Freeport Hires Specialist To Combat Drug Abuse
The Village of Freeport has hired a specialist
in narcotics problems, to head a comprehensive
Village Board program. Jaddie R. Stewart, who
is also serving as a narcotics consultant to
the New York State Education Department, has
been appointed Director of the Freeport Narcot-ics
Mr. Stewart, a Freeport resident, has been as-signed
to establish a council in Freeport under
the provisions of the Duryea Bill. This council
will be the umbrella agency to oversee all lo-cal
committees and volunteers who wish to join
in the concerted effort against drug abuse.
"There are various programs in formative stages
in Freeport by community groups," Mayor Robert
J. Sweeney noted, "and this is all to the good
because the more people who are involved and
interested the greater will be the gains we
make in this fight. The Village Board decided
that the best approach for the Municipal Govern-ment
would be to hire a specialist in the field,
Mr. Stewart, and allow him to exercise his judg-ment
and experience in formulating the type of
program which will best serve the entire commun-ity."
Mr. Stewart, 'tS years old, served as a Field
Sergeant Major and Platoon Leader in the United
States Marine Corps during World War II. He
has extensive experience as a Group Worker with
youths who have behavioral problems, at Youth
House in New York City and with the New York
City Youth Board. He also was director of a
special Crime Prevention Bureau for Queens
County District Attorney Thomas J. Mackell for
two years, specializing in narcotics education
and information programs. Most recently he
headed a staff of 50 in a Brooklyn program a-gaihst
In Freeport he has been a sparkplug of the cit-izens
group known as the Freeport Drug Guidance
Council which has evolved to the organization
known as Pride. Mrs. Gertrude Berman, Chair-man
of the Mayor's Advisory Committee on Drug
Abuse, worked with Mr. Stewart and other members
of the Council, and she recommended Mr. Stewart
as the Village's Director for the new Freeport
Narcotics Guidance Council.
Mr. Stewart said that he will seek to involve
the entire community in the fight against drug
abuse, inviting participation by all interested
organizations and volunteers."
May Have Meals Delivered
"Meals on Wheels" is a program designed to de-liver
nutritious meals to the aged, convales-cent
and handicapped who are unable to prepare
adequate meals for themselves.
The Freeport Economic Opportunity Center would
like to organize such a program for people in
Freeport who need this assistance. Selection
for "Meals on Wheels" service depends upon age,
economic need and disability, and it may be
provided on a temporary or permanent basis.
If you, or any of your friends or relatives,
are unable to prepare adequate meals because
of physical incapacity, inability to shop for
food, or unable to cook meals for any other
reason, you may wish to contact the Freeport
Economic Opportunity Council, 65 W. Sunrise
Highway, Freeport, N.Y. or telephone 379-5900,
Ext. 9*i, and ask for Alice Vigiano.
A PUBLIC INFORMATION BULLETIN OF THE VILLAGE OF FREEPORT
46 NORTH OCEAN AVENUE TELEPHONE FReeport S-4000 ROBERT J. SWEENEY, MAYOR
Public Meeting On The 1st Monday Of Month Only During June. July. Aug., Sept. SEPTEMBER 1971
New Law Requires Exterior Painting
The Freeport Building Department will now begin
active enforcement of the new Village ordinance
covering painting of houses and other struc-tures,
Mayor Robert J. Sweeney declared. He
noted that the notice of adoption of the new
ordinance had been published and the legal time
period has taken effect. This legislation was
suggested by the Code Enforcement Department,
whose staff members had researched such ordin-ances
in other parts of the country.
Under the new Village ordinance, actually an
amendment to Chapter 12, Article III, owners of
houses and other places that are not inherently
resistant to deterioration are required to peri-odically
paint the exterior wood surfaces so
that the structure shall be deemed sound and
"We know that we cannot legislate aesthetics,"
Mayor Sweeney said, "but under this ordinance
we are instead making it clear to property own-ers
that their buildings cannot be allowed to
deteriorate from lack of paint. A deteriorated
building is a sub-standard building and we are
taking this step as one more phase of our con-
As required by state law, advertisements are
published in newspapers to give the public due
notice of proposed changes in village law, zon-ing
and building code amendments, bid proposals,
and other official matters! For the first six
months of this fiscal year the Village of Free-port
legal notices were published in the Long
Island Kernel. For the next six months - Oct-ober,
November and December 1971, and January,
February and March of 1972 - they will appear
in the Freeport Leader.
tinuing program to upgrade all Freeport neigh-borhoods."
The Mayor pointed out that there is a very small
percentage of houses that would be affected by
this ordinance, since the great majority of
Freeport property owners do periodically paint
their homes. "We cannot allow the few bad ap-ples
to spoil a block or neighborhood," Mayor
Sweeney said. "Absentee landlords in particu-lar
will be given special attention to make sure
that\they comply with this law and get the Free-port
properties they own properly painted and
"Because of the many steps we have taken with-in
the past few years, we have definitely
turned the tide in Freeport against neighbor-hood
decline, and, as a matter of fact, there
are great indications of rejuvenation, in-cluding
construction of fine new homes, in-creased
civic pride, active participation by
many residents in civic betterment campaigns,
and all the signs of a progressive community."
40,000 Pairs Of Eyes
You can help to keep Freeport clean by active
citizen participation. If you see broken glass,
broken branches, litter, weeds growing in the
road, etc., either remove such items if you
can, or call the Highway Department, FR 8 -
WOO, ext. 206.
A citizen participation program known as the
'"(0,000 Pairs of Eyes Program" has been ef-fective
in helping our Police Department pre- .
vent crime in our Village. It can also b'e very
effective in keeping bur roads and streets clean.
Trustees: George H. Fairberg, Thomas J. Lovelidge, Lloyd E.-Orr, William H. White
Village Clerk: Thomas DeVincenzo— Treasurer: Leonard D.B. Smith— Counsel: Oakley Gentry, Jr.
Freeport Fights Chlorination Of Water
Senator Norman J. Levy (R-Long Beach) seated right, confers with Village Trustee Lloyd Orr, seated
left, Samuel Syrotynski, Chief of Water Plant Operation Section, New York State Department of
Health, standing left, and Edward Voelker, Superintendent of the Freeport Water Department, at the
request of Mayor Robert J. Sweeney, to discuss the State Public Health Council's mandate that mu-nicipally-
owned water supply systems be chlorinated.
On August 7, 1970 The Public Health Council a-dopted
a change in Section 5.2tt of Part 5 of
the State Sanitation Code. The amended Section
5.20 (as it applies to Freeport Potable Water)
reads as follows:
"(a) - The owner of a public water supply shall
provide such treatment facilities that the wa-ter
delivered to consumers conforms to Part 72
of the Administrative Rules and Regulations.
Minimum treatment for a water supply obtained'
in whole or in part from a surface water or jji
whole or in part from a ground water source
shall be disinfection by Chlorination or other
method acceptable to the State Commissioner of
"(c) - With respect to a water supply obtained
in whole or in part from a ground water source,
minimum treatment of disinfection by chlorina-tion
or other method acceptable to the State
Commissioner of Health shall be provided on or
before January 1, 1973."
According to the State and County Commissioners
of Health the minimum disinfection shall con-sist
of a chlorine residual of at least 0.1
mg/1 at all points in the distribution system.
Sufficient Chlorine will have to be injected
into Freeport1s Water Distribution System to
satisfy the chlorine demand of the system, and
to maintain the minimum chlorine residual at
the extreme ends of the distribution system.
Therefore the homes closest to the Water Stor-age
Tanks will be effected most, receiving a
heavier concentration of chlorine than homes
farther from the Storage Tanks.
Freeport has always been proud of its clean,
pure good tasting water. The addition of chlo-rine
will change the taste of our water. Your
Mayor, Board of Trustees, the Water & Light
Commissioners and your Water Department all a-gree
that this should not happen.
The Nassau County Board of Health's routine
bacteriological tests of Freeport's water sup-ply
have consistantly shown the water we pump
into our distribution system to be well within
the limits established for drinking water by
Federal, State and County Health Laws.
Tests of the water in our distribution system
(22 each month) conducted by the Nassau County
Board of Health and an independent laboratory
(hired by the Village of Freeport) have shown
no contamination for several years with no
coliform organisms present in any of the sam-ples
taken. These routine bacteriological
tests bring to our attention within *t8 hours
any breakdown in our protection of the distri-bution
system against contamination. Chlorin-ation
protects against bacterial growth but
in our opinion merely masks or hides other
In our opinion continuous disinfection by
Chlorination is not necessary in Freeport
at this time, and are asking that Freeport
be excluded from the amended Section 5.20.
State Senator Norman J. Levy shares our con-cern
and arranged a meeting with the State
Department of Health to discuss the subject
Assemblyman Arthur J. Kremer has volunteered
his services and is presently drafting a let-ter
to the State Department of Health, in our
The Freeport Water Department believes a rea-sonable
solution is to install all the equip-ment
necessary to disinfect by Chlorination
(as standby equipment only) to be available
if and when the need arises.
If you agree with us and object to continu-ous
Chlorination with the resultant change
in the taste of your drinking water, we sug-gest
you write to Hollis Ingraham, Commis-sioner
of Health for the State of New York,
mailing the letters to the Freeport Water
Department, *t6 N. Ocean Ave., Freeport, N.Y.
We will present all letters received to the
Commissioner at the proper time.
Edward M. Voelker
Supt. Water Distribution
Property Owner's Responsibility
One of the unsightly conditions that detract from the appearance of Freeport neighborhoods is the
growths of high weeds between the curb and sidewalk areas. It is the property owner's, responsi-bility
to keep that area free of such weeds. Please do your part towards a cleaner-and neater ,=,.
Freeport. Check your own property, whether residential or commercial, remove ugly weeds, litter
and other eye-sores.
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