MEETING OF THE MAYORS LED BY MAYOR KOBLENZ
OFFERS REAL SAVINGS THROUGH SHARED SERVICES
Mayors from the Roslyn area met on March 30, 2015 to consider savings by collectively ordering goods and services. The meeting included Michael Koblenz, Mayor of East Hills; and host, Manny Zuckerman, Deputy Mayor of East Hills; as well as Jeffrey Schwartzberg, Mayor of Roslyn Estates; David Mandell, Mayor of Roslyn Harbor and Elaine Phillips, Mayor of Flower Hill. TNH Supervisor, Judi Bosworth, was a featured speaker.
Mayor Koblenz offered a 10% savings to the mayors, if they joined in a road re-pavement program East Hills would plan and implement. The joint effort would slash engineering costs. "Collectively," Mayor Koblenz said, "we can save and set an example."
Supervisor Bosworth, together with Councilman Peter Zuckerman former Trustee of East Hills, and several TNH commissioners, including Superintendent of Highways, Tom Tiernan, reviewed the savings the Town of North Hempstead would offer through their extensive shared services program. They include using their reverse 311 system for robocalls, consulting on security and information technology at no cost, offering grant expertise, use of the Town facilities for village events, cooperative purchasing opportunities, educational courses, road repaving, traffic and other signs and human resource classes. Mayor Koblenz praised the Town and the Supervisor for being a pioneer in offering shared services. East Hills had used the Town's services for road re-pavement, constructing walkways, purchasing trees, and even extending a cement patio. Mayor Koblenz also praised Rachel Brinn, Director of Administrative Affairs for the Town for helping to organize the extensive projects and programs offered by the town. Michael Kelly, Deputy Town Attorney was also instrumental in planning the meeting.
"Our purpose, I submit, is to build a crusade for cost effectiveness and efficiencies, whether through shared services, or directly in reforms within municipalities," said Mayor Koblenz, host of the event. The Mayor emphasized, "All of us live in a world of ever increasing costs. Savings are essential as we strive to contain taxes and maximize services. But, as we explore the avenues to share services to save money, I want to emphasize we are clearly not the first and only group on this path. It is heartening to hear that other associations are banding together to find reform. I encourage and support all these collective efforts."
Governor Cuomo also weighed in on the meeting. He wrote a personal letter to Assemblyman Charles Lavine saying he regretted he could not attend the Meeting of the Mayors, but thanked the mayors of the greater Roslyn area "and everyone involved for your partnership and commitment to helping find cost savings through shared services. To keep our economy moving forward, it's critical that we continue our effort to make our communities more affordable places to live and work, and shared services among our municipalities is an important part of this."
The Governor and State Legislature through Senator Jack Martins, Chuck Lavine and others established a program to encourage municipal and school district savings. In year two of the program in 2016, the State will provide tax rebate checks only to homeowners who live in a locality that stays within the cap, earns less than $500,000 per year, and also agrees to implement a shared services or government consolidation plan, that will generate savings equal to 3 percent of the aggregate property tax levy of the participating municipalities over three years (1 percent in year one growing to 3 percent in year three).
"The savings sought by the Governor are a high standard to meet," commented Mayor Koblenz. "But whether or not we save the overall amounts set forth in the program, we still want to set an example for other counties, schools, towns and villages to follow. If these other taxing entities follow suit, and they realize savings, then we will also succeed," added the Mayor. To discuss the program in general, Mayor Koblenz, Alan Yu, of Cullen & Danowski, an expert on the implementation of the initiative. Ken Pritchard of Diverka and Bartilucci, East Hills and other village's engineers, methodically explained how savings could be realized through an East Hills shared services re-pavement program. A plan to show savings must be filed by June 1, 2015 in order to obtain rebates for residents.
Message from the Mayor
As Mayor of East Hills, I would like to cordially welcome you to one of the finest communities in America. By navigating through our website, we want to help you gain a better understanding of why our village has such a wonderful reputation. It starts with our strong sense of community and builds with the enviable lifestyle our resident's are fortunate to experience on a daily basis. These conclusions are supported by news reports in the NEW YORK TIMES (click here) and NEWSDAY (click here). Through this introductory note, I hope to convey all of the benefits of living in East Hills.
Incorporated in 1931, our village is the largest of all the villages in Roslyn. It is the highest point on Long Island, with its highest elevation point being 350 feet. We have 2,300 homes with 7,000 residents. This year, for the fourth year in a row, our residents have experienced a zero-percent tax increase. This is just one of the many reasons why East Hills has received one of Moody's highest ratings for any village it's size. East Hills is also the proud recipient of one of the highest awards of any New York State village from the AAA Automobile Club of New York, Inc. for the high degree of safety on our streets and in our neighborhood.
East Hills is one of the most exclusive communities in the United States, with the highest quality of life and remarkable facilities. Our crowning glory has been the acquisition and construction of our 50-plus acre park, which is now the center of our community. All residents are given access to the state-of-the-art facilities, which feature the largest leisure pool of any village on Long Island with a 12,000 sq. feet swimming pool, a separate pool for toddlers measuring 707 sq. ft; men's and ladies' locker rooms; a snack bar area, and a large lounge area surrounding the heated pool. It also features a village lounge with a separate card room, a village courtroom, two age-distinct children's playgrounds, basketball courts, a tennis facility with six tennis courts and a beautiful indoor tennis lounge, and two multi-use sports fields to accommodate men's and women's softball leagues, little league, and soccer competitions. Snuggled in the 15 acres of hills is a nature walking and jogging trail and even a dog trail. There is a fully renovated theater, a picnic area, and a general use field for lawn games. Finally, there are bike, rollerblading, and walking paths and two "bark parks" for various sized canine members of the family.
The Park at East Hills is host to a one-of-a-kind, spectacular July 4th fireworks display on its Great Lawn each summer. Well over 6,000 people attend this dynamic show, sponsored by Rallye Motors, which has become a fun and highly anticipated community tradition.
On Labor Day, we come together on the Great Lawn once again for a music concert under the stars and a picnic dinner. Everyone looks forward to this wonderful evening in the park, which is always a fun celebration of the end of summer.
There's something for everyone in East Hills! For the children in our community, our Kids in the Park Committee (KIP) hosts a variety of family-focused events, from the new Music for Aardvarks program to holiday parties and fun-filled summer afternoons at the pool. It is probably the most active program of its kind. The committee has held a sports Olympiad competition, summer "Caribbean Groove" party, July 4th parade and a "Spooktacular" at Halloween; has had singers, magicians, comedians, craft making events, holiday parties with vendors, animal shows, balancing acts, and has recently started a beautiful children's garden at the park for the children to watch their flowers grow.
The Senior Activity Committee (SAC) is also one of the finest programs of its kind. They have had interesting guest speakers on a variety of topics and have held technology workshops dedicated to providing residents with the latest developments in mobile and computer technology. They have had movie nights and pool parties, have held exciting day trips to museums, shows and restaurants, and even went on a trip to Atlantic City together, which everyone enjoyed immensely.
We have some of the best civic association leaders, and many of the most devoted and dedicated community leaders. A majority of our boards and committees are made up of volunteers who are passionate about contributing to the vibrancy and success of our village and work tirelessly for our community. We have over 25 boards and committees comprised of over 250 volunteers who participate on a broad range of issues from the Board of Zoning and Appeals and the Architectural Review Board to The Park Rules Review Committee and the Health Committee run by members of the medical profession who live in our community. Our new Community Outreach Committee is dedicated to ensuring that our residents' ideas and suggestions are heard and made to feel welcome. We encourage residents to get involved and make a positive contribution.
In response to the continuous disruptions caused by Hurricane Sandy and severe weather, the village recently purchased a generator to provide power to Village Hall and the Village Theatre during emergencies. This new acquisition will ensure that, regardless of the weather, our residents will always have heat, a refuse, hot showers and a place to charge their computers and cell phones. We held a first-of-a-kind "Power Day" in the park this past year. It was an event combining seminars and vendor displays to inform our community about the options available in the event of future power failures. We even waived, for a limited period of time, the permit fees for residents who installed permanent generators to their homes. We will continue to provide innovative and educational programs for our residents.
To provide great communication with our residents and offer immediate service, we created the "Instant Access Program." By using an interactive box on this homepage, residents can contact us with any questions, comments, or concerns they have about the village and I, or a member of our executive staff, will respond almost immediately.
In 2013, we also implemented a new program called "Neighbors for Neighbors." This initiative pairs volunteers from the community with residents in need of assistance. The help provided by this program includes everything from as perfunctory as periodically knocking on the door of an elderly neighbor to inquire if everything is fine, to helping a resident during a reported emergency. But, perhaps the greatest credit for our success belongs to our residents who are neighborly, outgoing, and friendly. We work closely together every day, and host and participate in a variety of fun-filled events with one another.
East Hills is also strongly committed to protecting the environment by going green, reducing emissions, and reducing the consumption of fuel. Each year, we host a "Green Day," with a focus on educating our residents on recycling and using energy-efficient vehicles and other technologies. One program by our community to help achieve these desired goals is the purchase of hybrid vehicles for the Department of Public Safety. We are also participating in a program called "Spin Green" to encourage recycling of unwanted clothing and household items. These items will be recycled, reused or renewed while helping to decrease landfill trash, helping those in need and adding a small revenue stream to our village.
In addition to our efforts to keep the village green, we also encourage our residents to engage in charitable endeavors. From our annual Blood Drive to our new Good Deed Award, which recognizes the outstanding charitable efforts of children in East Hills, we applaud those who give back to the community.
Thanks in major part to my board of trustee's, our village staff, and a wonderful team of highly involved volunteers, our village has grown in stature and prestige over the years, and is known for its many innovations and fine services. We are constantly analyzing and evaluating our regulations and services to ensure that members of our community enjoy the best possible lifestyle.
The excellent services our village provides include sanitation and snow removal; private security; road re-pavement; beautification; tree trimming and removal; maintenance of common areas, village cleaning; administration of the Justice Court; legislation and oversight over zoning regulations; approval of construction and renovations; statute revision; village taxing; village licensing; code enforcement; contracting services with our two volunteer fire departments; convenient passport services; operation of the East Hills website with its "Instant Access" feature; maintenance of all facilities; operation of the fitness center, the tennis facilities, basketball courts, the pool and the Park Grille; oversight of all village programs, including those for our seniors and children; operation of the playgrounds, the sports fields for Little League, men's and women's softball leagues and the men's Mayor's Trophy Softball Competition; operation of tennis leagues, oversight of the fireworks program, concerts in the park and all village-sponsored events; preparation and distribution of our one-of-a-kind East Hills calendar; operation of a sledding hill, "Snow Mountain," in the wintertime; operation of the Village Theatre with catering for events, maintenance of the nature paths, and the two dog parks with a "play dates" live web cam feature that allows residents to view who is using the facility; maintenance of the walking, jogging and biking paths; and a village lounge and card room.
We invite you to stop by our Village Hall next time you are visiting the area. You'll receive the same warm and friendly welcome that the members of my administrative staff give to all guests and residents.
I hope that this summary has given you a good understanding of our community and what makes it so special, unique and enviable. I feel very fortunate to be a part of this remarkable village. Thank you for allowing me the opportunity to showcase East Hills.
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ADDITIONAL PARK CARD HOURS
Sunday, April 26th: 10am - 2pm
Saturday, May 16th : 10am - 2pm
Saturday, May 23rd: 10am - 2pm
Second Meeting of the Mayors
Meeting of the Mayors: (L-R) Mayor John Durkin, Roslyn, TNH Supervisor Judi Bosworth, Mayor Michael Koblenz, East Hills, TNH Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman, East Hills, Mayor Jeffrey Schwartzberg, Roslyn Eastates, Mayor David Mandell, Roslyn Harbor, Mayor Barbara Donno, Plandome Manor, and Mayor Elaine Phillips, Flower Hill.
On March 18th our residents turned out in record numbers for any prior uncontested election in East Hills. Residents resoundingly elected Mayor Michael Koblenz with 448 votes, Mitchell Studley as Village Justice with 444 votes, Brian Meyerson as Trustee with 441 votes and Stacey Siegel as Trustee with 432 votes.
Joining the Mayor as the election results are compiled are, from left to right, Trustee Brian Meyerson, newly elected Trustee Stacey Seigel, Acting Village Justice and now Village Justice, Mitchell Studley, Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman, and Trustee Clara Pomerantz.
MILITARY BRIDGE AND DINNER EVENT
The Senior Activities Committee hosted another successful event on January 17, 2015 as residents enjoyed a night of Military Bridge. The event was held at the Theater in the East Hills Park and was complete with friends and neighbors enjoying playing cards and then dining on Ben's deli's delicacies.
Expanded Weekend Fitness Center Hours
Effective March 21, 2015 the Fitness Center will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 8am - 5pm.
Mayor and Board keep taxes at zero increase for fourth year in a row with cost cutting measures, the elimination of new projects, with extending the natural life of equipment and getting valuable grants from the State.
East Hills Gets Excellent Rating from Comptroller for Financial Strength
The results are in. With all villages in New York State tested for stress in its financial condition we are pleased to announce that once again East Hills received one the best scores. The lowest and finest score was zero and the most concerning 100, East Hills received an exceptional 3.3. "In 2013 we received the same minimal score" said Mayor Koblenz. "We are proud that in 2014 we once again repeated that fine performance."
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To further our Eco friendly green efforts, the Village has added collection bins in the Park for recycling clothing, shoes, toys and household goods. Working with Spingreen, we can decrease landfill trash, help the needy, while adding a new revenue stream to our Village of East Hills. One left sock? A chewed up Teddy bear? No problem...just drop it in the bin! These will be recycled, reused, or renewed.
New List of Approved Trees for Replacement
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