Welcome to the Plandome Heights Civic Association (PHCA)!
Plandome Heights, incorporated in 1929, has since grown to 323 households including 1,000-plus total population. The village boundaries are Village of Plandome to the North, Manhasset Bay to the West, Village of Flower Hill to the East, and the unincorporated hamlet of Manhasset to the South. The majority of the Plandome Heights is within walking distance to the Manhasset LIRR train station. Children in the village can attend the nationally ranked school district. Plandome Pond Park and Plandome Heights Preserve on Manhasset Bay are but two of the many park-like settings throughout the village.
Plandome Heights Civic Association
Plandome Heights has always been a very civic minded village. The precursor of our current civic association and the incorporation of our village began as the Plandome Heights Association. In 1929, the community rallied to voice its concerns regarding two issues. The first issue the Association addressed was objecting to development of apartment buildings on the land adjacent to Plandome Heights.
The second issue was objecting to formation of the Manhasset Sewer District. The Plandome Heights Association protested. While not opposed to sewers for the rest of Manhasset, Plandome Heights residents were opposed to the added taxation resulting from the sewers. After the Town Board voted in favor of a one million dollar sewer district, Plandome Heights moved to secede and incorporate. This led to other events and the Town Board moved to dissolve the Manhasset Sewer District: it could no longer finance the project based on the reduction in the sewer district’s assessed valuation.
Today’s Plandome Heights Civic Association was formed on July 20, 1943 and has served the community since that time in many important ways. For a time the Civic Association became inactive, but it was reactivated in 2010 by a group of former Village Officials and concerned residents including Marion Endrizzi, Paula Abate, Mike and Jayne Knox, Roxanne Fitzig, Robert Timperman and Dan Cataldo. Currently, members attend monthly meetings of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations.
The goals of the Civic Association are to:
- Promote the rights, interests and welfare of our members through civic activities
- Advocate transparent and accountable government that is responsive to our residents
- Encourage the wise and efficient use of taxpayer dollars
- Work actively with The Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations
- Provide pertinent information and encourage public participation
- Preserve and contribute to the safety, beautification and general welfare of the community
Our 2021-23 Plandome Heights Civic Association Board:
President — Rosemary Mascali
Vice President — Mary Oleske
Secretary — Michael Schwartz
Treasurer — Roxanne Fitzig
Executive Board Member — Marion Endrizzi (Past President)
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l-r: PHCA Board Member Rosemary Mascali, Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jennifer SeSena, PHCA Board Members Mary Oleski, Marion Endrizzi and Michael Schwartz
2023 Annual Meeting and Meet the Candidates Event
Plandome Heights Civic Association held its Annual Meeting on October 16, 2023 at the Port Washington Yacht Club. Plandome Heights Civic President Rosemary Mascali opened the meeting addressing the over 80 members and other guests who were present.
The agenda included presentations from five guest speakers including Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jennifer DeSena, former Town of Hempstead Supervisor and candidate Jon Kaiman, County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip, County Legislator candidate Weihua Yan, and Council of Greater Manhasset President Andrew Schwenk.
In her opening remarks, PHCA President Rosemary Mascali reviewed the Civic Association’s accomplishments and thanked members for their support. Plandome Heights Civic Association strives to keep our members informed on all civic matters affecting our community and to be strong advocates for our Village. We partner with the Plandome Heights Women’s Club to help fund decorating of signs and signposts during the holidays and flowers in green areas, contribute to flowering hanging baskets and flags on Plandome Road, invite local officials from the town, county and NYS to our meetings to address current relevant issues, and pressed the Town of North Hempstead to address issues with the water quality of the pond at Plandome Pond Park and kept members informed of status. We also attend monthly meetings of the Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations (“Greater Council”) representing Plandome Heights interests on projects such as sewers on Plandome Road, the replacement of the Webster Avenue Bridge and attend Village Board of Trustee monthly meetings to stay informed on Village issues such as the status of road work and Village occupancy plans. We encouraged the Village to conduct a space analysis to identify space needs and helped identify the pros and cons of a new Village Hall.
This year we held a historical walk through the Village to help residents learn more about the interesting history of our Village. The Civic continues to keep our members informed on these and other important matters via email and our website.
Board Members Marion Endrizzi and Michael Schwartz gave an audio/visual presentation to celebrate Plandome Heights Civic Association’s 80th Anniversary. The history of the Civic began with a reference to its original name: the Plandome Heights Beach Association that was later changed to its current name. Its mission was to maintain and further interest in civic, social and political affairs. Following a period of dormancy, a group of former Village officials recognized the need for an active civic association and reactivated the Civic. In recent years, some of the notable guest speakers included Madeline Singas, Rich Bentley, Nassau County 6th Precinct Police Inspector Berry, David Paterson, Judi Bosworth, Jack Martins, Anna Kaplan, Gina Siletti, Wayne Wink, Jennifer DeSena, Laura Curran and many more.
Ms. Endrizzi touched on a few or the many accomplishments and causes the Civic championed during these years such as opposing installation of parking meters on Plandome Road, reopening the 6th Police Precinct, opposition to a marijuana retail store near elementary, secondary schools, appropriated funds to restore water quality of the pond at Plandome Pond Park. In 2013, former Supervisor Kaiman appropriated $up to $50,000 for an engineering report on the pond. In 2014, former Supervisor Judi Bosworth appropriated $325,000 for dredging of the pond. The Civic was in contact with Town officials and, in 2023, Councilwoman Mariann Daliamonte appropriated over $135,000 to install an aerator for the pond. Finally, the Civic brought to the attention of the Village Board the need to form a landmark preservation board to protect historically significant houses in the Village including the remaining 7 of 8 Duke houses that were built in 1911 by Benjamin Duke of Duke Tobacco, which were highlighted during the historical walking tour. (The Village is strongly considering establishing this board whereby homeowners could voluntarily request to have their home historically landmarked.)
NYS Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti and Town Councilmembers Marianne Dalimonte and David Adhami presented proclamations from the New York State Assembly and the Town of North Hempstead in recognition of the Civic’s years of service to the community. (photo below)
Council of Greater Manhasset President Andrew Schwenk provided an update on several priorities being addressed at recent Greater Council meetings including the construction work Webster Avenue bridge, the Plandome Road sewers project, and the future of several commercial properties in the area.
Following his presentation, Mr. Schwenk presided over the swearing in of Rosemary Mascali, Michael Schwartz and Elaine Canton to two-year terms of office with the Plandome Heights Civic Association Board of Directors.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor Jennifer DeSena addressed the residents, highlighting her priorities. These include: a “taxpayers first” philosophy that is evidenced by a 2023 tax cut and another proposed for 2024, supporting the Manhasset sewer project, funds allocated to support the local businesses on Plandome Road, parks renewal including Plandome Pond Park, the Webster Avenue bridge, and climate change.
Town Supervisor candidate Jon Kaiman shared his priorities including crime reduction and balancing the budget, revitalizing Plandome Road, and also spoke to the issues of Plandome Pond Park and climate change.
County Legislator Mazi Melesa Pilip covered her priorities including increasing safety through police funding in order to increase their presence, working closely with the community to reduce auto theft, prudently managing property taxes as evidenced by freezing any increase in 2023 and planning to do the same in 2024, working to help fix the “broken” property tax assessment system, and climate change.
County Legislator Candidate Weihua Yan covered his priorities including the property tax assessment system, crime including g property crime, climate change, and programs to better support small businesses.
A raffle was held that gifted various prizes generously donated by Manhasset’s local businesses including Raindew Family Center & Pharmacy, A&F Market, Berest Dance Center, SerendipiTEA, Nobel Nails, Manhasset Deli, Publicans, and Nubest. Plandome Heights Civic Association took this opportunity to remind residents to “show your support by shopping local”.
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l-r: NYS Assemblywoman Gina Sillitti, PHCA Board Members Michael Schwartz, Rosemary Mascali and Marion Endrizzi
Plandome Heights Historic Walk
The Plandome Heights Civic Association gave residents a historic walking tour of the Village on June 3, 2023, led by the Civic President, Rosemary Mascali. The walk was attended by a robust turnout of forty residents including Civic Board members Mary Oleske, Michael Schwartz and Roxanne Fitzig, Plandome Heights Village Mayor Ken Riscica and Pl
andome Heights Women’s Club President Rebecca Scaramucci. Fellow PHCA Board Member Marion Endrizzi could not atend but provided valuable assistance in planning the event as did former Plandome Heights Historian Eleanor Imperato.
The walk began on Shore Road at the location of the original farmhouse built in 1710 by the prominent Pearson family. Steps away, the group visited the location of the oldest existing structures built in the Village in 1800. The group then learned that before the Village was developed, sand was mined from the cliffs rising from the bay and was transported by rail and barge for construction of the sidewalks of New York City.
The tour continued with a visit to Plandome Heights Village Preserve and its shoreline on Manhasset Bay. As the walk progressed up Bay Driveway, stops included the former home of one of the Village’s first mayors, John Issacs, where the vote to incorporate the Village took place in 1929. The walk then continued to Grandview Circle and Summit Drive where several of the beautiful and historic Benjamin Duke homes with their distinct white stucco exteriors and red-tiled roofs provide a window to the earliest development in the Village.
One of the last stops on the tour was the Village flagpole located at Plandome Road and Plandome Court North. While learning about the flagpole, including why the flag is sometimes raised to half mast, the group could not help but notice the island where it stands, always beautifully landscaped and decorated thanks to the Village and the Plandome Heights Women’s Club. After learning the history of the development of the Bournedales area, the walk concluded at Plandome Pond Park where the actions being taken by the Town to improve the condition of the pond were discussed.
After the tour, members of the group voiced their greater appreciation of the history of the Village in which they live and having made a few new friends as well.
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1st row, l-r: Anthony Stanco, Richard Ceriello; 2nd row, l-r: Deputy Parks Commissioner Kelly Gillen, Ashish Rana, Sal Siminerio, Labor Supervisor Michael De Pinto, PHCA Board Members Marion Endrizzi, Mary Oleske, Roxanne Fitzig, Rosemary Mascali, TNH Councilwoman Marianne Dalimonte; 3rd row, l-r: Jaquan Mingo, Deputy Parks Commissioner John Darcy
Macy’s, Brookfield Unveil Plans for Manhasset Mixed-use Development
Macy’s and international development company Brookfield Properties have designed plans for a mixed-use development on the department store’s Manhasset property, a vision that includes three apartment complexes, a full-service hotel, an office building and additional retail and dining space, company officials told local community leaders.
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Army Corps of Engineers Proposes Sea Gates for New York Harbor
The proposed NYC Sea Gates will impact the Long Island Sound and Manhasset Bay coastal areas. The US Army Corps of Engineers has conducted a study, released an Interim Report and moving ahead with next steps in the process.
Read the whole September 6, 2019 Manhasset Press article here.
Read the Feb. 2019 Coastal Storm Risk Management Interim Report here.
Read the whole July 10, 2018 article here.
For more information, visit the US Army Corps of Engineers project page here.
MedMen Presentation to CGMCA
With Plandome Heights Civic Association Board Members in attendance, representatives of MedMen gave a presentation at a Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations Board meeting on Oct. 10, 2018. Materials and related correspondence may be viewed on the Greater Council webpage here.
Meet and Greet
The Plandome Heights Civic Association and the Plandome Heights Women's Club hosted a special meet and greet with the New Manhasset School Administration on September 27, 2018 at the Port Washington Yacht Club. Residents welcomed and mingled with the Superintendent of Schools, Principals of Shelter Rock and Munsey Elementary Schools, and District Coordinators for English Language and Math. A good time was had by all.
LIRR Parking Space Expansion
Dialog with the Town of North Hempstead reached successful conclusion resulting in the addition of seventeen (17) commuter parking spaces along the roadway adjoining Mary J Davies Park.
Summit Drive Subdivision
The Plandome Heights Planning Board met for the first time since 2014 to discuss a potential subdivision of one lot into two.
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Seafield Services, Inc.
Residents, business owners, elected officials and Council of Greater Manhasset Civic Associations members packed North Hempstead Town Hall on April 11, 2018 to discuss a Manhasset outpatient drug and alcohol treatment center.
Read the whole Manhasset Times article here.
Endrizzi thankful for opportunity to help Plandome Heights thrive -Manhasset Times
Many people think civic service work is thankless, but not Marion Endrizzi.
“Everyone says that what you do as community service is completely thankless, and I have always told everyone it’s not thankless at all,” Endrizzi said...
Read the whole article here.
Problem-Oriented Policing (POP) Team
PHCA coordinates with the POP Team to enhance the routine patrol of our community.
Manhasset Valley Park
Nassau County Police Department has increased traffic enforcement due to vehicles frequently parking illegally along the Maple Street and Bayview Avenue roadside adjoining the Park. Nassau County’s Councilwoman Anna M. Kaplan and Legislator Richard J. Nicolello have communicated their commitment for shared use of the County’s Department of Public Works land across from the Park to be utilized for additional Valley Park parking. At the same time, steps are being taken to ensure improved pedestrian safety and traffic flow.
ToNH Stop Throwing Out Pollutants (S.T.O.P.) Program
2024 dates will be posted once available from ToNH.
Additional information, including what pollutants can be accepted, may be obtained by visiting the ToNH S.T.O.P. Program web page.
Current and Past Initiatives
- Work with the Nassau County 3rd/6th Precinct Police POP (Problem Oriented Police) Team to enhance the routine patrol of our community and help solve recurring problems in the community
- Represent Plandome Heights as a member of the 3rd/6th Precinct Safety Council Meetings. PHCA is one of only a few civic associations invited to attend these meetings
- Advocating for complete restoration of the Plandome Pond and the Plandome Pond Park. Through our efforts, $330,000 has been secured in the last few years from the ToNH
- Worked with Nassau County Mosquito Control Testing for West Nile Virus
- Participated in Plandome Road Visioning Project; and participated in Plandome Road Parking Meters Study, successfully avoiding the installation of parking meters on Plandome Road
- Support LIRR parking space expansion to create 19 additional parking spaces along the roadway adjoining Mary J Davies Park – in progress
- Support additional parking and improved pedestrian safety and traffic flow adjoining Manhasset Valley Park – in progress
Advocated successfully with the Town of North Hempstead for Plandome Heights to remain in ToNH District 6 (with the Plandomes) and not be moved to ToNH District 4 (Great Neck)
Your Dues Provide For the Following
- Work with Greater Council to restore the Nassau County 6th Police Precinct to full capacity
- Coordinate and participate in relief efforts following hurricanes and other natural disasters
- Beautification: Partner with the Plandome Heights Women’s Club for: holiday decorations throughout the Village, the Chamber of Commerce’s annual Adopt-A-Pole program (hanging floral baskets) during the summer months, and the American Legion’s program of American Flags on Plandome Road
- Partner with Plandome Heights Women’s Club to decorate signs and signposts during holidays and plant flowers in green areas
- Manhasset Chamber of Commerce’s Adopt-A-Pole – to ensure that beautiful, hardy flowers are planted in hanging baskets on the poles
- Hold Annual Membership Meetings hosting VIP guest speakers that have included: the ToNH Supervisor, Nassau County District Attorney, Nassau County Legislator, NYS State Senators, Police Commissioners, Greater Council President, Manhasset Parks Commissioner, and notable others
Dues are only twenty dollars ($20) per household per year! Save the postage stamp and use Zelle* to make a convenient, no fee, mobile payment.
Mail or deliver electronic payment with your completed Membership Form below. Your email address will be added to the PHCA mailing list to receive important news and events. All member information will be used exclusively for the PHCA and will not be distributed to outside sources.
*Dues payment via Zelle may be submitted using our email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
How to make a payment using Zelle:
Logon to your bank account and select the Pay with Zelle option
Select Send Money (for first time payment to PHCA, select Add a Recipient and enter our email address)
Select the recipient, enter the payment amount, and select Send Money
Inquires may be addressed to:
Plandome Heights Civic Association
c/o Rosemary Mascali
36 Bourndale Road South
Manhasset, NY 11030
Kiwanis Club of Manhasset-Port Washington (Division: Long Island North)
Manhasset CASA (Coalition Against Substance Abuse)
The Tower Foundation of Manhasset, Inc. (benefits education of the students in Manhasset schools)
Government Related Links
To report or inquire non-emergency municipal problems, use the 311 Online page. Click on Submit Service Request then 1) select a service type or enter keywords and press Go; 2) enter the service location and press Next Step; 3) enter the service information details and press Next Step; 4) enter your contact information and press Next Step; 5) enter any additional information and upload any photos, audio or video files that may be helpful (it is recommended to use this field to request a call-back) and press Next Step; 6) review the information and press Submit.
How to Reach North Hempstead’s 311 by email
It is recommended to request a call-back in your email.
Supervisor – Jennifer DeSena
Councilwoman (District 6) – Mariann Dalimonte
County Legislator (District 9) – Richard J. Nicolello
County Comptroller – Elaine Phillips
Governor – Kathy Hockul
Senator (District 7) – Jack Martins
Assemblyman (District 16) – Gina Sillitti
Senator – Charles Schumer
Senator – Kristen E. Gillibrand
Congressman (District 3) – vacant
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