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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

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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