Old Westbury plans to join National Flood Insurance Program

Old Westbury plans to join National Flood Insurance Program
The Old Westbury Board of Trustees at the end of its brief meeting Monday evening. (Photo by Teri West)

The Village of Old Westbury plans to draft a law that will allow the village to join the National Flood Insurance Program.

Being a member of the program comes at no cost to the village but allows residents to get discounts for flood insurance, Trustee Edward Novick said at the Board of Trustees meeting Monday night.

A resident had contacted him about a discussion with a broker about purchasing insurance, he said.

“They were told by the broker that ultimately they had to have the municipality join the program to enable them to get proper discounted rates on the premiums,” Novick said. “As it costs the village nothing and at the same time only adds benefits to the residents at large for those residents that may wish to purchase flood insurance, the village will now move forward to provide the access to discounted flood insurance.”

The board also set a public hearing date of Jan. 22 for an amendment to the village’s zoning code that revises standards for construction on retaining walls. The amended code would more closely regulate the ways in which residents can build or modify walls on their property.

The board’s Dec. 19 meeting is near the winter holidays and would likely have low attendance for a public hearing, said Trustee Leslie Fastenberg, who recommended that the hearing be delayed until January.

Old Westbury Police Chief Robert Glaser said police are continuing to advise residents not to leave spare keys in their cars.

Police also reached out to and visited the Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation after the mass shooting at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh on Oct. 27, Glaser said.

“Since then we have been conducting regular passes through the property in our police cars,” he said.

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