April 2016


Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association

Post Office Box 484, New Hyde Park, NY 11040




Tuesday, April 12, 2016-6:30PM

Westbury Manor 

  Westbury, NY 


Guest Speaker

Mr. David Daly

                                                      President-PSEG LI


                      Meeting Highlights                      

        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:

Barbara Donno



Dear Colleagues:


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. This enraged 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 the date of the annual meeting.

Any NCVOA member meeting the required criteria and interested in being considered for one of the elected officer positions should email a copy of his/her resume to the Executive Director at exec@ncvoa.org no later than  Wednesday, June 1, 2016. 


NYCOM President Richard Milne addressed the membership

NYCOM President and Honeoye Falls Mayor Richard Milne with former Great Neck Mayor and NYCOM Executive Committee Member Ralph Kreitzman

NCVOA Past President and Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro, Floral Park Trustee Archie Cheng, NCVOA Past President and East Williston Mayor Dave Tanner, and Bert Patterson from the Town of Hempstead

Baxter Estates Clerk:Treasurer Chrissy Kiernan, Deputy Mayor Charles Comer, and Mayor Nora Haagenson

NYCOM President and Honeoye Falls Mayor Richard Milne and NCVOA Past President and Westbury Mayor Peter Cavallaro

Centre Island Mayor Larry Schmidlapp with Mill Neck Mayor Peter Quick and Village Clerk Donna Harris

loral Park Mayor Thomas Tweedy and Garden City Mayor Nick Episcopia

NYCOM President and Honeoye Falls Mayor Richard Milne with NCVOA 1st Vice President and Old Brookville Mayor Bernie Ryba

Farmingdale Trustee Cheryl Parisi and Deputy Mayor Pat Christiansen

Flower Hill Mayor Elaine Phillips and Plandome Heights Mayor Ken Riscica

NCVOA Past President and North Hills Mayor Marvin Natiss and Mineola Village Clerk Joe Scalero

Great Neck Plaza Trustees Pam Markshied and Jerry Schneiderman with Mayor Jean Celender

NCVOA President Barbara Donno with Thomaston Mayor Steven Weinberg and Deputy Mayor Jim Sharkey

NYCOM and NCVOA Past President Ernie Strada with NYCOM President Richard Milne

Saddle Rock Mayor Dr. Dan Levy with NCVOA Executive Director Warren Tackenberg

Stewart Manor Mayor Jerry Tangredi with Bellerose Trustee John Tweedy