Written by Chris Boyle, email@example.com Friday, 12 July 2013 00:00
This year’s installation dinner was held at the La Marmite Restaurant in Williston Park, where a virtual who’s who of local and county government was present, including recently appointed Town of Oyster Bay Clerk James Altadonna, formerly the mayor of Massapequa Park.
Ralph Kreitzman, the outgoing president and current Mayor of Great Neck, welcomed the assembled mayors of the numerous municipalities represented at the meeting, expressing that his two consecutive terms as President were proud and productive ones.
“They say time goes fast when you’re having fun...but in my case, I feel that the characterization should be educational, challenging, frustrating, rewarding, and yes...some fun,” he said. “But whatever we call it, it’s been an interesting two years, and I want to thank you for the privilege of being President of this organization that, for the past 88 years, has represented, educated, and advocated for us.”
The new-appointed NCVOA Board members for 2013-14 are David Tanner, Mayor of East Williston, as president; Barbara Donno, mayor of Plandome Manor, as 1st Vice-President; Peter Cavallaro, mayor of Westbury, as 2nd Vice-President; and Bernard Ryba, mayor of Old Brookville, as treasurer. The new board members were unanimously elected to their one-year terms by the gathered NCVOA members, and were officially sworn into their posts by Maureen O’Connell, County Clerk of Nassau County.
Tanner, a former 1st Vice-President who was elected mayor of East Williston in May 2011, said that he would handle his new position as NCVOA President with the same dedication that he devotes to the residents of the village of East Williston each and every day.
“I really can’t tell you how much this means to me...I really want to thank everyone here tonight,” he said. “I’ve been with this organization for about 15 years, but tonight it’s not about me, it’s about this organization and its work, and how we contribute to our residents’ quality of life and make their lives more meaningful, make them feel closer to their government, their community, and enrich their own daily lives.”
Kreitzman expressed his support for the new executive board members, and said that, just because he was no longer President, it didn’t mean that his service to the public was anywhere near finished.
“I want to congratulate our incoming officers, and I want to tell them that this is not a swan song” he said. “I plan on continuing to serve the community for as long as I can.”
NCVOA is an organization that was created in 1925 that represents Nassau County’s 64 incorporated villages, forming a common bond of cooperation between them all for their mutual benefit and welfare.
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.