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Lynbrook Neighborhood Watch hosts spring meeting

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Residents gathered at the Lynbrook Public Library on April 24 to share their concerns about crime and quality of life issues in the community as part of the Lynbrook Neighborhood Watch’s spring meeting.

“The objective will be to discuss the most salient issues at these meetings,” Lynbrook Neighborhood Watch Co-Chair Michael Davies said. Davies noted that the meetings would be quarterly. The inaugural session was held in November 2017.

Some of the topics that were discussed among the 25 attendees were traffic issues, vaping, the deteriorating condition of the Lynbrook Long Island Railroad station and the potential to increase the time that a crossing guard is present at the intersection of Atlantic Avenue and Sunrise Highway. Those concerns were brought to Lynbrook village officials at the board of trustees meeting on May 7, where Davies addressed the board.

Nassau County Legislator William Gaylor attended the Neighborhood Watch meeting. He spoke to the group about how Nassau County Police Commissioner Patrick Ryder is forming a Commissioner’s Community Council for residents of each legislative district to express their concerns. “It’s a committee to get folks talking back and forth,” Gaylor said.

The council representing Nassau County Legislative District 6 had to be approved by Gaylor, and will meet for the first time at the Valley Stream Community Center later this month.

Gaylor also spoke about the opioid epidemic, and said that there have been several fatalities from drug overdoses in Lynbrook since January. To combat the issue, he said, he would like to “get more people trained” in administering naloxone, a nasal spray that reverses the effects of an opioid overdose.

Robert Cribbin, from Lynbrook’s Office of Emergency Management, also spoke about the village’s Code Red alert system, which informs residents of emergencies and provides other notifications via their cell phones. Lynbrook Police Sgt. Sean Murphy fielded questions about how the Police Department finds missing autistic children, after two instances in which an autistic teenager from Franklin Square went missing in February.

Gaylor said he was encouraged by the participation at the meeting. “As this thing starts to take hold, I see it getting better and better,” he said.

The Lynbrook Neighborhood Watch re-formed last summer, after being disbanded for more than a decade because of declining funding and membership. Co-chair Danielle DiGuiseppe said the impetus to reform the group was when tires were stolen off of a car on Hawthorne Street. “First and foremost, we’re residents and neighbors, and we all want to have a stake in our community,” Davies said at the Watch’s first meeting in November.

To stay connected, join the Lynbrook Neighborhood Watch Facebook page.