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VILLAGE NEWS: December 2021


Dear Village Resident:

     As 2021 comes to an end, we have much to report.

     Our long time Trustee Hugh O'Kane has resigned from the Board to relocate in Florida. Hugh has faithfully served the Village for 33 years as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals and then as a Trustee. He is a dear friend and has been a great asset to the Village in every capacity in which he served. Over the years, his wisdom clearly helped shape and guide the Village. He will be sorely missed and we wish him all the best in the future.

     We are fortunate to have William Hollingsworth III, who has served the Village as a member and Chairperson of the Zoning Board of Appeals, and has agreed to join the Board of Trustees and take Hugh's spot. Bill has been an excellent leader of the ZBA and I have no doubt he will be a terrific Trustee. Linda Gardner, who has served on the ZBA for many years, has agreed to become the Chairperson of that essential committee. We are thankful for her commitment to the Village.

     We have relocated the Village Clerk's office to the lower level of Humes & Wagner's office building at 147 Forest Avenue, Locust Valley. The new office space will house our Village records, which had previously been kept in a variety of locations. This will facilitate our digitization and storage of those records and provide a single location to maintain the other Village records that are required to be physically maintained. Our Village Clerk, William Simonds, will be available 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday by appointment only. If you need to reach him, please call him at (516) 671-7790, or e-mail him at wsimonds@matinecockvillage.org to set up an appointment. The new Village office is adjacent to the Village Building Department in the Humes & Wagner building.

     We are making exceptional progress with the formation of the new Brookville Police Department. As of June 1, 2022, the Villages of Brookville, Matinecock, Mill Neck and Cove Neck will be protected by the Brookville Police Department, which will provide the highest quality police protection that our residents expect. After June 1, 2022, the Old Brookville Police Department will only service the Village of Old Brookville.

     We anticipate the transition between Police Departments to be seamless with the police service to be the same and in some instances, even better with upgraded technology and other new resources. We have managed to recruit Kenneth Lack to be our Chief of Police. As you can see from his attached Curriculum vitae, he is a highly experienced and qualified professional with broad expertise in all levels of law enforcement. He will be joined by 10 officers currently employed by the Old Brookville Police Department, who know our Village and are eager to join this new department. An additional six officers are currently being recruited to fully staff our force. We have ordered environmentally friendly hybrid Ford Explorer police vehicles that will be delivered in February and on patrol in June. We are looking forward to a long relationship between the Brookville Police Department and our 4 Villages.

     The following is an update on other Village matters of interest:

  • After extensive discussions, Verizon has agreed to provide telephone and internet service to all Village residents. Unfortunately, based upon corporate policy, no new franchises for video service will be granted to the Village, or any other municipality in NYS. Please contact Verizon directly if you are interested in those services.
  • At our December Board of Trustees meeting, the annual fire contract with the Locust Valley Fire Department was renewed.
  • Also at the December meeting, in keeping with our neighboring villages, we passed a Local Law opting out of permitting marijuana retail dispensaries and/or on-site consumption establishments in the Village.
  • In the coming year, we will be replacing all street signs on public and private roads in the Village with new signs that are of higher visibility and compliant with State and Federal regulations.
  • Please lock your cars and take the key fobs with you. Car thefts continue to occur on the North Shore. In almost all cases, the car is unlocked with the key fob inside.


The Mayor and Board of Trustees wish you a Happy Holiday Season and a Happy and Healthy New Year!

Kenneth Lack
New Chief of Police, Brookville Police Department

1990 - Joined Nassau County Sheriff's Department.

1990 - Joined Nassau County Police Department.

2003 - Promoted to Sergeant and assigned to the Fourth Precinct as a Patrol Supervisor.

2006 - Promoted to Lieutenant and assigned as a coordinator for The Task Force Against Gangs Unit.

2007 - Promoted to Detective Lieutenant and subsequently Commanding Officer of the Community Affairs Unit.

2009 - Promoted to Captain.

2009 - Promoted to Deputy Inspector assigned to the Office of the Commissioner of Police having supervisory responsibilities over five of the Commissioners direct commands.

2012 - Commanding Officer Public Information Office.

2012 - Promoted to Inspector.

2015 - Became Chief of Patrol- responsible for 1,700 sworn officers and 500 professional civilian staff. This division encompasses two thirds of the Nassau County Police Department.

In addition, he was the Departmental Liaison to the NCPD Foundation which advocated for the building of a new 21st Century Police Academy to be called the Center for Law Enforcement and Intelligence. This was completed in June 2021.