UPCOMING MEETINGS and EVENTS
Thu Mar 7, 7pm
Wed Dec 12, 7pm
Thu Mar 14, 9am
Thu Mar 21, 7pm
Board of Trustees
Mon Mar 18, 6:30pm
Wed Mar 27 6:30pm.
Additional information and updates may be posted to the village site and calendar. Go to oldbrookville.net for later updates.
The New York Institute of Technology which borders Old Brookville is planning a $100,000,000 expansion consisting of 700 dormitory rooms, a dining hall, academic, executive, and other buildings. The Trustees and Mayor are concerned with the impact this can/will have on our village during and after construction. We are in discussions with NYIT, Old Westbury, in whose village the construction will occur, and the Village of Brookville which also borders the campus. We will do the utmost as a neighboring village to prevent any significant impact on our community.
This storm -- not named after our hard working and very competent Village Clerk -- has added greatly to village expenses amounting to approximately $700,000. The village is applying for FEMA funds and has engaged US-PACT (Public Assistance Closeout Team), a firm experienced in FEMA applications, to assist in our effort for storm cost reimbursement. In light of the endless sequester battle, and the original fight over appropriations for FEMA, the Trustees believe that this moddest consulting investment will pay off in our reimbursement effort which can possibly add up to 75% of our actual costs, plus up to 12.5% NY State reimbursement (assuming they will participate). In addition the services will of great assistance to Village Clerk Sandy Albro and Mayor Ryba to complete our application.
Road Bond Issue
The village has secured and closed on Feb 27 a bond offering for the balance of the previously authorized road repair and re-construction. The new bond issue is for $2M and the Trustees are extremely pleased at our AA rating the low interest rate of 1.86%.
" Another Valentine’s Day Massacre"
Unrelated to our own Valentine’s Lane near disaster ! --
From a Feb 14 news release by NYCOM (New York Conference of Mayors), pension costs for public safety employees in 2013 will amount to 25.8% of payroll, a 19% increase over 2012 rates. These costs are mandated by the State and not under local control, and they are 71% higher than 2010 rates. Please see the link below for the news release from NYCOM.
On a better note, The 5 year contracts with the Old Brookville PBA and Dispatchers (30 employees in all) povides fo a total 9.5% increase in base salaries over the five years -- less than 2% per year.
If you have comments or news of interest to the community please contact Rick Shaper: