From the Mayor
Dear Fellow Residents,
The last two years have been a tumultuous time in New York State, from the COVID-19 pandemic to controversial legislation that has been passed in Albany. Still, the Village of Old Westbury remains one of the most desirable and safest communities to live in on all of Long Island.
It has been well-documented that the North Shore of Long Island has seen an increase in crime that has been exacerbated by these aforementioned issues.
In response, the Village Board is undertaking a multi-pronged approach to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of our public safety initiatives.
- Best Practices: We have engaged Redland Strategies to perform a strategic review of our Police Department and its practices.
Just as we retain an engineering firm for their expertise when we are repaving a road, or installing a generator, the Village Board is expanding its safety initiatives starting with the engagement of Redland Strategies, whose expertise coming out of areas such as the NYPD and Homeland Security, will focus on ensuring the practice and policy of the OWPD are at the highest levels of efficiency. Out of the best practice review that Redland will undertake with the leadership of the OWPD and the Board of Trustees, The Board will establish an integrated public safety strategy that ensures the human assets of the OWPD are constantly deployed and prioritized on residential protection above all else.
2. Leverage Technology: Out of this review we will also ensure the OWPD has the latest technological tools to combat the expanding challenges the Village faces now and into the future, so our police can observe the Village more effectively and deploy with more direct intelligence as to where activity may be at any given time.
In an immediate effort to add to our existing technology, and as a result of the Board’s efforts, the Village of Old Westbury has secured $100,000 from New York State to implement additional mobile and fixed license plate reader cameras, which have been an invaluable tool to the OWPD in their fight to protect the Village. The LPR shield is only one layer of technology that is already in place.
Furthermore, we are now deploying our pilot program for live, remote field surveillance. This is in addition to our LPRs. As stated, we will be examining the deployment of more technologies after the Redland review.
3. Improve Communication: To keep the community informed and connected, the Village of Old Westbury will be hosting an informational webinar with the Old Westbury Police Department so they may discuss their continuing efforts to ensure public safety and thwart criminal activity in our community. The webinar will take place on April 26th, at 6:30pm, and will feature remarks from Police Chief Robert Glaser.
Additionally, there will be other webinars after Redland Strategies’ review, in which we will be providing updates on implementing further public safety agendas.
Please register for the webinar here and submit questions beforehand that Chief Glaser can address during his remarks.
An important component of our community’s public safety relates to roadway safety. The Old Westbury Police Department has recently responded to several serious accidents on and around Glen Cove Road.
Police Chief Robert Glaser and I joined Nassau County Legislator Joshua Lafazan and other community activists to call on Nassau County to study the traffic conditions of Glen Cove Road and implement changes following these recent accidents. As a result, Nassau County Executive Bruce Blakeman has requested a road survey be conducted by Nassau County Department of Public Works. The Police Department will continue to diligently patrol our roads to ensure safe and responsible driving and the Village will keep residents apprised of all developments on the topic.
For the safety and wellbeing of yourself and others, we implore residents to observe all local traffic laws, especially signals and speed limits.
Edward M. Novick
Mayor, Village of Old Westbury
2022-2023 Village Budget
The Village of Old Westbury Board of Trustees meeting on Monday, April 18th will feature a review of the 2022-2023 fiscal year budget. This year will feature a balanced budget.
The Village, which continues to maintain a Aaa bond rating from Moody’s Financial Services, also continues its commitment to investing in vital capital projects. The Village’s reserve finances remain stable and secure.
For this year the Village will focus on expanding our public safety initiatives, re-engineering the north side of Bacon Road to resolve drainage and safety issues as well as hardening the Village’s water supply system by installing a badly needed backup generator station at Well House No. 3. As a result of the Board’s efforts, the Village has secured $200,000 from New York State to help offset the costs related to the Bacon Road project.
Presented with skyrocketing inflation now exceeding 8%, and significantly higher in various categories of commodities the Village must purchase to function, the Village will need to increase its tax leave by 4.33% this year. Since 2017 we have not pierced the tax cap. However, in these extraordinary times a tax increase is unavoidable but is also significantly less than the actual rate of inflation impacting the Village and the Country.
Spring is here in the Village of Old Westbury!
With the arrival of Spring, Village crews and our beautification partners at Friends of Old Westbury, a 501c3 not-for-profit organization have been out in full force cleaning and maintaining the local flower beds and getting public spaces ready for the warm weather. Additionally, a full clean-up of the newly renovated Old Westbury Pond property has occurred.
Old Westbury Gardens opened for the season on Friday, April 1st. The beautiful facility welcomes visitors of all ages for tours of the gardens, children & family programming, museum exhibitions, concerts, workshops, and more.
For more information or to purchase tickets, visit: www.oldwestburygardens.org
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