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VILLAGE NEWS: January 2023

Dr. Kenneth J. Goodman
Albert Kalimian
    Deputy Mayor

Linda G. Berke
William R. Denslow, Jr.
William I. Hollingsworth, III
Carol E. Large
Robert Marmorale

Jennifer A. Zoufaly
Village Clerk/Treasurer

Dear Village Resident:

    I am happy to report that despite some challenges, it has proved to be a good year for the Village of Matinecock.

    The Brookville Police Department had a seamless transition taking over police protection on June 1,2022 from the Old Brookville Department. The newly formed Brookville Department headed by Police Chief Kenneth Lack, former Chief of Patrol for Nassau County, has been doing a wonderful job. You've probably noticed the increased patrols by our Brookville Police Department officers in their new hybrid patrol cars. Our new patrol model affords on the fly shift changes in the patrol area, greatly increasing police presence. On December 13, 2022, four new officers graduated from the Nassau County Police Academy. This brings the Brookville Police force to a full complement of 17 officers, 1 Neighborhood Administrative Aide and a Chief of Police. In addition, the internship program with the School of Criminal Justice at Long Island University has proven to be a great success. It provides additional personnel for our force, while offering educational opportunities to graduate students interested in law enforcement.

    The North Shore of Long Island continues to be plagued by car thefts. In almost all cases, the cars are unlocked with the key fobs inside. Please be sure to lock your car and take the key fob with you. The police also want to remind our residents to lock their homes, use their alarms and leave lights on or have lights on timers. If a home appears to be occupied, it serves as a deterrent to burglars.

In the event of a police emergency dial 911.
For non-emergency matters call the Brookville Police Department at (516) 440-2300

    At our December Board of Trustees meeting, the Fire Protection Contract with the Locust Valley Fire Department was renewed for another year. The Locust Valley Fire Department does an excellent job of protecting us, but they are in need of volunteers. Anyone interested in volunteering should contact Chief Brian Nolan (516) 676-0560 or email Bnolan1020@gmail.com. The Fire Department asked that we remind residents to keep their home address numbers clearly visible on the public road to help guide firefighters in times of an emergency.

    The Nassau County Legislature recently approved its 2023 Capital Budget, which authorized the funding of a 1.8-million-dollar grant for the Village to address the Thorne Lane flooding problem.

    The Village has been working with the Locust Valley Water District on the new District’s pump station, which will replace the existing building located at the junction of Wellington Road and Duck Pond Road. The Village has been working with the LVWD on the new building design. We are very close to approving a design for the new building, which will have a residential appearance in keeping with the aesthetics of the Village. The Trustees will hold a public meeting with the effected surrounding residents prior to final design approval. Construction is scheduled to begin around January 2024.

    After 45 years of exemplary service to the Village, William H. Simonds has retired as our Village Clerk/Treasurer. He has relocated to Bethesda Maryland to be closer to his family. We wish he and Jane all the best in this new chapter in their lives. He is owed a deep debt of gratitude for all he has done for the Village. Jennifer Zoufaly was appointed as our new Village Clerk/Treasurer. As a paralegal at Humes & Wagner, Jennifer has had a great deal of experience assisting Bill in his duties and is well prepared to take over the position. She can be contacted at villageclerk@matinecockvillage.org

    In March of 2022, James Wellington agreed to become our Commissioner of Public Works replacing Ted Von Briesen, who retired. We thank Ted for his years of faithful service to the Village. We are confident that with his knowledge of the community and years of experience as a landscape architect Jim will do an outstanding job managing our public works.

    The Village continues to be in excellent financial condition. A recent audit confirmed the Board of Trustees fiscally sound financial management of Village finances. As a result, there will be no anticipated increase in the Village tax rate for the Village’s 2023/24 fiscal year.

    I would be remiss if I didn't thank the many residents who give freely of their time and expertise to serve on our Village boards and committees. We are deeply indebted to them. I would also like to thank Dodds & Eder for the beautiful landscaping and plantings of our Village triangles. The firm donates the material and labor that truly enhances our Village. Wishing you a Happy and Healthy New Year!

    Mayor and Board of Trustees
    Inc. Village of Matinecock