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Village Annual Meeting, Budget Hearing, Public Hearings

Budget to be voted on at April 17 meeting

The New Hyde Park Village proposed this year’s budget at their last meeting held on April 2. The budget will be voted on by the complete board at the next meeting, which is set for April 17.

The tentative budget has a proposed total appropriation of $5,842,985.18 representing an increase of $252,214 from last year’s budget.

The proposed tentative budget proposes a tax levy of $4,001,149.63 and this represents an increase of $118,149.41 from last year’s budget.

The tentative budget proposes a tax rate of $20.19 per $100 of assessed valuation. This represents an increase of $0.66 from last year’s budget or a 3.37 percent increase.

This amount results in an average assessed household in the village, with an assessed valuation of $5400, to pay an additional $35.64 a year in village tax.

The total village assessment role, as of April 1, 2012, was set at $19,818,866, which is down $65,576 from last year of $19,884,442.

Other revenue projected in the tentative budget is $1,841,835.55, which represents a $94,065 increase from last year, or approximately 5.11 percent.

The village’s calculation for the 2 percent tax cap limit projects an allowable tax levy increase of $99,186 or 2.49 percent to be within the guidelines. However, the tentative budget proposes a tax levy increase of $118,149.63 or 3.16 percent which is $18,963.63 or 0.55 percent above the 2 percent tax cap limit.

On November 14, 2011 the village board adopted a local law amending the Municipal Code of the Incorporated Village of New Hyde Park authorizing a property tax levy in excess of 2 percent limit established in General Municipal Law No. 3-C.

Highlights of the Budget:

Medical, dental and vision health expenses are projected to be $683,446, which is an increase of $28,608 from last year. Some employees are now required to contribute between 10 to 15 percent toward their own medical, dental and vision expense.

State retirement expenses are projected to be $357,714 which is an increase of $23,125 from last year.

Workers compensation insurance expenses are expected to be $150,850, an increase of $22,500.

The reduction of the total village assessment roll of 60,666 represents a decrease in tax revenue of $120,000.

Personal services expense increased by $49,056 from last year as a 3.8 percent increase was included in the budget based on the collective bargaining agreement.

Claims and judgment expenses have been increased by $65,218 from last year to satisfy court settlement for overpayment of property taxes.

The budget also proposes an increase of the appropriation for diesel fuel by $150,000 in anticipation of higher expenses.

On the revenue side, the tentative budget reflects an increase of $25,000 from Cablevision and Verizon.

The revenue from transportation is projected to increase by about $37,000 as the full year impact of the increase to parking meters and vouchers are realized for the first time.

The Consolidated Highway Improvement Program revenue has been increased by approximately $76,000 in anticipation of eligible offsetting expense from the 2012 Road Improvement Project.

The Village Heard the Following Public Hearings

Special Use Permit No: 11-03-Pete Reisen

Special use applied for by Pete Reisen, 15 Jericho Turnpike, New Hyde Park; Section 8, Block No. 39, Lot 7-14, 31-36.

Premises utilized as a private school.

This was passed by the board depending on the approval by the Nassau County Planning Commission.

Special Use Permit No. 11-04 for Steven Novenstein

Special use applied for by Steven Novenstein, 1401 4th Avenue, New Hyde Park; Section 33, Block 556, Lot (s) 14.

For the purpose of automobile storage of antique or special cars that are most used for display at car shows.

It was established that this area would not store any gas or oil or gas tanks and the cars would only be taken out and returned on special occasions and the facility will have a low impact on the neighbors.

The owner also will install a new steel fence and will add attractive new landscaping.

This was also passed by the board depending on the approval by the Nassau County Planning Commission.

CDBG Community Block Grant

A public hearing was also held for Community Development Block Grant monies for the 38th year. That was passed.

Regular Village Board Meeting Held After Budget/Public Hearings

The regular meeting of the Village of New Hyde Park was finally held after all the above hearings were finished.

At that meeting the board granted the Kiwanis Club of New Hyde Park and Floral Park the use of the village hall parking lot on May 5 and May 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to hold a bicycle collection drive to benefit the Race Chaplaincy at Belmont Racetrack and the Salvation Army. There are no scheduled activities at village hall on May 5, but the VFW will be practicing for the Memorial Day Parade on May 19 on the front lawn and at Marcus Christ Hall.

The New Hyde Park Village will host a TAVASNAC (Town, Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee) meeting at the New Hyde Park Road School on April 23 from 7 to 10 p.m. Members of TAVASNAC have assured the members they will be present at this meeting.

The village plans to hold an American-Idol like competition for those in New Hyde Park ages 12 to 18 at the William Gill Theater atop village hall, corner of New Hyde Park Road and Jericho Turnpike. Dates and times will be announced at a later time.

The very long and involved meetings and hearings ended and the next meeting, as mentioned previously, will be held on April 17 at 8 p.m. at New Hyde Park Village Hall.

News

Dedicating itself to brining freshly made burgers to its customers, Smashburger in New Hyde Park provides gourmet hamburgers, but with a twist.

 

Since its grand opening on Oct. 18, 2013, business at Smashburger has been a smash, says owner Irwin Kruger.

 

“The location has been great for us,” added Kruger. “We have good tenants that surround us. It’s conveniently located on Marcus Avenue, and there’s plenty of parking.”

At the July 18 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, the school district addressed a recent response by the State Education Department (SED) in regards to a recent hot-button topic that has many parents, students, and teachers alike up in arms—the rapid and stressful increase in state assessment testing.

 

Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth recently received an email from Assistant SED Commissioner Dr. Julia Rafal-Baer, addressing the concerns of both parents and school districts in New York regarding the great deal of stress that many students have been put under as a result of what many have referred to “excessive state testing.” 

 

Many parents and school administrators argue these rob children of valuable classroom learning time in favor of multiple standardized assessment exams designed to gauge teacher performance, and

Rafal-Baer’s email acknowledged the difficulties that many students have been undergoing since the testing was implemented last year. 


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians’ very talented lacrosse defenseman, Tyler Regnier, will be playing next season for the Division 1 Rutgers University Scarlet Knights.

 

Regnier started playing lacrosse as a third grader, when he played with the New Hyde Park Police Activity League, a youth lacrosse program.

 

“At first, I wasn’t too serious,” he said recently. “But I just stuck with it, a lot of training, a lot of travel and a lot of practice made it happen.”

Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness in Williston Park received belt promotions after completing a series of extensive exams.

 

Graduates

From New Hyde Park:  Jonah Khorrami to brown belt, Isabella Castelli to purple belt.

 

From Mineola:  Alexandra Santos and Kayla Toal to, Kayla Toal yellow belt, Jason DeJesus to Yellow/White Belt.

 

From Williston Park:  Mario Lombardo to red belt, Daniel Melore to blue belt, Grayson Lee to yellow/white belt.

 

From Garden City:  Alexandra Delgais: to brown belt, Jake Delgais to yellow/white belt.

 

From Roslyn Heights:  Suhani Jain to red belt.  

 

From Uniondale:  Isiah McClean to yellow/white belt.



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