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Pay Hikes Coming?

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.

 

“This proposal seeks to make North Hempstead elected officials' salaries comparable with neighboring towns such as Huntington, Hempstead and Oyster Bay and would still leave the town council and supervisor salaries the lowest in Nassau County,” said Riordan. “In fact, town council salaries are currently the same as they were in 1989.  This proposal would not raise taxes nor would it result in the 2014 budget breaking the tax cap.”

 

With the unemployment rate declining, an increase seems timely but may not receive public support. The interim superintendent says the total for the town board raises would be $140,000, which he says would come out of the town’s contingency fund. Riordan says it would not increase the tax rate or cause the 2014 budget to pierce the tax cap. 

 

“This is ill-conceived and fiscally imprudent,” said North Hempstead Republican Committee Chairman Frank Moroney. “It is also dishonest since this proposal comes just two weeks after an election where one of the primary issues was passing the budget before the Election Day.”

 

Riordan has reviewed the salaries of elected officials in other Long Island townships, including Hempstead, Oyster Bay and Huntington.

 

“Based on this review, it is evident that the salaries of elected officials in the Town of North Hempstead are less, and in some instances, substantially less, than the salaries in these counterpart townships," he said. “It is for this reason, coupled with the hard work, long hours and dedication to service of elected officials in the Town of North Hempstead, that I am recommending to the Town Board that the salaries for elected officials in the Town be increased for the 2014 calendar year.”

News

Road improvement and storm preparation dominated the discussion of the Village of Mineola’s preliminary 2014-15 budget released last week. The proposed budget totals $19.33 million, a 1.38 percent increase from last year.

The tentative budget also represents a .34 percent tax increase from last year, when Mineola’s tax bump was .74 percent.

 

The village has budgeted almost $1 million for road and curb upgrades, Mayor Scott Strauss estimated. The road maintenance line in the budget received an $80,000 to increase to $580,000.

An April 7 fire in a second-floor apartment at 98 Mineola Blvd.—which also houses Wong’s Noodle House—was sparked by unsanctioned plumbing work, Mineola officials revealed last week.

 

According to Village Building Superintendent Dan Whalen, the building owner, 104 Mineola Blvd. LLC, did not have the required permits to do plumbing work on file. Arcadio Matias, superintendent of the building, could not be reached for comment. The building department is notifying Matias and his workers, both of who will appear before the village court some time in May.

 

The Mineola Fire Department received the call at noon and rushed to the scene. “The fire didn’t spread far,” MFD Chief Jeff Clark said. “Luckily no one was hurt.”


Sports

FC Mineola Wins Two

The BU10 FC Mineola opened league play with 3-0 win over the Hewlett Lawrence Blue Sonic on April 3. Mineola was led by Liam Going (two goals and an assist). The first goal came off a beautiful cross from Liam Russelman that Going sent to the back of the net.  Fifteen minutes later the Liam to Liam connection struck again when Russelman found Going open at the top of the box for another shot and score by the talented Mineola player.

 

Mineola’s final goal came midway through the second half as Gregory Kenney redirected a good cross past the Hewlett goalie. The back line of Peter Murphy, Luke Sommese and Brent Muessig controlled the defensive end of the field limiting the number of shots Hewlett took on goal and the few that made it through were gobbled up by keeper Andrew Pizzardi. Brian Heckelman, Phil Macchietto and James Teadore all contributed with stellar play at the midfield position.

Marissa Cotroneo

Senior Captain Marissa Cotroneo excelled at the Paul Limmer Invitation on Saturday, April 5, held at Mepham High School.  Cotroneo placed first overall in the 1500 meters in one of the most exciting, come from behind victories of the season.


Calendar

Village Meeting - April 16

Zoning Board Meeting - April 17

Egg Hunts and Fun Fairs - April 19


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com