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New Hyde Park Gets Thumbs Up From Auditors

Budget talks tob egin in February

The Village of New Hyde Park received a positive summary of its financial statements for the fiscal year ending May 31, 2012 by independent auditor William Barrett, a Certified Public Accountant and partner with Rynkar Vail & Barrett. during its Tuesday, Jan. 15 meeting.  

According to Barrett’s report, the village had $3.1 million more in assets over liabilities as of May 31, 2012.  The village is required to record a liability for other post employment benefits that is approximately $460,000 to $470,000 annually.  This requirement is three years old, and the liability is $1.44 million as of May 31, 2012.

“No government in New York State can pay this liability,” Barrett said.

This is charged to the village’s net assets, which as a result, makes the village’s unrestricted net assets a negative amount of an estimated $883,000.  The village’s remaining net assets are primarily investments in capital assets, which is almost $4 million. 

For the last fiscal year, the village’s net assets have decreased $18,000 primarily due to recording depreciation and other employment benefit expenses.

The village has a $783,000 unassigned general fund balance, which approximates seven weeks worth of business, according to Barrett.  This is an increase from four weeks last year.

General fund revenues for the year are $5,742,000.  Expenditures for the year are $5,379,000 in the general fund.

According to Barrett, The Government Finance Office Association’ rough guidelines were looking for “two months worth of fund balance,” which he said New Hyde Park is “practically there…this is significantly better than the year before.”

With long term debt, including a liability to the state retirement system, decreased around $500,000 (from $3,078,000 to $2,577,000).  All existing bonds that are outstanding will be paid by fiscal year ending May 31, 2022.

“The bond maturity schedule is very orderly and manageable,” Barrett said.

Barrett also stated that the required retirement contributions have almost doubled from two years ago, from $145,000 to $274,000.

Actual revenues exceeded budget revenues by $66,000 (1.2 percent), as of May 31, 2012.  “This shows that you are accurately budgeting your revenues and not overstating them,” Barrett said.

Barrett commended the village for spending 95 cents out of every dollar they planned to spend, saying: “This is excellent.”  The remaining 5 percent not spent helped increase the fund balance by $350,000.

In Other News

Village Hall Designated As An Evacuation Site

The village board approved a request by the principal of the New Hyde Park Road School, Peggy Marenghi, to make Village Hall the evacuation site for students in case of an emergency. According to Mayor Daniel Petruccio, Marenghi contacted him a few days ago to express her desire. Initially, the New Hyde Park Road School was set to go to the high school as their evacuation site. Marenghi felt that because the village hall is closer, it would be safer.  

Public Hearing February 5

Mayor Petruccio announced a public hearing on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Village Hall to propose a local law authorizing a property tax levy, which will give the village the ability to exceed the two percent tax levy cap imposed by Gov. Andrew Cuomo in 2011.  “This hearing will allow us the opportunity to present that to the public, and then vote on it,” Petruccio said.


News

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say Sewanhaka High School will receive a camera on Covert Avenue, which spans the eastern stretch of the property. Tulip Avenue runs in front of the high school and was also considered. Cameras could begin operation in September.

The Village of New Hyde Park finished its Operation Main Street project just in time, because the town’s eligibility for federal funds is shrinking, officials announced last week.

“The qualifications revolve around money,” trustee Donald Barbieri said. “Like how much income is being earned by people in the area. I guess as seniors move on, you can’t buy an [expensive home] and it changed the demographic, shrinking our eligible area.”


Sports

New York Mets pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d’Arnaud brightened the day for some patients at Cohen Children’s Medical Center last week in New Hyde Park, posing for pictures and handing out gifts and autographs. The players hung out with the kids in the afternoon, playing video games and answering questions.

They also found the time to make the rounds, stopping by bedsides to spread some cheer. Mr. Met also joined the tour and was a big hit with the children, who peppered him with questions about everything from his four-fingered hand to the whereabouts of the missing Mrs. Met.

The Sewanhaka Indians football team has a season of change in store.

The Indians have moved up from Conference III to Conference II, due to an increase in enrollment, and are set to face teams that they have never seen before, according to head coach George Kasimatis.

“It is hard to gauge where we will be in this conference,” he said. “There is a lot of uncertainty as where we fit in.”


Calendar

Library Board Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Welcome Reception

Wednesday, Sept. 3

Herricks School Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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