A MESSAGE FROM LINDENHURST MAYOR MICHAEL LAVORATA
Happy New Year! 2022 got off to a snowy start with our first winter storm on January 7th. A big thank you to Superintendent of Public Works Rick Sorrentino, and the entire Village Department of Public Works team, for an outstanding job clearing the snow and keeping our roadways safe for travel.
In the last days of 2021, I took a little time to reflect on the past year and all we were able to accomplish together, in spite of the challenges we faced. You can read my reflection in my Mayor’s Message – January 2022, which can be found on our Village website – www.villageoflindenhurstny.gov
On a County level, we recently celebrated the inauguration of the newly elected Suffolk County Legislature. I would personally like to congratulate Legislator Kevin J. McCaffrey on not only his re-election, but his new status as the Presiding Officer of the Suffolk County Legislature. It is such a benefit to our Lindenhurst community to be so well represented in the County Legislature. This is also a historic event, in that it is the first time a Lindenhurst Village resident has been elected by the legislature to serve as its Presiding Officer. I am so incredibly proud of Legislator McCaffrey and his representation of our hometown. I, along with the Village Board, am grateful for his leadership and representation.
Unfortunately, we did not leave the COVID-19 Pandemic behind in 2021, and it seems like January 2022 is like déjà vu. As I write this message, according to Newsday, the number of cases identified on average per day over the most recent week in the Village is 112.14 (5,786 in Suffolk County), compared to the previous week’s average of 90.86 (4,932 in Suffolk County). In addition, New York State Governor Hochul has extended the mask mandate to February 1, 2022, and announced new measures to combat the virus in New York State. The most up-to-date guidance from the State regarding testing, vaccine, and quarantine guidelines, can be found at: https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/home
Finally, I encourage all of our Lindenhurst residents to step up and take as many precautions as we can to reduce the spread of the virus. I know we are all dealing with “Pandemic burn out”, and many resent the inconveniences of the current mandate. However, masks and vaccines continue to be our best protection against serious illness. It has been reported that many vaccinated individuals who have tested positive for the virus have experienced less serious symptoms than infections among the unvaccinated. If you have not already done so, please consider get vaccinated and boosted.
As always, I remain proud to serve as your Mayor.