Albertson - Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel and North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman were joined by members of the Albertson community at a ceremony rededicating Albertson Memorial Park. Also known as the “Albertson triangle,” this park was established decades ago by the community to honor Albertson’s brave service men and women who served in World War II. At the center of the park, is a monument which lists the names of these veterans.
Due to Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel securing $25,000 in capital funding for the Town of North Hempstead to revitalize Albertson Memorial Park, Supervisor Jon Kaiman and Councilman Thomas Dwyer were able to refurbish and re-landscape this important parcel of land.
A member of the Assembly’s Committee on Veterans’ Affairs, Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel said, “The work done at Albertson Memorial Park is a partnership of pride. Veterans, civic leaders, boy scouts, firefighters joined their local government in rededicating a lasting tribute to their honored veterans for years to come. I am rewarded for my small part in this venture with the pride I feel for having been a participant in the rebuilding.”
From day one, this revitalization project has been a community-wide effort involving the Albertson VFW, Albertson Fire Department, Albertson Square Civic Association and Boy Scout Troop 80. Boy Scout Nicholas Salvatore adopted Albertson Memorial Park as his Eagle Scout Project. Throughout the summer, Nick and members of his Troop could be seen working with North Hempstead Deputy Parks Commissioner John Darcy, Highway Superintendent Tom Tiernan and their crews, and sometimes even Assemblywoman Schimel, as they dug up old slate tiles and dead tree roots, and power washing and staining the gazebo.
“This memorial and the efforts to renovate it truly symbolize a fundamental characteristic of this town: a place where residents willingly join together to support something that serves for the greater good of the community. I am proud to be part of this heartfelt tribute to the men and women who courageously put themselves in harms way to protect that which we value most: our freedom. Finally, I would also like to acknowledge Assemblywoman Michele Schimel whose tireless efforts made this renovation possible,” said Supervisor Jon Kaiman of the Town of North Hempstead.