Floral Park promotes, swears in police

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The Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees pictured with the families of Kelly Murphy, Dean Mayo and Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister. (Photo by Jed Hendrixson)

The Village of Floral Park Board of Trustees promoted one police officer and swore in another at its meeting Tuesday, continuing the transitional period the department is experiencing.

Mayor Dominick Longobardi promoted and swore in Police Officer Dean Mayo to the position of sergeant. Mayo, who served in the New York Police Department for two years, has spent the last 12 years as an officer in the village, and was congratulated by the board and Police Commissioner Stephen McAllister.

Kelly Murphy, selected by the board from the Nassau County Civil Service Commission list to serve in the department, which lost six of its most senior officers in November, was sworn in by Longobardi and will start her academy training immediately.

The village is still waiting on final detour mapping on traffic closures resulting from construction at Covert Avenue from 3rd Track Constructors, or 3TC, the contractors responsible for the Long Island Rail Road third track expansion project, Trustee Archie Cheng said. The original plan was to send traffic from Hempstead Turnpike north on Plainfield Avenue to Tulip Avenue, but that would not have worked, Cheng said.

Nassau County has also asked the county Police Department to provide the village with traffic accident reports for the area surrounding Plainfield and Tulip, to resolve a traffic light issue as drivers approach Magnolia Avenue, among others, Cheng said.

There have been no significant changes in the proposed development of the Belmont Arena project, Deputy Mayor Kevin Fitzgerald said. The village has continued to disseminate to residents through social media channels a presentation on the scope of the project and is awaiting the Final Environmental Impact Statement, he said.

The Empire State Development directors will host a meeting with potential updates Thursday at 11 a.m. The meeting, at 633 Third Ave., 37th floor conference room, in Manhattan, is at 11 a.m. and will also be available online.

The board will meet again Dec. 18 at 8 p.m.

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