NCVOA MARCH 2016 NEWSLETTER
Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association
Post Office Box 484, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
NYCOM STATE PRESIDENT TO ADDRESS ASSOCIATION
Mayor Richard Milne to Speak on Critical State Issues
Tuesday, March 8, 2016-6:30PM
1100 Jericho Turnpike
- State budget's treatment of local governments
-- Unrestricted state aid and CHIPS
- Water and transportation infrastructure funding
- Update on NYCOM's advocacy efforts
-- Regional Roundtables
-- Tax Cap Compliance Aid
The Hon. Richard (Rick) Milne, mayor of the Village of Honeoye Falls and President of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), will be the guest speak at the March 8, 2016 NCVOA General Membership meeting.
Mayor Milne will update our members on the tenor of the state budget talks, including unrestricted state aid and CHIPS, as well as water and transportation infrastructure funding. He also will outline NYCOM’s advocacy plan and explain Tax Cap compliance aid.
Mayor Milne was appointed to the Honeoye Village Board of Trustees in 2000 and elected Mayor in 2005. He was elected NYCOM President in June 2015.
Mayor Milne is a graduate of St. John Fisher College and Roberts Wesleyan College, where he majored in Communications and Business Management.
A past member of the Honeoye Falls Volunteer Ambulance he was a volunteer firefighter for over 20 years, having attained the rank of captain. The mayor was voted Firefighter of the Year in 1984 and awarded the Fire Department’s Distinguished Service Award in 2011.
From the President’s Desk:
March has arrived and that means spring is only weeks away. We are holding our collective breaths, hoping we will escape this winter having to endure just one major storm. In this new “tax cap” environment, we are grateful for every opportunity to save on expenses.
Our February General Membership meeting drew a large crowd as we changed our new meeting format and venue. Of our 64 members villages, 25 were represented as we returned to the Westbury Manor after a several year hiatus and introduced our new meeting format. Steve Corte, Deputy County Assessor and Westbury Village Trustee, provided invaluable information regarding Nassau County’s method of assessment and its impact on village assessment. Following Steve’s presentation, he had a steady stream of members approaching him and asking him village-specific questions. It was an excellent presentation and we thank Steve for sharing his knowledge and insight.
With Westbury Manor’s stellar reputation, we were surprised to hear some dissatisfaction with the dinner expressed to us from several members. Warren and I met with the catering manager and received assurance these concerns would be immediately addressed. As always, we appreciate your feedback.
Upcoming Meetings to Focus on Topical Issues
We plan to continue our new meeting/seminar format at subsequent meetings. For our March 8 General Membership meeting, we are fortunate to have NYCOM President Richard (Rick) Milne join us. Rick, who also serves as mayor of the Village of Honeoye Falls in upstate New York, will update us on several key issues including Tax Cap compliance aid and NYCOM’s advocacy plan. We look forward to having Rick join us.
In April, Dave Daly, president of PSEG-LI, returns to the NCVOA to update us on his company’s progress in addressing Long Island’s electrical power demands. This promises to be an interesting meeting as we expect several villages to share their perspective and concerns regarding Long Island’s rising power costs and their experiences with PSEG.
We anticipate that our May meeting will attract a large audience as Wade Beltramo, NYCOM General Counsel, will conduct a workshop focusing on analyzing the expenses charged by towns to villages. Wade is an engaging speaker and a leading authority on municipal government operations. He will explain how to interpret the town budget to ensure expenses are being appropriately allocated. You will not want to miss what promises to be a very informative presentation.
Our June meeting is the annual election of officers for 2016-17 and the final meeting before we break for the summer months. At that time I will pass the baton to our new president and slate of officers.
We hope you are excited about these upcoming dates and that your village will be well represented.
Get Well Mayor Kennedy
Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy, the NCVOA’s 2nd vice president, was traveling to a news conference when his vehicle was involved in an automobile accident and Mayor Kennedy sustained a broken pelvis, requiring surgery. He is home and is expected to have an extended period of recuperation. Bob is a tireless mayor and NCVOA advocate and I cannot imagine a broken pelvis slowing him down! We send him our best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Upcoming Village Elections
Many village residents will be heading to the polls Tuesday, March 15, 2016 for their annual village election. I would like to send my best wishes to all our incumbent mayors and trustees facing re-election.
Thank you for your continued support of our organization. I am encouraged by the many new village officials attending our meetings. I look forward to spending time with you March 8, 2016.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Mayor Barbara Donno, President
Baxter Estates Mayor Appointed to NCVOA Executive Board
NCVOA President Barbara Donno has appointed Baxter Estates Mayor Nora Haagenson to the Executive Board.
Mayor Haagenson fills a vacancy left by former Village of Great Neck Mayor Ralph Kreitzman. The first female mayor in Baxter Estate’s history, Mayor Haagenson served four years as village trustee before being elected mayor in March 2015.
February 2016 Meeting Attendees