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Village notes: November 15 board meeting recap

Village by: Chrissy Ruggeri, November 16, 2022

The Northport Village Christmas Tree, seen here mid-installation, made its way from Franklin to Main Street on Tuesday, November 15.

The Northport Village Board meeting on November 15 included approving several requests and scheduling a public hearing. Below is a recap of some important issues and dates that were on the agenda.

Ding dong, the nest is gone
During his report to the board, Northport Village Chief of Police Chief Hughes announced that the nest of the notorious Main Street hawk has been removed. After several local hawk-on-human attacks around Main Street and Church Street earlier this year, the DEC had planned to remove the nest in June, but discovered that there were chicks in it. They had to wait until the birds were able to leave on their own, which was expected to be in August or September. Chief Hughes said that the nest was empty when it was removed on November 15.

Grant money goes to sidewalks
The Village was awarded $52,523 from the Suffolk County Downtown Revitalization Program, with a mandated fifty percent match by the Village. Assistant to the Mayor, Donald Tesoriero, explained that the grant money will be put towards making certain sidewalk areas ADA compliant, including the corners of Main Street, Ocean Avenue and Church Street.

Local tree cut for Christmas
The Village Christmas tree made its way down Main Street on Tuesday to its prime location at the foot of the harbor. The tree came from Franklin Street, Mayor Donna Koch said. The tree almost always comes from the Village, usually when a tree has become too large and is donated to the cause.

Event Requests Approved
The following requests were approved by the board and added to the Village event schedule:

  • Pearl Harbor Day March: In remembrance of Pearl Harbor Day on Sunday, December 4 at 1:30pm, the Northport American Legion will lead a march from St. Philip Neri Church to the foot of Main Street to place a wreath at the WW2 monument in honor of lost soldiers.

  • St. Peter’s Lutheran Church’s brass group will play holiday music in the Northport Village Gazebo on Sunday, December 18 from 1-3pm.

  • Rabbi Silverman and the East Northport Jewish Center will celebrate Chanukah and light the Village Menorah at the end of Main Street on Wednesday, December 21 at 7pm.

  • The Northport Yacht Club, as requested by Rich Boziwick, will contract the New Year’s Eve Fireworks program on December 31 at 7:30pm. This is an earlier time than year’s past in order to make the event family-friendly.

Public Hearing on Residential Docks Moratorium
The board approved a public hearing schedule for Tuesday, December 20 at 6pm to consider a one-year moratorium on all new residential docks in order to perform a review, assessment, and inventory of all existing docks, catwalks, floating docks and floating structures. The proposal can be found here.