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An Open Letter to the Community Regarding Sunnyvale Holiday Lighting

In response to recent social media posts regarding the Young Family Christmas Exhibition I felt it was important to share the Village’s perspective. The Village has repeatedly offered to work with the Youngs so they can present the display in a way that keeps everyone safe. The Village has never stopped the Youngs from presenting their display, and was ready to work with the Youngs if they chose to present the display again this year.   Just two years ago the Village spent $10,000 for a professional security firm to help manage traffic attracted by the display. We have even asked the Village staff to help control traffic during evening hours and on the weekends through the holiday season.  And they have done so–sacrificing their own holiday time with their families. Trustees have also donated countless hours in this effort. These are not the actions of a Village that is trying to prevent anything, but rather one that has met its obligation to insure public safety  while still allowing the Youngs to continue to present their display.   In recent years the Youngs display had grown so large that it was creating parking, traffic, and safety issues for the surrounding  … Read more


St. Francis Hospital and Oak Tree Lane

Dear Residents, I wanted to share a note with you regarding an important and productive recent meeting Deputy Mayor Randall Rosenbaum and I had with both the CEO of Catholic Health Services and the CEO of St. Francis Hospital.   This past April Dr. Patrick O’Shaughnessy was appointed as the new President and CEO of Catholic Health Service of Long Island. As its new leader he wanted to meet with the Village officials  of Flower Hill, the home of St. Francis Hospital. Also in attendance was Dr. Charles Lucore, the CEO of St. Francis Hospital, appointed three years ago.  Both leaders expressed a genuine desire to be good stewards to the hospital and good neighbors to the  surrounding community.   I took the opportunity to inquire about their acquisition of properties on Oaktree Lane. They confirmed they had completed purchase of just three properties on the block and were hoping to acquire 8 more, a process that could take many years to accomplish. Currently there are  nuns living in one of the homes and there is a possibility that other clergy members may live in the other homes they acquire. Drs. O’Shaughnessy and Lucore  informed us that they do not  … Read more


SAFETY ALERT- Don’t let your house be a target for burglars! Daylight Savings Time Begins this Sunday, November 7th

Take some simple steps to deter criminals:  Don’t leave your house dark, make sure to leave lights on inside and outside when you leave the house or put your lights on a timer. Leave a radio or TV on to give the appearance someone is home. The hours between dusk and 7 pm are prime burglary hours and a dark house is an announcement that no one is home.         If you have an alarm system, use it when away and at home.        Lock doors, windows and gates when leave your house.      Be sure to close your garage door.         Keep shrubs and trees trimmed to eliminate hiding places.         Please make sure you lock your cars, take your keys and don’t leave any valuables in them. Most car thefts are occurring because homeowners leave their key fobs in the car. Always call 911 if you see anything that seems out of place Report any suspicious cars or activity to the police  


Storm Season Emergency Contacts

PSEG Download the PSEG Long Island mobile app to report outages and receive information on restoration times, crew locations and more. To report downed wires or power outages, customers should call PSEG Long Island’s Customer Service line at1-800-490-0075. Our Outage Map can also be found at https://outagemap.psegliny.com/  and reports outages in your community, as well as estimated restoration times. MyAlerts, PSEG Long Island’s text message service, can be used to report and receive status updates on an outage. Since this requires an account number for a one-time registration, it’s best to do it beforehand. To register, text REG to PSEGLI (773454) or visit the “My Account” section of the website at www.psegliny.com/account. Once registered, to report an outage, simply text OUT to PSEGLI (773454).   VERIZON For information on how to report outages and service problems go to: https://www.verizon.com/support/residential/service-outage Downed wires: For your safety, do not touch or move the downed line as they can often be confused with phone or cable connections.  You can contact us, reach out via the My Fios app, chat with us by clicking the blue Chat With Us tab at the bottom corner of this page to report a downed or low hanging line.  Additionally, you can report a downed line online via  … Read more


Septic System Replacement Rebate – $10,000

Nassau County has recently launched a septic system replacement program available to homeowners and small businesses. The Septic Environmental Program to Improve Cleanliness (SEPTIC) gives eligible recipients funding to replace their conventional or failing septic system with a new innovative and alternative onsite wastewater treatment system (I/A OWTS). The Nassau County grant will cover half of the replacement cost up to $10,000. Many older septic systems, even when functioning correctly, pollute vital bodies of water with nitrogen. Conventional septic systems were never designed to remove nitrogen. In fact, the average residential septic system discharges more than 40 pounds of nitrogen into groundwater each year. Clean-water septic systems are incredibly effective and can remove up to 90% of nitrogen from wastewater and cost five times less than a connection to a sewer system.  Fortunately, these consequences are preventable with modern I/A OWTS septic technology. For more information and to request a free consultation, check out the North Shore Land Alliance’s Water Quality Improvement Program webpage. https://northshorelandalliance.org/water-%20quality-improvement-program/?sourceid=1014462&emci=78f336ac-e2b7-eb11-a7ad-501ac57ba3ed&emdi=865b97dd-02b8-eb11-a7ad-501ac57ba3ed&ceid=1366665      


Village of Flower Hill Approves New Garbage Carting Contract

Taxpayers will save $900,000 during the term of the contract while retaining service levels At the May 3rd Board of Trustees meeting, Mayor Brian Herrington and the Board of Trustees unanimously approved a new five year garbage contract in response to the Villages Request for Proposal (RFP) for sanitation and recycling services. Flower Hill’s 3-year contract with their current garbage carter was set to expire, and under the New York State General Municipal Law whereby any services contract with a municipality in excess of $30,000 must be put out to public bid, the Village was required to accept the lowest responsible bid.  The lowest responsible bid received was from Dejana Industries, saving Flower Hill taxpayers $900,000 over the term of the contract compared to the next bidder Meadow Carting. With an increasing amount of garbage being moved off of Long Island and softening in the recycling market expenses continue to rise.   “I am proud to announce the awarding of the contract to Dejana Industries that saves the Village money while retaining the same level of service. I want to thank Meadow Carting’s Staff for their dedicated service to our residents, they will be missed. DeJana has committed that residents  … Read more


National Grid Gas Main Upgrade on Country Club, Hewlett & Greenbriar

National Grid has contracted with Asplundh to replace the gas main line on your street within the next 30 days. Hours of work will be Monday to Friday 7 an to 5 pm. Work should continue through August. They will repair all areas that are disturbed and replace all customer’s individual gas service lines.  Meters will be relocated to outside of homes. For Questions please call (631) 569-5326 20210427130916465


Arbor Day 2021- Free Tree Seedling Giveaway – Thursday, May 6, 7:30 am to 4 pm

The Village will be repeating the very successful seedling giveaway that we held last year as our annual Arbor Day celebration. It turned out to be a wonderful contactless event where we gave away almost 500 seedlings. The Village is able to obtain tree seedlings from the DEC’s tree nursery upstate in Saratoga. We will have about 500 seedlings of both deciduous and evergreen varieties.  There will be a limit of 3 seedlings per resident, on a first come first served basis. The event will take place in the Village Hall parking lot.  As residents drive up, seedlings will be placed in their cars so we can all maintain safe social distancing.  


Cannabis Legislation and Flower Hill

We have been hearing from concerned residents about the Village’s stance on permitting retail dispensaries to operate in the Village. We are still waiting for the final legislation to be completed before we act on the “opt-out” provision of the law. We have until 12/31/21 to pass an “opt-out” by resolution but believe it is prudent to wait for the final legislation before acting. Click here for more information on the legislation marijuana NYCOM_Advocacy_Update_–_March_29_2021


Village Receives Tree City USA Designation 7th Year in a Row

Arbor Day Foundation Names Village of Flower Hill Tree City USA®   Lincoln, Neb. (February 23, 2021) Village of Flower Hill, New York, was named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management.   Village of Flower Hill achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program’s four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forest1y budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.   “Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a community first hand,” said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. “The trees being planted and cared for by Village of Flower Hill are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life. Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it’s through volunteer engagement or public education.”   If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding. The  … Read more


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