NCVOA October 2016 Newsletter
Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association
Post Office Box 484, New Hyde Park, NY 11040

 

  NCVOA October 2016 General Membership Meeting

VILLAGE CREDIT RATINGS 101

Presented by Executives of the Moody’s Investor's Services

Moderated by David E. Tanner, Mayor and former NCVOA President

Thursday,  October 13, 2016-6:30PM

(Please note the date change with respect to the Jewish Holiday of Yom Kippur)

Westbury Manor, Westbury, NY

 

If we all had to list five reasons for our Board’s success, while many reasons may vary from Village to Village, the one constant item on all of our lists would be sound fiscal management. Our guest presenters this evening will outline documented financial and debt management techniques that lead to better credit ratings, thus reducing borrowing costs.

 

A good credit rating is the most independent stamp of approval on your administration’s fiscal success. We cannot ignore public opinion that improved credit ratings are evidence of an administrations fiscal success.

 

The presentation will be followed-up with a round table open question and answer session. This is a very special event. Do not miss this unique opportunity to talk one on one with corporate leaders in this area of municipal finance.

Villages are strongly urged to invite their Treasurers or Chief Financial Officers to this very important seminar.


From the President's Desk:                          
                      Bernie RybaBernie Ryba                        
                      

Dear Mayors, Trustees and Friends:

 

     As the NCVOA plans for our Association’s fall and winter schedule, I would

like to take this opportunity to welcome everyone back from their summer

vacations. Over the past three months, Executive Director Warren Tackenberg and I have been laying the groundwork to help achieve an important goal of the NCVOA during the coming months – an increase in State Aid for all villages in the upcoming NY State budget. Towards this end, we have had preliminary

meetings and discussions with State and local officials. During the summer and

at the request of the Governor’s office, I had the pleasure of being introduced

and speaking to Governor Cuomo at an invitation only LIRR main line capital

project update meeting in Hauppauge on August 22nd. Additional meetings with

State and local officials are planned in order to build a consensus for additional

State aid.

 

SEPTEMBER 15TH ANNUAL DINNER AND TESTIMONIAL

     Our 91st annual dinner and testimonial honoring Immediate Past President

Barbara Donno was a great success. I would like to especially thank Nassau

County District Attorney Madeline Singas as the evenings keynote speaker and

for providing an overview of the increasing problem of illegal drugs which

affects all our communities. Special moments during the evening included Ms.

Marianela Casas – Governor Cuomo’s Nassau County Representative, presenting

Mayor Donno with an executive letter of congratulations from

the Governor and a standing ovation by the 230 NCVOA assembled members to

thank Barbara for a job well done. NCVOA Executive Director Emeritus Roger

Fay was also recognized by our Association and by Mayor Paul Ehrbar of

Williston Park for over 50 years of municipal service.

 

NEW YORK STATE – MTA CAPITAL EXPANSION PLAN

     The MTA’s $27 billion capital expansion plan seems to be “on track” with

significant investment planned for Long Island. At a September 21st N.Y.

State Conference on Sustainable Development and Collaborative Governance

in Melville, MTA Chairman & CEO Thomas Prendergast announced additional

planned investments for the Hicksville train station of approximately $160

million and for Jamaica station totaling about $60 million. The draft

environmental impact statement for the third rail expansion of the LIRR

main line in Nassau County will be issued in the coming months.

 

OCTOBER 13TH GENERAL MEMBERSHIP MEETING

     Our October 13th general membership meeting will feature speakers from

Moody’s Investors Services who will provide insights to the municipal

rating process. The presentation will be led and moderated by David Tanner –

Mayor of East Williston and NCVOA Past President. Having experienced ratings

reviews for the Village of Old Brookville over the past several years, I know

first hand the importance of being well prepared for this

evaluation and would suggest that your village treasurers attend this most

important presentation. My thanks to Mayor Tanner for arranging the

evenings speakers on Thursday, October 13th.

     Looking ahead, November 10, 2016 (note the date change) will feature

NYCOM President Thomas Roach as our guest speaker who plans to discuss

NYCOM’s position on State aid to municipalities (AIM). Mr. Wade Beltramo,

NYCOM’s General Counsel will also be presenting a seminar on how

municipalities should best address zombie homes.

     In conclusion, my best wishes to the members of our Jewish community

as they begin the observance of Rosh Hashanah.

 

Yours in good government,

Bernard D. Ryba

President - NCVOA


 

 

                        2016 Annual Dinner/Testimonial Attendees
NCVOA President Bernie Ryba presented Mayor Donno with a special plaque recognizing her service to the NCVOANCVOA President Bernie Ryba presented Mayor Donno with a special plaque recognizing her service to the NCVOA The demands of serving as NCVOA President can be more difficult without family support. Mayor Donno’s husband Robbie (r) was presented a gift by NCVOA 1st Vice President Bob Kennedy to thank him for his supportThe demands of serving as NCVOA President can be more difficult without family support. Mayor Donno’s husband Robbie (r) was presented a gift by NCVOA 1st Vice President Bob Kennedy to thank him for his support

                   

 Nassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas was the evening’s guest speaker and applauded Mayor Donno for her efforts as NCVOA PresidentNassau County District Attorney Madeline Singas was the evening’s guest speaker and applauded Mayor Donno for her efforts as NCVOA President Lisa Black, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Cuomo (l),  and Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray were among the guests saluting Mayor Donno for her service as NCVOA PresidentLisa Black, Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for Governor Cuomo (l), and Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray were among the guests saluting Mayor Donno for her service as NCVOA President
 

 

The main dining room at Westbury Manor was filled with 230 guests who participated in the salute to Mayor DonnoThe main dining room at Westbury Manor was filled with 230 guests who participated in the salute to Mayor Donno Mayor Donno received a standing ovation following her remarksMayor Donno received a standing ovation following her remarks

 

NCVOA President Bernie Ryba also presented Mayor Donno with a gift and lifetime NCVOA membership cardNCVOA President Bernie Ryba also presented Mayor Donno with a gift and lifetime NCVOA membership card Mayor Donno was busy throughout the evening, meeting and greeting guests. She is shown here welcoming Mineola Trustee Dennis WalshMayor Donno was busy throughout the evening, meeting and greeting guests. She is shown here welcoming Mineola Trustee Dennis Walsh

 

 

NCVOA President Bernie Ryba welcomed the guests and spoke about Mayor Donno’s accomplishments during her tenure as NCVOA PresidentNCVOA President Bernie Ryba welcomed the guests and spoke about Mayor Donno’s accomplishments during her tenure as NCVOA President Another view of the main dining room.Another view of the main dining room.

 

 

 
The beautiful Westbury Manor garden was a picturesque setting for the cocktail reception that took place on a perfect fall eveningThe beautiful Westbury Manor garden was a picturesque setting for the cocktail reception that took place on a perfect fall evening Thirteen NCVOA past presidents were among the 230 guests attending the 91st Annual Dinner and Testimonial saluting Mayor DonnoThirteen NCVOA past presidents were among the 230 guests attending the 91st Annual Dinner and Testimonial saluting Mayor Donno

 


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