NCVOA APRIL 2016 NEWSLETTER
Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association
Post Office Box 484, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
NCVOA APRIL 2016
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Tuesday, April 12, 2016-6:30PM
Mr. David Daly
PSEG-LI progress in addressing LI power demands
and Service objectives for the coming year.
Please be prepared to question Mr. Daly regarding your village’s interaction with PSEG LI. The meeting at Westbury Manor begins at 6:30pm with a cocktail reception, followed by the meeting and program at 7:30pm. We look forward to seeing you Tuesday April 12, 2016.
From the Presidents Desk:
It looks as if we made it through another winter in better shape than the previous few years. With the exception of the major January storm, we escaped with most of our snow removal budgets fairly intact. In this tax cap era, we are going to need all the savings we can find!
NYCOM President Addresses NCVOA
We were fortunate to have Mayor Richard Milne, President of the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), as our guest speaker at the February General Membership meeting. The attendance at the Westbury Manor was impressive as 50% of our member villages were represented. It is obvious why Mayor Milne is NYCOM president. He is a passionate advocate for local government and was candid in his position that villages must stand together in these difficult times.
In addition to having Mayor Milne as our guest, it was great to see two of our mayors who are on the mend brighten the room with their presence – Mayor Kennedy of Freeport and NYCOM Past President Ernie Strada. Mayor Kennedy, who also is NCVOA 2nd vice president, is recovering from a fractured hip resulting from a car accident. We wish both speedy and full recoveries.
Give Credit Where Credit is Due
When Great Neck Plaza Mayor Jean Celender received her New York State tax rebate check, in the mail, she carefully examined the check stub to see which level of government was responsible for her receiving the rebate by staying within the tax cap. She looked particularly for the village credit as she and the village board worked tirelessly to prepare a budget that complied with the tax cap restrictions. To her surprise, the credit was attributed solely to the school district. Thisenraged Mayor Celender and rightfully so. When the legislation was initially passed, the state said all taxing jurisdictions complying would be identified so residents would know which ones were responsible for the rebates and how much. When Mayor Celender contacted the state for an explanation, she was told, “We do not delineate. It is up to you to send out your own news release.”
This is unacceptable. Villages deserve credit for managing their budgets within the tax cap. I urge every village official to contact your respective state legislators and urge them to have the State give credit where credit is due.
Update on Third Track
The 8 villages affected by the third track project continue to meet with the Governor’s office to address their concerns on this project. They are awaiting new information from the State on the details of the plan.
All Incumbents Re-elected in March Elections
Congratulations to all the incumbent mayors and trustees who were re-elected in their village elections held in March. This is a testament to the outstanding efforts you make on behalf of your residents.
We anticipate that our May meeting will attract a large audience as Barbara Van Epps, NYCOM Deputy Director will conduct a workshop focusing on analyzing the expenses charged by towns to villages. Barbara is an engaging speaker and a leading authority on municipal government operations. She 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.
Mayor Barbara Donno, President
Nominating Committee Appointed for 2016-2017
NCVOA President Barbara Donno has made the following appointments to the 2016-2017 Nominating Committee:
Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Village of Westbury-Chairman
Mayor David Tanner, Village of East Williston
Mayor Jerry Tangredi, Village of Stewart Manor
Mayor Jean Celender, Village of Great Neck Plaza
Trustee/ Deputy Mayor Dennis Sgambati, Village of North Hills
The Nominating Committee is charged with reviewing candidate qualifications and recommending to the NCVOA general membership the names of elected officials to serve on the Executive Committee in the following officer positions: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Treasurer.
At the time of the election and during the term of office, the President, Vice Presidents and Treasurer must be a mayor or trustee in a member village in good standing.
Nominations for President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President and Treasurer shall be made in writing and shall be signed by at least a majority of the Nominating Committee or by not less than twenty-five (25) elected officials representing not less than five (5) member villages of the Association. The Nominating Committee shall provide for an alternate slate of officers in the event a nominee declines a nomination.
Nominations made by the Nominating Committee shall be filed in writing with the Executive Director not less than twenty (20) days before the date of the annual meeting of the Association. A copy of such written report of nominations shall be transmitted by the Executive Director to each member village at least fifteen (15) days before the annual meeting.
Nominations other than those made by the Nominating Committee shall comply with the criteria outlined above and shall be filed in writing with the Executive Director of the Association not less than ten (10) days before the date of the annual meeting of the Association. A copy of such written report shall be transmitted by the Executive Director to each Member Village at least five (5) days before date of the annual meeting.
March 2016 MEETING ATTENDEES