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 third 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.
A Grandslam Homerun! 2013 Women's Softball League - Biggest, Greatest Competition Ever!
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.
Port Authority Aircraft
At least 16 years of age, lifeguards must be Nassau County Certified, and available to work through Labor Day weekend
A Splash Success!
A new Village program, arranged and implemented by the Kids in the Park Committee allow children to be acclimated to water. Close to twenty children in two courses learn to love the water and get ready to be future swimmers. The program is known as the "Swim with Me" and is now popular and a favorite of the young children.
Youngest East Hills Residents Star
On Wednesdays for 6 weeks which began on 7/9, and continues on 7/23, 7/30, 8/6, 8/13 and 8/20 for 45 min a day at 1 pm, Darlene Graham has young children singing and dancing to the music, as she sings and plays her original and popular songs. Darlene has become one of Long Island's premier performers for the early childhood crowd. "We are very excited to have her here in East Hills this summer" said Stacey Siegel, Chair of the Kids in the Park Committee.
Spectacular 4th on the 5th
East Hills and the Kids in the Park Committee, led by Stacey Siegel, Chair, celebrated the 4th of July holiday weekend on Saturday with a grand Parade at Village Hall, a dog agility show and then the Village's fireworks show. The parade was led by Parker, East Hills mascot. Later at official ceremonies, Mayor Koblenz spoke about the profound privilege of living in America and being fortunate enough to reside in East Hills. The Mayor saluted the veterans. He welcomed back Major Sergeant Skip Hein who served at the former Roslyn Air National Guard Station. Major Sergeant Hein presented the Mayor and Board with a special plaque expressing the former military personnel's gratitude for permitting them to "Reunion Day" at the Park and for being so gracious. Jack Russo, former Trustee and Chair of the Roslyn Water District was also honored for his assistance in obtaining the property from the federal government. The Mayor also thanked Stacey Siegel, chair of the Kids in the Park Committee, and Natalie Mansbach, chair, Senior Activities Committee and their members for leading dynamic programs.
Parker in the Parade
All A Board....The Board of Trustees, with Mayor Koblenz and the Village Mascot, Parker celebrate the fourth. Shown, from left to right are Trustee Brian Meyerson, Trustee Clara Pomerantz, Deputy Mayor Manny Zuckerman, and from Trustee and now TNH Councilman, Peter Zuckerman.
Beginning the parade
Special Parade of Dogs and Special Owners!
One-of-a-kind Dog Show by Kids in the Park Committee
One third of the crowd at the Firework Display and Concert provided by TNH Councilman Peter Zuckerman and the Town Board.
The Mayor and board are presented a plaque for their support of the former military personnel. Shown is, from left to right, Trustee Clara Pomerantz, Jack Russo, former Trustee and Chair of the Roslyn Water District, Adam Haber, Roslyn School Board Member and candidate for New York State Senate, Skip Hein, Mayor Michael Koblenz, Town of North Hempstead Councilman Peter Zuckerman, Trustee Brian Meyerson, and Wayne Wink, Town of North Hempstead Clerk.
Jack Russo, who was a great supporter of the Park was given a key to the village.
Completely Out of the Blue...
The seniors enjoy the water activities and athletics in one of their many extensive programs. "We are so very enthusiastic about all our senior programs" said Mayor Koblenz. "Natalie Mansbach as chair, and all her committee members can be very proud of their achievements and their efforts which have had a highly beneficial effect on our community" the Mayor stressed.
Elvis in the House!
The Annual barbeque event by the Seniors Activities Committee was an overwhelming success with close to 50 residents attending and enjoying the evening. Our East Hills residents were treated to a gourmet buffet BBQ at the Grille which included steak, chicken, hot dogs, hamburgers, various salad choices, a cornucopia or fruit, and desserts prepared by George and Roberto, the restaurateurs at the pool. The camaraderie and spirit de corps also made the evening extremely memorable.
Added to this wonderful event at the East Hills pool was a visit from Sting-Ray Elvis who was an outstanding performer. His appearance made the night even more special as residents danced and sang along to an outstanding tribute to Elvis Presley.
East Hills Gets One of Highest State Fiscal Reviews
When the Office of the State Comptroller tested all villages in New York State this year for stress conditions, Long Island villages scored on the average of 32% with the lowest percentage being the absolute best. East Hills was proud when its score was announced at a mere 3.3%.
If you are interested in registering for Summer 2014 Mommy & Me classes, please do so ASAP while spots are still available.
SAC's Gala Pool Party Coming!
SAC's rescheduled the Gala Pool Party will be held on Tuesday, August 5, 2014! It is one of the most anticipated events of the year!
Join us in creating a beautiful art mural for your children & the East Hills community to enjoy FOREVER!
NEW EXCITING COMMITTEE FORMED IN EAST HILLS
The "Friends for Friends Committee" has been formed by three Roslyn High School volunteers and co-chairmen Landon Allen, Robbie Pomerantz, and Andrew Meyerson. They will hold a social night/day each month where high school kids are brought together to volunteer and have a fun evening with kids with special needs. The venue will be at the Village Lounge at East Hills Park. Each event will have a special theme, e.g., game night, pizza night, Ice cream sundae, etc. Jodi Golden, and Dorie Meyerson will also participate as committee members along with Supervising Trustee, Clara Pomerantz. The committee is dedicated in the memory to Linda Allen.
2014 Summer Water Restrictions:
Midnight to 2 am, on odd numbered days for odd numbered residences;
Midnight to 2 am, on even numbered days for even numbered residences.
A maximum of 2 hours of watering is allowed, when necessary. These restrictions were placed on homeowners by the Roslyn Water District.
The success of the new Kids Garden at the Park at East Hills takes shape as planting is completed. See photos here.
Official Notice: Lifetime Sex Offender, George Hendrickson, resides on Warner Avenue in Roslyn Heights
Third Great Season for Ladies Softball in Full Swing!
With more than 70 players set to play, women's softball is headed for its biggest smash success. Games are played each Wednesday night at the Park from 7pm to 8:30pm now through August 20th, 2014. All residents and guests are encouraged to join their favorite team and cheer them on!
June 28th - September 1st: 10am - 7:30pm Everyday
Hours are Subject to Change due to Village Events.
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 Calendar
New Meetings with the Mayor Program
While meetings have always been readily available with Mayor Koblenz, now he has reserved specific times on the weekends to encourage residents to meet with him. The meetings can address any issue from new ideas to concerns or compliments. The Meetings with the Mayor Program is a sister program to the "Instant Access Program," which offers immediate responses to questions on the homepage of the village's website. To make an appointment, see the box below.
Mayor and Board Take Action on Issues Pending
The Next Board of Trustees meeting date is August 12, 2014 at 8:00pm in Village Hall.
Complimentary Special Pickup Started March 3, 2014. Call for an Appointment 516-621-5600. Program Ends October 31, 2014.
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
2014 Village Calendar
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Park Rules Review Committee Invites Input
The Park Rules Review Committee, led by Donna Liebowitz, welcomes your
requests, comments, and ideas for changes or additions to the park rules. As
the seventh season begins, an ongoing review of the rules will be made
based on the needs of the community. To initiate the analysis, all
residents are invited to send in their suggestions to provide the committee
with their thoughts and input. Simply fill in the box below and the
Committee will have the benefit of your recommendations.