Friday, December 30, 2016

STAR Nassau Deadline To File Extended | To Jan 3rd

Mangano Extends Deadline To File For Exemptions 
To January 3, 2017

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano today announced that he will be extending the exemptions filing deadline to Tuesday, January 3, to accommodate homeowners affected by the suspension of mail delivery on January 2.
(Note: You Can Apply Online Here and Get Online Forms Here)

If you applied in the past, you don’t need to reapply unless you purchased a new home, changed your deed, or are 65 years or older and did not check the income verification box on your application for the Enhanced STAR program.

Department of Assessment | Open Monday, January 2rd

While the Department of Assessment will be open on January 2 to accept and help homeowners file their exemption applications, all post offices will be closed in observance of the New Year’s Day Federal holiday.

There is no filing fee to process any exemption application and Department of Assessment personnel will be available to answer any questions regarding the filing process and forms.

The Department of Assessment is located on the Fourth Floor at 240 Old Country Road in Mineola. The department’s normal operating hours are from 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Contact Department of Assessments

To learn more about Nassau County's property tax relief programs or to obtain an exemption application, homeowners should contact the Department of Assessment at (516) 571-1500 or download forms and information from its website at

What Is The School Tax Relief Program (STAR)?

The New York State School Tax Relief Program (STAR) provides New York homeowners with partial exemptions from school property taxes. If you earn less than $500,000 and own and live in your home, you are probably eligible for the STAR exemption. There are two types of STAR property tax exemptions:

You should register for STAR if you:
  • bought your home after the 2015 STAR application deadline;
  • never applied for the STAR benefit on your primary residence; or
  • received a letter advising you to register for Basic STAR.
Questions & Answers For Homeowners

Want to know more about the new STAR Credit Program? See the Questions and answers for homeowners to find answers to commonly asked questions.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

President's Message | December 2016

Dear Fellow Board Members & Chamber of Commerce Members:

What a significant year it has been for the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce. We have accomplished much – and we have much to look forward to.

During 2016, we took significant strides is continuing to build our relationship with the Village of Floral Park. I feel we are now truly partners with the Village and that the Chamber has a significant presence in village decisions related to the business community. Thank you Frank Carpaccio and your group for making this happen.

We again ran what I think is one of the best street fairs on LI. We continue to partner with NYRA in making this one of the highlights of the Summer in Floral Park. Steve Wickes and his team should be commended for their great effort.

Membership is the life blood of this organization. In the very capable hands of Joe Sciabica we have been diligent in getting out the message of why the business community and the chamber are a valuable team. I am sure that Joe. Marie Grant, Monica Altman and the rest of the team will continue to get us to our objective of 200 members during 2017.

Our financial picture remains positive. More importantly we have terrific reports and information for the board to use as a guide in helping us make decisions. Not bad having a CPA like Kim Crail to make sure we stay in good financial order.

We continue to add to the beautification of our Village – Banners, Plants and opportunities for more. Thanks to this committee for all they do.

Our communication is also improving. We now are on virtually every social media platform. Our email blasts through Chamber Master are going out regularly. We are blogging and updating our website. Thank you Mildred M. Tassone and Dana DeSimplicis for making our Web offerings get better and better.
Benevolence continues to make sure that our not for profit partners in Floral Park are remembered and cared for by the Chamber. Ron Keats and former board member Terry Whalen lead this on our behalf. Thank you.

I think the highlight of the year for me however was the culmination of years of thought to pull off a Christmas Festival in the Village. Over 1,000 people came to the festival and tree lighting. Another accomplishment for the Chamber partnering with local community groups to put together something special for the village of Floral Park. Thank you Donna Gammarato for this accomplishment.

Everything we do in some way improves the opportunities for business to succeed in Floral Park.
2017 promises to be another great year of opportunity and success.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a 
New Year of Joy, Good Health and Great Success!

Thank you, thank you for all you do! I am proud to be a part of this great organization because of each of you.

Friday, November 25, 2016

European Style Christmas Market And Tree Lighting - December 2nd

Join us December 2nd, for a European style Christmas Market and Tree Lighting. It is Co-sponsored with the Floral Park Jr. Women's Club and Our Lady of Victory Roman Catholic Church. 

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We have eight vendors that will be selling food and merchandise in tents around the perimeter of Memorial Park. One of the tents will be a Floral Park Chamber of Commerce Tent, where we will be selling fleece blankets and golf umbrella’s imprinted with 
“Village of Floral Park – Established 1908”.

Festival Vendors:

Tulip Bakery – Cookies, Dutch Pretzels, Hot Apple Cider, Hot Cocoa
Pita Park – Hot soups, pita
Station Deli – Grilled Sausage, Wursts, etc.
Tulip Sweet Shop – candies, peanuts, etc.
Conkel Landscaping – fresh wreaths, garland, poinsettias
K. Hunter – Woman’s clothing & accessories
Linda Burns – Handcrafted Christmas ornaments, wreaths, etc.

The tree lighting ceremony will begin at 6:30 and will last for approximately a half hour. It will include an opening prayer by Fr. Tom, religious songs performed by Our Lady of Victory school children, group caroling, songs performed by the Floral Park Memorial High School Chorus and the arrival of Santa on a Fire Engine to hand out candy canes.

The FP Chamber has also arranged for the United Methodist Choral Group to be strolling carolers from 7pm-9pm

Thursday, November 24, 2016

Shop Small | Small Business Saturday & Beyond

Chamber Small Business Reference Section

As part of the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce mission to help small businesses and organizations expand their presence both online and "live", we have created two pages for helping small business.

And don't forget to share your favorite Small Business Saturday moments on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram with #ShopSmall.
Shop Small Resources

Link to ways for using social media to connect with your customers at the beginning of this buying season. 

Google Resources

Check how you show up on Google Maps and how mobile-friendly your site is.

Tell Your Story

Your product or service may be terrific, but customers who shop at small businesses also enjoy having a story to share about the experience. Share video or photos so that people can see what you are doing in your business.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Tree Lighting & Christmas Festival | December 2nd

Join the Floral Park Chamber of Commerce for the First Annual Holiday Festival. This year there will be refreshments and savory treats. Vendors, carolers, food and more. Please join us as we celebrate the holidays and our Community.

You can get directions and more information here.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Join Us For: Networking, A Business Panel Discussion, Small Business Information

Not Just Another Networking Event

Panel Discussion & Small Business Resources

Join us to network and get information on how to increase your business reach for the holiday business season. We will have resources on Small Business Saturday and a panel that will answer your business questions. Panel will include Michael Jakob, Steve Wickes and Joe Sciabica. Get your questions on business ready.
There will be resources on verifying your business listing on Google Maps. And links for getting a free report on "How Mobile Is Your Website?" and how fast is your website on desktop and mobile. You can also, sign up for Small Business Saturday information. 
Come and enjoy some light food catered by one Floral Park Chamber of Commerce members, Capos Ristorante along with beer, wine and soda.

We will be there at 5:30 with resources and to help you show up on Search. 

Register Here 

Thursday, July 28, 2016

Floral Park Chamber of Commerce President's Blog - Summer 2016

Floral Park Chamber of Commerce President’s Blog - Summer 2016

Question:  Why should your Floral Park or local business try to cram time into your already hectic schedules to join and actively participate in your local chamber of commerce?

Answer: Because membership in the Floral Park chamber offers numerous benefits and keeps business owners on top of important, ever-changing issues and trends within the Floral Park community and local marketplace.

In addition to this, research points out that consumers are more likely to do business with a company if it’s a member of their local chamber of commerce.

According to a research study by The Shapiro Group, Inc. and Market Street Services, when consumers know that a small business is a member of their local chamber of commerce, they are 44 percent more likely to think favorably of it and 63 percent more likely to purchase goods or services from the company in the future.

If you still don’t think you have time to join and participate in your local chamber of commerce, consider the following:

  • Most consumers (59 percent) think that being active in the local chamber of commerce is an effective business strategy overall. It’s 29 percent more effective, however, for communicating to consumers that a company uses good business practices and 26 percent more effective for communicating that a business is reputable.
  • If a company shows that it’s highly involved in its local chamber (e.g., sits on the chamber board), consumers are 12 percent more likely to think that its products stack up better against its competition.
  • When a consumer thinks that a company’s products stack up better against the competition because the company is highly involved in its local chamber of commerce, it is because he or she infers that the company is trustworthy, involved in the community and is an industry leader.
  • When consumers know that a restaurant franchise is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 40 percent more likely to eat at the franchise in the next few months.
  • When consumers know that an insurance company is a member of the chamber of commerce, they are 43 percent more likely to consider buying insurance from it.

We will be publishing a president’s message about 10 times per year. Let us know how we can help you. Whether you are a local business, a member of the community or a not for profit – the Floral Park Chamber has a great many resources to help you. We are here to serve.

Thanks for reading,

Mike Jakob, President
Floral Park Chamber of Commerce
Principal, Carriage Trade Insurance Agency


Friday, May 13, 2016

Vendors Invited | Floral Park Street Fair

Floral Park Street Fair | June 12th

The Floral Park Chamber of Commerce is gearing up for the Floral Park Street Fair on June 12th. Vendors can get more information on how they can participate by calling 516.641.1200, emailing or visiting our website at

We look forward to seeing you there!

Monday, February 22, 2016

Floral Park Chamber Membership Benefits | Post An Event

Floral Park Chamber Membership Benefits

Post Your Event On The Chamber Website

Business Benefit: Increase attendance at your event and increased SEO for your business

First login by going to the upper right on any page of the chamber website. You will see your photo there and login information underneath.
  • On the main dashboard page you will see events as show by top arrow in diagram 
  • Go to add event and follow instructions for updating events

Fill in as much information as you can. Include graphics and videos.

  • Submit for approval
  • We will look it over and then post
  • It will show up on our calendar