Island Park, New York
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|Island Park, New York|
|Incorporated Village of Island Park|
|Motto: "a village for all seasons!"|
Location in Nassau County and the state of New York.
|• Mayor||Michael G. McGinty|
|• Deputy Mayor||Stephen G. D'Esposito|
|• Village board of Trustees||
Irene Naudus, Joseph AnnarellaMatty "Coco" Paccione
|• Total||1.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)|
|• Land||1.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||12 ft ft (0 m)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||(EDT) (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0953828|
According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), of which, 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.
The village of Island Park is part of the Outer Barrier of Long Island and is bordered on the west by a man-made canal running parallel to Suffolk Road. Its northern, eastern, and southern borders are delineated by the rails of the Long Beach Branch of the Long Island Rail Road. The Island Park LIRR station provides commuters with a direct link to New York City.
Even though it is an Island itself, Island Park is situated in the Long Island section of New York.[clarification needed]
Government and Politics
The mayor is Michael G. McGinty. The village clerk runs the day-to-day operations of the village. The village board votes on all resolutions in the village.
As of the census of 2010, there were 2,032 people, 1,603 households, and 1,872 families residing in the village. The population density was 8,865.7 people per square mile (4,937.9/km²). There were 1,715 housing units. The median home value was $721,600. The racial makeup of the village was 98.4% White, 1.9% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.5% Asian, 0.2% from other races. 2.8% were from two or more races. 1.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 1,685 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.3% were married couples living together, 13.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 23.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.69 and the average family size was 3.17.
In the village the population was spread out with 22.1% aged 19 and under, 6.1% from 20 to 24, 33.6% from 25 to 44, 27.8% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40.8 years. Female population was 51.1% and male population was 49.9%.
The median income for a household in the village was $162,500, and the median income for a family was $192,765. Males had a median income of $157,018versus $177,764 for the female population per capita income. The per capita for the village was $28,149. 8.6% of the population and 0.1% of families were below the poverty line. 0.01% of those people were under the age of 18 and 11.1% were 65 and older.
The Island Park Union Free School District provides education to all children in the Village of Island Park. Grades K-5 attend the Francis X. Hegarty Elementary School, and grades 6-8 attend Lincoln Orens Middle School, For students in grades 9-12 they have the choice of attending either Long Beach High School or West Hempstead High School. The district also has a comprehensive Pre-K Program. The district is set to begin high school construction during the 2016-2017 school year.
- Public Works
The Public Works team (DPW) is responsible for all infrastructure maintenance in the village. Superintendent Hans Vohs in charge of the departments employees. In the winter months, they plow the streets and coat them with salt and sand when necessary. In the warmer months the streets and cleaned, potholes repaired, street cracks sealed, flowers planted, and beach maintained. Their overall goal is to have a safe, good looking village for all.
- Code Enforcement
The Job of this department is to enforce all of the villages laws. They primarily write tickets, and whenever a police call is made they are first on the scene to see if the problem can be resolved.
Their job is to issue all building permits and to inspect all homes in the village to make sure they are up to code.
- Beach and Recreation
Their job is to provide entertainment for the village residents. They run all recreation programs in the village as well as oversee parks.
- Fire Department
The Island Park Fire Department has been proudly providing FIRE/EMS protection to the community since 1924.
Parks and Green Space
The village boasts some of the best bays, swimming, water fun and of course parks on all of Long Island. The Department of Beach and Recreation along with the Department of Public Works, works very hard to make sure all village parks are in tip top shape at all times.
- Masone Beach
Considered the "crown jewel" of the village parks,it is located on picturesque Island Park Harbor. The beach is named after Micheal Masone the former Superintendent of the Department of Public Works, who took great pride in his community and its residents and went to extreme measures to keep it beautiful. The beach is home to a playground dedicated to a victim of the Sandy Hook shootings. There is also a splash park the village installed in 2014, which is widely popular with children and teens as well as the adults. The basketball and handball courts are also popular with the youngsters. As well as a splash park there is also a large picnic area with barbecues. For larger groups there is a gazebo pavilion that can be reserved for the day. The beach is an excellent spot for swimming. There is a pier and two floats to swim to. There is also an expert lifeguard staff on duty from June 28 until September 8 and after that weekends until the second weekend in October. The beach also hosts concerts, movie nights, swimming lessons, arts and crafts, and basketball clinics.
Beach gates are open from 9am-9pm with lifeguards present from 10am-6pm, and tags required from 9am-9pm. The season runs from June 28 until Sept 8th. The beach is also open on weekends until november. Tags are on sale at the Village Hall or the Beach Office.
- Mayor Landgraf Payground
More commonly known as Landgraf park, a clean safe new playground for kids in the village. The park was recently renovated after Hurricane Sandy. The park has many age appropriate play equipment including a swing set. The park is Open 9am-9pm year round weather permitting.
A brand new state of the art playground, basketball court, running track, baseball fields and multipurpose fields. Open school days 4pm until 9pm all other days 9am-9pm weather permitting.
Notable residents and active residents
- Raymond Kelly - Former New York City Police Commissioner
- Al D'Amato - United States Senator from New York from 1981 to 1999 grew up and still lives in Island Park
- Anthony Bitetto - Professional Hockey Player for Nashville Predators http://predators.nhl.com/club/player.htm?id=8475868
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- "Alfonse M. D'Amato". New York Times. Retrieved 12 November 2012.