wreath at the Merrick Veterans Memorial Park on Memorial Day to honor those  soldiers who have made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

 

Parking Permits:   There is nothing new to report regarding the long-awaiting Town of Hempstead hearing to discuss parking permits at the Merrick train station.  The hearing originally scheduled for December of 2012 was cancelled due to Superstorm Sandy.  When Claudia Borecky went to Town Hall to inquire when the Town would be holding this hearing, Supervisor Kate Murray said that she was waiting for the probationary period in Bellmore to expire before they would schedule a hearing for Merrick.  The probationary period ended in March 2013.  We followed up with telephone calls to Councilwoman Cullin’s office and they again retorted with the old response that they could not schedule a hearing because of Superstorm Sandy.

 

The NCMCA understands the wrath that Sandy wreaked on the Town of Hempstead, but is concerned as to the why a hearing that was originally scheduled for December has now been postponed for five months with no re-scheduled date in the future.  The LIRR Parking Permit Taskforce expressed several concerns regarding this issue, one of them being that parking is prohibited in those designated restricted spaces before 7:00 a.m.  We believe that opening up approximately 200 new spaces at 7:00 will help commuters who have a difficult time finding a space after 7:00.  Perhaps, a call to our town representatives, Councilpersons Cullin or Hudes at 489-5000 might help the push for permit parking.   We will continue to follow up and request that a hearing be scheduled in Merrick and in the evening so that commuters can attend and learn the specifics of this program.

 

Requests For Road Improvement And Signage Requests:  Conditions of many roads in Merrick are horrendous. Residents report that their streets have not been repaved in years. Patchwork repairs, cracks in the road, potholes and poor water drainage is apparent on their roads.  Water gathers at the side of the road, causing the curbs and driveways to crack, crumble and deteriorate.  This creates very dangerous and unsafe conditions.  This month, the NCMCA wrote letters to Councilpersons Cullin and  Hudes requesting full rehabilitation of the following roads:  Birch and William Streets, Harry Lane, sections of Little Whaleneck Road and Old Mill Road east of Merrick Avenue.

 

Further, Johnson Street is a one-way street for motorists traveling west from Merrick Avenue to Washington Drive, which is often ignored.  The NCMCA requests that a Do Not Enter sign be installed at the intersection of Johnson Street and Washington Drive.

































April 18, 2013 Newsletter































EGGSTRAVAGANZA































The North and Central Merrick Civic Association and the Printing Emporium were so pleased to host the 2013 Eggstravaganza at Fraser Park on Saturday.  We would like to especially thank the ladies from the American Legion Auxiliary Unit 1282, Tina Flynn's Girl Scout Troop 2398 and the children who not only volunteered their time to stuff over 1,000 eggs, but manned the tables on that brisk Saturday morning.  We could not have put on this event without them. 

 

Legislator Dave Denenberg brought candy for the kids and along with Town Clerk Mark Bonilla, cut the ribbon that sent approximately 300 of our precious little ones, scampering through the fields, gathering as many eggs as they could.   Of course, the star of the day was the Easter Bunny who made a special trip to Merrick to visit our children.  Special thanks to Pat Trapea for sitting with each child and making their holiday season eggs-traordinary.  The event's success is due to the hard work and enthusiasm of a community coming together to keep this Merrick tradition alive. 

 

REDISTRICTING THE TOWN OF HEMPSTEAD































Like Nassau County, the councilmanic districts in the Town of Hempstead must also be redistricted to reflect differences in population and demographics according to the 2010 census.

 At a hearing on April 9, 2013, the Town adopted a new map, which cuts North Merrick along the same lines as the Nassau County Legislature. Camp Avenue (instead of Jerusalem Avenue) will now divide Councilwoman Cullin's district to the south and Councilman Hudes' district to the north.

The map was passed with a 5-1 vote with Councilman Darcy voting against the map. Supervisor Kate Murray did not attend the meeting and therefore, did not vote on the map. It is anticipated that the Town of Hempstead Democratic Committee will bring this matter to court as it believes that the growing minority communities in western Hempstead mandate creating a minority majority district under the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

WANTED: NEIGHBORHOOD WATCH PROGRAM DIRECTOR - We are currently without a Neighborhood Watch Program Director. If you are interested in helping, please call Claudia Borecky at 972-6988 or email claudiaborecky@gmail.com.

 For more information about our Neighborhood Watch Program or if you are interested in participating in the program or becoming a block captain, please visit our website at www.northmerrickcivic.com.

WATER AUTHORITY’S FEASIBILITY STUDY -































The Water Authority of South East Nassau County (WASENC) held a meeting on April 3, 2013 in Massapequa. It was the first meeting they had since last July. It was very disappointing that WASENC had nothing new to share with the public. WASENC had hired a New Hampshire firm, George S. Sansoucy, in July of last year to do a feasibility study of a public acquisition of the water service formerly provided by Aqua New York ("Aqua"). We attended that meeting with hope of learning the results of that study. However, we were informed that George S. Sansoucy were expected to come to the area at the end of the month, but would not have a final report until the end of the summer or beginning of fall.

It is very frustrating that it is taking so long. The Request for Proposals ("RFP") asked that the winning bidder complete its study within 120 days. George S. Sansoucy is tasked with determining the value of Aqua; determining how much would need to be bonded to not only purchase Aqua, but to cover future costs of new infrastructure that may need to be replaced or repaired; and compare costs under the following scenarios: 

  1. A cost analysis with PILOTS made to the school districts that Aqua currently pays taxes to;
  2. A cost analysis with PILOTS made only to the school districts that Aqua currently serves;   
  3. A cost analysis with WASENC paying PILOTS under each of the above-mentioned scenarios in perpetuity;
  4. A cost analysis with WASENC paying PILOTS under each of  the above-mentioned scenarios that decreases at a steady rate until it is eliminated at the end of thirty years; and
  5. A cost analysis with WASENC assuming no PILOTS.
  6. A cost analysis of Aqua being acquired and wholly operated by the Towns of Hempstead and Oyster Bay as separate water districts under the auspices of the Towns and NOT as the water authority as defined in New York State Public Authorities Law, Title 7-A, § 1174.

 COMPLAINTS MUST GO TO THE PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION - American Water, as a private entity, is not required to report customer complaints to the New York State Public Service Commission ("PSC"). However, two factors that affect the value of Aqua are its infrastructure and customer complaints. As in any real estate deal, to get the best price, we are going to have to use every means available to us to devalue Aqua so that it is an affordable acquisition.

 The PSC is not receiving a lot of complaints about our water. This doesn't mean that there are no complaints, but it does mean that people are not reporting them to the PSC. So, please, if you have any complaints at all about your water or American Water's service, please let the Public Service Commission know.  

COMPLAINTS TO PUBLIC SERVICE COMMISSION can be made by visiting: http://www.dps.state.ny.us/complaints.html

 LONG ISLAND RAIL ROAD ISSUES 

MTA Nassau County Representative: Legislator Denenberg learned that County Executive Mangano had not appointed a representative to the MTA Board - leaving Nassau County the only county in the metropolitan area without representation. Borecky commented at a press conference, "We see projects being funded that benefit New York City and Westchester County, while they cut service and raise fares for the LIRR." There is no one on the MTA Board advocating for Nassau residents. Mangano claims he sent a list of candidates for that post to Governor Cuomo last year, but he won't divulge the names of his nominees.

 Parking Permits:































There is no news from the Town of Hempstead on holding a hearing about the proposed parking permits at the Merrick train station. Supervisor Murray informed Ms. Borecky at its February Town Board meeting that they were waiting until the end of March for Bellmore's probation period to be over, to determine if the Town will implement parking permits in Merrick. We asked that it be held in the evening when commuters may have a better opportunity to attend and that it be held in Merrick. We will inform you if and when the Town schedules the hearing.

 Cleanliness: Now that spring is here, LIRR Branch Manager Patrick Gerakaris reported at Legislator Denenberg's community meeting on LIRR issues that regularly scheduled power washing has resumed at all the stations. Mr. Gerakaris also explained that the regular cleaning crews work in two shifts - morning and evening and go from station to station within their shift.

Commuters reported that the Town of Hempstead newspaper recycling bins were removed from the Merrick train station. As that is a Town of Hempstead responsibility, we will follow up with the Town.

 Kees Place: The Town of Hempstead implemented a Streetscape Project on Kees Place, installing brick pavers and decorative lighting. Ms. Borecky questioned Councilwoman Cullin about this project, reporting that R & U Auto continues to park their vehicles on the sidewalk, right on the beautiful brand new brick pavers. Cullin stated that she continues to call the police about this problem and assured her that tickets are being written. Ms. Borecky further questioned why R & U Auto was also allowed to park their vehicles in the roadway in front of the Stage. Mrs. Cullin stated she is aware of it and is addressing that concern.































REQUESTS FOR ROAD IMPROVEMENT AND ONE-WAYS:

 Conditions of many roads in Merrick are horrendous. They report that their streets have not been repaved in years. Patchwork repairs,cracks in the road, potholes and poor water drainage is apparent on their roads.  Water gathers at the side of the road, causing the curbs and driveways to crack, crumble and deteriorate.  This creates very dangerous and unsafe conditions.  The NCMCA wrote letters to Councilpersons Cullin and  Hudes requesting full rehabilitation of the following streets:  Aster Avenue,  Birch Street, Fox Court and Larkspur Avenue in North Merrick.

Residents report that motorists use Little Whaleneck Road to by-pass heavy traffic caused by motorists dropping off and picking up their children from Camp Avenue School on Merrick Avenue. They complain that motorists cannot see around the bend in the road.  This creates a dangerous situation for children who cross this street to go to and from Camp Avenue School.  The NCMCA wrote a letter to the Town of Hempstead requesting to make Anding Avenue/Little Whaleneck Road a one-way street going north from Camp Avenue to Little Whaleneck Road up until it intersects with Lee Avenue to alleviate this dangerous situation.

 Campgrounds: Ms. Borecky then questioned spending money on a streetscape project where auto repair shops are allowed to encroach on a public sidewalk, while waiting two years for the completion of the rehabilitation of the other half of the Campgrounds. It was reported that Phase II of the Campgrounds Projects is in the engineering stage and is expected to go out to bid very shortly.

COMMUNITY SERVICE































The NCMCA is again offering community service opportunities for your children to help our civic association make a difference in our world and help Legislator Denenberg’s volunteers in a variety of office duties, ranging from stuffing envelopes to entering data.  Denenberg’s district office is located at 2818 Merrick Road in Bellmore.  Most community service opportunities will take place in the evenings.

Please call Claudia Borecky at 972-6988 or email claudiaborecky@gmail.com if your children are interested in participating in our community service program.

















FEBRUARY 28, 2013 NEWSLETTER
IN THIS ISSUE
 
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world.  Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." Margaret Mead
 

Update on Redistricting Nassau County and the Town of Hempstead

 

Nassau County Legislative Redistricted Maps

 

 On Monday, February 25, 2013, the Nassau County Legislature held a hearing on the map that the Republican Majority commissioned be drawn as required by 2010 Census. Said maps must be in accordance with the Voting Rights Act of 1965. The current maps must be redistricted. The County's Temporary Redistricting Commission drafted two maps: one by the Republican Majority and one by the Democratic Minority. The Commission could not agree on a map so the Republican Legislators submitted their own map to the Rules Committee for a vote. The Rules Committee voted 4-3 along party lines to send the maps without any changes to the full Legislature for a vote. The Nassau County Legislature must choose their maps by March 5, 2013.

 

On January 15, 2013, the NCMCA invited the Democratic and Republican Redistricting Commissioners and Common Cause to speak about their proposed maps. The Republican Commissioners were not able to attend. The Democratic Legislator's Executive Director Lauren Corcoran-Doolin and a Democratic Commissioner Bonnie Garone spoke on behalf of the Democratic Temporary Redistricting Commission's maps and Brian Paul spoke on behalf of Common Cause's non-partisan maps. As far as our area is concerned, the Democrats' and Common Cause's maps were similar. The Republican's maps drew a line basically around Legislator Denenberg's house so that it would pull him west into a primary with incumbent Democratic Legislator Joe Scannell.  This would guarantee one less Democratic legislator in Nassau county.   

 

Dozens of people took the day off from work and trekked down to the Nassau County Legislature for the February 25 hearing to show their support for Legislator Dave Denenberg and their outrage that this small sliver of Merrick was being severed from the rest of Merrick for no other apparent reason than political gain.

  

It is our strong belief that Merrick must remain whole. Civic leaders, rabbis, school board members, community leaders and residents from within and outside Legislator Denenberg's district voiced and read into the record their objections to the proposed maps. Some of us stayed way into the wee hours of the night and until just past 1:00 a.m. when Legislator Gonsalves recessed the hearing to consider the day's testimony.