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Village Board Recap: Board Approves Parking Deal With South Nassau

Agreement leases 150 spots on the eastern end of Municipal Parking Lot No. 12 to South Nassau Communities Hospital employees.

With an eye on increasing village revenue, the Village Board agreed at Monday's board meeting to lease 150 parking spots in the eastern end of Municipal Lot No. 12 to South Nassau Communities Hospital, netting the village around $45,000 for the one-year duration of the deal.

The lot, which is located between North Forest Avenue and Long Beach Road on Sunrise Highway, was considered an underutilized parking area by some trustees. Starting this January, South Nassau employees will be allowed to park in designated spots on the eastern portion of the lot from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. on weekdays. The hospital will pay around $290 per space, and the deal gives the village an option to add another 50 spaces if needed.

The contract is for one year, village attorney Tom Levin said, but could be renewed every year after for the next four years by either party. If renewed, Levin noted, the overall price tag per spot increases by three percent. The hospital will also pay up to $5,000 for an entrance sign on Merrick Road — advertising that the village is the home of South Nassau Communities Hospital — as well as an additional $300 a month to maintain the sign.

Trustee Ed Oppenheimer, the lone opponent of the deal, said the board is underselling the parking spaces, and that it should charge at least $180,000 a year for the 150 spots. "This is tremendously below the market," he said of the deal. "This is a resource we are terribly underpricing...It doesn't make any business sense."

Mayor Fran Murray noted that the previous board had a similar opportunity to net the village $100,000 over a two-year span by leasing the same spots in Lot No. 12 to South Nassau, but the deal was never completed. "We want to make this deal," Murray said.

Trustee Mike Sepe agreed with Murray that the lot is underutilized because of its proximity to nearby businesses and the downtown area, and Deputy Mayor Nancy Howard said she felt the same way. "It's empty for the most part," Howard said. "This is an opportunity for income."

Oppenheimer said the numbers work out to South Nassau paying about $1.15 per spot a day over a 52-week span. He explained that residents and employees in the village spend up to $4 a day feeding a meter for one parking spot.

At the beginning of the board meeting, Sepe, in response to residents' questions on the hiring of Tony Cancellieri as the village's administrator for the next three months, said Cancellieri helped negotiate the South Nassau parking space deal, among other things to help increase revenue for the village. According to South Nassau's web site, Cancellieri is listed as a member of the hospital's Board of Directors. Damien Becker, spokesman for SNCH, confirmed that Cancellieri is currently still a member.

Kevin O'Reilly November 09, 2011 at 01:30 AM
As a Board member of SNCH, Mr Cancillieri should have recused himself from acting for the Village in these negotiations. He has a conflict of interest. Why is Mayor Murray not enforcing these basic rules of operation?
trident of truth November 09, 2011 at 02:32 AM
It get's even better. Cancillieri is a vice-president at Park Strategies, Alfonse and Armand D'Amato's "consulting" business. And it just happens that South Nassau is one of Park Strategies' clients. Not too much of a conflict. Btw, according to the on-line minutes of the Village Board meeting for December 15, 2009, the Board voted unanmously to approve a 200 vehicle licensing agreement with SNCH for use of field 12. Is it possible that SNCH now signed because Cancellieri got D'Amatos' client a better price while leaving village residents holding the bag? Finally, since when is RVC "the home" of SNCH? It's located in Oceanside!
bill eidler November 09, 2011 at 01:09 PM
Seems to me there is a confilct of interest and Mr. Cancellieri should not have been allowed to represent the village.
Eric Schmidt November 09, 2011 at 05:38 PM
Does this mean that they will stop charging for the church owned lot on front street? How do the spots leased to Molloy College college factor into this cost neutrality? Same questions I've had for more than a year on this parking fiasco.
Anthony Bottan (Editor) November 09, 2011 at 07:13 PM
This deal does not impact either the Molloy deal or the St. Agnes lot.
EJ's son November 10, 2011 at 01:13 AM
I love the mayor's assertion that this deal isn't costing us any more than if we had a "real" village administrator, Cancellieri gets 20 K per month, Quigley made 12K. Even allowing for a generous benefit package paid to an employee but not a consultant, Cancellieri is obviously making more - plus we're still paying Quigley. The mayor needs to work on his math skills.
EJ's son November 10, 2011 at 01:16 AM
And BTW - this won't be the last conflict of interest that this administration will have - I wonder if they will reveal the names of the donors planting trees in Greystone or bathrooms at Hickey. Any one want to lay odds these folks have business coming before the Village some time soon?
Casey Jones November 10, 2011 at 11:20 PM
Hey Eddie! Long time no see. Given the fact that you are an accountant there truly is no excuse for YOUR mathematical errors. As Mayor Murray laid out in the paper Mr.Cancellieri will be paid 20k a month for a period of 3 months. Mr.Quigley resigned 10/31/11,and as you well know Ed nobody will be drawing a salary for the position of Village Admin from 11/1/11--3/15/12 therefore there is no additional cost to the village. As you also know Ed,the Village Controller will be serving as acting Village Admin at no additional cost. What is so hard for you to understand? Or do you understand and choose to attempt to mislead people?
Casey Jones November 11, 2011 at 02:39 AM
Hi Ed, as you know Mr.Quigley is currently staying on as a volunteer to assist Mayor Murray's efforts. Did that fact just slip your mind or are you attempting to mislead the good people of RVC yet again? I think I know the answer.....:)
joseph thrapp November 11, 2011 at 09:36 PM
Joe Thrapp Fran Murray cuts a deal with SNCH for a parking spot lease led by a SNCH board member, a paid consultant listed as an employee on the Park Strategies website, which lobbies on behalf of SNCH (According to Open Secrets .com Park Strategies was paid $570,000 by SNCH from 2007 to 2011 and lists SNCH as the consultant client), and a consultant for a shell company called Centre Strategies working for RVC ($60,000 for a guaranteed three month period). The problem is what hat the consultant, Anthony Cancellieri was wearing when he arranged the parking spot lease between the village and SNCH. The village of RVC pays Saint Agnes an average of 65,500 a year for a 10 year lease for 75 spots. So RVC led by Mr. Cancellieri brings the parties together and negotiates a deal for SNCH to pay the Village $45,000 a year for 150 parking spots. This falls way short by my calculations. I guess $131,000 would be the right price for an annual lease. Trustee Oppenheimer thinks $180,000 is the right price. Fran Murray and SNCH think $45,000 is the right price. It looks like somebody made the right investment over the years. At a time when the Village needs more revenues, the special interest should not benefit at the expense of the residents. It is outrageous that this Mayor thinks the way to increase revenues, is to raise Electric rates 15% a year after a major rate increase in 2005.
RVCLifer November 19, 2011 at 11:14 PM
Mr. Cancellieri was hired to negotiate with the PBA, the CSEA, the managers, & help hire his replacemtn, in that order. The managers are without a contract, trying to unionize, have received four years of no raises plus have to increase their health care contributions from less than 1% to 10%. (Basically a cut in pay) The PBA & CSEA are without a contract for over 2 years. Mr. Cancellieri is being paid $20,000 per month for 3 months while we are still paying former Village Administrator Frank Quigley $15,000 per month AND have Village Comptroller Mike Schussheim as ACTING Village Administrator. Does Fran Murray think he knows what he's doing? He's definetly NOT his father. Also, Pat Geraci was picked to be the NEW Village Admistrator BEFORE Mr. Cancellieri too charge. Also, Mr. Cancellieri is partners in a new livery service based in Lynbrook that is trying to get a license in RVC. Hmmmmm I sure hope we get ALL our moneies worth!
Casey Jones November 20, 2011 at 07:45 PM
RVC is not still paying Mr.Quigley $15k a month....please check your facts sir.
Kevin O'Reilly November 20, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Mr Jones, as you know, why don't you share the info!
RVCLifer November 20, 2011 at 08:08 PM
Frank Quigley is still on the village payroll. $15,000 per month. They asked him to leave when Cancellieri was hired but he asked to be kept on the payroll for the an extra 3 months and they agreed. I think he's making copies.
Casey Jones November 20, 2011 at 08:42 PM
All you have to do is read the paper and watch village board meetings Kevin....all the info I have comes straight from there.
Casey Jones November 20, 2011 at 08:43 PM
not true
RVCLifer November 20, 2011 at 08:49 PM
100% true. Just call village hall and ask for Mr Quigley
Mickey November 20, 2011 at 08:54 PM
Actually John, I think Mr.Jones is correct. Mr.Quigley asked to stay on as a volunteer....he is not being paid so you are mistaken.
RVCLifer November 20, 2011 at 09:04 PM
He is not staying on as a volunteer. He is still being paid his FULL salary. I'm not trying to start a war here but I know it for a fact. I like Frank. I just think that this administration is wasting time and money. Frank's still on the payroll, Cancellieri is on the payroll, no employees have contracts, the roads, are not being
Mickey November 20, 2011 at 10:38 PM
That's cool....I'm not trying to start a war either. It is my understanding that Mr.Quigley is staying on as a volunteer. I have double checked and found this to be the case. Frank Quigley officially retired effective 10/31/11 so he is no longer being paid. Do you have some "inside info" to suggest otherwise? You claim that you know Quigley is still being paid his FULL salary.....how do you know that? Can you prove it?
Mickey November 21, 2011 at 04:33 PM
I was intrigued by your adamant claim that Mr.Quigley is still receiving his salary. As you said you "know for a fact" that he is still receiving his salary. Well, I called Village Hall to check and it turns out that myself and Mr.Jones were right all along. I'm not trying to have a fight with you but you are flat out wrong and need to admit it. Don't take my word for it....call yourself.

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