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, 24 May 2013 00:00
Doug Ingram was recently named the new chief of the Westbury Fire Department.
Ingram grew up in Old Westbury and graduated from Westbury High School in 1974. After graduating, he joined the Navy where he spent two years stationed in Italy. When he was honorably discharged in 1979, he joined the Westbury fire department and has been involved there ever since.
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
In what is hoped to be a step forward for the Westbury School District’s ongoing search for a superintendent, the board of education voted to terminate its contract with search firm Hazard, Young, Attea. However, questions still remain. Will the board continue the search with another firm? Will the board conduct the search themselves? Will it consider current Interim Superintendent Mary Lagnado for the position? And of course, how long will the process take before a permanent superintendent is named?
Thursday, 23 May 2013 00:00
Avenging the previous day’s loss and moving themselves one step closer to a possible county title, the Carle Place Frogs Softball team beat out the Locust Valley Falcons Wednesday, May 15 in a game two rematch for the Nassau County Class B Semi-Final, 12-3.
Friday, 17 May 2013 00:00
Westbury Okinawan Karate recently celebrated its 10-year anniversary of coming to the Westbury Recreation Center. Since then, the dojo has trained 250 students, ages six and up, in the art of karate with the style of traditional Okinawan ShorinRyu Shidokan.
Founded by sensei John Power, the classes seek to instill the confidence and strength needed to obtain success in everyday life.
“A lot of kids are lacking confidence,” said Power. “We let them practice leadership in the class and this contributes to their confidence.