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Tanner Tapped To NCVOA Top Spot

East Williston mayor appointed president

The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) elected its executive board for the 2013-14 year on Thursday, June 27, headed up by newly appointed president and current East Williston Mayor David Tanner.

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.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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