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Salerno Named Chief Of Police

thAfter serving as Acting Chief since May of last year, James Salerno will be promoted the 10th Chief of the Port Washington Police District.
Salerno last spring replaced Chief William J. Kilfoil, who retired after nearly 40 years of service, the last 20 as chief of police.
Salerno has been with the Port police 29 years.
His appointment was unanimously approved by the Board of Police Commissioners of the Port Washington Police District.
A swearing in ceremony will be held on Oct. 16, at 11 a.m. at Atlantic Hook & Ladder Co. #1, 25 Carlton Ave.

Fixing Up After Condo Fire

photo 1Repair work has begun at the Tom’s Point complex in Manhasset Isle, after a blowtorch accidentally burnt through the first floor bedroom of a condominium last Friday, Sept. 19.

Click Here To Read More About The Fire.

“The incident occurred when a contractor was working on pipes in the ceiling of the basement and the flame caught the ceiling and burned through the floor rafters of the bedroom,” said Port Washington Fire Department Assistant Chief Brian Waterson.

The owner was not home at the time. One fireman was slightly injured. Seventy five firefighters from five fire departments responded: Port Washington, Roslyn, Manhasset, Great Neck and Albertson.

The fire was brought under control in two hours. Fire damage was mainly to the floor and ceiling, and smoke and water damage was to apartment and basement.

Manorhaven Recognizes Local Heroes

It was a time for giving heroes their due at the last Manorhaven Board of Trustees meeting. Mal Nathan, Max Fleming, Bill Purcell, Thomas Lampus, Jose Mauricio Soriano, Kevin Nicoll, Kevin Watt and Michael Weidner were honored for their efforts to prevent even more loss of life and property damage when a boat in Manhasset Bay caught flames after filling up at Manhasset Bay Marina, killing the boat’s owner. The heroes are flanked on far right by Guy LaMotta, the marina’s owner, Manorhaven Mayor Giovanna Giunta (c.) and Mayor Barbara Donahue to her right, along with village trustees and village attorney James Toner.

Mal Nathan, Max Fleming, Bill Purcell, Thomas Lampus, Jose Mauricio Soriano, Kevin Nicoll, Kevin Watt and Michael Weidner were honored for their efforts to prevent even more loss of life and property damage when a boat in Manhasset Bay caught flames after filling up at Manhasset Bay Marina, killing the boat’s owner. The heroes are flanked on far right by Guy LaMotta, the marina’s owner, Manorhaven Mayor Giovanna Giunta (c.) and Mayor Barbara Donahue to her right, along with village trustees and village attorney James Toner.

In a moving ceremony, Manorhaven Village honored eight local heroes who risked their safety in the moments after a devastating boat explosion on Aug. 20 at the Manhasset Bay Marina.
The explosion claimed one victim, local resident and retired NYPD Captain Bob Hogan, who was at the dock re-fueling his boat when the boat exploded.
Within seconds of the explosion, Kevin E. Nicoll, Jose Mauricio Soriano, Thomas Andrew Lampus, Mike Weidner, Kevin Watt, Bill Purcell and Mal Nathan jumped into action, rescuing people from the water and pushing the burning vessel from the dock.
In addition to the Manorhaven citations, which were presented by Mayor Giovanna Giunta, proclamations from Nassau County Clerk Maureen O’Connell and County Executive Ed Mangano were presented to the honorees by Deputy Mayor Lucretia Steele and Trustee Rita DiLucia.
Plandome Manor Mayor Barbara Donohue also presented citations. She noted that Bob Hogan had been a resident of Plandome Manor and an active civic leader.
Guy LaMotta, owner of the Manhasset Bay Marina, said the men acted without regard to their personal safety and he would be forever in their debt. “Who knows what might have happened if they didn’t take action?,” LaMotta said.

Click here for more on the heroic rescue mission.

Fire In Manorhaven Friday

photo 3A condominium at the Tom’s Point complex in Manhasset Isle ignited Friday. Details are sketchy, but a source close to the fire department said a contractor with a blowtorch working on a boiler in the basement accidentally caused the fire by ignited the ceiling, which affected the apartment above.

Port Man Hit By Car

A Port Washington man was struck by a car while laying in the roadway at Main Street and South Bayles Avenue on Wednesday, Sept. 10, at around 1 a.m.

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He was taken to North Shore University Hospital, with serious injuries.

The driver of the vehicle was not charged.

This is the second grave vehicular incident at Main Street and South Bayles Avenue in a month. In August, a Lynbrook man crossing Main Street, at S. Bayles, was killed in a hit and run in which the alleged driver was subsequently caught.

New Town Law Could Spur Lawsuits

poleThe Town of North Hempstead is on the cusp of adopting legislation regarding so-called dual poles that could land it with lawsuits.

The town has been holding public hearings on the proposed law, which would require public utilities to remove any “decommissioned” utility poles from roadways, leaving just new poles in place. It comes after PSEG LI put up 210, 80- and 85-foot poles this year, next to older 40- and 45-foot poles, as part of an initiative to improve power reliability.

While wording in town media releases confines the proposed dual pole legislation to town roads, where the town has authority, Supervisor Judi Bosworth says the law “covers the entire Town of North Hempstead,” including roads that are governed by the state, the county and villages. [Read more...]

Flower Hill Traffic Advisory

detourMotorists are advised that a single travel lane on westbound NY Route 25A/Northern Blvd. will be closed between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Wednesday, August 25 to 27 in Flower Hill in the Town of North Hempstead, Nassau County.  One of two travel lanes will be closed between Middle Neck Road and NY Route 101/Searingtown Road-Port Washington Blvd.  These daytime closures are needed to perform pavement repairs to maintain the safety of motorists.  Drivers are encouraged to use alternate routes or they will experience delays.  Those who cannot use alternate routes are reminded to drive carefully through the work zone for their safety as well as for the safety of the highway work crew.   [Read more...]

Port Realty Firm Settles Bias Suit

biasLLR Realty LLC of Port Washington has reached a $165,000 settlement with ERASE Racism, a Syosset-based nonprofit advocating racial equality, over a fair housing lawsuit filed last summer against Town House Apartments of Mineola.

According to a complaint filed in the U.S. District Court, ERASE Racism reached out to the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC) in Manhattan, which sent white and African American “test” renters to the 74-unit apartment complex in Mineola from August to October 2012.
Settlement documents say that on three separate occasions, black testers were quoted higher rents or told rooms were being renovated/unavailable. Attempts to reach Building Superintendent Jorge Agudelo were unavailing. [Read more...]

1 Dead In Manorhaven Boat Explosion

expOne man is dead and another was injured when a boat exploded at Manhasset Bay Marina in Manorhaven Wednesday afternoon.

According to detectives, two male occupants along with two male employees were fueling a 33-foot Carver motor boat, when an explosion occurred, setting the boat and the dock on fire.

Police say one male victim, who was hurled into the water due to the explosion, sustained fatal injuries. Police confirmed the man’s identity Thursday as Robert J. Hogan, 74 of Port Washington.

A third male employee came running to their aid and managed to push the boat away from the dock, setting it adrift.

“A dock boy at the fuel station jumped into the water to save an elderly man,” said Debbie Pedeschi, who witnessed the explosion.

This victim suffered burns on his arms and face and was transported to a local hospital where he is listed in stable condition.

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Pedestrian Struck, Killed In Port

A pedestrian crossing the street in Port Washington was struck and killed by a vehicle on August 15.

Police say at 11:57 p.m., 49-year-old Donald Mooney of Lynbrook was walking across Main Street east of South Bayles Avenue from the north to the south side, when he was struck by a dark-colored vehicle in the eastbound lane.  [Read more...]