Daniel H. Serota
Hello Neighbors and Friends --
As we head into the Winter season, I am filled with cheer to be rid of the constant road closings and detours on Wheatley Road that would only have been much worse with snow.
Nassau County (and Jericho Water) have finally wrapped up the drainage and resurfacing project. It has been an ordeal beyond what anyone thought, but at long last it’s a pleasure to ride Wheatley Road. Some needs still have to be addressed, but 97% of the work has been completed. Thank you again for your patience and tolerance.
On page 2 of this newsletter, you’ll see that we have already been hard at work drafting our 2017/2018 Village Budget. I am pleased to say that based on early forecasting, our tax rates will remain the same and we
expect no increase in Village taxes (unless assesed value has changed.)
I am also very pleased to say that we have made tremendous progress in Phase One of our Revitalization Plan at the Brookville Nature Park. It is now a place to be proud of, and we celebrated that very fact on September 24th with a Flag Raising and Ribbon Cutting ceremony. Over 150 people from all over attended and I think it fair to say that everyone enjoyed the outing. We were joined by State Senator Carl Marcellino and other dignitaries, along with a great attendance from our residents. Special thanks to Frank and Rita Castagna and John and Fran Gutleber whose generous support for the outing enabled us to make this an event free of charge.
Route 107 is still a work in progress, but thanks to our constant follow up, the NYS DOT has began to fulfill their responsibilities to make Route 107 what it should be. Filling and patching of potholes has been done but that is just a small step on a long road. We will keep up the pressure.
Our 2016 Village Road Project has been completed on schedule and on budget. Norgate Road, Maclean Drive, Old Wheatley Road and our portion of Whitney Lane, which is shared with Old Westbury, all have new surfaces, including pothole repairs around the Village.
As you may have noticed, our old streetlights are being slowly replaced with new energy efficient LED bulbs. This represents not only a big savings in the long term but an important safety enhancement now.
This issue is our last for the year. I’m delighted that so many residents have mentioned how useful and informative our newsletter has been. And so, until our next issue in March, I wish you and your families a happy, healthy year ahead.
As always, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.