Spring 2024 Message from Mayor Danny Pearl

As Mayor the safety, security, and quality of life for our residents are of the utmost priorities for myself and our Board of Trustees. As residents ourselves we have a vested interest in the well-being of our community and making sure that we govern the Village appropriately.

Recently, the Village Board and I were made aware of a property that was being rented out on a short term basis in our residential neighborhood and being advertised on websites such as: Airbnb and VRBO. Realizing the quality of life problems that this was creating for our residents—we got to work quickly on creating a new Local Law with input from residents of our Village. The new Local Law, that was passed on January 22nd, now bans short-term rentals for a period of less than 28 days. This new law protects our neighborhood from transient rental properties and the impact that they have on our community.

As we work to protect our residents’ quality of life, the Village Board and I will continue to work on other projects throughout the Village.

We continue to deliver on our commitment to repave more roads than previous years—this past year was one of our most ambitious—with completing 4.5 miles of roads. This coming year we are projected to continue the progress made over the past few years with improvements to our village so that future generations can enjoy our wonderful Village for years to come.

While winter is turning to spring and many residents are starting to visit our downtown—please remember our Village ordinances on bicycles, skateboards, and similar motorized devices in the Village business district. Please be mindful of these ordinances and respect the right of way for pedestrians and patrons who visit our merchants and want to enjoy our Village. These ordinances concerning bicycles in our Village apply to everyone, including children. As we move into the warmer months, I am asking parents to remind their teenagers of these rules before they get on their bicycles.

We have much to look forward to in the Village as we kick off our annual events—starting with our Earth Day Cleanup on April 20th. I encourage everyone in our community who would like to participate to please sign up and volunteer– it’s a great opportunity to help give back to our community.

On May 15th, we will be kicking off our yearly Park After Dark events. This event, held one Wednesday evening a month, during the months of May through August, is a nice night to meet your neighbors, listen to some live music and enjoy a night out in our vibrant downtown and support our local merchants.

The annual Memorial Day Parade will be held on May 27th. This parade, organized by the American Legion Post 1066 and the Sgt. Peter F. Colleran, Jr. Post 7763 Veterans of Foreign Wars is a remarkable tribute to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice in service for our country. This year’s parade route will start in Massapequa, travel east on Clark Blvd and south on Park Blvd and end with a memorial service in Brady Park.

Our Village becomes very patriotic between Memorial Day and Independence Day, with many residents displaying our American Flag, showing pride in the values and spirit that defines us as Americans. With that in mind I encourage our residents to replace those American Flags that have been torn and tattered from our winter storms. There is a flag disposal box on the front porch of Village Hall. Flags deposited here will be given a proper disposal ceremony by our Veterans.

As we look forward to these events and more over the spring and summer, I am hopeful about the progress the Village Board and I have made in continuing to govern our Village the right way, responding to the concerns of our residents and preserving and protecting our quality of life. As always, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us here at Village Hall.

Warmest regards,

Mayor Daniel Pearl