Rockville Centre Police Lt. Ken Schaefer was honored at Wednesday's village board of trustees meeting for his work in helping the police department in its recent accreditation from the Department of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) in New York State.
After receiving a poor assessment five years ago, Commissioner Charles Gennario appointed Schaefer as the accreditation manager upon taking over in 2010.
Gennario said the department passed the assessment flawlessly this time around, thanks in large part to Schaefer.
"We're the only police department in Nassau County that is accredited by DCJS," Gennario said. "I have to give all the credit to Lieutenant Schaefer. Without his guidance in the department and his perseverance in ensuring that the training standards were up to par, this wouldn't have been done."
Schaefer was awarded a plaque at Wednesday's meeting my Mayor Francis Murray and the village board.
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Members of the St. Agnes seventh-grade girls CYO Diocesan champion basketball team were also on hand to receive certificates from the mayor and board of trustees.
After an 11-1 regular season, the girls won the Diocesan championship, which encompasses Nassau and Suffolk County. The team then went on to beat the Brooklyn-Queens champion, which makes the girls the "Classic Champions" for the second consecutive year.
Once the presentations ended, the board of trustees approved multiple exterior design reviews including a facelift to the McDonald's on Sunrise Highway and the Chase Bank on N. Village Avenue.
The board also approved the construction of a new residence to replace the old South Shore Association for Independent Living (SAIL) located at 585 Merrick Road. The residence will remain a SAIL facility.
In a public hearing, a special use permit was approved for the rooftop terrace at Kasey's Kitchen and Cocktails'. The board also approved an extension of 365 square feet to a portion of the rooftop terrace.
The board announced a series of community dates in April. On April 20 and 21 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., the Rockville Centre Lions Club will be holding a craft fair in parking field No. 12.
The Rockville Centre Conservancy Cleanup with take place at Centennial Park on April 27 at 9 a.m.
The next board of trustees meeting is scheduled for May 13 at 7 p.m.