January 16, 2014 | 788 views
Looking forward in the new year
Politicians discuss their 2014 agendas
With 2014 well underway, many have stopped looking back to last year and started planning for what to do with the remainder of this one.
For politicians representing Rockville Centre, that means planning what they hope to achieve for their constituents in the coming months.
“Our downtown business district is key to our village’s future,” said Rockville Centre Mayor Francis Murray. “Rockville Centre enjoys a thriving downtown, with new businesses coming in every week. We have an occupancy rate in our downtown area of more than 95 percent and more shops and restaurant are coming. By the end of 2014, I hope to say that number has risen to 100 percent occupancy.”
Murray had a varied list of things he’d like to see accomplished this year, everything from beautification to infrastructure improvement.
He said that he wanted to keep beautifying the village’s downtown and was planning to add plantings and new lighting, and to improve the appearance of sidewalks and street signs.
“In the past, the village improved one mile of roadway per year,” Murray said. “However, with the help of our Department of Public Works, we will be improving approximately three to four miles in 2014.” Murray also said that while work had slowed on Maple Avenue due to state funding, the project would continue and hopefully conclude this year.
On the public safety front, Murray said that the Rockville Centre Police Department is looking to add more officers. And the fire department will be adding two new trucks this year, as well as one next year and one in 2016.
Murray also said he’s looking to continue his administration’s success in securing grants to improve the village. “We have been aggressive in going after major grants and gifts to benefit the village,” he said. “In the last two years alone, we have secured over $5 million dollars in federal, state and local grants and gifts to make improvements in our village.”
At the state level, Senate Co-Majority Leader Dean Skelos, who both represents and lives in Rockville Centre, had his own goals that he would like to see accomplished in the new year.