Anthony “Zemo” DeCarlo will be installed as the new Lynbrook Fire Chief Tuesday night at fire council, the Lynbrook Board of Trustees announced at Monday night’s village meeting.
DeCarlo, of Tally-Ho Engine 3, replaces outgoing Chief Michael Hynes. DeCarlo is the nephew of Dominick DeCarlo Jr., who at the age of 86. Decarlo Jr. was a 65-year member of Tally-Ho, chief of the Lynbrook Fire Department from 1968-69, and served as a village trustee from 1987 to 1995.
The board thanked Hynes for his service and welcomed DeCarlo to his new position.
“It’s been a pleasure for the past four years,” Mayor William Hendrick said. "I want to give you a personal and all of us, a round of applause.”
Hynes discussed a recent fire in the village that left one firefighter injured. The was brought under control before it could get out of hand early Saturday morning. The family escaped unharmed.
"It was a basic fire - as you can attest they are hot, smokey, no way to get the heat out of there," Hynes told the board. "We were able to limit the damage to the basement, and we had little extension to the first floor."
The injured firefighter suffered a laceration to his hand and needed stitches, and is out of service.
Hynes reminded residents to make sure their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors are properly working. "Please check and change your batteries if needed," he said.
Board Still Working on Tentative Budget
Hendrick and the board of trustees said they are working on finalizing the village budget, which must be submitted by May 1. The tentative budget calls for a
“We are working hard on the process, working on meeting with each department to lower taxes as much as possible,” said Trustee Thomas D. Atkinson.
Hendrick said the board's goal is to lower taxes as much as possible, without "slashing and burning our services."
“It’s a real tough year, We’re being hit by the state mandates, health insurance is up over $200,000, that’s over two points alone in our budget ... we're working hard to do more with less," Hendrick said.
The board said they will continue to meet this week to discuss areas in the budget which can be trimmed down, and will meet with every department before approving the budget.
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