NCVOA JANUARY 2019 NEWSLETTER
Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association
PO Box 231239, Great Neck, NY 11023
HAPPY NEW YEAR
and seasons greetings to one and all
January 2019 General Membership Meeting
January 8, 2019 - 6:30PM
NC Reassessment Discussion
M. Haberman Assoc.
From the President's Desk:
Happy New Year! I hope you enjoyed the holidays with your family and friends, and had an opportunity to catch up on some well-deserved rest. I know we will need it as we begin 2019 facing new and continuing challenges.
I would to share with you something I experienced during the holidays. I was watching the televised Disney Christmas Day Parade Christmas morning. In addition to typical parade coverage, the broadcast included a feature story about an immigrant mother who came to this country with no money and no place to live. She described how she worried each day about how she would feed her children and keep them warm. During this time, she relied solely on a local food pantry to provide meals for her children. Through unrelenting determination, she was able to find a job, rent an apartment and make a life for her family. She was so grateful for the opportunity she received that she started her own food pantry to help those in similar situations. During the interview her daughter, who helps her mother distribute food, was asked how they managed to stay strong during this ordeal. She responded, “There’s always opportunity. There’s always hope.”
Those words resonated with me - in my personal life and my role as village mayor. As we begin the New Year, we must remind ourselves there always is opportunity and hope to improve our communities and the lives of our residents. Now, more than ever, we must remain vigilant in our fight for adequate resources from New York State. Year after year, our reasonable requests have been ignored or dismissed. This has been extremely frustrating and deflating. Yet we cannot let this longstanding disappointment deter us. As Dale Carnegie once said, “Most of the important things in the world have been accomplished by people who have kept on trying when there seemed to be no hope at all.”
With this in mind, I created a list of New Year’s resolutions to reflect my hope for all of us for the coming year:
H – Help our state elected officials understand the important role our village governments serve and the integral services we provide our residents each day;
O - Open our minds to new and innovative ways to share services and improve efficiencies;
P- Persist in the message to our state elected officials that our residents are their constituents as well, and that fair and equitable state fiscal support to villages benefits the entire State of New York. This includes amending state legislation to guarantee Nassau County villages a percentage of county sales tax revenue;
E – Engage in meaningful dialogue with residents and understand that venting their frustrations at us is not personal; rather, it is because we are their closest level of government and they rely on us to listen and respond to their concerns.
Mayor Ralph Ekstrand
December 2018 Meeting Attendees
The Last Word:
"“The beginning of every New Year is always the best time to give another chance to your neglected talents!”