NCVOA OCTOBER 2015 NEWSLETTER
Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association
Post Office Box 484, New Hyde Park, NY 1104
GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING
Tuesday, October 13, 2015-6:30PM
City Cellar Restaurant
1080 Corporate Drive
NYS Senator Jack Martins
NYS Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel
From the President’s Desk
Dear Mayors, Trustees and Friends:
When I was younger, I recall my adult relatives constantly telling me, “The older you get, the faster time goes by.” I didn’t fully understand what they meant at that time, but I do now! It is hard to believe another summer has come and gone so quickly. For the most part, we enjoyed outstanding weather throughout the summer months. I hope you were able to slow down your pace and spend some quality time with your family and friends.
Now that summer is a distant memory, we are back to resuming our hectic schedules. We were fortunate to begin the NCVOA’s 2015-2016 year on a positive note with NCVOA’s 90th Annual Dinner & Testimonial. This year’s event honored Peter Cavallaro, mayor of the Village of Westbury and NCVOA immediate past president. Peter is an outstanding village official and we were fortunate to benefit from his wisdom and experience during his tenure as president. In typical Peter style, he was humble and almost embarrassed at all the accolades bestowed on him at the dinner. His genuine humility is what makes him a special individual and I truly enjoyed being part of this tribute. I especially would like to thank NYCOM President Mayor Richard Milne and Executive Director Peter Baynes, who traveled from upstate to join us in our recognition of Peter.
Another 90th Milestone
The NCVOA is not the only one celebrating a 90th birthday this year. I was fortunate to attend a very special occasion this summer at Rockville Centre Village Hall celebrating Mayor Gene Murray’s 90th birthday. Gene is the former Rockville Centre mayor as well as NCVOA and NYCOM past president. He served his village for nearly three decades and his legacy continues as his son, Francis, is Rockville Centre’s current mayor. Gene was an outstanding village official who is loved and respected by village officials throughout the state. We congratulate him on reaching this significant milestone and wish him many more years of good health and happiness.
Tax Cap will have Huge Impact
As we begin the budget planning process for 2016, we are facing another monumental challenge created by the tax cap legislation. The tax cap for 2016 will be the lowest ever - .73%. This will have a tremendous impact on villages as we begin preparing our 2016 operating budgets. With costs continuing to rise, there will be many difficult decisions that will have to be made to comply with the tax cap. Obviously, capital projects and improvements are likely to be cut or delayed into subsequent years. If your village has developed creative initiatives to deal with tax cap restrictions, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Warren Tackenberg so we can share your suggestions with all our member villages.
October Meeting Features Dynamic Duo
Please make plans to attend the Tuesday, October 13th General Membership meeting as State Senator Jack Martins and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, the NCVOA’s Dynamic Duo, will be our guest speakers. They will share their insights on the key issues developing in Albany for the upcoming legislative session and the potential impact on local villages. Don’t miss what promises to be a very enlightening evening.
Reminder…Our monthly General Membership meetings are now being held at City Cellar Restaurant, 1080 Corporate Drive in Westbury, across from Target. I look forward to seeing you October 13th.
Mayor Cavallaro Saluted at Annual Dinner and Testimonial
The Honorable Peter Cavallaro, mayor of the Village of Westbury and NCVOA immediate past president, was honored at the 90th NCVOA Annual Dinner Gala and Testimonial.
Close to 240 guests attended the September 17th event, held at the Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, where Mayor Cavallaro was recognized for his tenure as NCVOA president for 2014-2015. The Honorable Richard Milne, mayor the Village of Honeoye Falls and president of the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), and Peter Baynes, NYCOM executive director were the guest speakers. Mayor Milne addressed the gathering calling Mayor Cavallaro “an outstanding leader and dedicated public official who unselfishly led the NCVOA during the past year.”
90th Annual Dinner/Testimonial Attendees
The Last Word:
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