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.”