Board of Trustees: Update on Public Safety, Village Finance and Infrastructure
Nassau County has seen an increase in criminal activity, and the Village of Old Westbury has had to take steps to combat this issue. The VOW’s track record of fiscal responsibility has allowed us to strategically invest in critical needs, such as public safety, to address resident concerns.
The Village Board has added private security patrols to supplement the efforts of our police force, as well as invested in added layers of technology to identify, respond to, and investigate criminal activity. The Village Board would like our fellow residents to know that we continue to implement these essential programs and projects in a responsible and transparent way, while always pursuing funding opportunities from our partners at all levels of government. For example, the Board has successfully secured $1,425,000 in outside grant funding for the Village: $650,000 from New York State as a result of Senator Kaplan’s support, and $775,000 from the Federal Government.
By law, these funds will be allocated to Village infrastructure projects. This includes not only roads, water and electrical systems, but more importantly, the layered technologies the Board is committed to deploying for the safety of our residents. In concert with our police department, cameras have been strategically placed in areas throughout the Village. Additional cameras with state-of-the-art technology to surveil activity in real time have been authorized by the Board in order to blanket our Village and help in deterring and apprehending perpetrators.