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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

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 

The Sewanhaka Central High School District renewed Superintendent Dr. Ralph Ferrie’s contract for the next five years at a recent board meeting. Ferrie will receive no pay increase in 2014-15 at a $238,000 salary. The contract expires on June 30, 2019.

 

“You can’t get [work] done without a unanimous board,” Ferrie said. “This board took a leap of faith with the program plans for the district. We also have an excellent team [of administrators]. That’s an awesome team.”


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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