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What is the Biggest Issue for Lynbrook in 2012? [POLL]

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Lybrook is a great village, but like other great villages around the country, we are not without some issues.

What do you think is the biggest issue facing the village in 2012?

Brian Rosen DDS January 11, 2012 at 12:04 PM
High property taxes! My small buildings taxes in 11 years went from 21,000 to almost 50,000$! That is why so many business are leaving!
Concerned Resident January 11, 2012 at 01:15 PM
We've got to attract more businesses to Lynbrook to fill empty businesses. Also stop building more store fronts when there are so many empty ones. Some of the businesses that are here need to update their stores and keep them neat. The movie theatre needs to be re-done and some stores, like Pickers need to clean up and make their stores not look so junky inside. The village has to do something about taxes. It is driving people out. People are drowning in debt.
Jim Tisdell January 11, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Dr Rosen's taxes went up roughly 135% in just 11 years... The NVP controlled the village for what, eight or 9 of those years? and yet they claim to be tax cutters!!!! My home taxes went up roughly 110 % from 2002 to 2011 ... again with the NVP in control for most of those years... Does anyone believe their claims to be tax cutters??? If so, they are only fooling themselves.
Mike January 11, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Jim Dr Rosen did not say what portion of his bill was school/village/town or county taxes. School taxes are the biggest part of our bills. Also your math is wrong on the current political party as it has only been 5 years.
tina January 11, 2012 at 11:18 PM
i am in the airline business... having a hotel so close to airport would be good for businesses all around .... we use rockville centre hotels all the time ...and these are people from brazile , europe .
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 12:06 AM
Mike, I did not specify any specific tax. The fact is, Dr Rosen's taxes went up roughly 135% in 11 years. and mine went up 110% in 8 years. While it may in fact be only 5 years of NVP control, the major players were all there longer than 5 years. They (Hendrick, Ledwith, Atkinson, and Hawxhurst), were all players in the LIP, the parent of the NVP.
Echo Deep January 12, 2012 at 01:51 AM
Put together all of these issues, and make the right decissions and take the proper steps to try to keep our children from moving out when they grow up. Lynbrook has already come a long way from deterioration and urbanization, and granted there's more room for improvement, don't forget the next generation.
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 01:29 PM
Mr & Mrs Yadanza... I agree with you that the next generation has to be considered. The fact that the village government overtaxes businesses like LI American Water, to the tune of over $3 million, then, when the tax cert comes due (the refund of the overtaxed amount), they dont have the money to pay it back, and as a result they have to bond that money... means the kids of the next generation will be paying for their fiscal mismanagement... Good Grief.
Mike January 12, 2012 at 02:09 PM
Jim Again you lump all our taxes into one and try to blame the village for it. The village board including our previous Mayor Brian Curran have done a great job in moving this village ahead. As we saw Curran was able to use that good job he did here and move on to bigger and better things in the state. If you complaint is your overall tax bill you need to involve all 4 agencies. Maybe it would be easier if you broke down your total tax bill into how much was school, village, county and town
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 02:40 PM
Mike, with all due respect, I couldnt disagree more. The village has operated at a defecit for years, including under former mayor curran. The surplus when he came into office was over $8 million and now it is down to less than $3 million. The LIAW tax cert is a VILLAGE tax cert... meaning it has nothing to do with the other taxing agencies.
Mike January 12, 2012 at 02:45 PM
Jim Your initial point had to do with your overall taxes you paid. I am not talking about the LIAW. You put the whole increase of your taxes on the board when they are only 1 out of 4 agencies responsible, Mayor Curran did a great job in running this village and it showed in how the village flourished and the direction it is going. He was rearded for all his good and hard work with election to the state assembly. But getting back to your original ppoint. Your overall tax burden. What is the breakdown between all 4 taxing entities.
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 03:11 PM
Mike, clearly you are a big supporter of former mayor curran. I happen to think he did a lousy job. They ran as tax cutters, and raised taxes every year but one. They reduced the surplus by what, five million? And that left nothing to pay back the LIAW tax cert, burdening the future generation for millions more. The parking fund law has been a complete disaster for the village. Clearly the LIAW tax cert is a village tax issue only. The direction the village is heading is toward financial ruin. You will see that clearly in this years tax increase. Special thanks to the former mayor for getting andrew cuomo to sign the "historic" tax cap law right here in Lynbrook. Nevermind that the village overrode the tax cap, and will increase your taxes by double digits this year.
Mike January 12, 2012 at 03:17 PM
Jim In trying to get back to your initial point on your taxes you keep trying to drag it away. You try to blame the village for your entire tax increase and it is simply not true. Your taxes are controlled by4 entities. Out of your taxes how much were village and achool. Lets get back to the original point. But yes I do think Mayor Curran did a great job here. And I would beleive most of the residents thought that also based on his election to the state assembly.
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 04:18 PM
Mike, the initial point was raised by Dr. Rosen. I merely commented on his post. I did not blame the village for the entire tax increase. But I can tell you that in that 8 year period (2002 - 2011), my village taxes went up more than 100% (from about $2000/year to over $4,000 per year. That was NOT the work of anyone other than the VILLAGE government. You can make excuses and assumptions all you want. But you cannot create your own facts. Mike, would you happen to be Mike Hawxhurst, a sitting board member? Then I would understand why you defend such an abysmal record on tax increases from self proclaimed "tax cutters".
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 04:49 PM
And Mike, let's not forget that the surplus is virtually gone. So much so that the village had to BOND more than $3 million for LIAW, which they overtaxed and spent the money. That too has nothing to do with any other taxing authority.
Mike January 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Jim Sorry that is not me. Again I am not talking about the LIAW but about taxes at each level. I have seen my taxes increase also for various reasons. But overall I do think our previous mayor has done a great job in the village. Are there areas to improve yes but overall I am satisfied. Yes the increase in your village taxes are related to several different mayors and boards but your school/town and county taxes are related to those groups. But I think the Mayor Curran did a good job in this village.
Jim Tisdell January 12, 2012 at 06:34 PM
Mike, everyone is entitled to their own opinion. When a party runs on a platform of cutting taxes, then repeatedly RAISES taxes, that to me is not good governing. The one time, 1/4 of 1% "tax cut" was accompanied by a depletion of the surplus of more than $3 million. his, to me, is nothing more than deception. Mike, check your village tax bill over the last 8 years, and please let me know how much your VILLAGE taxes increased in that period.
Jim Tisdell January 13, 2012 at 02:28 AM
And for the record Mike, IF you consider that the LIP became the NVP (which essentially it did) then they have been in control the entire time of these redonkulous tax increases.
cathy January 17, 2012 at 06:55 PM
In my opinion as of right now the BIGGEST concern Lynbrook has is our rising crime rate and the increase of absentee landlords and section 8 housing! I think the rise in section 8 housing is of course increasing our crime rate. A law should be passed if you are going to have section 8 housing you need toi live in the residence as well. While the schools here are good - I would never consider living here permanently, and as soon as we can afford to get out we are out! Our taxes should be reduced now that we live in queens!
Jim Tisdell January 17, 2012 at 08:57 PM
I noticed that Mike did not bother to reply to my post asking him how much his village taxes increased in the last 8 years, nor did he dispute the fact that the NVP is nothing more than a continuation of the LIP. Hard to dispute facts. Also, excellent post Cathy. I agree that would significantly reduce the many problems caused by the absentee landlord renting to section 8 tenants.
icarumba January 17, 2012 at 09:28 PM
cathy and jim tisdell- section 8 is a FEDERAL program. local governments may be limited as to whether or not they can pass laws,codes,etc pertaining to section 8. afaik there is NO requirement that landlords occupy their own premises,which exacerbates Q OF L and other issues. in a perfect world, each town and village would be able to set a cap on the # of section 8's. cathy- if you think that leaving lynbrook and moving to queens will magically improve your quality of life, you may be in for a very rude shock (depending on what part)
Mike January 18, 2012 at 02:06 PM
Jim Since you are now demanding an answer my village taxes have gone up about 130% in the last 6 years. But just as part of that I have added two additions on to my home and have also expanded my garage. So I think based on the work done it is relatively fair. While you seemed very tied into the history of the political parties here in Lynbrook, I will still disagree with you and say that our former Mayor Curran did a wonderful job here in Lynbrook.
Jim Tisdell January 18, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Mike, I did not "demand" anything of you. I merely asked you a question. In fact I asked using the term please, which, in the normal world, could hardly be considered a demand. However, as you are a supporter of the NVP, I understand that putting words in peoples mouths probably comes naturally to you. You may think whatever you like about the former mayor, and so can I. I witnessed his selective implementation of the law, and it sickened me. I am sure many people are thrilled with the way Barack Hussein Obama is governing, But I believe he has been a fraud and a dismal failure. You are content with a 130% increase in your tax bill over a 6 year period. To me, that is disgusting. I guess that's the difference between you & I. Have a nice day.
Lisa G January 24, 2012 at 07:52 PM
Flight is the reason neighborhoods go south. If you believe in the neighborhood you live in, get involved for positive change. Cathy, if you want to leave, leave. Jim, didn't you already leave? Do us all a favor and stay gone. Try your grandstanding antics wherever it is you live, and stop satisfying your ego by posting in the town you left behind.
Jim Tisdell January 25, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Hello Lisa, I did exactly as you suggest and got involved for positive change. For my efforts, I was vilified by the village government, my village taxes were raised by over 100% in just a few short years, and the problems got worse, not better. I have not left yet, but when I do, I still reserve the right to comment on the Patch, as I have family and friends still here... but thanks for your suggestion. I will make a note of it.
ladyinred March 03, 2012 at 05:15 AM
I'm worried about the section 8 problem we have in lynbrook. In the past two weeks two males were arrested for rape, burglery, robbery, and both men came from same address in lynbrook. How do we stop section 8 from destroying this town. What can we do to stop them from renting??
CG April 22, 2012 at 07:06 AM
Section 8 housing being pushed by one of the Trustees who grew up in our town. Turning 3 entire apartment buildings owned by said trustee into housing for not just section 8 but mentally ill section 8 people. Way to ruin a town buddy! You greedy jerk, Good luck running for Mayor pal! There goes the property values!

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