Village of Nissequogue Incorporated 1926 Town of Smithtown,
Board meets 3rd Tuesday of the month
Except April (2nd Tuesday) & June (4th Tuesday)
Mayor: Richard B. Smith
Robert P. Clemente (Deputy Mayor)
James F. Donahue
Lawrence M. Kenney
John T. Moore
The 2013/2014 Village Taxes were recently mailed. This is just a reminder to all residents that all payments must be received or postmarked by Monday, July 1st. Any tax bills received after July 1st are subject to a 5% penalty for July and a 1% penalty for each subsequent month. Village Hall is open on Tuesdays and Thursdays between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. if you would like to hand deliver your tax payment. Thank you.
The Village Election will be held on Tuesday, June 18th at Village Hall, 631 Moriches Road, St. James between the hours of 12:00 noon and 9:00 p.m.
March 27, 2013
Dear Fellow Residents:
This past fiscal year has presented numerous challenges to our Village’s financial condition. As a result we have found it necessary to budget a 4.75% property tax increase for the new fiscal year beginning June 1, 2013. Notwithstanding the planned increase in the tax rate, overall Village spending is budgeted to decrease by approximately $33,000 from the previously approved budget for the year ending May 31, 2013.
The following factors are the primary contributors to the need for the tax increase:
• The ever increasing NYS Pension Plan contributions mandated for payment
• A reduction in the Village’s overall assessed property valuation due to a number of successful tax grievances
• Continued low collection of mortgage tax receipts
• The financial effects of recovery efforts of Hurricane Sandy, from which the Village has received exactly $0 from the supposed FEMA assistance program
To further strengthen the Village’s financial condition, the Village Board has decided to institute the franchise tax fee contained within the Village franchise contracts with both Cablevision and Verizon. This is expected to add upwards of $30,000 to the Village’s operations during the coming new fiscal year.
The proposed 2013/14 Village Budget will be the subject of a public hearing at Village Hall on Tuesday, April 9th, 2013 at 7 pm. Your attendance and participation is welcome and encouraged. A copy of the proposed budget is enclosed for your review.
In closing, I wish to thank the many volunteers and staff of the Village who dedicate their time and energies in working to improve the Village for the good of us all.
Very truly yours,
Richard B. Smith, Mayor
Tailgating on Village roads has become more prevalent and our Village Police are aware of it. But beyond the possibility of a summons, the possibility of a serious accident has become exacerbated by the increased presence of deer in the Village. Deer are most active between dusk and dawn and there have already been several instances of vehicle/deer collisions in the Village. During those hours of darkness or limited visibility, there is a real danger of one or more deer darting suddenly onto the road. Drive far enough back of another vehicle so that you may stop a comfortably safe distance should that vehicle suddenly brake hard! And during those hours of limited light, drive within the speed limit, scanning both sides of the road in front of you for deer activity. Use your high beam headlights to widen your field of vision but dim for oncoming traffic. Be AWARE and be SAFE!
Install a new smoke alarm battery immediately if an alarm chirps warning that the battery is low.
Teach children what a smoke alarm sounds like and what they should do when they hear it.
Keep your fire alarm clean by vacuuming over and around it regularly. Dust and debris can interfere with the alarm’s operation. Do not paint over the smoke alarm.
Move alarms farther away from the kitchen if the device is sounding nuisance alarms. Never disable it.
Keep all sources of fuel (paper, clothing, bedding and carpet and rugs) at least three (3) feet away from all heat sources when cooking or using alternative heating such as a space heater.
Don’t leave the kitchen when frying, grilling or broiling food and don’t leave home when cooking.
Keep matches and lighters out of the reach of children.
If a fire occurs, get out and stay out. Call the fire department from a cell phone or neighbor’s phone.
If smoke or fire blocks the first escape route, use a second way. If someone must exit through smoke, they should crawl low below the smoke to exit. If escaping through a closed door, feel the door before opening it. If it is warm, use a different way out.
If smoke, heat or flames block the way out, stay in the room with the door closed. If there is a phone in the room, alert the fire department to your location
The Village of Nissequogue Police Department advises all residents to contact the Suffolk County 911 Operator to report any Village issues currently in progress. Examples of these issues are code violations, illegal parking or any suspicious activities. They further advise that residents must inform the 911 Operator that their call is a non-emergency issue and that it should be given to the Nissequogue Police Department. In order for the Village of Nissequogue to deal with issues immediately, the 911 Operator must be notified. By activating the 911 System, the Village of Nissequogue Police can immediately address activities currently in progress.
The Village of Nissequogue Police Department is available to assist all residents of Nissequogue. Any questions or concerns that are not of an immediate nature and do not require a response can still be handled by contacting the Village of Nissequogue Police Department at 631-584-5300.
Incorporated in 1926, the Village of Nissequogue is located in Suffolk County on the North Shore of Long Island about 50 miles east of New York City. The geographic area of the Village is 3.6 square miles. It is bounded on the west by the Nissequogue River, on the north by the Long Island Sound, on the east by Stony Brook Harbor and on the south by the Village of Head-of –the-Harbor and the Town of Smithtown.
The Village of Nissequogue is the site of the original settlement of the Town of Smithtown. Richard Smith, the Patentee, founded the town in 1665 on land deeded to him by Lion Gardiner and Wyandanch, who was the Sachem of the Montauks.
Within the Village borders, there is Delafield Woods, Butler Huntington Woods and the David Weld Nature Conservancy which contain many nature trails where residents and visitors can view many different native trees as well as other indigenous flora. Along the Nissequogue River Basin, Short Beach and Stony Brook Harbor are found many unique marshlands that are home to a host of native marsh grasses as well as a number of large and small seabirds.
Many species of birds nest within the Village. These include herons, egrets, ducks, ospreys, Canada geese, owls and red-tail hawks. Woodland animals such as the red fox, raccoon, opossum, cottontail and deer are common sightings.
The Village is entirely residential. Within the Village, there are no industrial or commercial installations or uses permitted except agricultural and horticultural uses or special uses which may be permitted and regulated by the Village.
The Village of Nissequogue is extremely concerned about protecting our beautiful Village from various pollutants which could compromise the pristine Nissequogue River. Please help our Village by reading the following suggestions provided by our Village Engineer related to Stormwater Management and related suggestions for preventing pollution. If we all work together, we can continue to enjoy the Nissequogue River for many years to come.
The Joint Coastal Management Commission is a joint commission with the Village of Head of the Harbor. The Local Waterfront Revitalization Programs (LWRP) articulates objectives for the preservation, protection and proactive development of the coastal environment. This commission is charged with making recommendations regarding the LWRP to the Village Boards. It is also concerned with water flow and drainage as impacted by development or construction.
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