Prior to the last Herricks School Board meeting at the high school, the board met with the high school students for the purpose of hearing their comments and suggestions regarding the school.
The first student to speak was the president of the student council, Natalie Quan, who said that she and members of the student council had carefully read the budget and she noted it said that class sizes could become larger.
She said, “How realistic is that because I know that class sizes have gotten larger, from the past few years, and in my classes now there aren’t even enough desks for some kids. So, I’m thinking even extra help sessions are not as personal as they used to be and if we go to the computer lab sometimes there aren’t even enough computers for us to use. The books and supplies and are not enough. So, I’m asking, how much larger are we looking at?”
Michael F. Uttaro and Diane Thorp have announced they are running for the two Village of Williston Park Trustee positions. The Village of Williston Park elections will take place March 20. Both candidates are running under the Representative Party.
Both Uttaro and Thorp feel that they will bring a lot to the trustee positions. Both have extensive work and community volunteer experience, as well as a deep commitment to the Village of Williston Park that will enhance the trustee positions, the Representative Party stated.
At the beginning of the last Williston Park Village Board meeting, mayor Paul Ehrbar called for a moment of silence to honor the recently deceased Joe Camisa, who for 16 years, had been the head of the Williston Park Auxiliary Police.
He then introduced Jean Franchine, who will now be heading up the Williston Park Auxiliary Police.
Franchine said, “I’m looking forward to this new position because I know that behind me I have a very supportive village board.”
Before hearing the local law, Mayor Ehrbar announced that Donna McKenna, who was in the audience and who is the Williston Park Library director, is expecting twins in June and, naturally, everyone in the audience was very happy for her and they gave her a big round of applause.
“Villages were created to provide efficient services under local control and the watchful eye of residents,” stated Nassau County Village Officials Association President Ralph Kreitzman, mayor of the Village of Great Neck. “Village government is the government closest to the people, the most cost-effective, efficient, and responsive form of local government.” And it is the mission of the NCVOA to support and preserve these critical municipalities.
Founded in 1925, the NCVOA consists of the 64 incorporated villages in Nassau County, with nearly 435,000 residents. “Our organization proudly serves as an advocate for municipal governments and residents on local, state and national levels,” Mayor Kreitzman told Anton Newspapers. The NCVOA leaders are the mayors and trustees of the villages, “your friends and neighbors … accessible at all hours of the day and night … they care about the communities in which they live and are dedicated to making them as desirable as possible.”
Mayor Kreitzman continued, explaining that the “NCVOA functions as a resource for village officials, providing education, shared services, and other opportunities for villages to improve efficiencies and maintain a quality of life for their residents.”
The year 2012 is still in its infancy, but an issue that dates back years in New York State and other states, is dominating its first steps into the New Year. Local municipalities and school districts will work to get under the inaugural 2 percent property tax cap that was enacted by Governor Andrew Cuomo in June.
La Marmite in Williston Park went from a fine dining restaurant to debating ground on Jan. 10. The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA), New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) and the State Comptroller’s Office hammered out the issues and implications on the property tax cap and its affect on municipalities.
At the beginning of the last Herricks School Board meeting, president Christine Turner said, “Just let me give you a little background regarding how we arrive at the school budget. In a normal school year the school board gives guidelines to the superintendent in preparing the budget, I would say in December. Then the superintendent, assistant superintendent and the principals and all the teams work on preparing the budget. Then the board is presented with the budget usually at the end of January. We then have budget hearings in February and March and then the board adopts the budget in March.
Pointing to the new administration comprised of a history-making female majority and the first Iranian American elected to office in New York State, Supervisor Jon Kaiman took the oath of office for a fifth term Jan. 2, promising to hit the ground running with his reshuffled team and to continue stressing innovation, continuity and accountability.
With his wife, Kim, and his three children by his side along with a number of other family members, North Hempstead’s fifth-term supervisor was sworn in by U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer at a mid afternoon ceremony at Clinton G. Martin Park in New Hyde Park. He paid tribute afterwards to the political process and America, a place where one can go from political refugee to politician.
At the last New Hyde Park Village Board meeting, village clerk Cathryn Hillman was appointed as the village’s first budget officer and the budget public hearing will be on Monday, April 2 at 7:30 p.m. followed by the Annual Meeting of the Village of New Hyde Park directly after the public hearing also on April 2.
The board also approved a request from the New Hyde Park Road School to create a “drop off” zone on Park Avenue, subject to approval by the village attorney, from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m.
The New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce will celebrate its 50th Anniversary with the installation of a new slate of officers.
Mark Laytin will be installed as president. He was named, this year as “small business person of the year” by the New Hyde Park Chamber of Commerce and is the president of ML Marketing, a consulting firm offering Cloud Computing computer security as well as identity protection for residences and businesses. He is a 25-year resident of New Hyde Park and is very active in the community.
At the last New Hyde Park/Garden City school board meeting, board trustee Tricia Rudd announced that from this day forward the state has exempted all school boards from the MTA tax they had previously imposed.
Rudd went on to say, “School districts will be reimbursed for payments made to date and then be free of the need to pay at all. BOCES and special districts will no longer have to pay the tax and to pay this we had to borrow money. This is effective immediately. This is a big win for all school districts This law should never have been put into effect, but at least they corrected the mistake. We got a few people out of office, especially the one person who pushed for this law.
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