(Ed. note: The following are candidate profiles for the May 21 Board of Education elections. School district residents will also be voting on school and library budgets. For more on the election, see page 4.)
April 23 began a tree-planting program that will eventually replace thousands of trees that, according to Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, fell or were damaged by Superstorm Sandy. “Superstorm Sandy changed the face of Nassau County forever,” the county executive said. “This tree planting program will continue until we have addressed every location throughout Nassau County that lost trees due to the storm.”
Village of North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss has been in an ongoing dialogue with the county since the slaughter of the trees along Searingtown and Shelter Rock roads. “The county executive knows how disturbed I have been. Not all those trees were compromised,” Natiss said.
If budgets on the higher levels of government were as disciplined as those on the village level, then just imagine the prosperity Americans might enjoy. The board of trustees of the Village of Roslyn Harbor recently approved a 2013-2014 budget, one that continues a pattern of decreased expenditures.
This year’s budget amounts to $938,844 in spending, down slightly from last year’s budget of $986,207, not to mention 2011-2012’s budget of $1,083,828.
The Village of Roslyn Estates expects to recover from the costs attributed to Hurricane Sandy, mainly through reimbursements from the federal agency, FEMA. Recently, the board approved the 2013-2014 budget, one that contained a small tax increase of 1.8 percent, within the 2 percent tax cap imposed by New York State.
Hurricane Sandy and the Nor’easter that followed did considerable damage to Village property including to trees, roads and the Fenway Nature Preserve. The village spent $150,000 to address these problems. A claim was subsequently filed with FEMA. Village officials expect that approximately $113,000 will be reimbursed to Roslyn Estates.
As part of the Town of North Hempstead Earth Day Celebration, over 40 people cleaned the historic Motor Parkway section in East Williston between Roslyn Road and the Oyster Bay LIRR tracks last weekend. The Community Clean-Up was organized by John Darcy, Commissioner of Community Services, and approved by Councilman Thomas Dwyer.
Among the groups participating were; the Long Island Motor Parkway Preservation Society, the Buddhist Tzu Chi Foundation USA Long Island Branch, school children and local residents. Over 25 bags of trash, two fallen trees and a couch were removed from the Motor Parkway.
Another great year for Roslyn High School basketball squads has ended. Meanwhile, George Beamon, the player who led Roslyn to a championship year in 2009, suffered his share of disappointments as he entered a promising senior year at Manhattan College. Beamon led the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) in scoring in 2009 and going into his final year was considered a possible NBA draft selection. However, a knee injury sidelined Beamon, bringing the year to an abrupt close. Still, the Roslyn point guard is determined to continue his basketball career. Once the injury was confirmed, Beamon announced that he would seek a medical hardship and return for the 2013-14 season.
The Village of East Hills, which has the largest budget in all of the villages in the Roslyn area, has managed to approve its third consecutive budget without a tax increase.
The approved budget spends more than the 2012-2013 budget, but about the same amount as the 2011-2012 document. Total expenditures are $11,169,648. For instance, the total legislative budget stands at $101,108, more than the $69,823 in actual expenditures as of February 2013, but nearly the same as the $96,769 allotted in the 2011-2012 budget. Likewise, the total Administration and Staff budget for the Government Support segment is $697,000, similar to the $672,322 for 2011-2012. In addition, the board found decreases in the assessment, legal, engineering, public health and publicity portions of the budget.
Since she was four-years-old, Roslyn resident Emma Iadanza has been fascinated with ancient cultures and languages. She taught herself how to write and read hieroglyphics and, in kindergarten, authored and performed her first play about ancient Egypt with her class.
Now 12, Emma has upped the ante and published a book about a privileged girl from ancient Pompeii who is killed when Mt. Vesuvius erupts in 79 AD, only to wake up alive and well in modern-day France. Entitled Lady of Pompeii, the 116-page novel for children ages 9-14 is available through Amazon.com.
The long anticipated speech by former President Bill Clinton was received by an overflow crowd of 1,700 people who packed into Temple Sinai Tuesday April 16. The audience came to hear Clinton deliver a talk entitled, “Embracing Our Common Humanity.”
Year in and year out, local villages do their best to keep budgets as close to the bone as possible. The fiscal year 2013-14 is no different as the Village of Roslyn’s board of trustees passed a budget that decreased spending by a slim number. The final budget amounts to $4,450,621 in spending, a slight decrease from the $4,452,360 budget approved for 2012-2013.
The approved decrease represents the second consecutive year that the board has been able to decrease expenditures----a notable achievement under any circumstances.
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