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Village Of Port Washington North Holds Annual Meeting

New budget comes in below 2 percent tax cap

The trustees of the Village of Port Washington North held their annual meeting on April 4. During the meeting, Mayor Robert Weitzner administered the oath of office to Trustees Michael Schenkler and Steve Cohen, who both ran unopposed for re-election.

The purpose of the annual meeting is to make all appointments that are necessary for the seamless administration of the village government. More than 20 appointments were made.

Following the annual meeting, a public hearing was held on the proposed budget for 2012-2013. The tax increase was limited to 1.902 percent with an assessed valuation of 12.7521 percent $100 of assessed valuation. Mayor Weitzner pointed out that the village had not passed a Tax Cap Override Law because the trustees were confident that the budget increase would be less than the state mandated cap of 2 percent.

Budget Officer Susan Pisano presented the $10,428,437 budget. Included in the budget is $800,000 in appropriated funds, which is set aside for the Pleasant Avenue and Bay Walk Projects. The money for the Bay Walk Project is a pass-through in the form of state, federal and local grants. The funds for the Pleasant Avenue project are part of the balance forward from previous years. In essence, the village “saved up the money” for repairing Pleasant Avenue and is now ready to send the project out to bid.

Trustee Schenkler said he thinks it has been five years that the village has been under a 2 percent tax increase. The budget will be approved at the April meeting of the trustees.

During the regular meeting there was some hopeful discussion with respect to the Soundview Market Place Shopping Center. The center is currently in receivership and is in need of repairs. There are ongoing negotiations that may help to revitalize the center.

News

Gould A. ‘Stretch’ Ryder III, accomplished sailor, pilot, businessman, civic leader, and steward of the beautiful waterfront of Port Washington, passed away Oct. 24 at The Amsterdam at Harborside Hospice Center in Port Washington.

Stretch, as he was known to all, was well known as part of the crew on Ted Turner’s “Courageous” when it won the America’s Cup in 1977. Turner stayed in touch and visited Stretch last week.

Stretch’s life was marked by numerous personal contributions and accomplishments.

Parents concerned about classroom sizes spoke up at the Port Washington Board of Education meeting, as the board passed an approval of the larger sizes.

Parents spoke of class sizes at the district’s elementary being in the mid 20s, an amount they felt compromised the quality of their children’s education.

“The board of education changed our children’s education for the worse,” said one mother of larger average class sizes the board had approved last year. The comment drew clapping from the audience.


Sports

The Port Washington Soccer Club has presented Schreiber High School graduate and captain of the Port Washington Blue Knights, Cameron Boroumand, with the annual $1,000 Joe Cohen Scholarship.

The award, which has been presented annually for over 10 years, was established by the Port Washington Soccer Club to honor Joseph Cohen, a gifted athlete who attended college on a soccer scholarship. He went on to achieve outstanding success, first academically, and then in his professional life.  He gave his time fully and with great heart to innumerable charitable endeavors.

The tough and talented Port Washington volleyball team defeated Hicksville at an away game this past Friday in all three sets.

With strong returning players who also play on club teams year round, the Port Washington team plays with a certain level of chemistry. Megan Murphy and Kelly Nardone led the way with 12 assists and Mia Walker had six kills.


Calendar

Schreiber Symphony Orchestra - November 6

Port Summer Show - November 6

Residents For A More Beautiful Port Washington Meeting - November 7


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