For his dangerous undercover work which led to the apprehension of
several business people who had offered him bribes to overlook
violations, Freeport Fire/Building Inspector John Provenzano Sr.
(I.) was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation by Mayor Dorothy
Storm. Also on hand for the presentation, at a recent public meeting of
the Village Board of Trustees, was Freeport Superintendent of Build-f
ings Godofredo Ruiz de Zarate (r.). Provenzano was cited for working
undercover with the Freeport Police, Nassau County Police and the
District Attorney's Office. Wired with electronic devices, he was in-strumental
in the apprehension in at least three separate cases of those
offering bribes. A resident of the village, Provenzano is a former chief
of the Freeport Fire Department.
More Taxis Wanted
What does a new Mayor hear
about most often from the people
who elected her to office? Mayor
Dorothy Storm said one com-plaint
right up near the top is
the need for better taxi service.
"From commuters arriving
home at all hours at the railroad
station, to senior citizens waiting
for a ride home from the super-market,
I get frequent calls
letting me know about long
waits for a taxi," Mayor Storm
Taxi operators are licensed by
the Village. The Mayor said there
are presently 26 licensed cabs on
the road, and the Village would
like to make it 30 or 32. She
invited all interested persons to
apply to the Village Clerk.
The license fee is $250 for each
vehicle, and $25 for each year's
renewal. Vehicles must be in
good condition, able to pass
stringent inspection by the Free-port
Police, and of a distinctive
The Mayor said the Village is
interested in licensing operators
who are able to provide all day
service and not those who might
be looking for a part-time oc-cupation.
"We know that Free-port
residents will respond to
good service and will utilize the
taxi companies that are ready
and able to serve them," she
said. "We are prepared to act
quickly in granting licenses to
The Freeport Recreation De-partment
will sponsor a Snapper
.Festival for boys and girls, ages
seven to 12, on August 26 (rain-date
August 27). Fishing will be
from the Town of Hempstead Guy
Lombardo Marina, foot of Guy
Registration will be at the
Recreation Center, Monday to
Saturday, 9 am to 4 pm, with
the deadline of August 20. A
parent must accompany the child
to registration and there is a $1
Trophies will be awarded to
the Snapper Festival winners.
The event is a cooperative effort
of the Recreation Department and
the Hudson Point Fishing Station.
(NOTE: Information on the
Festival was not available to be
published in the July "Village
News." It is recognized that this
information will not reach all
residents prior to the August 20
deadline. However, flyers on this
;and other events are available at
the Center weeks in advance.)
IF YOU HAVE ANY INFOR-MATION
THAT COULD LEAD
TO THE RECOVERY OF THESE
MISSING CHILDREN, CALL
THE TOLL-FREE NATIONAL
St. Georges Is.,
"Crime Prevention Month" In Freeport
Then and always, you can be the "eyes and ears" of the
Freeport Police Department.
CALL 378-0700! Under the 15-year-old "40,000 Pairs of Eyes
Program" you need not identify yourself.
St. Louis, MO
REFERENCE ONLY; AUGUST 1935
A'Public Information Bulletin
of The Village Of Freeport
46 North Ocean Avenue
Telephone FReeport 8-4000
Dorothy Storm, Mayor
Public Meetings on tne 1st. and 3rd. Mondays of the Month, at 8:00 P.M.
Message From The Mayor
The Board of Trustees has adopted a policy on South Africa which means that firms hoping to do
business with the Village in the future will have to affirm their position as to that Republic's apartheid
policies. Such firms must subscribe to the Sullivan Principles if they are in any way involved with the
economy of South Africa. In addition, they must provide the Village with yearly, certified proof of their
adherence to those Principles which are an international code of conduct governing equal rights.
I recommended that policy to the Board after we received a petition signed by 243 Freeport residents
requesting that "the electors of the Village divest its investments and holdings in corporations that are
involved in the economy of the Republic of South Africa." Citibank and Chase Manhattan Bank were
mentioned as two such institutions. Another is an Ohio-based firm which has furnishedd the Electric
Department with equipment in the past.
The latter company has told us they refuse to endorse the Sullivan Principles. The State's Municipal
Law mandates that the Village award bids to the lowest responsible bidder. I have directed Village
Counsel to check with the Attorney General's Office as to the definition of "responsible bidder," and
if it may apply to foreign policy- If so, we will no longer do business with the Ohio firm or any other
with business ties to South Africa who do not subscribe to the Principles.
I have met with representatives of Citibank and Chase Manhattan and have done considerable re-search
on both sides of the divestment issue which includes the position that such a move will be harm-ful
not only to the blacks in South Africa, but also to those in neighboring independent states who rely
on trade with the Republic.
Citibank stated that their holding company, Citicorp, has long been on public record as being
fundamentally opposed to apartheid. Citicorp was one of the 12 charter signatories of the 1977 Sullivan
Principles and is given a top rating by the independent auditing firm each year. They regard their
involvement in South Africa's economy ' 'to be of greater benefit to its black population than would our
withdrawal." The involvement has included funds and manpower resources for social projects,
particularly in education and training. They played a special support role in the establishment of the
only commercial bank owned and managed by black South Africans. Citibank has eliminated all loans
to South Africa's government and told me that "we do not anticipate making any new loans to the
government or its agencies, unless, and until, substantial progress has been made toward ending the
The meeting with Chase Manhattan officials showed they take a similar position with their policy
in South Africa specifically excluding loans that, in their judgment, tend to support the government's
apartheid policies or reinforce discriminatory business practices. Chase also subscribes to the Sullivan
The Village uses General Motors products and I was glad to find that research showed that corpora-tion
is in the forefront of companies advocating change in South Africa. Rev. Leon Sullivan, author of
the Principles, serves on General Motors' Board. The Chairman of that Board recently announced that
General Motors will not expand their operations in South Africa until there is convincing improvement
in the extension of human rights there. International Business Machines has taken a similar tack.
Both Citibank and Chase Manhattan have agreed to annually furnish us with certified reports of
their ratings under the Sullivan Principles. We will expect the same from General Motors and IBM, as
we will from any other Village vendor with South African ties. We will continuously review and re-assess
our position based on these Little reports. Arthur Little is the independent auditing firm that
evaluates the performance of companies subscribing to the Sullivan Principles.
The action of the Board of Trustees had to, in the last analysis, demonstrate the abhorrence of our
residents to apartheid. To be effective, the Board's action had to be somewhat consistent to moves
being contemplated by higher levels of government such as the move for South Africa divestment pro-
Continued on Page 3
Trustees: C. James Clark, Vincent DiCostanzo, Ralph Smith, Victor Cohen
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo; Counsel: Harrison J. Edwards; Acting Treasurer: Michael Haran
The summer season at the
Recreation Center ends on Labor
Day, September 2. Annual Plans
for Health Wing can not be pur-chased
after that date. Fall
Plans, good from Labor Day to
January 6, 1986, may be pur-chased
for $85 for a family,
$40 for an individual and $20 for
a senior citizen.
Registration for fall program-ming
through the Recreation
Department will be held at the
Center on Saturday, September
21, 10 am to noon, for children
and Monday, September 23, 7 to
8:30 pm, for adults. Registrants
must hold a $3 1985-86 Activity
Card. Fee for most programs is
Offered for children is art,
arts and crafts, baton twirling,
creative movement, creative play,
ballet, tap, gymnastics, drama,
fencing, guitar, Tot and Mom
Time and swim lessons. There
are separate registrations for
basketball, boaters safety, bowl-ing,
diving lessons, Kiddie Club
Offered for adults and teens
are art, ballet, tap, dog obedi-ence,
fencing, golf clinic, aerobic
dancing, acquacise, body con-ditioning,
yoga exercise and swim lessons.
There are separate registrations
for diving and body building.
As announced in the annual
Recreation Brochure, registration
for Kiddie Club which begins
in September, will be held at
the Center on Monday, August
26, 9 am to noon. Thereafter,
if there is space, registration will
be held the last Tuesday of each
month. Flyers with fee and other
specific information are available
at the Center.
The Kiddie Club is for chil-dren
ages three to four and a
half who are toilet trained.
Sessions are available two, three
or four morning or afternoons
per week. The program includes
music, games, drama, storytime,
puppetry, dance, arts and crafts,
and special events.
Help Keep Freeport Clean
Sailing After Litter...And LJtterers
Mayor Dorothy Storm stands at the helm of one of the Village of Free-port's
"fleet." Others in boat in foreground are, left to right, Richard
Caropi, Superintendent of Buildings Godofredo Ruiz de Zarate and
Anthony Scalamandre. Police Officer Patrick Bentivegna is at helm of
Freeport Police Department boat in background. The boat in fore-ground
is former police boat which was overhauled and assigned to the
Building Department. Caropi and Scalamandre are summer workers
assigned to the boat for removal of litter from the canals. Building in-spectors
are also utilizing the boat for inspection of bulkheads and rear
yard violations. The inspectors are also empowered to issue sum-
2 monses for marine violations as a backup to the Police Boat.
In-Water Boat Show
The 9th Annual Greater New
York In-Water Boat Show will be
held at the Town of Hempstead
Guy Lombardo Marina, foot of
Guy Lombardo Avenue, October
4 through 6 and October 11
through 14. Show hours are 10 am
to 6 pm. Admission for adults
is $4 and S3 for children under
The show is sponsored by the
Marine Trades Association in co-operation
with the Freeport
Chamber of Commerce. It
features over 400 new boats and
a wide range of marine acces-sories,
both in water and on the
land, and in two exhibitor tents.
It is a unique show with almost
300 boats in the water, both
power and sail. The show features
an assortment of large and small
inboard and outboard sport and
fishing boats, including many
1986 models and a good selection
of small cruising sailboats and.
Plans are under way for
scheduling special events,
demonstrations and out-of-the-
ordihary exhibits for the
public's enjoyment. Food will be
available for purchase.
The largest regional boat show
in the Northeast, boating enthu-siasts
from Manhattan to Mon-tauk
have attended the marine
extravaganza in increasing num- •
bers over the years. Last year
more than 20,000 visitors were re-corded.
8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Message From The Mayor
Continued from Page 1
posed before the State Legislature.
I feel the adopted policy puts our Village on record as opposing the
facial policies of South Africa. It lends our voice to others in giving due
notice to companies that it cannot be "business as usual." There must
be a timetable to further change in South Africa. The proposal is not
suddenly disruptive of an economy. Such moves will retain for the
moment a presence in South Africa that has been productive of good in
the past, and will hopefully bring an end to a totally immoral system.
A recent "Newsday" editorial showed the diverse opinions as to the
best method to bring about the end of apartheid. The editors suggested
that an effective one might be to buy, rather than sell, stock in com-panies
with links to South Africa and then press the companies'
management for policy changes. The recent introduction of legislation
before the New York City Council calling for a boycott of companies
dealing in Northern Ireland makes one ask, "Where will it end?"
Check Hedges, Branches
Homeowners are reminded that
they are responsible for cutting
back hedges which encroach on
the sidewalk area. They are also
responsible for pruning back
trees when branches grow low
over the sidewalk.
Pedestrians complain that in
too many residential areas of the
Village overgrown shrubs and
trees are forcing them into the
Pick-A-Name Contest An update
As of July 23, the Village had
received 40 entries in the contest
to rename the Freeport Mall.
NOTE: The contest deadline
has been extended to September
16, and the suggested name CAN
use Freeport. Again, a nautical:
theme is not necessary.
The contest is sponsored by the
Village government in coopera-tion
with the Retail Division of
the Freeport 'Chamber of Com-merce.
Originator of the name
selected will win a Basket of Gift
For your convenience, a form
is provided below which may be
returned with your electric pay-ment.
In the event the winning
name is submitted by more than
one person, the first entry
received will be the winner.
Entries will not be accepted by
telephone. Non-residents are wel-come
to join the contest.
PLEASE TYPE or PRINT
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Freeport, N. Y. 11520
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Tree Planting Program
The Freeport Board of Trustees
has allocated $20,000 in 1985-86
federal Community Development
funds' for the planting of trees
along both Sunrise Highway
and Merrick Road In the Central
Business District. The location is
dictated by federal guidelines as
to where Community Develop-ment
funds' can be expended for
The tree planting program, to
be implemented by the Parks
Department, is a project taken on
by the Property Improvement
Committee chaired by Kathy
Butterfield. The Committee has
met with representatives of the
State Departments of Trans-portation
and of Conservation and
Environment, the authorities who
determine the placement of
trees along state roads.
A survey was taken by the •
Committee of Merrick Road,
north and south sides, from
Ocean Avenue to Henry Street.
(A survey of Sunrise Highway is
already'underway.) Based on that
survey, the Committee has
suggested 'sites for 72 trees.
The sites are subject to change by
the Public Works and Electric
Departments based ' on the
existence of underground utility
lines. It is hoped the trees can be
planted 25 to 30 feet apart for a
look of continuity.
Mrs. Butterfield's group
stresses the need for the coopera-tion
and encouragement of the
business community. They pqint-ed
out that trees will "soften"
the facade of the business area,
unify an area that has 'many
different architectual designs
and 'will generally enhance the
area and therefore be good for
Planting is scheduled for the
* * Important * *
Please contact Freeport Memo-rial
Library Director Gerald
Nichols, 379-3274, IMMEDIATE-LY
with names of Freeporters
who were killed or are listed as
Missing In Action (MIA) while
in Service durings the Korean
and Viet Nam conflicts.
The William Clinton Story Post
#342 of the American Legion is
seeking these names to be includ-ed
on Bronze Plaques to be placed
in the Library's Memorial Room, j
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