June 2018

Published by the Nassau County Village Officials Association

Post Office Box 231239, Great Neck, NY 11023

NCVOA June 2018 General Membership Meeting

Thursday, June 28, 2018-6:30PM
Westbury Manor
Westbury, NY
“Election and Installation of Officers”
Installation Officers and Guest Speakers:
Hon. Laura Gillen-Town Supervisor, Town of Hempstead
Hon. Joseph Saladino-Town Supervisor, Town of Oyster Bay
(Unfortunately, Judi Bosworth-Town of North Hempstead Supervisor has a prior commitment and will not be able to join with us for this meeting.)


 Nominating Committee Report:

On May 22, 2018, the Nominating Committee of the Nassau County Village Officials Association met to confer on potential nominees for a slate of officers for the 2018-19 year.

The members of the Nominating Committee, appointed by President Robert Kennedy, are: Mayor Peter I. Cavallaro (Chairman); Mayor David Tanner; Mayor Barbara Donno; Mayor Nora Haagenson; and Trustee Dennis Sgambati

The Committee reviewed the qualifications of the persons requesting consideration, and had an open discussion about each potential nominee.

Following discussion, on motion made by Mayor Tanner, seconded by each of Mayors Donno, Haagenson and Cavallaro, and by Trustee Sgambati, the Nominating Committee unanimously recommends to the membership the following persons for election to the following offices, at the election to take place at the Association’s June 2018 general meeting:

Hon. Ralph Ekstrand, Mayor, Village of Farmingdale – President

Hon. Jean Celender, Mayor, Village of Great Neck Plaza – 1st Vice President

Hon. Edward Lieberman, Mayor, Village of Sea Cliff – 2nd Vice President

Hon. Daniel Serota, Mayor of Village of Brookville – Treasurer

Nominations also may be made by a writing signed by at least 25 elected officials representing at least five member villages and filed with our Executive Director no later than June 18.Nominations also may be made by a writing signed by at least 25 elected officials representing at least five member villages and filed with our Executive Director no later than June 18.


From the Presidents Desk:

Bob Kennedy


Dear Colleagues:

While serving on the Executive Committee for the past several years, I have listened as every president preceding me commented, “I can’t believe how fast this year flew by.” As I complete my term as president, I could not agree more. The time really went by quickly. I have enjoyed the privilege of serving as NCVOA President for the past twelve months and appreciate the support I received from so many dedicated public servants. I especially would like to recognize the following for their help and guidance:


  • Executive Committee – This group of highly talented and experienced leaders devote additional time and energy to ensure the NCVOA remains a staunch and formidable advocate of villages and their residents. I have grown personally from being in their company and thank them for their unselfish dedication to our organization.
  • Executive Directors Warren Tackenberg and Ralph Kreitzman – I had the good fortune to work with two outstanding Executive Directors. Warren is renowned for his work ethic and dedication. I appreciate all his efforts while he was in this important role. Following Warren’s retirement, Ralph stepped in and has been equally as valuable in assisting me and ensuring our operation runs smoothly and efficiently.

          • Publicity/Public Relations – I also want to acknowledge and thank the very talented Eric Ricioppo for his professional  PR services this year.  He has efficiently connected the NCVOA organization to media outlets and other government entities whenever we needed to maximize exposure of our most important priorities.

  • NCVOA Counsel Gary Fishberg – As always, Gary’s institutional knowledge of the NCVOA and village government was critical in guiding the Executive Committee in its decision making.
  • NCVOA Albany lobbyist John Kiernan – John has been diligent in keeping our organization informed about pending legislation that could impact our villages and in advocatingour position and prposed litergation.
  • NYCOM Executive Director Peter Baynes and the NYCOM staff – They continue to serve as a critical resource for villages across New York State.

While my term as NCVOA President is complete, my role in advocating for villages is not ending. In fact, it will be expanding as I have been elected NYCOM First Vice President. I look forward to the new challenges this will bring as well as being able to promote village government across.    

Nycom installation of officers 2018-19

 NYCOM President Bob Kennedy (2nd R) is shown being sworn in as the1st Vice President of the New York Conference of Mayors   

the state. It has been my honor to have served as your president this past year. Your passion and unselfish dedication for your communities continues to reinvigorate and motivate me. I am confident the incoming officers and Executive Committee will continue to lead our organization and make it stronger and more influential.

Thank you, again, for allowing me to play a small role in a very important organization.


Mayor Robert T. Kennedy


On Thursday, June 7 from 8:30 to 10:15 am we will host a seminar on new cellular technology and related law. Rebecca Ruscito, counsel to the New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM), will be the presenter. . Unlike our usual meetings, if you will be attending, you must respond by email to – rsvpncvoa@gmail.com.

The seminar will be at The Westbury Manor, 1100 Jericho Turnpike, Westbury, and a continental breakfast will be served starting at 8 am.

   The seminar will cover:

     Small cell systems


     Use of municipal ROWs

     Limits on charges by villages

     The Shot Clock

     Proposed Federal & State law and regulations

     Best practices and successful techniques


Attorneys—MCLE credit will be available but you must respond in advance that you desire MCLE credit and provide your name, email address, snail mail address and telephone number.

If you will be attending, email that fact to – rsvpncvoa@gmail.com.


From our By-Laws – Mayors, trustees, administrators, clerks, treasurers and counsel from member villages may attend regular (and the June 7 special) meetings without charge. In the event none of those attends from a member village, its mayor may appoint another person to represent the village. Other people who are permitted to attend are subject to a charge for attending. Friends of the NCVOA also are permitted to attend our meetings in accordance with our Friends policy. 



Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman was the evening’s guest speaker and provided an overview of the comptroller’s office and his first 127 days as county comptroller

Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman with Freeport Mayor and NCVOA President Bob Kennedy

Brookville Mayor Dan Serota, Plandome Manor Mayor and NCVOA Past President Barbara Donno, and Mill Neck Mayor Peter Quick

Freeport Mayor and NCVOA President Bob Kennedy, Saddle Rock Mayor Dr. Dan Levy, and Great Neck Plaza Trustee Pam Marksheid

Great Neck Plaza Mayor and NCVOA 2nd Vice President Jean Celender with Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island, a Friends of the NCVOA member

Hempstead Mayor Don Ryan, Garden City Trustee Bob Bolebruch, and Town of Hempstead’s Bert Patterson

Great Neck Plaza Mayor and NCVOA 2nd Vice President Jean Celender with Munistat Services’ President Mike Loguercio and CEO Noah Nadelson. Munistat Services is a Friends of the NCVOA member

NCVOA Counsel Gary Fishberg with Rockville Centre Mayor Fran Murray

North Hills Deputy Mayor Dennis Sgambati; Yve Sullivan, vice president of Municipal Banking for First National Bank of Long Island, a Friends of the NCVOA member; and North Hills Trustee Phyllis Lentini

North Hills Mayor and NCVOA Past President Marvin Natiss, Old Westbury Trustee Cory Baker and Mayor Fred Carillo

Shawn Cullinane, an executive with Friends of the NCVOA member NYCLASS, and NCVOA Executive Director Emeritus Warren Tackenberg

Westbury Mayor and NCVOA Past President Peter Cavallaro, Westbury Trustee Steve Corte, and Old Brookville Mayor and NCVOA Immediate Past President Bernie Ryba

The Last Word: 

The man with a new idea is a crank until the new idea succeeds.”                                                                                           Mark Twain