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Board Overrides Tax Cap

The Roslyn village board voted to override the state law that limited property tax increases to no more than two percent per year. 

When the tax cap law was approved in 2011, it came with a provision that allowed villages to opt out of the tax limit if voted on by 60 percent of the governing body.  This is the provision that village officials have taken advantage of both last year and in this year’s budget. At the same time, it doesn’t mean that property taxes will exceed the two percent limit. In fact, the village, Mayor John Durkin said, has no plans to do so.

“We opted out in case a major disaster happens,” he said. “Then we would go above the two percent limit. We don’t plan on raising taxes. We are working on a budget right now and I don’t foresee us doing that (raising taxes).”

The meeting was a landmark in recent village history as it represented the last meeting for longtime trustee, Lisa Aberle, who chose not to run for re-election. Aberle’s place on the board is being taken by Sarah Oral, who as with the two incumbents, was elected without opposition. Both and Trustee Marta Genovese were also re-elected to two-year terms. Durkin, Genovese and Oral all ran on the Community Party ticket. Ms. Oral is a civil engineer and she said that she plans on using her expertise to address quality of life issues in the village.  More specifically, she is interested in issues, which involve parking and traffic regulation.

On that same note, the board, in addition to overriding the tax cap, also voted to approve a proposal in which the village will employ a car and driver to patrol the streets of the village, all in an attempt to supplement work by Nassau County police.  Village officials operating those vehicles will alert the police upon encountering any suspicious activity. The car will bear the name of the Village of Roslyn and will operate during late night and morning hours, from 10 p.m.—5 a.m. 

The formalities of the March 19 election were announced at the meeting. At the next board meeting, one set for Tuesday, April 16, all three officials will be formally sworn in.

“I’m very happy to be re-elected,” said Durkin, who has served as mayor since 2001. “I’m glad to keep doing it.”


News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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