Written by Rich Forestano Thursday, 25 April 2013 00:00
Number crunching is over for the Village of New Hyde Park after the board of trustees adopted the 2013-14 village budget on Tuesday, April 16. The final total budget is set at $5,853,068.67, which represents a $31,433.51 increase from last year.
The village will not pierce the state-imposed 2 percent tax cap, affirming a 2.04 ($4,061,113.39) tax levy increase. On April 2, the village presented a tentative 2.23 percent tax levy, which mirrored New York State’s allowable limit to New Hyde Park.
Residents will pay an additional $29.16 per year. New Hyde Park voted to allow the village to exceed the cap if needed on Jan. 15.
The village could not raise the levy more than about $90,000. Mayor Robert Lofaro announced the year-to-year tax levy increase was $81,314. The first draft of the budget was approximately $7,000 more than the official increase.
“I’d like to thank everyone that was involved in the budget process,” Lofaro said. “Passing the budget only means that we set what the tax rate is and that’s the amount we’re going to collect in taxes. It doesn’t mean we’re going to spend any of this money, or we may spend more, or less. As the year progresses, we’ll see. The budget is a guideline, but we obviously want to remain within the budget.”
The village’s objective is to come into next year with a surplus, not a deficit, according to Lofaro. New Hyde Park’s tax rate went up 2.94 percent ($0.58). The tentative budget originally called for a 3.9 percent tax rate increase.
Health expenses in New Hyde Park are projected to increase $5,196.72 ($688,642.72) from last year. Village officials noted that some employees have to contribute between 10 and 20 percent for medical, dental and vision expenses.
Retirement expenses are expected to total $387,615; a $29,901 increase from the prior budget. Other notable employee benefit budget lines like workers compensation took a dive, topping off at $143,096.45, a $1,903.55 drop.
Village revenues dipped to $1,791,955.28, a 2.71 percent decrease from last year. Salaries saw a 2.94 percent increase in adopted budget, with the village’s employee contract set to expire on May 30, 2014.
Last Updated (Wednesday, 04 December 2013 14:00) Wednesday, 04 December 2013 13:30
New Hyde Park residents and officials reacted to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to veto a state bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise study of two major airports. A main sticking point in the bill was the necessity of the identical legislation put forth by the state of New Jersey.
Rather than wait for New Jersey, the governor is ordering a study be held. New Hyde Park resident Kurt Lanjghar, a proponent of aircraft noise abatement in the community, was pleased, but puzzled.
Last Updated (Tuesday, 26 November 2013 13:43) Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
Community backlash against erection of a new radio tower drove the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District into the spotlight in recent weeks, forcing its commissioners to address communication lapses, and ultimately, ceasing and reversing construction efforts. The district covers North New Hyde Park.
Now, a Dec. 10 election for a commissioner’s seat is thrusting the water district toward center stage once again. Current commissioner Donald O’Brien will vie for a second term, challenged by former commissioner Robert DeVito.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The North Hempstead Town Board honored the New Hyde Park 12 and under baseball team prior to the Nov. 19 board meeting at Town Hall.
The New Hyde Park Blue Devils finished with an impressive 13-1 record in the National Junior Baseball League’s (NJBL) 12U National Division, taking home 1st place honors. The entire team was on hand to be awarded with certificates as well as their coaches Marlon Artigas, Phil Munoz, Dennis Rowinski, and Peter Yip.
“Each game it was someone else. It was all about teamwork,” Artigas said.
Councilman Angelo Ferrara, whose council district encompasses New Hyde Park, gave a brief recap of the Town’s history, and told the team that they, too, are now a part of North Hempstead’s compelling story.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Students at Charles Water Karate & Fitness, located at 122 Hillside Avenue in Williston Park are required to complete and pass four exams with their required skills and then they are recommended for their black belt test. There are students that are invited to the exams who have different goals.
“Our goal at Charles Water’s Karate & Fitness is to facilitate mental growth enabling our students to reach their highest potential as human beings,” says Charles Water owner and director of the school. “Our studio teaches students how to defend themselves responsibly while instilling self-confidence, self-discipline and respect for others.”