Messages from Mayor Herb Morrow
July 17, 2015
Dear Village Residents,
I recently met with the management of Winter Brothers Carting. Effective August 1st, Winter Brothers will
be implementing Single-Stream recycling in Huntington Bay. This means that every Wednesday all items
to be recycled can be put out for pick up. The process makes it easier for our residents and studies have
shown that it also increases recycling efforts. Regular garbage pick up continues on Tuesdays and Fridays. There is no increase in cost for our residents. Attached are two flyers that explain the program and the guidelines for what can and cannot be put out.
If you have any questions please contact us at Village Hall at (631) 427-2843
EXCUTIVE SUMMARY OF 2015-2016 BUDGET
April 17, 2015
Dear Village Residents;
The 2015-2016 Budget is complete and will be reviewed and voted on in the April Board meeting.
The budget has been prepared with revenue that is sufficient to cover all of our costs including fully funding the Police Department as requested by Chief Jack and all operational requirements for the upcoming year. Because of the work we have done to control and reduce costs, the Budget is less than last year and spending is at the same level as 2009. Our objective is to provide superior levels of service while doing our part in turning the tide on tax increases. This budget has no increase in taxes for the thrid consecutive year. That continues to be our yearly goal.
The revenue and expenses for the 2015-2016 fiscal year are projected to be $1,954,750. Expenses are down from last year’s budget of $1,989,444. Beside taxes, other sources of income include: permit fees, payments from Cablevision and Verizon, and New York State mortgage tax. Fines are significantly up due to increased focus by our Police on safety in the Village. On the expense side, the largest expense item is for our police department. Our police keep us all safe and add value to our homes. As a New York State accredited police agency, the department is trained, prepared and equipped to handle all emergency situations. They do this with a personal touch and utmost professionalism. Our residents should be proud of our police. During the last two years we spent $240,000 on road repairs all of which were paid for by money from New York State. We expect to spend at least $85,000 this year in road repairs with at least half coming from the State. Road repairs and maintenance are an on-going focus for us. I am attempting to find other sources of revenue that would allow us to do more. Expenses for attorney fees are down due to no pending litigation. Staff costs have stayed low since we decreased the number of full time employees to one at Village Hall supplemented by two part timers. We have included monies for proper cleaning of Village Storm drains. Funding is in the budget for proposed Local Law 1, which is about compensation to the Board. The full Local Law is on the website or available at Village Hall.
We expect to end this year and next with a surplus.
We are planning work at Village Hall to preserve this 1926 structure and to add space for the police, better working space for staff, improved use of the building for Court and improved storage space. Funding for this is not in this budget. As we develop a plan we will prepare a cost projection and determine a payment plan. We will have updates on this in late May and June. It is important that we preserve this building, keep it professionally functional and that we improve the grounds.
The Village is in very good condition financially. We monitor and review the Village’s financials on a monthly basis as there are always risks and opportunities with any financial plan. We will continue to work toward a balance of reasonable costs for associated services while protecting the character and safety of the Village.
The Board and I take very seriously our commitment to maintain the fiscal health of this unique Village.
The proposed budget and Local Law 1 are on the website and copies are at Village Hall. If you have any comments or specific questions please feel free to contact me at or call me at (631) 423-8291.
April 17, 2015
December 28, 2014
Dear Village Residents,
I want to update you on two items regarding garbage collection in the Village.
As of January 1, 2015 there is a new ban in the New York State Environmental Law (Article 26) which says that no individual or household shall place or dispose of any electronic equipment for collection which is intended for disposal at a solid waste management facility in New York State.
This means that it is against the law for residents to put electronics (on the list with this letter) out
for disposal as trash. Progressive Waste will not pick up these items.
Residents in the Village have two options. The first is that they can take the item(s) to The Town of Huntington Recycling Center located on 641 New York Ave, Huntington, NY. The facility is open Tuesday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is no cost for the drop off of any item(s). The second option is to use a new service set up with Island Wide Recycling. The procedure is as follows: they will pick up items curbside once a month on the last Wednesday of the month. To arrange a pick up residents must notify Village Hall no later than 4 pm on the prior Monday so that we can provide a pick up list. (631 427 2843 or firstname.lastname@example.org). There will be no cost for this service.
The second update is regarding Wednesday pick up of recycling items. You may have seen in the paper that some municipalities are going to a single pick up - meaning that paper, boxes, bottles etc. can all be put out every week. Progressive will not be implementing that process. They will continue the every other week pick up that we have had for many years. A schedule for 2015 will be posted on the Village website. - www.huntingtonbay.org.
As always, if you have any questions or comments let me know at or call Village Hall at 427-2843.
Electronic Material Covered by Law:
Ray tubes small scale
Computer peripherals (including any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into the computer peripheral).
Electronic mice or similar pointing devices
Facsimile machines, document scanners and printers (only those intended for use with a computer and weighing less than 100 lbs).
Small electronic equipment (including any cable, cord, or wiring permanently affixed to or incorporated into the small electronic equipment).
Digital video recorders
Portable digital music players
Digital converter boxes
Cable or satellite receivers
Electronic or video game consoles
February 24, 2015
Comptroller Grandstands Again With “Stress” Label
New York State’s Office of the State Comptroller (OSC) is once again ignoring the State’s massive fiscal inequities and instead is playing a game of trivial pursuit. The historical grandstanding of the Comptroller’s Office entered another chapter with the release of its latest so-called “stress” report on New York State Villages. With no conversation or discussion with our Village we were given a negative designation that is very misleading to our residents. By releasing reports that create inane headlines, they confuse residents. It makes the jobs of local leaders harder. It is a waste of New York State tax payer dollars.
In 2009, the Village of Huntington Bay initiated a re-structuring plan to improve efficiencies and operations. Success of our re-structuring led to even more improvements in 2012 when our Village Police Department saw a reduction in costs without any impact on crime or safety. By acting when we did, and in the manner which we did, our plans put the Village on sound footing for the long term. While we took a short term hit to our reserves, that is corrected this year and next - a very sound financial strategy.
The most supportive fact which validates our plan and vision is that our residents have seen two years in a row of NO INCREASE in their taxes. In addition, they will see no tax increase this year. With three years of no tax increases against a negative economic climate in New York State as well as mandates from Albany and a PERB process that forces contracts on municipalities that they can't afford, we believe we successfully manage our finances and the value we provide the residents of Huntington Bay. This latest "snapshot" report minimizes the hard work we have done. It is reckless to create a negative picture when one does not exist.
In Albany’s 2% tax cap scheme, taxes go up 10% in 5 years. Our 5 year goal is ZERO! And we have no debt from Bonding. The OSC's ivory tower snapshot approach to fiscal review adds no value to local government.
My Board and I will continue with our financial plans and managing our residents tax dollars very carefully. Maybe one day the State Of New York will awaken from its fiscal nightmare and sound practices may follow so their wasteful spending and perpetual tax increases finally cease.
Mayor, Village of Huntington Bay
631 423 8291