Written by Katherine M. Trager, email@example.com Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
The Westbury Village Board, at its first regular meeting of the year Jan. 3, unanimously passed a local law authorizing the village, if necessary, to impose a property tax levy in excess of the state-legislated two percent cap.
The law, which was first introduced and enacted last year, must be re-enacted in each subsequent year after a public hearing.
“We adopted this resolution last year, which would technically allow us to exceed the state-mandated tax cap, which is typically two percent,” said Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
Cavallaro explained that the state tax cap law penalizes municipalities that put forth a budget that either intentionally or unintentionally exceeds the cap if they have not passed a local law authorizing the override.
The mayor strongly emphasized that the board does not intend to exceed the cap in its upcoming budget, which applies to the fiscal year beginning on June 1, 2013.
“I fully expect that our budget this coming year, like last year, will be under the tax cap,” said Cavallaro, reminding the audience that, even though the override provision was passed last year as well, the village adopted a budget with a zero percent tax levy increase.
A resident wanted to know how much FEMA monetary assistance the village is expected to receive in relation to Hurricane Sandy and if the budget would be affected if the village did not receive enough aid.
The mayor did not have an exact number yet but was confident that the village would receive “substantial reimbursement” from FEMA.
“The storm will not have a materially detrimental effect on our budget practices,” said the mayor.
The mayor also updated the community on the progress of the Ellison Avenue bridge replacement project.
“We did announce that there was a commitment by the Long Island Rail Road and there was funding that was committed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to finally replace the bridge,” said Cavallaro.
Saturday, 18 May 2013 00:00
For most of the ’80s, ZZ Top was an inescapable presence thanks to a plethora of videos, often times containing underdog storylines revolving around gorgeous gals, a 1933 Ford hotrod and the hirsute threesome serving as a Greek chorus of cool to the aggrieved protagonist. But amidst all the bells and whistles, the most impressive feat pulled off by this Texas power trio was using 1983’s Eliminator to adapt its bluesy hard rock boogie sound and modernize it with synthesizers and drum machines sans any kind of artistic compromising.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
John Romandetti saved six people, but he shies away from the title hero.
“I don’t think of myself as a hero,” Romandetti says. “It’s nothing anyone else wouldn’t have done.”
During Hurricane Sandy, Romandetti risked his own life to go out to Howard Beach and get his girlfriend’s family out of their flooding homes. The Bethpage Air Show recently recognized his bravery, naming him the grand prize winner of the Hurricane Sandy Community Heroes contest. Romandetti, along with nine other winners, will receive VIP tickets to the Bethpage Air Show, plus the reception, and GEICO Skytypers Planeside Meet and Greet. As the grand prize winner, Romandetti also gets the chance to fly with the GEICO Skytypers during next week’s airshow.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.
Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00
Members of the Carle Place Sparc/Interact club recently donated their time and talents at the Alley Pond Environmental Center in Queens. Working together with students from Mineola High School and Holy Cross High School in Queens, the SPARC members planted over 1,000 indigenous trees to help replenish one section of the 600-acre forest park. The group’s efforts were part of the NYC Plant a Million Trees Project in honor of Arbor Day, celebrated on Friday April 26th. The Carle Place planters were: Sarah Megiel, Kelsey Feit, Julia Powell, Sabrina Feit, Monique Slater, Matt Carr, Katie Megiel, Rob Ibos, and Lauren Powell. They are led by faculty advisor Kieran Morris.