At its recent annual meeting, the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA) elected Bernie Ryba, mayor of the Village of Old Brookville, president for 2016-2017. The NCVOA represents 64 incorporated villages with more than 450,000 residents.
As president, Ryba will be responsible for establishing NCVOA policies and directing the organization’s efforts on behalf of Nassau County village residents.
“I am truly honored to be selected by my peers to serve as president,” said Ryba, who previously was the organization’s first vice president. “Village government is the government closest to the people—the most efficient and effective vehicle for delivering services to residents. The NCVOA plays an integral role in advocating for village residents and helping them maintain local control over their communities. I look forward to working with all village officials in ensuring we continue to be a strong voice for our residents in Nassau County and the state of New York.”
Ryba has been mayor of the Village of Old Brookville since July 2009. Prior to being elected mayor, he served as police commissioner for the Old Brookville Police Department and village trustee. During Ryba’s tenure, the village initiated and completed a $7.0 million road resurfacing and drainage improvement project. In 2009 he led the effort to preserve 65 acres of open farmland in the village, which was acquired by Nassau County in two transactions in 2009 and 2011 using environmental conservation bond funds. When the Village of Muttontown withdrew from the Old Brookville Police Protection contractual relationship in June 2011 after participating for 62 years, Ryba took a lead role in restructuring the police department and provided financial guidance for the negotiations between the Old Brookville PBA and the Village of Old Brookville and five other north shore villages.
Ryba received his MBA from Hofstra University in 1976 and was licensed as a CPA in 1978. He began his career with Deloitte Touche in 1976 and joined Pfizer, Inc. at its Manhattan World Headquarters in 1978. During his 15-year career with Pfizer, Ryba was a corporate staff auditor, corporate audit manager, director of financial planning and director of strategic planning for one of Pfizer’s divisions.
After leaving Pfizer, he was a financial planning consultant for the International Charter Group and a financial advisor with Prudential Securities. Since 2004, Ryba has been associated with the Stony Brook University Small Business Development Center. In this role, he provides comprehensive business assistance to start-ups and established companies focusing on high technology, manufacturing and medical technology clients.
In 2013, he received New York state and national recognition as the state’s financial advisor of the year at an annual business development conference in Orlando, FL.
Ryba has lived on the north shore of Nassau County since 1976 and has been a resident of Old Brookville since 1993. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening and traveling with Rosemarie, his wife of 44 years.