Written by Joe Scotchie: email@example.com Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00
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.”
Wednesday, 19 June 2013 00:00
As with many youngsters growing up in Roslyn, Matt Soren was a New York Yankee fan. A pitching star at the University of Delaware, Matt was passed over by the Yankees in the major league baseball draft. But the 6-5, 225 lb. strikeout artist will still achieve the ultimate American dream of playing professional baseball. In the 19th round of the draft, Matt was chosen by the Philadelphia Phillies.
Monday, 17 June 2013 00:00
“I’m proud of what we’re doing here,” said Kelly Norris, great-granddaughter of Jeanne Shibley Bell, the founder of the Shibley Day Camp in Roslyn.
Ms. Norris is referring to the extensive upgrades, renovations and improvements now under way at the camp. The projects are moving forward under the guidance of her father, Ernest Norris, with additional help from her mother, Jane Bradbury Norris and her sister Mackenzie.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
The Ninth Annual Cancer Center for Kids Golf Outing will take place on Monday, June 17 at the Wind Watch Golf and Country Club in Hauppauge. An afternoon of golf on one of Long Island’s most beautiful golf courses will be followed by a lively dinner and reception featuring good food and great company as well as a wide variety of unique raffle prizes.
Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00
“She is a good athlete, but not exceptional. I don’t think she was the fastest girl on the court in any game or practice she played in.” So said Herricks Girls” Basketball Head Coach Glenn Lavey about senior Lady Highlander Alison Ricchiuti.
Ricchiuti has been named Nassau County Player of the Year by both the Nassau County Coaches Association and by Verizon FIOS.