Murray also recognized Island Park’s Mike and Gabrielle Fehling, who lost their home and business, Empire Kayaks, to Hurricane Sandy. She said they worked tirelessly to re-open their popular business and rebuild their home. She also saluted Rocco Anastasio, co-owner of Tropix on the Mile in Freeport, who rebuilt the Sandy-impacted business himself.
Rebuilding is still ongoing, but there is much to look forward to in Hempstead in 2014, Murray said, noting that the town will reduce taxes for the third straight year.
The supervisor also said Hempstead has a new, state-of-the-art recreation facility for the town’s ANCHOR Program for children with special needs. Joined by Merokean and Camp Anchor participant Kristy Baumer, Murray revealed a photo of the new Malone-Mulhall Recreation Center at the Lido Beach camp, which will open later this year.
“We’ve drawn upon the best of our past through the efforts of those who built our communities, and we’ve boldly staked our claim on the future for generations who will carry on our proud legacy,” Murray said.
Santino, who represents the 4th Council District, said that he had wanted to be a public official since he was a child, and that he is enthusiastic about his next term, which he added was made possible by various supporters.
“I would never be able to pursue the career that I love without the guidance and support of hundreds of people,” he said. “I thank you all.”
Hudes, who represents the 6th Council District, also discussed the support he has received since he was first elected to the board in 1999. He thanked his wife, Sheree, whom he presented with a medal for her support.
“Every day, I get my personal rewards from the public when I am able to make a positive difference in their lives,” Hudes said. “I absolutely love helping people and look forward to making sure that government uses common sense, is responsive and provides true customer service.”
Goosby, the board’s only Democrat, who represents the 1st Council District, congratulated her fellow board members and said she looks forward to working with them to bring more diversity, integrity and professionalism to the town.