The Herricks Board took a final vote on the budget to be presented to the public on May 17 at the Herricks Community Center Gym, 999 Herricks Road, New Hyde Park from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Prior to the vote Dr. Bierwirth pointed out that Tom Rogers has been appointed as head of Nassau BOCES, and has streamlined the entire program making it very efficient. After that the board voted on the Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) budget of $18,947,178 which amounts to an increase of 2.8 percent.
In the absence of New Hyde Park Village Mayor Daniel Petruccio, Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro took over the meeting and after the proposed budget was passed said he would address the questions asked at the last meeting after the trustee reports.
One of the village residents, who had asked many of the questions at the last meeting, said he was surprised that the answers to his questions had not been provided in writing as he requested. Lofaro said that the information was not obtained in time to mail the answers to the resident and would therefore answer his questions later in the meeting.
Senator Charles Fuschillo, Jr. and seven other state senators held a public hearing on Thursday, April 7 at Farmingdale State College to explore ways to improve oversight of LIPA and ensure that the energy provider is accountable to ratepayers across Long Island.
Senator Fuschillo and Senator George Maziarz (R-Newfane), Chairman of the Senate’s Energy & Telecommunications Committee, were joined at the hearing by Senator Owen Johnson (R-Babylon), Senator Ken LaValle (R-Port Jefferson), Senator Carl Marcellino (R-Syosset), Senator John Flanagan (R-Northport), Senator Jack Martins (R-Mineola), and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley).
At the beginning of the New Hyde Park Village Budget Hearing Mayor Daniel Petruccio said, “We can’t thank Eileen Raguseo, the deputy village treasurer, enough for stepping up to the plate, after Patrick Farrell left, and taking over on this year when we have had a very, very difficult budget in fact one of our most difficult budgets.
“Well, I will say this, one of the things we were most conscious of in this budget was to be as realistic about expenses and in some cases, adjusting some long term lines and to adjusting what is coming in each year on those expense lines. And, at the same time being more conservative with revenue lines. Our hope is that we will have less transfer of funds at the end of the budget year. We are hoping that this budget works out as well as we hope. .
“As we go through this section by section, we will stop for questions. At this point, I would like to turn it over to Cate Hillmann to lead us through.”
Prior to the announcements of the appointments by the board, New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel Petruccio swore in the trustee Robert Lofaro and trustee Richard Coppola after their reelection to the board.
Mayor Petruccio congratulated the trustees and thanked them for serving on the board for another four years.
Each trustee, in turn, thanked the residents for voting for them and expressed their deep appreciation for being able to serve the village.
The members, guests and dignitaries of New Hyde Park Cellini Lodge No. 2206, Order Sons of Italy in America, celebrated its 43rd Annual Scholarship dinner dance last week at the Chateau Briand, on Old Country Road, Westbury. The singular honoree at the event was Gina Ferrara, the lodge’s immediate past president who served for the years 2009 to 2011.
Ferrara joined the Cellini Lodge 1992, but has participated with her extended Ferrara family even as a youth, especially in the Aurora Italian Language Program.
Many parents expressed relief during a proposed budget PowerPoint presentation Monday night to hear that the New Hyde Park—Garden City Park Board of Education will keep children activities and programs.
“Our driving force is that student achievement is first and foremost,” said Superintendent of Schools Robert Katulak. “Our goal was—we heard it from the public—‘please do not cut any academic programs, please do not cut our staff and support services.’”
However, not every staff member remained safe; 32 lunch aides will have their work-time cut a half hour, adding up to nearly 100 hours a year.
At the ceremonies, following the Annual Merillon Little League Association Parade, Chairman of the Board, who has been in charge for more than 30 years, Tony Camilleri said, “It is truly a milestone when an organization can say we are celebrating our 60 anniversary especially knowing that the founding fathers and members only wanted to provide a place where the children of the community had a place to play baseball. Softball came later. I don’t know if they thought that we would still be around but they did seat a solid foundation for use to follow.
At the outset of the last Herricks School Board budget and regular meeting the following statement was made by Herricks School Board President Christine Turner:
Statement by Herricks President Chris Turner:
“Basically, this is a very sad day for the board of education because these are not happy times for school districts or for the world. So, no matter what we decide, at the end of this evening, we are looking at cuts and cuts which are going into the prospect of a tax cap, continuing financial problems at the state level seem likely to be permanent, perhaps even be the precursor to further cuts over the coming years.
At the beginning of the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, mayor Daniel Petruccio introduced new village/clerk treasurer Catherine (Cate) Hillman to the residents.
Mayor Daniel Petruccio said, “We are looking forward to a bright future with Cate Hillman, as she joins our fabulous board of trustees and employees of the Village of New Hyde Park.”
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