DEPUTYMAYOR LAUNCHES "CLEAN SWEEP"
CONTEST FOR FREEPORT STUDENTS
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson has
announced a "Clean Sweep" contest for stu-dents
in the first through sixth grades. The
Deputy Mayor is visiting all the elementary
schools in the Freeport district and inviting
the students to enter the "Clean Sweep"
contest aimed at educating young people on
the importance of keeping Freeport clean.
"I was raised in Freeport," explained
Deputy Mayor Renaire Frierson addresses the students at Giblyn School while
Principal Harris Chandler looks on.
Deputy Mayor Frierson, "and now my two
children are growing up here, and I want
them to be as proud of the village as I am. I
believe we must educate our young people
on the importance of respecting the commu-nity
and keeping it clean."
Freeport elementary school students are
invited to write a one-page essay on what it
means to them to keep the village clean.
They may also
enter the contest
by drawing a pic-ture
by a motto or a
slogan to use in
the 'Clean Sweep'
essay and picture
must be submitted
on 8-1/2 by I l-inch
and members of
the Board of
Trustees will judge the artwork and essays.
One student from each grade, first through
sixth, will win a United States Savings Bond
and a chance to be the 'Mayor for a Day.'
The winners and' their classmates will
be invited to tour our newly renovated
Village Hall, and the winner will spend the
day serving as Honorary Mayor.
The essays must be well written with
correct grammar, punctuation and spelling.
The pictures may be created with colored
pencils, crayons, paint or any art medium the
students are using in school. The essays and
artwork must be mailed to Deputy Mayor
Renaire Frierson postmarked by January 31,
2000. The address is Freeport Village Hall, 46
North Ocean Ave., Freeport, NY 11520. The
winners will be announced March 1, 2000.
"I am hoping that one of the contest
winners will provide us with a new slogan
that may be used on signs placed all around
the village reminding residents to keep their
community clean," concluded Ms. Frierson.
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FEBRUARY 2, 2000
Freeport Memorial Library
144 W. Merrick Rd., Freeport
JANUARY, 2000 www.FreeportNY.com CHAMPIONS
FREEPORT RECEIVES FEMA AWARD IN RECOGNITION OF
PROJECT IMPACT DISASTER PREVENTION PROGRAM
Freeport, which is the only
federally designated Project Impact commu-nity
on Long Island, was honored by the
Federal Emergency Management Agency
(FEMA) for its flood mitigation and disaster
prevention efforts atjthe recent awards cere-mony
in Washington, DC.
paying off both in renewed economic devel-opment
and reduced water damage."
Several new restaurants are in the
process of opening on the refurbished
Woodcleft Ave. They, along with the estab-lished
businesses,...will benefit from the
recently completed two-foot elevation of
Rick Holdener, Don Rowan, Nora Sudars, Joseph Madigan, James Lee Witt, Mayor Bill Glacken, and Ray Straub,
Freeport received the nationally presti-gious,
highly competitive Livability Award
for Economic Development in recognition of
its successful inclusion of flood mitigation
and disaster prevention construction in the
recent Woodcleft Ave. waterfront revitaliza-tion
"It is very gratifying to receive this
recognition from FEMA," said Mayor Bill
Glacken. "Our efforts to incorporate flood
resistance and disaster mitigation in the revi-talization
work on the 'Nautical Mile' are
the low-lying sections of. the road. Portions
of Woodcleft Ave. endured frequent flood-ing
for years, which was caused by heavy
storms or moon tides. Now, new brick side-walks,
lights, planters, litter baskets and
benches line the high and dry 'Nautical Mile.'
In addition to the improvements on
Woodcleft Ave., Freeport has used federal
funding to elevate 23 private homes which
suffered persistent flood damage. The
homeowners paid 25% of the cost of raising
their houses, while FEMA covered the
remaining 75%. In praising Freeport's
commitment of time and money to Project
Impact, FEMA Director James Lee Witt
explained that prevention costs only half
as much as repair. "We know that every $1
spent on mitigation saves $2 in future tax-payers'
losses," said Witt.
Among the individuals
nominated for Project Impact
Awards were Rick Holdener,
Director of the Freeport
Team, in the category
of Outstanding Mentor,
Joseph Madigan, Superinten-dent
of Buildings, who was
nominated as an Outstanding
Public Sector Employee; the
Home Depot store in
Freeport, nominated in the
Model Corporate Partner
category; and Freeport, which
was also nominated as the
Project Impact Model
Community. Freeport won
one other title; it was
- chosen the Region I! Star
Community. Region II
includes New York State
and surrounding areas. The
outstanding efforts of the
Village of Freeport were
recognized at the awards
ceremony; either the village itself or a mem-ber
of its Emergency Management Team
was nominated in five separate categories by
the awards panel.
The Project Impact Team also includes
Co-ordinator of the Emergency Manage-ment
Team Don Rowan, Superintendent of
Public Works Lou DiGrazia, Grant
Coordinator Nora Sudars, and Chief of Staff
Ray Straub as well as members of the village
water and electric utilities and the police and
SWEARS IN SIX NEW POLICE OFFICERS
In the United States, time and polit-ical
change appear to be inexorably
linked..Every two years we elect our
congressional representative; we wait
four years to choose a president; we
vote for our choice for senator every six
years; and ten years must pass before
we have an opportunity to be counted
in the national census.
The practice of enumerating the
population is as old as recorded history,
and as new as this millennium. There are
many good reasons a government needs
an accurate count of the population it
serves. Locally, the census helps deter-mine
the location of hospitals, nursing
homes, medical clinics, and the trans-portation
needed by the people using
Census 2000 will affect the
distribution of more than $200 billion
in federal and state funding to local
governments and communities. This
information will also be used to draw
the boundaries of legislative districts, as
well as to determine which neighbor-hoods
qualify for Community Develop-ment
Block Grants and Empowerment
Zones, all issues of critical importance to
I believe Freeport was seriously
undercounted in 1990. According to the
results of that census, we had a popula-tion
of approximately 40,000. However,
our calculations in Village Hall indicate
we have been providing water, electrici-ty,
police, fire and sanitation services to
a total population of 45,000 and that an
accurate count for the year 2000 will
prove that there are currently close to
50,000 people living in Freeport.
Part of the undercount problem
stems from the reluctance many people
have toward revealing information
concerning their finances, level of
education, or their marital status to
the government. This reluctance is
understandable because we are a
nation of individuals who value privacy.
The Census Bureau respects our right
to privacy, and has several levels of
safeguards in place to ensure that
the information collected remains
By federal law, the Census Bureau
may not share the information it collects
with the Internal Revenue Service; any
office providing social services, includ-ing
those agencies involved with wel-fare,
Medicaid or Medicare benefits; the
Federal Bureau of Investigation; the
Office of Immigration, or any other gov-ernment
agency. Individuals hired by
the Census Bureau must undergo exten-sive
security and employment investiga-tions.
No court of law, nor evenTfhT*
President of the United States, may
access your personal information from
the Census Bureau.
As a member of our community,
there are only advantages in filling out
the census questionnaire when it arrives
in the mail this March or in answering
the census-takers' questions honestly
when they come to your home during
April and May.
Remember, it's our future. Let's
make it count.
MEETS WITH YOUNGSTERS
FROM COLUMBUS AVE. SCHOOL
The children in Cathie Harbulak and
Frances Poy's English/Spanish dual lan-guage
classes visited Village Hall recently
and spoke with Mayor Bill Glacken.
They had plenty of questions for the
Mayor, including how does he like his job.
"I love this job," answered the Mayor,
explaining that he is pleased, to have the
opportunity to serve the community where
he grew up and where his father was the
mayor during the 1950's.
Mayor Glacken with the students who spread out behind the dais in the Main Conference Room.
Mayor Bill Glacken addressed the
eager new recruits before the swearing in
ceremony explaining to them, "You are the
guardians of the village. Our lives are in your
hands." Police Chief Michael Woodward
added, "Always remember, you work for the
people, never let them down."
"The addition of these new recruits
brings the total police force to 91 officers,"
added the Mayor. "With this size force, we
will be able to increase substantially the vis-ible
presence of law enforcement in
Freeport, particularly in the areas of com-munity
concern, including the Long Island
Assistant Police Chief Arthur Burdette, Jr., Ex-Fire Chief Don Mauersberger, Trustee Bill White, Jr., Officers Kevin
Hassell, Joseph Fernandez, Darryl Shim, Mayor Glacken, Officers Don Ethier, Richard Pietrafesa, David Karp,
Chief Michael Woodward.
"Mayor BilPGIacken (right) is j6iried~by Police Chief
Michael Woodward in congratulating Officer Darryl Shim.
railroad station, the soon-to-be-revitalized
central business district and the industrial
park section." The six officers began training
at the Police Academy in December, and are
expected to graduate by the middle of July.
Among the new recruits is Police Officer
David Karp, son of retired Sergeant Ron
Karp, a thirty-year veteran of Freeport's
police department. Officer David Karp comes
from a family rich in the tradition of public
service. Two of his brothers are New York
City firefighters, one is a Nassau County
police officer, and the fourth is a member of
the New York City police force.
DID TOU PURCHASE A HOME OR REFINANCE A
Freeport residents who recently pur-chased
a house, condominium or co-op
unit, or just refinanced or transferred the
mortgage on their property, or satisfied
an existing mortgage, must be sure that
notification in writing is sent to
Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Angie
Cullin, 200 North Franklin St., Hempstead,
NY 11550 and Village of Freeport
Assessor Bernadine Quinton, 46 North
Ocean Ave., Freeport. Attorneys and
mortgage companies do not always
forward notification of new homeowner-ship
to local tax offices, and this
oversight may lead to a delinquency
problem for the homeowner.
The forms needed for filing this
information (both for the Village and the
Town) may be obtained in the Village
Assessor's office. Residents may use these
forms to file with both the village and the
towns or they may forward a letter to
each office which includes the section,
block and lot numbers, the property
owner's name, .mailing address, property
address, the mortgage company's name
and the mortgage number.
This information is necessary in order
to send tax bills, tax receipts and other cor-respondence
concerning the property to
the homeowner. Without the correct
information and mailing address, tax bills
and receipts cannot be delivered promptly.
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