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Roslyn Budget Sees 2 Percent Tax Cut

Spending decreases come from bond retirement, ‘prudent’ planning

Year in and year out, local villages and school boards do everything they can to keep spending and taxes under control. But this year, the Village of Roslyn Board of Trustees surpassed even that by approving a budget that reduces both the tax rate and spending.

The 2012-2013 budget, approved at the April 3 meeting, contains a tax rate decrease of 2.02 percent.  In addition, it decreases spending by $323,284. Village officials said that most of the savings came from the retirement of an outstanding bond.

All of this happened as the BOT faced a difficult fiscal climate with revenues projected to be down by $54,108. But village officials claimed that any revenue decrease “has been overcome by prudent financial planning and cost cutting measures.”

The 2012-2013 budget contains spending decreases in several departments, including village attorney and village engineer.  Sewer maintenance and solid waste Disposal show slight increases.

More specifically, the debt service portion of the budget decreased by $392,266, with $305,000 coming from a serial bond segment and another $110,000.00 from budget notes principal portion. There were increases in a bond anticipation bond segment of the budget.

The total government support budget decreased by $24,229. Savings came, as noted, from the village attorney segment and also from decreases in engineering expenses. Decreases in the transportation budget, similarly, came from the elimination of a foreman’s salary. The public safety budget, meanwhile, saw a small $2,148 increase, thanks to the elimination of a compliance officer position. Increases in public safety came from the fire department budget.

BOT members said they would continue to closely monitor spending “to ensure that every tax dollar is well spent and that every revenue generating mechanism is maximized.”

“It is truly unprecedented in this day and age that a taxpayer is told that his or her taxes are going down,” said Mayor John Durkin.  “The board and I are pleased to tell the taxpayers of Roslyn just that—-your taxes are going down.  The board and I will continue to make every effort to continue this positive trend.”


Howard Kroplick was just settling in to his new position as North Hempstead’s town historian in April of 2012 when a phone call from a resident who found an old headstone led him into a comprehensive study of all 28 cemeteries within

the town’s boundaries.


Kroplick, an East Hills resident for 29 years, serves in the unpaid role as an advisor to the North Hempstead board, out of his longtime love of history. His exhaustive study of the area’s cemeteries has helped him complete a history of

North Hempstead that will be published in January, which will coincide with the 400-year anniversary of the discovery of Long Island, by Dutch explorer Adriaen Block. It was Block, according to Kroplick, who first identified Long Island as an actual island, not a peninsula as many believed back then. The 128-page book from Arcadia Publishing is the first ever written about North Hempstead.

For the time being, much of the Roslyn area is without representation on the Town of North Hempstead council. Recently, Thomas K. Dwyer, who has represented Roslyn on that body since 2002, announced that he would step down from the board while he is in negotiations with a Manhattan-based consulting firm.


Dwyer, who is the chief operating officer of Syosset-based American Land Services, would not identify the firm he is talking to, but he said that the new job would represent a conflict of interest with his work on the town board.


SUNY College at Old Westbury recently named Dr. Anthony DeLuca of Levittown as the College’s NCAA Faculty Athletics Representative (FAR), beginning at the start of the 2014-15 academic year.  

DeLuca, now entering his third year at Old Westbury, also holds the position as director Old Westbury’s Honors College.


“We are thrilled that Dr. DeLuca will serve as Old Westbury’s Faculty Athletics Representative,” said director of athletics Lenore Walsh.  “He is a champion for intercollegiate athletics and has been involved with our program since his arrival at Old Westbury.  I am looking forward to the opportunity to work closely with Dr. DeLuca in support of our students’ academic and athletic pursuits at Old Westbury.”

Albertson resident and Kellenberg sophomore Gabby Schreib qualified for the Millrose Games in New York City. Schreib qualified as a member of the Sprint Medley Relay along with Danielle Correia, Bridget McNierney, and Jazmine Fray. 

The Kellenberg relay’s close second place finish in January’s Millrose Trials has moved them closer to defending the title they won in the same relay at last year’s Millrose Games. Schreib and her teammates time is currently second in the United States for girls track and field performances.


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