Daniel h. serota
Hello Neighbors and Friends --
Recently, my wife and I drove our youngest son to Pennsylvania to begin his freshman year at college. Having our youngest away from home for the first time has made me think of safety in every aspect of our lives. To that end, this issue is devoted to safety. So I hope you’ll read this newsletter carefully and take away some new safety tips.
First, we have scheduled a Village Safety Meeting to be held at the AHRC on Tuesday, September 19. The topic of this meeting will be to
discuss the water we get from the Jericho Water District and what they are doing to ensure that we get enough of it. Open to all residents, guest speakers from the JWD discuss a variety of topics, including information on the new water tank replacement slated for Brookville later this year. See page 3 for more details.
As you’ll see elsewhere in this paper, we have resurfaced all or portions of six roads in the Village. But I’m also pleased to announce that the NYS DOT has identified portions of Route 107 within our Village as some of the worst on this road and a resurfacing project has been added to their capital program. I have been assured that NYS DOT’s highway maintenance personnel will continue to make repairs as needed to deteriorating sections of pavement to maintain safety until a full paving project is completed. But if you see a pothole on Route 107, please report it directly to their Regional Transportation Maintenance
Office at 1-800-POTHOLE. Also let us know.
I’m disheartened to report that just when we thought the Wheatley Road drainage repair program was a done deal, it turns out that the drainage system failed and portions of the road collapsed after a particularly heavy rain storm recently. An investigation is now under way.
In an effort to improve visibility on our streets, we now have a street light replacement project underway.
We continue our work at the Brookville Nature Park, including newly installed water. The DPW building is getting new electric garage doors and more storage, and there are plans to add additional parking in that area. Plans for an electronic gate, security cameras, and walking trails are in progress.
Lastly, I am proud to inform you that I was recently appointed to the Executive Board of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) as a voting member. The NCVOA, comprising 64
incorporated villages in Nassau County, was created in 1925 as an organization for encouraging and stimulating cooperation among the member villages for their mutual benefit and welfare. To this end, the NCVOA is dedicated to providing village officials with a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences in the administration of their municipal duties. For more information, please visit the NCVOA website. Also, on September 14, we will honor immediate past President 2016-2017 and good friend to our Village, Mayor Bernie Ryba of Old Brookville. And we will welcome newly appointed President, Mayor Robert T. Kennedy of Freeport.