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FEMA Assists Village With Clean-Up Costs

Massapequa Park honors Little League, announces one-year contract with Checker Cab company.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency will be helping the Village of Massapequa Park cover a great deal of its expenses from clean-up efforts in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, Mayor James Altadonna announced at the Village Board meeting Monday night.

Altadonna said that $90,000 was added to the Village’s Emergency Management expense budget (bringing it to a total of $99,050) in light of costs related to Hurricane Sandy. However, those additional expenditures will be countered by a $90,000 reimbursement from FEMA, effectively canceling out that financial burden to the Village.

Altadonna also announced that the Village would be officially renewing a Taxi Franchise Agreement with Long Island Checker Cab for an additional year of service to Massapequa Park, backdated to Nov. 1. Checker Cab was the sole bidder for the Village contract this year.

At October’s Board meeting, Altadonna had listed some of the details of the new contract with Checker Cab, including some price changes and added perks for local residents.

“They came in with a price of $2.99 for seniors, and $4.49 for everyone else within the Village,” he said. “They also run special promotions...certain days during the week, seniors can ride free, and they’re also sponsoring grandparents who want to take their grandchildren to McDonalds’s for a Happy Meal, and they will pay for the Happy Meal. So, they’re trying to be as giving to the community as possible.”

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The Village Board also honored the Massapequa International Little League Juniors 2012 Williamsport team, who were the New York District 31 Champions and Section 6 Long Island Champions.

Former Massapequa Park Village Trustee and current Town of Oyster Bay Councilman Joseph Pinto serves at Assistant Coach to the team, which includes his own son as a player. Pinto expressed great pride at their achievements and the special recognition they had received that evening.

“I’d like to thank Mayor Altadonna and the entire Village Board for acknowledging this team and their accomplishments,” Pinto said. “This was the first time the Massapequa International Little League has won the championship in this division since 1997...the first time in 15 years. We have a great group of guys here...Little League baseball in this community is strong. We have two great programs, and we’re all proud of this group of kids.”

The next public meeting of the Massapequa Park Village Board is scheduled for Nov. 26, at 8 p.m.

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