Roslyn Harbor Village Hall recently underwent extensive renovations thanks to a grant from the state’s Justice Court Assistance Program.
The $28,785 grant allowed the local government to add security measures to the building, which hadn’t been redone since its opening in 1975. But for an added touch, Roslyn Harbor Mayor Yvette Edidin decided to decorate the walls with paintings and photographs by local artists.
“We are a village for the residents by the residents,” said Edidin. “... We even got doors with large glass windows that reflect the openness of that culture.”
The mayor believes the art on the walls reflects the connection between the village and its residents.
“There seems to be a lot of communication between the local government and its people here,” said David Halperin, 64, a Roslyn Harbor photographer whose photos of the community decorate the walls.
Halperin’s photos include images of Roslyn Pond and historic property Cedarmere, where village’s founder William Cullen Bryant lived.
“The nature of the village is that we can be quite isolated from one another, but this new venture is terrific, and I’m glad to be part of it,” said Halperin, who hung his photos in the building Monday.
Ilona Halper of Roslyn Harbor contributed several colorful paintings of flowers that covered an entire wall.
“It’s nice to be able to share what I’ve done with neighbors,” said Halper, whose paintings have been up since November.
For security, the court clerk, Nicole Rhodes, now works behind a sliding glass window instead of at an open desk. Prior to the renovation, there were problems with angry residents coming into the village hall because they got their license taken away after an infraction, said Valerie Onorato, the village treasurer.
“There was nowhere to hide before, but now it’s much more secure, and we can see who is coming in,” Onorato said.
Above: David Halperin, 64, of Roslyn_Harbor, stands with his photographs on display in the newly renovated Rosyln Harbor Village Hall. (Jan. 24, 2012)