Written by Katherine M. Trager, email@example.com Friday, 18 January 2013 00:00
The Westbury Village Board, at its first regular meeting of the year Jan. 3, unanimously passed a local law authorizing the village, if necessary, to impose a property tax levy in excess of the state-legislated two percent cap.
The law, which was first introduced and enacted last year, must be re-enacted in each subsequent year after a public hearing.
“We adopted this resolution last year, which would technically allow us to exceed the state-mandated tax cap, which is typically two percent,” said Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro.
Cavallaro explained that the state tax cap law penalizes municipalities that put forth a budget that either intentionally or unintentionally exceeds the cap if they have not passed a local law authorizing the override.
The mayor strongly emphasized that the board does not intend to exceed the cap in its upcoming budget, which applies to the fiscal year beginning on June 1, 2013.
“I fully expect that our budget this coming year, like last year, will be under the tax cap,” said Cavallaro, reminding the audience that, even though the override provision was passed last year as well, the village adopted a budget with a zero percent tax levy increase.
A resident wanted to know how much FEMA monetary assistance the village is expected to receive in relation to Hurricane Sandy and if the budget would be affected if the village did not receive enough aid.
The mayor did not have an exact number yet but was confident that the village would receive “substantial reimbursement” from FEMA.
“The storm will not have a materially detrimental effect on our budget practices,” said the mayor.
The mayor also updated the community on the progress of the Ellison Avenue bridge replacement project.
“We did announce that there was a commitment by the Long Island Rail Road and there was funding that was committed by the Metropolitan Transit Authority to finally replace the bridge,” said Cavallaro.
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Got a pooch that won’t sit still, climbs the furniture, or jumps on the neighbors? A dog imbued with limitless energy that has you at your wits’ end? Perhaps it’s time you school your out-of-control canine with the discipline and control of the “Martial Arfs.”
Martial Arfs, a new dog training facility in Carle Place is set to prove the old adage that “a good dog is a tired dog.” Run by Jeris Pugh, Martial Arfs takes a novel idea to working with our four-legged friends that has proven to be very successful; combining unorthodox exercises and equipment with the principles of the Asian fighting arts.
“We work primarily with incorporating physical activity into improving behavior. But we’ve created a facility where we don’t just tire your dog out, we teach it how to behave while at the same time tiring it out,” he said. “There’s a huge obesity problem right now, about 54 percent of all dogs are overweight, and just because you let your dog out in the year once or twice a day doesn’t mean he’s actually getting proper exercise.”
Friday, 13 December 2013 00:00
Here’s a look at what was discussed at Dec. 5’s Board of Trustees meeting:
• The village recycling program is expected to expand come January or February to include all plastics and shredded paper. More information will be sent out to residents at the beginning of the year.
• The remote commuter renewal program will have its last two days at Village Hall, on Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., and Dec. 19 from 4:30 to 7p.m. Come with your registration and a check for the renewal fee.
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
Congratulations to the Westbury boys varsity basketball team who defeated East Meadow High Schoool 57 to 51 to win the championship game of the Coaches vs. Cancer tournament.
The tournament was dedicated to Coach Martin “Bunky” Reid and the 1985 state championship team. Before the finals of the tournament, a poster signed by many of the players from the 85’ team was presented to Mrs. Reid to honor her son.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The wrestling team at Westbury High School looks forward to a fresh start this season. Last year, they struggled to stay atop the Nassau Conference, but this time, the team has a lot of valuable pieces that are crucial for them to flip the script and potentially climb to the top of the standings.
One of the shining stars in the school’s team this year is the dominating Raeco Jackson. For the past two seasons, Jackson has had an extraordinary winning record in the 113 and 120 weight classes. “Last year, my record was 28-5 and the year before that it was 30-5,” he said. With a total record of 58 wins and 10 losses, he has won 85 percent of his matches. His impressive feat helped Jackson receive all-county honors last season.