NCVOA November 2016 NEWSLETTER
Distributed by the Nassau County Village Officials Association
Post Box 484, New Hyde Park, NY 11040
NCVOA November 2016
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2016
(Please note date change in deference to Election Day)
1100 Jericho Turnpike
Honorable Thomas Roach
and Mayor of White Plains
NYCOM President Tom Roach, Mayor of the City of White Plains, will provide an update on NYCOM, including its member engagement initiative. He will also discuss the key components in the successful revitalization of downtown White Plains.
Distressed & Abandoned Properties: Understanding the New Zombie Property Law
2016 was a momentous year in New York for efforts to deal with distressed and abandoned properties. The State enacted new zombie property legislation that requires mortgagees to inspect and maintain properties that have been abandoned by the owner. Wade Beltramo will provide an overview of these changes and how local officials can use them to address distressed and abandoned properties that are blighting their communities.
Quote from NY State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli:
“The surge in foreclosures and vacant, abandoned ‘zombie properties’ across our state demands action,” DiNapoli said. “The creation of land banks, as well as legislation passed earlier this year, gives local officials new tools to promote economic recovery in the areas most heavily impacted by the foreclosure crisis. Over time, with adequate funding, these entities may help stop the erosion of local tax bases and return economic vitality in disadvantaged communities."
Dear Mayors, Trustees and Friends:
October 13th General Membership Meeting
Representatives from Moody’s and Standard & Poor’s addressed our general membership meeting on October 13th. The ratings process was reviewed including the major ratings drivers such as debt levels, financial position, community wealth levels and financial management. During the question and answer period, the implications of the tax cap was discussed along with several other issues brought to the attention of our speakers. Once again, my thanks to East Williston Mayor David Tanner for arranging for our guest speakers and moderating their presentation.
November 10th General Membership Meeting
I am pleased to announce that the President of NYCOM – the Honorable Thomas Roach, will address our general membership meeting on November 10th when he will provide an overview of NYCOM’s position on State aid to municipalities. Tom is also Mayor of the City of White Plains, an officer with the Westchester Municipal Officials Association and a member of the Tappen Zee Bridge Mass Transit Task Force.
Also joining us on November 10th will be Wade Beltramo – NYCOM’s General Counsel. Wade will provide an overview of the new Zombie Properties Law set to become effective on December 20, 2016. As a precursor to this law, just a couple of weeks ago the State awarded $3.3 million in grants to 16 Long Island municipalities to help to monitor vacant and abandoned “Zombie” homes and hold owners and lenders responsible for maintaining them. The villages of Hempstead, Freeport and Valley Stream have been include in these grant awards.
Normally, our formal program starts at 7:30PM but for November 10th, we plan to begin the formal program at 7:00PM. Our first speaker will be President Roach followed by Mr. Beltramo at 7:30PM. I would like to encourage all who plan to attend to arrive promptly by 6:30-6:45PM to assure that our program starts on time and that you are present to hear both of these outstanding guest speakers.
Additional State Aid
We plan to continue to reach out to our legislators and other municipal associations during the coming weeks in order to build a consensus for additional State aid for municipalities. Executive Director Tackenberg and I will be attending NYCOM’s Legislative Priorities Meeting in Albany on Monday morning, November 14th and an initial meeting with The Association of Towns of the State of New York has been scheduled in Albany for later that afternoon. In addition, outreach to our State legislators will begin in earnest after the November 8th election.
Save The Date – NCVOA Holiday Party
Our annual holiday party has been scheduled for Tuesday, December 13th at the Westbury Manor from 6:30 -9:00PM. I look forward to a great turnout at our new holiday venue and wishing everyone all the best for the coming year.
Yours in good government
Bernard D. Ryba
President - NCVOA
Yet Other Attempts at Dissolution:
Observers of village governments in New York State are closely watching the Village of Depew as residents from this village of over 15,000 will be heading to the polls January 17, 2017 to cast their ballots to decide whether or not the village should be dissolved.
Depew, located 10 miles east of Buffalo, was incorporated in 1894 as a railroad community and is one of the largest villages in Western New York State.
On November 16, 2016, the Long Island village of Mastic Beach will go to the polls to deceide whether or not to remain a village.
Freeport Mayor Robert Kennedy Proposes Building Retractable Gates to Prevent Flooding:
As we approach the fourth anniversary of super storm Sandy, the devastation left behind in many south shore villages and communities from the October 29, 2012 event remains painfully apparent. Abandoned and partially repaired homes still are visible in neighborhoods and serve as a daily reminder that this type of destruction is not immune to recurring.
The Village of Freeport was one of those hardest hit, absorbing more than $10 million in damage to municipal facilities alone. Mayor Robert Kennedy is not waiting for another storm before taking action. Mayor Kennedy has captured the attention of State and Federal elected officials, including U.S. Senator Chuck Schumer, in calling for a study to investigate the costs and benefits associated with building two gates – one at East Rockaway Inlet and the other at Jones Inlet - that could be used as shields to prevent flood waters from reaching land.
Mayor Kennedy says both hydraulic and pneumatic gates of this type already are in use in the United States and Europe. These gates are positioned well below the water’s surface and are activated to rise only when a storm is imminent. During calm conditions, they retract and do not interfere with routine boat or vessel travel.
Mayor Kennedy previously hosted a meeting at his office to proposehis concept to State and Federal Department of Environmental Conservation officials, the Army Corps of Engineer, Federal Emergency Management Administration, and local and state elected officials.
“We need to work together to prevent another tragedy of this kind,” said Kennedy. “We are trying to be as proactive as possible.”
October 2016 Meeting Attendees