Lyons Appointed Treasurer
The Freeport Board of Trustees appointed James
J. Lyons as Village Treasurer and Assessor ef-fective
May 1. Mr. Lyons, Deputy Treasurer for
the past six years, replaces Leonard D. B.
Smith who retired after 19 years in the position
he took on after service as Village Trustee
from 19*6 to 1955.
In making the announcement, Mayor William White
A vigorous crackdown of rental permit violators
is now underway according to Village Superinten-dent
Louis Bello who pointed out that within one
week 50 summonses, carrying a minimum fine of
$100 each, had been issued. The Department is
enforcing the revised housing ordinance adopted
by the Freeport Board of Trustees on September 1,
1973 which requires that owners of rental units,
whether in one, two family homes or apartment
houses, obtain a rental permit.
Mr. Bello indicated that the Building Department
has received and processed nearly 900 permits.
He said, "My Department is charged with the en-forcement
of the ordinance and is morally in-debted
to those 900 persons who have filed for
rental permits voluntarily. The warning period
is now over. All other property owners who do
not come forward promptly to apply for a permit
will receive no other notice and will face the
possibility of a minimum fine of $100."
said, "Mr. Lyons' appointment is in keeping with
our policy of promoting from within whenever we
have a qualified person. In this case we be-lieve
we have an eminently qualified Treasurer
by virtue of experience, as well as comprehensive
knowledge of Village operations and departmental
budgets. While it is most difficult to replace
Len Smith, we are certain we made the right
decision in Jim Lyons."
The newly-appointed fiscal officer has been a
resident of Freeport since the age of five. He
attended Our Holy Redeemer School, is a Freeport
High School graduate and served two and a half
years in the US Air Force during World War II.
Receiving a B.S. in accounting from Hofstra Uni-versity
in 19*9, he joined the Village of Free-port
the following year and will mark his 25th
year in government service next January. Mr.
Lyons, who has periodically taken courses in the
operation and programming of IBM equipment during
his years of employment, was appointed Deputy
Treasurer in 1968. He has the Civil Service
title of Senior Accountant,
The Lyons family resides on Jeanette Avenue and
are members of Our Holy Redeemer R.C. Church.
One daughter, Loretta, attends Boston College,
while a second, Janet, is a student at Adelphi
Taxi Fare Change
As approved by the Village Board after a public
hearing earlier this year, taxi rates will be
an additional 15? for each zone effective July 1.
This rate increase, in addition to the 250 per
zone one put into effect shortly after the hear-ing,
was made after a careful study by the Taxi
Committee of the increased costs of operation.
Satisfactory service could not be given unless
the taxicab owners received an increase to enable
them to hire competent employees and make neces-sary
repairs and replacements of their cabs,
Committee Chairman Frank Musico reported. This
was confirmed by a review of the company's books
and all financial records,
IT'S TIME TO ...
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A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport 8-4000 WILLIAM H. WHITE, MAYOR
Lead In Building Permits
More building permits were issued for construc-tion
of private housing units in Freeport during
1973 than any other incorporated area of Nassau
According to a report recently released by the
Nassau County Planning Commission, 20 permits
were granted for single-family homes in Free-port
while none were requested from within 21
other incorporated areas and the overall total
for the county was down 26? from the previous
year. The report states that permit requests
for construction of apartment units in the
county fell 52% during the same period, while
conversely showing a healthy growth of four
such structures with 102 units in Freeport.
Also reflected in the report is a new profes-sional
building on North Ocean Avenue and the
Village's new Recreation Center.
Commenting on the report, Mayor William White
said, "The Planning Commission confirms an ob-vious
fact. Freeport is building towards the
future and continues to attract many desirable
residential and commercial investors. Newly
completed structures and those in the process
of being constructed, are a common sight in
the Village. From brand new homes to apart-ments;
from our own Liberty Park Urban Renewal
project to the Recreation Center; two new
churches, the Oodd school, the new diner and a
new office building, plus a professional build-ing.
It is clear that Freep_ort is very much on
the upswing. With a 100-unit senior citizens
project scheduled for North Main Street, a pri-vate
developer's plans for a Vt-unit apartment
structure in the same area and funding assured
for the Bennington Park Urban Renewal project,
there will be no decrease in building activity
in our community. This report clearly shows
that even during a downward phase on Long
Island, there was a healthy and continuing de-mand
for homesites and apartments here. That
balance of housing units, with the blend of
office, professional and commercial uses, is
indicative of an orderly growth pattern."
Play By The Rules
There have recently been some complaints by
residents regarding ball-playing in the streets,
which is not permitted under Village ordinances.
Such a practice not only holds potential danger
to passerbys and private property, but more im-portantly
to the children who put themselves in
the path of unwary drivers.
In addition, the riding of mini-bikes on Village
streets is prohibited by State law unless the
driver is 18 or over, licensed, with an insured
registered vehicle. However, the Village Recre-ation
Department runs a program for boys and
girls from age 10 and up who may ride both mini-bikes
and go-karts at the Freeport Stadium on
Saturday mornings. Hours are 10am to 1pm until
June 29 and 10am to noon on July 6. All riders
must have a Recreation identification pass and
Trustees: George H. Fairberg, Ralph P. Franco, Thomas J. Lovelidge, Dorothy Storm
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo - Treasurer: James J. Lyons - Counsel: Oakley Gentry Jr.
Spring is here and many homeowners are looking
forward to installing their own backyard swim-ming
pool. The Village ordinance requires that
a permit be obtained before any swimming pool,
whether above ground or in ground, is installed.
The basic requirements for installing a swim-ming
pool in Freeport are:
A Building Permit is required.
If the wall of the pool, including the
fenced area is less than six feet from
ground level, then a four foot minimum
fence is required around the entire pool
3. A New York Board of Fire Underwriters
certificate at the completion of the job
showing that the electrical work for the
pool has been installed by a licensed
Freeport electrician and that the pool it-self
is properly grounded.
't. The pool shall be located no closer than
five feet from the property line and
shall be located only in the rear yard.
By following these requirements and all other
requirements with reference to the installation
of a pool, we can hope that you will have many
hours of pleasure, confident that your expendi-ture
has been properly inspected and with the
knowledge that the safety of your children and
your neighbor's children is protected.
So, Remember -
CHECK WITH US - Your Building
Public Meeting Dates
In accordance with Village law, the schedule for
public meetings of the Board of Trustees changes
during the summer with one rather than two ses-sions
held each month. The meetings are held
beginning at 9pm at Village Hall, *t6 North Ocean
Avenue. The public voting sessions of the Board
will continue to be held at 7:30pm each Monday
except on a legal holiday or the eve of a holi-day.
Public meetings of the Board are held on the
first Monday of June, July, August and September.
The first Monday in September is Labor Day, hence
there will be no voting session that evening and
no public hearing during the month. Public meet-ings
will return to a first and third Monday
schedule in October.
New Fire Chief
Residents are reminded that old tires will not
be picked up by the Village on Wednesday trash
days nor can special pickups be arranged.
To dispose of tires which take up space in
garages and basements or create unsightly yards,
residents are urged to utilize the bin specially
set aside at the Village incinerator on Albany
The area is open from 8:30am to *t:30pm, Monday
through Friday, and all day Saturday*
Tires are transported by the Village to land-fill
William Casmasina was elected 197^-75 Freeport
Fire Department Chief by members of the all-volunteer
force. He served as First Deputy
last year and is a charter member of the Depart-ment's
Emergency Company #9 formed in 1959. A
Korean veteran, he is a Town of Hempstead Build-ing'
Inspector and resides on Overton Street.
William Cominos and Arthur Lewis were elected
First and Second Deputies respectively.
Recreation Center Fees Set
Frc«port Mayor William White looks,
on as Congressman Norman Lent (left)
presents American flag to Superin-tendent
of Parks and Recreation
Stanley Brekne. The flag, which
had been flown over the Capitol in
Washington, D.C., now tops the flag
pole at the Village's soon-to-be-opened
With the recent approval by the Board of Trustees
of the fee schedule for Freeport's new Recrea-tion
Center, the typical Freeport family can
enjoy year-round swimming at less cost than a
weekend trip. Husband, wife, and all unmarried
children under 21 and living at the saae address,
will pay 8125 for an annual discount ticket. Ac-cording
to Village Superintendent of Parks and
Recreation Stanley Brekne, the Town of Hempstead
charges $175 for the same plan at its Echo Park
pool complex. The fee includes use of indoor,
outdoor, training and diving pools as well as
sauna and steam facilities. With seasonal dis-count
tickets — (Summer, June 15 to Labor Day),
(Fall, Labor Day to January 31) and (Winter,
February 1 to June 15) — the same family would
pay $70, $'»0,and J'tO each season respectively,
or a total of $150 for the entire year if each
seasonal ticket were purchased separately.
Year-round discount tickets for an adult couple
will be $100; for an individual adult $80 and
for an individual child, $60. Summer discount
tickets will be half the yearly total.
Residents will be offered a daily admission
price to the pools of $1 for children under 18
and $2 for adults. Daily admissions will be in
effect from 1pm until the purchaser leaves the
facility. Freeporters wishing to bring a non-resident
will be charged the same daily rate
for their guest. Non-residents who wish to
avail themselves of the savings offered by the
yearly discount ticket will be given that option
after all Freeporters are offered the opportun-ity
and will pay an additional $20. Such ticket
holders need not be accompanied by a resident.
Daily admission rates of 500 for a resident
child and $1 for a resident adult, will prevail
for all during the winter season for two hour
sessions at the Center's outdoor skating rink.
However, a savings will be offered through the
purchase of a 15-time discount card. Such cgrds
will be $5 for a child and $10 for an adult.
Non-residents wishing to skate need not be ac-companied
by a Freeporter and will be charged
$2.50 additional for discount cards or 250
more on the daily admission rate. The skating
discount card may be used by any member of the
family in the same age grouping. The cards will
expire at the end of the season.
All couples and individuals over the age of 60
will be charged half of the normal fee for both
swimming and skating. In addition, except for
family discount tickets, a child is an individ-ual
not reaching the age of 18 by May 1 of that
Except for food service, all other facilities
of the Center — gymnasium, meeting rooms, game
areas, senior citizen activity center, exercise
room, etc. — will be free of charge to all
holders of the Recreation department's $2 iden-tification
pass. The pass is required for ad-mission
to the other pools maintained through-out
the Village as well as for participation
in the myriad of formal activities offered
year-round by the Department.
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