On Monday, April 6, the Village of Massapequa Park held its annual organization meeting at the Village Hall.
Town of Oyster Bay Supervisor John Venditto and Nassau County Legislator Peter Schmitt were both on hand to administer the oath of office to various village officials, including Mayor James Altadonna and board of trustee members.
Mayor Altadonna was re-elected without any opposition to another two-year term in last March's election. At the meeting, Trustee Jeffrey Pravato was appointed as deputy mayor. Kevin M. Walsh, Esq. was appointed to a one-year term as village attorney. Walsh is currently with the law firm of Walsh, Markus, McDougal & De Bellis.
On Monday, April 20, the BOT is expected to approve the village's annual operating budget for the 2009-2010 fiscal year. In the meantime, the BOT has set the salary of he village attorney at $50,933 per year. It was also determined at the meeting that representation of the village in litigation as assigned by the BOT will be billed at a rate of $200 per hour, not to exceed $10,000 annually without further resolution from the board.
In the coming fiscal year, public meetings will be held on the second and fourth Mondays of the month at 7:00 p.m. in the Village Hall. Special meetings may be called by the mayor or at least two trustee members by giving notice to the members of the board as well as to media outlets and the public "as soon as practical."
At the April 6 meeting, the BOT adopted investment, purchasing and reimbursement policies for the village, plus the authorization of audit payments.
That body also authorized elected and appointed officials, plus certain employees to attend various schools, conferences, meetings, and seminars, claiming that such attendance "benefits the municipality." Such conferences include a NYCOM Fall Training School, a Municipal Clerk School at Cornell, and a NYCOM Legislative meeting.
Finally, the BOT endorsed several key intermunicipal agreements. They include an agreement between the village and the Massapequa Fire Department for gasoline and diesel fuel, another between the village and the Massapequa School District on shared salt, and finally, a shared resource mutual aid agreement between the village and the Villages of Amityville, Farmingdale, and Lindenhurst, in which the villages agree to assist each other in times of certain emergencies.