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Tax Levy Reduction In Roslyn Harbor

Board of trustees approves 3 percent revenue decrease

The Village of Roslyn isn’t the only municipality in the area to pass a budget that not only holds the line on revenue, but one that actually manages to give residents a tax reduction.

The Village of Roslyn Harbor passed their 2012-13 budget last Wednesday, with the board of trustees approving a 3 percent reduction in the overall tax levy. Village officials said that this follows last year’s reduction of 2.5 percent and the prior 2 years of flat taxes under Mayor Yvette Edidin’s tenure.

Commenting on the budget, Mayor Edidin said that she has “aggressively managed” the budget in past years, all as a way to prevent a tax increase during a recession, while still increasing services. Toward that end, Mayor Edidin cited several initiatives: the village’s first municipal garbage and recycling service, a renovated village hall, the village’s first playground, a private security force, an upgraded road and drainage infrastructure, and increased government transparency.

“When the recession hit in my first year as mayor, village revenues collapsed by nearly 40 percent,” Mayor Edidin said. “Despite this, our administration was able to hold taxes flat for two years and even decrease taxes in the last two years. I have one message for thoughtful voters out there: It is possible to do more with less.  If the right people with the right skill set are in charge of a budget, it can be managed tightly without waste and be optimized for taxpayer benefit.  I want to say thank you to my outgoing Deputy Mayor Eric Schuster who was critical in both inspiring and executing all of these accomplishments as well as to my current staff Clerk/Treasurer Valerie Onorato, Deputy Clerk/Court Clerk Nicole Rhodes and my hardworking board who passed the budget including the 3 percent tax decrease: David Mandell, Louis Badolato, Jeremy Rosof, and Cheryl Stasky Mora. I look forward to our future accomplishments together.”

The Village of Roslyn budget saw a 2 percent tax cut, with Mayor John Durkin citing the retirement of an outstanding bond, plus “prudent financial planning and cost cutting measures.”

The East Hills budget saw no tax increases, with Mayor Michael R. Koblenz noting such cost cutting measures as refinancing overall bonds and those from a repaving project on Forest Drive by a commercial developer.

Finally, the Village of Roslyn Estates board of trustees approved a budget that Mayor Jeff Schwartzberg said had “flat taxes in real dollars.” In addition, the village, Mayor Schwartzberg said, was able to introduce “a number of sound business practices which included establishing capital reserves that will allow us to prepare for future infrastructure maintenance, repair and replacement programs. This upcoming year’s budget continues to build upon those reserves… over time, our village will be in a much stronger financial position to deal with normal wear and tear issues that will surely arise.”

News

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.


Sports

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.


Registration for Farmingdale’s Over the Hill Gang Softball League will take place Feb. 1, Feb. 8 and Feb. 15, from 10 a.m. - Noon at the Allen Park meeting room on Motor Ave. in Farmingdale. The league is open to men 40 and over who live in Farmingdale or the Town of Oyster Bay area. Players can also apply online at www.othgny.com, however must attend one registration session to show proof of age and residency.

 

— Submitted by Jerry Mazza



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