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North Shore Talks Budget

First budget draft presented at board of education meeting

Superintendent Dr. Ed Melnick presented the first budget proposal for the 2013-14 school year at the North Shore Central School District Board of Education meeting Jan. 17 that would present a 4.5 percent increase over the current budget. 

“This is the initial draft being presented to the board,” he said, adding that the board would go through the budget line by line at a subsequent meeting.  

Before beginning his presentation, he invited residents of the district to host “budget coffees” in their homes, where he and Assistant Superintendent for Business Olivia Buatsi would be present to answer questions in a more informal setting.

The “bottom line” budget-to-budget increase presented would represent a 4.5 percent, or $4,159,000 increase, over the current budget. Of that, $3,357,000 is slated for increases in healthcare, the NYS retirement fund and debt service - money that the board cannot touch - leaving only about $700,000 that the board has control over.

He went over the details of the tax levy limit legislation and highlighted areas that will have an increase in revenue and expense next year. Ultimately, about $350,000 needs to be trimmed from the budget to stay within the tax levy limit.

After the presentation, the board members discussed the huge burden placed on the districts for the retirement fund.

News

Glen Cove residents may see a 1.64 percent increase in the tax levy next year, the amount proposed at last week’s public hearing. Mayor Reginald Spinello and the Glen Cove City Council held an initial reading of the proposed budget for 2015, and will take final vote on Tuesday, Oct. 28, at the next city council meeting.

 

“It’s very easy for a first time mayor to raise the taxes and blame it on a prior administration, and that is not what I am doing,” said Mayor Spinello. “In the past three administrations there were budgets with increases of  almost 28 percent to down to 12 percent, but it’s a different time now...I think that the residents are certainly going to feel relief. I put together a budget...that I believe is fair and reasonable and a good budget.”

Richie Cannata may be best known for his song credits but his name will become a part of history this week. Cannata, a 28-year resident and business owner of Glen Cove, will be inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame on Thursday, Oct. 23 at The Paramount in Huntington.

 

As a member of the Billy Joel Band, the saxophone player was propelled to fame in 1975 when he joined the band and played on songs including “New York State of Mind” and “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant.”


Sports

The Town of Oyster Bay, in conjunction with the New York Rangers, will once again host a special Try Hockey for Free Program on Sunday morning, Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to noon at ithe Ice Skating Center located in Bethpage Community Park, 1000 Stewart Ave. 

 

The event will allow youngsters a unique opportunity to sample the sport of ice hockey. Four morning sessions will be available. Session times are 8 to 9 a.m., 9 to 10 a.m., 10 to 11 a.m. and 11 a.m. to noon.

On Thursday, Oct. 2, North Shore High School quarterback Michael Floccari shattered a school record and tied a Long Island record for the most touchdown passes in a game. This accomplishment ties him with E.J. Clark from Seaford High School (1977) and Joe Capobianco form Lawrence High school (2011). 


Calendar

Harvest Square Dance - October 24

Fall Festival - Octobner 24 - 25

Peace, Politics and Projectiles - October 26


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