Valley Stream, New York

 
 
 

 

January 2018 - Winter Weather

 

Many of our village residents have reached out to us with questions, concerns and yes, compliments, regarding Valley Stream's plowing operation. With the winter season just getting underway, I thought this would be a good opportunity to address this timely issue.

 

The January 4, 2018 storm was a serious “hurricane snowstorm” that cut a 1500 mile swath and brought wind gusts up to 50 mph. The winds made it very difficult for our snow plowing operation since the snow was blown back into the streets, causing repeated plowing of the same roads.

 

Our crews worked around the clock and over the course of several days to clear the more than 90 miles of village roadways and parking fields. Clearing snow is extremely labor intensive and can be quite hazardous. White-out conditions and extreme cold only compound an already challenging situation.

 

Crews must be rotated and mechanical teams must be standing by at all times to deal with any issues that arise during and immediately after a storm. As can be imagined, such severe weather puts a great deal of stress on people and equipment! I am extremely proud of the dedication that has been shown by our highway crews. They have a very tough job to do and they take their work very seriously.

 

Priority must always be given to clearing firehouses, schools, then main roads, secondary roads and parking fields. Dead ends and auxiliary parking fields, as well as park lands, while providing many benefits in good weather, are unfortunately not the high priority we wish they could be in a serious weather event like this.

 

Snow storms are inconvenient, and sadly, we must expect our normal routines will be disrupted. The best we can do as governmental officials and citizens alike is to plan ahead to limit these disruptions as much as possible, and deal with each storm and its unique set of challenges.

 

During times like these all citizens can do their part to help by keeping cars off the roads so our plows can clear from curb to curb, shoveling around hydrants for quick access and not throwing snow back in road when shoveling or snow blowing.

 

In addition, it is simply impossible to prevent snow from being re-deposited on driveway aprons as plows pass. This is not done intentionally or in any way to further inconvenience our residents. As we say in our winter newsletter each year, “please don’t take it personally!”

 

If you wrote to us or called, we thank you for taking the time to advise us of your particular situation. Rest assured, our staff and village officials understand and sympathize with the difficulties such adverse weather brings. We ask that you continue to remain patient as our crews work through the winter to keep everyone on the roads, safely and as quickly as is humanly possible.

 

 

 

October, 2017 - Fall Update

With the brisk fall weather a perfect backdrop to all that is going on in our beautiful village, I encourage Valley Streamers to get out and enjoy our community.

Halloween is always a fun time for children and adults, and this year will be no exception.  Hendrickson Park will once again become the site of a thrilling ghostly experience, and all the “horror and hilarity” that goes with creating a Halloween to remember.  Of course our younger ghouls, goblins and tricksters will have the chance to participate in the traditional costume contests and pumpkin painting activities that have been a long-standing tradition here in our village, as well as a safe and fun hayride in the park.   

Each November we take time out to honor our service men and women with a rousing Veterans Day salute.  It is an opportunity for our residents to come together to say “thank you”  to those brave individuals who have worn the uniform of our armed forces in the fight to preserve the liberties we enjoy as Americans.  I hope you will join us, this year and always.

As much as we enjoy the crisp colors of autumn, we know winter must always follow.  Our village workforce is prepared for the challenges that bad weather brings, and this year will be no different.  When ice and snow fall, we will be ready!

I hope that as the holiday season draws nearer, Valley Streamers will take time out to frequent our bustling business districts, enjoying a good meal at any of our fine eateries, and shopping locally to support the many merchants who have invested their own time and money in our village.  Valley Stream is home to many great people and services…and we in Village Hall welcome all!

 
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