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Village Resident Reminder

Please Respond to the 2020 Census!

Time is running out!  Submit your response by September 30th

I am reaching out to you about the 2020 Census response rates and to ask for your assistance to ensure a full population count.

The Census began gathering information from residents in March. As of August 9th, New York State has a response rate of 59.1%, which is below the national self-response rate of 63.3%. A low response may have negative impacts on federal and state funding, and representation in government. The Census will have a significant and long-lasting impact on New York's finances and governmental representation.

What Is the 2020 Census

The 2020 Census counts every person living in the United States and five U.S. territories. The count is mandated by the Constitution and conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, a nonpartisan government agency. The 2020 Census counts the population in the United States and five U.S. territories (Puerto Rico, American Samoa, the Commonwealth of the Northern Mariana Islands, Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands). Each home received an invitation to respond to a short questionnaire--online, by phone, or by mail-between March 12-20.

Why Conduct This Count

The census provides critical data that lawmakers, business owners, teachers, and many others use to provide daily services, products, and support for you and your community. Every year, billions of dollars in federal funding go to hospitals, fire departments, schools, roads, and other resources based on census data.

The results of the census also determine the number of seats each state will have in the U.S. House of Representatives, and they are used to draw congressional and state legislative districts.

It's also in the Constitution: Article 1, Section 2, mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790.

Counting Everyone

Participating in the census is required by law, even if you recently completed another survey from the Census Bureau. A complete and accurate count is critical for you and your community, because the results of the 2020 Census will affect community funding, congressional representation, and more.


How to Respond to the 2020 Census


The 2020 Census asks a few simple questions about you and everyone who was living with you on April 1, 2020.

The Census Bureau began mailing paper questionnaires in mid-April to homes that had not yet responded. If you have not already responded, please complete and mail back your form as soon as you receive it. And if you prefer, you still have the option of responding online or by phone instead.

Please complete your previously mailed form online, by phone, or by mail, if you have not done so already. You can complete the form online, visit to begin. Please note that if you are responding online, you must complete the census in one sitting, as you don't have the ability to save your progress. 

Contact the Census Bureau For Support

There are several ways that you can contact the U.S. Census Bureau for support.

English and Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available every day from 7am to 2am Eastern Time on the following phone lines:

•   English: 844-330-2020
•   Spanish: 844-468-2020

Non-English and Non-Spanish Language Hours of Operation: Customer Service Representatives are available Monday through Friday from Sam to 10 pm Eastern Time on the following phone lines:

•   Chinese (Mandarin): 844-391-2020
•   Chinese (Cantonese): 844-398-2020
•   Vietnamese: 844-461-2020
•   Korean: 844-392-2020
•   Russian: 844-417-2020
•   Arabic: 844-416-2020
•   Tagalog: 844-478-2020
•   Polish: 844-479-2020
•   French: 844-494-2020
•   Haitian Creole: 844-477-2020
•   Portuguese: 844-474-2020
•   Japanese: 844-460-2020

For information on services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing: Call the TDD number at 844-467-2020.

For general questions: Visit the Census Bureau  Frequently asked questions (FAQ) page. New Yorkers can also visit for response rate and other information. We thank you for your anticipated participation!


Steven Weinberg



Long Island Railroad Weekend Work August 8th and 9th

Service Notice:

This weekend, August 8th and 9th, LIRR train service will operate between Great Neck and
Flushing-Main Street only. Due to a combination of concrete tie replacement work and
a track-testing program to ensure rail safety, buses will substitute for trains between
Woodside and Flushing and between Great Neck and Port Washington.
Customers should plan for up to 1 hour of additional travel time.

Rail Testing Work - Port Washington Branch:

On Saturday, August 8th, the LIRR will be testing for rail defects along the Port Washington branch.  Any defects found will be repaired during this time and residents in the vicinity of the repairs should expect some noise.  There is a small chance that some of the defects may be located in Thomaston.

Concrete Tie Replacement Work - Thomaston:

Beginning on Sunday August 9th at 12:00 a.m. midnight until 10:00 a.m., LIRR Engineering crews
will be performing switch and signal work in the Village of Thomaston. 
MTA Police will be onsite to ensure a safe and orderly operation. 
The work will involve use of heavy machinery and flood lights. 
Residents in the vinicty of the tracks should expect construction noise.

While this is an inconvenience for our residents who live near the tracks, the work is necessary.


May 6, 2020

Dear Resident,

COVID-19 Update

The number of COVID-19 cases in Thomaston remains low.  It is imperative that we continue to follow all precautionary measures to keep the number of cases low in our Village.  To that end we must remember to practice the following safety measures:

  • Staying at home as much as possible
  • Practicing social distancing (specifically, staying 6 feet away from others when you must go into a shared space)
  • Wearing masks or cloth face coverings when in public, including while walking in the neighborhood
  • Frequently washing hands or using alcohol-based (at least 60% alcohol) hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available
  • Avoiding touching eyes, nose, and mouth
  • Staying home when sick
  • Cleaning and disinfecting frequently touched objects and surfaces

With everyone’s cooperation, we can all stay safe.

2020 Census Reminder

It was brought to my attention that in 2010 our response rate for the Census was 75%.  Currently, our response rate for the 2020 Census is 65%.  We can do better in 2020. 

Please remember, the census only counts people, period.  It has nothing to do with whether you are a US citizen or not, a legal resident or not, or a registered voter or not, it is just counts people.  Census data is confidential and cannot be used for any other purpose or by any other government agency.  The count determines Thomaston's share of funding for any government service we use and for our representation in Congress (the number of seats in the House of Representatives). 

I urge you to make sure you, your family, your friends and your neighbors respond to the 2020 Census so we can exceed our 2010 response rate!


Steven Weinberg

April 29, 2020

Dear Resident,

I am proud of how well our Village residents have adapted to social distancing, wearing masks and being considerate in our community. Thanks to you, by utilizing common sense precautions, so far we've had a low rate of COVID-19 cases in Thomaston.  Following these recommended guidelines will help us keep it that way. 

Among other things, the COVID-19 health crisis shows how critical it is for all of us to be counted in the 2020 Census.  Now, more than ever, it is important to understand that all government funding is calculated based upon population.  If you haven't done so already, please fill out your 2020 Census at or by calling (844) 330-2020.  Additional information about the 2020 Census is posted on the Village's website at

Thank you for partnership in the important matter.


Steven Weinberg

April 7, 2020

Dear Resident,

Please do not be alarmed by the sound of sirens tonight.

On April 7th at 7:00 p.m., Nassau County Fire Departments, including our our local departments, will sound their sirens to salute and show appreciation for all the first responders and health care providers on the frontlines in the battle against the coronavirus pandemic.  Everyone is encouraged to be at the front of their homes to show their support by applauding and cheering. 

Stay safe.


Steven Weinberg

April 3, 2020

Dear Resident,

I want to remind everyone that the ban on public and private gatherings remains in effect and is being enforced by the Nassau County Police Department and Nassau County Fire Marshal. 

As the Passover and Easter holidays are approaching, I implore you to resist the temptation to gather with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. Only immediate household members who live in the home may gather for any holiday celebration.  In the meantime, we still can still stay connected to family and friends via phone, Facetime, Skype or other virtual methods.

In the words of NYS Health Commissioner Howard Zucker, 'Let's stay apart for now, so that we can all be together later.'

Stay safe.


Steven Weinberg

March 27, 2020

Dear resident,

All of the EMS services on Long Island are desperately trying to get the word out that ambulances should only be called for absolute emergencies.  This will help minimize the risk of infecting and sidelining EMS workers, so they may continue to protect the community members that they serve, and to keep the hospitals from getting overwhelmed with non-emergency cases.

The Great Neck Vigilant Fire Company has issued the following press release which is applicable to all ambulance services and 911 calls.  Please take a moment to read this important information.

Thank you for your cooperation.  Please stay safe.

Steven Weinberg

March 26, 2020


2020 Village Tax payments are due March 31st.  A penalty is charged for all payments made on or after April 1st per NYS Real Property Tax Law.  The penalty is 5% for the month of April.  An additional 1% penalty is charged for each month thereafter.

The due date for Village Tax payments is set by New York State Real Property Tax Law.  We have received several requests for an extension of the due date. This matter has been brought to the attention of the Governor but, to date, the deadline has not been changed. If this information changes, it will be posted on the Village website at

Payments may be placed through the mail slot at the Village Hall or mailed.  If mailing, envelopes postmarked before or on March 31st are accepted as timely.     

Please share this information with your neighbors and encourage them to sign up on the Village website for notifications, if they have not already done so.

March 19, 2020

Dear resident,

We are posting COVID-19 related information, as it becomes available, on the Village website at:  

Please check our website daily for updates, and encourage your neighbors, if they are not already signed up to receive notifications via Swift911, to do so now.  The link to sign up is on the Village website, at the bottom of the home page.  Our preference will be to reserve Swift911 for the most significant announcements.  Routine updates will be posted on our website without a Swift911 notice.

While everyone is practicing social distancing, please continue to check on your family, friends and neighbors.  For your elderly neighbors and others who may be unable to leave their homes, if they need something, perhaps you can help by dropping off necessities at their door. If you do not have someone to help you, please let us know so that we may attempt to connect you with someone in the community that may be able to assist.

Thank you and stay safe.


Steven Weinberg



March 17, 2020

Dear Resident,

In an effort to keep New Yorkers safe during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo issued an executive order delaying village elections statewide until the April 28 primary election.

The Village Election will take place on Tuesday, April 28, 2020 from 12:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. at the Village Hall. 

Thank you,

Denise M. Knowland
Village Administrator


March 16, 2020

Dear Resident,

I am just letting you know that Governor Cuomo has directed all restaurants, bars, gyms, theaters, and casinos in the State of New York to close, effective 8:00 p.m. tonight and until further notice.  Restaurants and bars will be allowed to provide take out and delivery of food and beverages only.  In addition, the Governor has stated that no gatherings of more than 50 people may take place until further notice.  This order includes private gatherings as well as public gatherings.  Respectfully, in your house or apartment, you may wish to consider a substantially smaller number, if you are having friends or family over. The Governor added that grocery stores, gas stations, pharmacies, and medical offices may remain open.  

At this time, the Village Hall will remain open via phone at (516) 482-3110 and email at  We are limiting in-person visits, so please call prior to coming down to the Village Hall.

I will continue to provide updates on new orders and recommendations on how to contain the spread of the virus as the information becomes available.

Thank you for your cooperation.


Steven Weinberg


March 13, 2020

Dear Resident,

I am confident that all of us have been very attentive to changing our personal habits and maintaining good hygiene to limit person to person contact as much as possible to prevent the spread of COVID-19, commonly known as the coronavirus.  By now, you have all received notices for suggestions to wash your hands frequently, allow for 6 feet or more personal space between people, limit personal contact, i.e. handshakes, etc.,  and most importantly, if anyone is not feeling well, to call your doctor and follow their medical advice to get any additional medical care and/or to stay at home.  The basic hygiene and healthcare instructions are on the Village website. I share with you the same concerns and I know all of us through these efforts will help contain the transfer of the coronavirus among us. As you are also aware from the news outlets, we can help by limiting the number of people gathering or assembling in any one location.

Therefore, in an effort to reduce the spread of COVID-19 and to protect the health and safety of our residents and employees of the Village of Thomaston,  I am requesting that residents, to the extent possible, limit their visits to the Village Hall.  The Village Hall will remain open but person-to-person access to Village Staff will be limited.  Most Village business can be addressed via telephone, email or mail, including the following common transactions:  



Village tax payments



Payment by check or money order may be mailed or deposit tax payments through the mail slot at Village Hall. Tax payments are due, without penalty by March 31st.  Payments, postmarked by March 31 are  accepted as timely.

Building Department questions & permits






Most questions may be addressed over the phone or via email.  Permit applications are available on the Village website on the “Building Department” page.  Please call the Village Hall prior to submitting your application package to ensure that it is complete and the fee is correctly calculated.  Please include a separate note with contact information (phone & email address).  To the extent possible, application packages should be deposited through the mail slot at Village Hall or mailed.

Document requests


Please call the Village Hall.  In most cases documents can be emailed or mailed.

The Village website will be updated regularly with additional information as it becomes available:

Thank you for our cooperation.   


Steven Weinberg