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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

The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.

 

According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.

At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.

 

Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.


Sports

The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season. 

 

It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball. 

 

Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board. 

Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week. 

 

“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said. 


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