Roslyn Whips The Storm That Wasn’t

A local youngster looks out over Hempstead Harbor
A local youngster looks out over Hempstead Harbor

“It was an eventful uneventful event,” so said Anita Frangella, with the Village of Roslyn on the Storm Juno, which hit Long Island last week, although not with the ferocity that some weathermen were predicting.

The snow began falling on Monday, Jan. 26 and by the afternoon, streets and highways were clogged. However, the next day, Tuesday, Jan. 27, did not see a snowfall that was predicted to land as much as 12-26 inches on Long Island and the rest of the New York City area.

And so the situation, by midweek, wasn’t nearly as bad as predicted and business returned to normal.

Likewise, the winter storm that hit the New York area earlier this week was beaten back by well-prepared village workers, who cleared the streets with snow plows and salt.

The Duck Pond facing the Valentine House and Roslyn Presbyterian
The Duck Pond facing the Valentine House and Roslyn Presbyterian

For Juno, the villages in the Roslyn area were more than ready to take on the storm that wasn’t.

“We achieved everything we were supposed to do,” said Frangella. The village had all the necessary sand and salt mixture in order and in place before the first snowfall hit. In addition, Roslyn benefited from the use of five relatively new vehicles to do the around-the-clock sanding and plowing.

As a result, the village was able to maintain all of its roads and in the end, saw virtually no complaints from local residents. As important, no residents lost power during the storm, despite dire predictions on that front. Village officials also lauded village residents for assisting in the “very smooth” operation by keeping their own vehicles off the road so that village vehicles could do their jobs.

The same was true for other villages.

“Our guys worked 24/7 to get our roads clean and they were clean,” said Village of East Hills Mayor Michael R. Koblenz. “They worked well into Tuesday night to salt and clean the roads. They did a great job.”

“Our guys worked overnight throughout the storm,” added Village of Roslyn Estates Clerk Brian Rivera, adding that village employees spent Monday afternoon salting and plowing the roads and then worked “all day” on Tuesday and Wednesday to keep the roads clean.
“It went well considering the amount of snow we received,” Rivera said.

The Horse Tamer statue in Gerry Park
The Horse Tamer statue in Gerry Park

The Village of Roslyn Harbor, meanwhile, relied on an outside contractor to do the snowplowing. That, too, turned out well, as the village roads remained open even on the storm’s worst days.

“The Village of Roslyn Harbor is very proud to announce that the streets were clean right down to the asphalt from curb to curb,” said Village Clerk Valerie Onorato.

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Joe Scotchie is the editor of both The Roslyn News and New Hyde Park Illustrated News. In 2009, he won a New York State Press Association award for a sports feature. Joseph Scotchie’s past publications include biographies of Thomas Wolfe and Richard Weaver and a comprehensive history of the city of Asheville, North Carolina.


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