Leader-June 2017



NCVOA June 2017


Thursday, June 29,2017-6:30PM

Westbury Manor

Westbury, NY






The Thursday, June 29 General Membership meeting is our final meeting before we break for the summer. This always is a special occasion as we elect and install our new slate of officers for 2016-2017.


Guest Speaker

Hon. Thomas DiNapoli

New York State Comtroller


Please make a note of the change in our typical meeting day from Tuesday to Thursday. We look forward to seeing you to support our new officers!


Thomas P. DiNapoli is the 54th Comptroller of the State of New York who’s known for his integrity, independence and steadfast leadership.

Since taking office in 2007, Tom DiNapoli has aggressively fought misuse of public resources, strengthened one of the nation’s top public pension funds, and consistently spoken out against fiscal gimmicks, imprudent actions and government inefficiency.

His life of public service started when he was elected as a trustee of the Mineola Board of Education, becoming the first 18-year-old in New York State to hold public office. He’s been making government more accountable and transparent to the people for more than 35 years.


About the NCVOA:

The Nassau County Village Officials Association, comprising 64 incorporated villages in NassauCounty,New York was created in 1925 as an organization for encouraging and stimulating cooperation among the member villages for their mutual benefit and welfare. To this end, the NCVOA is dedicated to providing village officials with a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences in the administration of their municipal duties; developing educational programs and conferences to assist village officials with implementing their civic responsibilities; studying and discussing various activities and actions that will benefit the public safety, health and welfare of the member villages governed by these officials; and investigating and discussing the most efficient means and methods of village government.

Up-Coming Events: 

All General Membership Meetings of the NCVOA will be located in the Westbury Manor  Restaurant located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury,NY.The meetings will start at 6:30PM.  Please see our Coming Events  article below for dates and times of our meetings. Thank you.

 "[When all government ... shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as ... oppressive as the government from which we separated." ~ Thomas Jefferson

Coming Events:

Executive Board Meetings

Thursday, March30, 2017

Thursday, April 27, 2017

Thursday , May 25, 2017


General Membership Meetings

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Eric Alexander

Director-Vision LI


Tuesday, May 9, 2017




Thursday, June 29, 2017

Election & Istallation of Officers

There are no General Membership meetings in  the months of July or August

NCVOA Annual Dinner/Testimonial 

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Westbury Manor,1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, NY





Mayor Bernard Ryba, President NCVOAMayor Bernard Ryba, President NCVOA

Dear Colleagues:

I would like to thank all the Mayors and Trustees for electing me NCVOA President for 2016-2017. It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized as our Association’s President.  Along with First Vice President Bob Kennedy, Second Vice President Elaine Phillips, Treasurer Ralph Ekstrand, and the entire Executive Committee I look forward to continuing the outstanding progress made this past year by Immediate Past President Barbara Donno in advancing the NCVOA agenda locally and in Albany.

The NCVOA is comprised of 64 incorporated villages representing 450,000 residents. As a group, we have been and will continue to be an influential force in Nassau County and the State of New York. In the past few years alone, the NCVOA has been instrumental in spearheading several successful endeavors:

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"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
                      Thomas Jefferson

Your Village May be Entitled to Additional Revenue!

Gross Receipts and Franchise Fee Audits Uncover Monies Owed to Villages

Does your village collect utility gross receipts taxes from utilities and franchise fees?  If so, you may be owed thousands of dollars.

The NCVOA has entered into a referral agreement with Municipal Audit Services, LLC (Muni) referring and encouraging villages to avail themselves of Muni services.

Muni is a consulting company specializing in tax compliance and recovery of tax revenues from telecommunication service providers and utility companies in the form of gross receipts taxes and franchise fees paid by cable companies to municipalities in New York State.

To date, Muni has provided audit services to 36 member villages and has recouped over $650,000 for NCVOA villages.  In addition to benefits realized by villages, the NCVOA also receives 5% referral fee from Muni.  

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Definition of a Village

As defined in Google/Wikipedia:

In  New York State, a village is an incorporated area that differs from a city in that a village is within the jurisdiction of one or more towns, whereas a city is independent of a town. Villages thus have less autonomy than cities.

A village is usually, but not always, within a single town. A village is a clearly defined municipality that provides the services closest to the residents, such as garbage collection, street and highway maintenance, street lighting and building codes. Some villages provide their own police and other optional services. Those municipal services not provided by the village are provided by the town or towns containing the village. As of the 2000 census, there are 553 villages in New York.

There is no limit to the population of a village in New York; Hempstead, the largest village in the state, has 55,000 residents, making it more populous than some of the state's cities. However, villages in the state may not exceed five square miles (13 km²) in area. Present law requires a minimum of 500 residents to incorporate as a village.

As We See It:

Villages were created to provide efficient services under local control and the watchful eye of its residents. The notion that the majority of villages were created solely to control zoning, block development, and promulgate  a NIMBY attitude is not true.

The longevity among our villages formed during the more rural days of Nassau County is not uncommon. the reason people look to move to incorporated villages is simple . They want and get the services which is municipal governments responsibility.  In fact, village residential property has a long tradition of being desired, at a premium, over other area homes.

Village governments, in addition being organized with economically  efficient staffs have consolidated services  producing positive results results and good management. Most residents are unwilling to abolish their village , cut back on services, or merge with other villages. People generally will not relinquish the quality of life they enjoy as residents of an incorporated village.


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Mayor Barbara Donno, outgoing NCVOA President is seen swearing in newly elected NCVOA President Bernard Ryba-Old Brookville, Mayor Robert Kennedy-Freeport, Mayor Elaine Phillips-Flower Hill andTtresurer Mayor Ralph Ekstrand-Farmingdale.

NCVOA and NYCOM…Partners in Good Government

The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) and the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) work collaboratively to address ongoing issues and concerns impacting residents and businesses.

Founded in 1910, NYCOM is based in Albany and represents New York State’s 62 cities and 552 incorporated villages. With a team of municipal experts, NYCOM supports local governments by serving as:

·         A powerful advocate for city and village governments and their residents, particularly  with the state's Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government;

·         A readily accessible source of practical information for all municipal activity; and

·         The preeminent provider of training for local government officials and

·          Through membership in NYCOM, New York's cities and villages are better prepared to provide essential services that are efficient and cost-effective.

The NCVOA is proud to join with NYCOM in addressing the needs of village residents throughout the State of New York.  For more information about NYCOM, go to www.nycom.org

" State and federal officials,as well as the media, too often forget -or worse, disregard the indespensable nature of local government."

                            Peter Baynes




State of New York
Executive Chambers
Albany, NY

Thomas E. Dewey
June 19, 1942

Mr. Harry J. Wellebil, Secretary
Nassau County Village Officials Association
375 Sunrise Highway,
Lynbrook, NY

Dear Mr. Wellebil

I am happy to greet the members of the Nassau County Village Officials Association through its report and seventeen years of service to Nassau County.

Your Association makes an invaluable contribution to good government in the State of New York. It is too easily forgotten that no government is no better than its roots in every locality. The officials closest to the ideas and needs of the people are the officials of the villages, towns and counties. They are the foundation of free government. Without the knowledge and the work that they are able to provide, a free republic would not be able to exist.

So, today, near the end of the long trend to remove all power from the people to a centralized government, I want to greet you on stout service during these difficult years. You have never lost sight of the fundamentals of government. May you continue to grow ever stronger in your service to the people.

With warm personal regards, I am

        Sincerely yours,                                                                   

        Governor Thomas E. Dewey


“That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part"                    Thomas Jefferson