Old Westbury removes proposed law that would allow tax credits

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The Village of Old Westbury Board of Trustees is seen May 15 during a public hearing. (Photo by Kristy O'Connell)

The Old Westbury Board of Trustees decided to remove the consideration of a local law affecting tax credits during a meeting on Monday.

A proposed law would have allowed village residents to receive tax credits for contributions to a charitable gifts reserve fund set up by Old Westbury. The law was a response to new tax laws passed by the federal government this year, which cap deductions for state and local taxes at $10,000.

But village Administrator Brian Ridgway said that the measure had not been approved by the Internal Revenue Service. He said he was unsure if the village would pursue the tax credit for charitable donations law in the future should the IRS rule in favor of it.

A resolution to open a charitable gifts reserve fund at TD Bank was also removed later in the meeting.

A public hearing for the Lubavitch of Old Westbury — which is looking to enlarge its property — was cut short when a representative did not appear and adjourned. The Old Westbury Hebrew Congregation had its hearing adjourned until September. It is seeking permission to modify its special use permit to allow the construction of an event pavilion, storage facility and valet booth.

In new business, an appeal by Michael Dombek Jr. over village codes violations on his 207 Jericho Turnpike property was deferred after he appeared without legal representation.

All other motions for new business were approved.

Mayor Fred Carillo was authorized to sign a contract with Philip Ross Industries to construct a concrete ground storage tank that can hold one million gallons. The cost of the contract is $2.56 million.

The installation of a wireless telecommunication node in the village by Crown Castle was approved, as were changes to the village’s employee handbook.

The meeting ended with the approval of three resolutions. Glen Oaks County Club was permitted to replace a two-story wood frame dormitory for employees. A special use permit was renewed so that Long Island University could continue to operate a parking lot on its C.W. Post campus. Finally, a payment of $97,041.50 was authorized to purchase a Ford F-550 service truck for the Water Department.

Reach reporter Luke Torrance by email at ltorrance@theislandnow.com, by phone at 516-307-1045, ext. 214, or follow him on Twitter @LukeATorrance.

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