About the NCVOA
The Nassau County Village Officials Association, comprising 64 incorporated villages in NassauCounty,New York was created in 1925 as an organization for encouraging and stimulating cooperation among the member villages for their mutual benefit and welfare. To this end, the NCVOA is dedicated to providing village officials with a forum for exchanging ideas and experiences in the administration of their municipal duties; developing educational programs and conferences to assist village officials with implementing their civic responsibilities; studying and discussing various activities and actions that will benefit the public safety, health and welfare of the member villages governed by these officials; and investigating and discussing the most efficient means and methods of village government.
General Membership MeetingsGeneral Membership Meetings are held at the Westbury Manor Restaurant located at 1100 Jericho Turnpike in Westbury, NY unless otherwise noted below. Meetings start at 6:30 pm and programs start at 7:30 pm. Please see below for information on our next meetings.
"When all government ... shall be drawn to Washington as the centre of all power, it will render powerless the checks provided of one government on another, and will become as ... oppressive as the government from whic we separated." ~ Thomas Jefferson
Upcoming General Membership Meetings
Tuesday, March 13
NYCOM President James Miccio and Counsel Rebecca Ruscito who will discuss new cellular technology and related legal matters
Tuesday, April 10
Former Congressman Steve Israel
Tuesday, May 8 at the Milleridge Inn
Nassau County Comptroller Jack Schnirman
Thursday, June 28
Election & Installation of Officers
Hon. Thomas DiNapoli,(L) NYS Comptroller installing the newly elected NCVOA chair officers for 2017-2018. From 2nd left, Mayor Robert Kennedy-President and mayor of Freeport, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, 1st VP and mayor of Farmingdale, Mayor Jean Celender, 2nd VP and mayor of Great Neck Plaza and Mayor Edward Lieberman, Treasurer and Mayor of Sea Cliff.
"State and federal officials, as well as the media, too often forget, or worse, disregard the indespensable nature of local government."
NCVOA President Mayor Robert Kennedy
I would like to thank all the Mayors and Trustees for electing me NCVOA President for 2017-2018. It is an honor and a privilege to be recognized as our Association’s President. Along with First Vice President, Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, Second Vice President-Mayor Jean Celender and Treasurer Mayor Edward Lieberman and the entire Executive Committee I look forward to continuing the outstanding progress made this past year by Immediate Past Presiden Mayort Berniard Ryba in advancing the NCVOA agenda locally and in Albany.
The NCVOA is comprised of 64 incorporated villages representing 450,000 residents. As a group, we have been and will continue to be an influential force in Nassau County and the State of New York. In the past few years alone, the NCVOA has been instrumental in spearheading several successful endeavors:
"Whenever the people are well-informed, they can be trusted with their own government."
Your Village May be Entitled to Additional Revenue!
Gross Receipts and Franchise Fee Audits Uncover Monies Owed to Villages
Does your village collect utility gross receipts taxes from utilities and franchise fees? If so, you may be owed thousands of dollars.
The NCVOA has entered into a referral agreement with Municipal Audit Services, LLC (Muni) referring and encouraging villages to avail themselves of Muni services.
Muni is a consulting company specializing in tax compliance and recovery of tax revenues from telecommunication service providers and utility companies in the form of gross receipts taxes and franchise fees paid by cable companies to municipalities in New York State.
To date, Muni has provided audit services to 36 member villages and has recouped over $650,000 for NCVOA villages. In addition to benefits realized by villages, the NCVOA also receives 5% referral fee from Muni.
Definition of a Village
As defined in Google/Wikipedia:
In New York State, a village is an incorporated area that differs from a city in that a village is within the jurisdiction of one or more towns, whereas a city is independent of a town. Villages thus have less autonomy than cities.
A village is usually, but not always, within a single town. A village is a clearly defined municipality that provides the services closest to the residents, such as garbage collection, street and highway maintenance, street lighting and building codes. Some villages provide their own police and other optional services. Those municipal services not provided by the village are provided by the town or towns containing the village. As of the 2000 census, there are 553 villages in New York.
There is no limit to the population of a village in New York; Hempstead, the largest village in the state, has 55,000 residents, making it more populous than some of the state's cities. However, villages in the state may not exceed five square miles (13 km²) in area. Present law requires a minimum of 500 residents to incorporate as a village.
As We See It:
Villages were created to provide efficient services under local control and the watchful eye of its residents. The notion that the majority of villages were created solely to control zoning, block development, and promulgate a NIMBY attitude is not true.
The longevity among our villages formed during the more rural days of Nassau County is not uncommon. the reason people look to move to incorporated villages is simple . They want and get the services which is municipal governments responsibility. In fact, village residential property has a long tradition of being desired, at a premium, over other area homes.
Village governments, in addition being organized with economically efficient staffs have consolidated services producing positive results results and good management. Most residents are unwilling to abolish their village , cut back on services, or merge with other villages. People generally will not relinquish the quality of life they enjoy as residents of an incorporated village.
NCVOA and NYCOM…Partners in Good Government
The Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) and the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) work collaboratively to address ongoing issues and concerns impacting residents and businesses.
Founded in 1910, NYCOM is based in Albany and represents New York State’s 62 cities and 552 incorporated villages. With a team of municipal experts, NYCOM supports local governments by serving as:
· A powerful advocate for city and village governments and their residents, particularly with the state's Legislative, Executive and Judicial branches of government;
· A readily accessible source of practical information for all municipal activity; and
· The preeminent provider of training for local government officials and
· Through membership in NYCOM, New York's cities and villages are better prepared to provide essential services that are efficient and cost-effective.
The NCVOA is proud to join with NYCOM in addressing the needs of village residents throughout the State of New York. For more information about NYCOM, go to www.nycom.org
State of New York
Thomas E. Dewey
Mr. Harry J. Wellebil, Secretary
Dear Mr. Wellebil
I am happy to greet the members of the Nassau County Village Officials Association through its report and seventeen years of service to Nassau County.
Your Association makes an invaluable contribution to good government in the State of New York. It is too easily forgotten that no government is no better than its roots in every locality. The officials closest to the ideas and needs of the people are the officials of the villages, towns and counties. They are the foundation of free government. Without the knowledge and the work that they are able to provide, a free republic would not be able to exist.
So, today, near the end of the long trend to remove all power from the people to a centralized government, I want to greet you on stout service during these difficult years. You have never lost sight of the fundamentals of government. May you continue to grow ever stronger in your service to the people.
With warm personal regards, I am
Governor Thomas E. Dewey
“That government is the strongest of which every man feels himself a part." Thomas Jefferson