Written by Adam Sternberg Wednesday, 27 March 2013 00:00
The Roslyn village board voted to override the state law that limited property tax increases to no more than two percent per year.
When the tax cap law was approved in 2011, it came with a provision that allowed villages to opt out of the tax limit if voted on by 60 percent of the governing body. This is the provision that village officials have taken advantage of both last year and in this year’s budget. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that property taxes will exceed the two percent limit. In fact, the village, Mayor John Durkin said, has no plans to do so.
“We opted out in case a major disaster happens,” he said. “Then we would go above the two percent limit. We don’t plan on raising taxes. We are working on a budget right now and I don’t foresee us doing that (raising taxes).”
The meeting was a landmark in recent village history as it represented the last meeting for longtime trustee, Lisa Aberle, who chose not to run for re-election. Aberle’s place on the board is being taken by Sarah Oral, who as with the two incumbents, was elected without opposition. Both and Trustee Marta Genovese were also re-elected to two-year terms. Durkin, Genovese and Oral all ran on the Community Party ticket. Ms. Oral is a civil engineer and she said that she plans on using her expertise to address quality of life issues in the village. More specifically, she is interested in issues, which involve parking and traffic regulation.
On that same note, the board, in addition to overriding the tax cap, also voted to approve a proposal in which the village will employ a car and driver to patrol the streets of the village, all in an attempt to supplement work by Nassau County police. Village officials operating those vehicles will alert the police upon encountering any suspicious activity. The car will bear the name of the Village of Roslyn and will operate during late night and morning hours, from 10 p.m.—5 a.m.
The formalities of the March 19 election were announced at the meeting. At the next board meeting, one set for Tuesday, April 16, all three officials will be formally sworn in.
“I’m very happy to be re-elected,” said Durkin, who has served as mayor since 2001. “I’m glad to keep doing it.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.