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.
At the beginning of the regular Herricks School Board meeting, president Christine Turner called for a moment of silence in honor of the recently, and suddenly, deceased Craig Laganese, president of the Herricks Teacher’s Association.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Deirdre Hayes announced that Coach Joseph Caruso, who is the boys and girls Cross County Head Coach, was just named Coach of The Year by the Nassau County Track Coaches Association.
The Herricks School Board meeting was interrupted so they could meet with the members of the Herricks Middle School student government including: president-Christina Litos; vice-president-Chase McGahan and secretary treasurer-Randi Sarf.
The first student to deliver a message was president Litos. She praised the board and thanked them for their principal Joan Keegan and assistant principal Thomas Aird.
With the addition of contributions from generous area residents and businesses, to whom we extend our deepest thanks, Anton Community Newspapers was able to donate a large number of toys to the United States Marines Toys for Tots Program. Collecting the toys for the Marines is original coordinator on Long Island for the program, Major Chuck Kilbride, along with Sgt. Brian Gomez. Representing Anton Newspapers: Publisher Angela Anton and Kristen Anton, editors Karen Gellender, Cory Twibell and Dagmar Karppi, along with Martin Silver, CEO of Star Industries, of Syosset.
At the last meeting of the Village of New Hyde Park before the holidays, trustee Richard Coppola thanked the members of the New Hyde Park Auxiliary Police for doing such a great job of protecting the area. He said there was just one incident recently at Memorial Park and it was discovered that the incident was burning of garbage in the park.
However, he reminded residents if they see anything going on either in the parks or elsewhere to please call 911 so it can be checked.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro thanked the members of the Beautification Committee, under the direction of Rich Pollisco, for doing such a wonderful job in decorating Marcus Christ Hall for the children’s magic show and for all the decorating outside of village hall. He added, “Rich always does such a wonderful job.”
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