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Letter: Much Ado About Taxes

Regarding John Venditto and the Town of Oyster Bay piercing the property tax cap for the second year in a row:  

 

Supervisor Venditto and the one-party town board have raised the town portion of property taxes by over 50% in the last 11 years. There have been 9 town tax raises in those 11 years.  During that same period Town debt has ballooned nearly 1000% to $1 billion dollars. Under Venditto’s watch every tax dollar and borrowing opportunity has been squeezed out of residents. And he has the gall to run on the sham 3rd party “Tax Revolt” line last November.  Where is the tea party? ...Crickets.

 

Last year Venditto and the Town Board were faced with their eighth budget deficit in as many years, forcing them to sell valuable public lands along the LIE at a deep discount in a rapid cash grab to shore up town finances right before an election.  That money is gone, less than a year later. This July the town was forced to borrow $30 million in emergency funds just to make payroll because cash reserves were completely depleted. Then, to add insult to injury Supervisor Venditto handed out $620,500 in raises to political appointees later that same month - after borrowing to meet payroll. 

 

Now, as summer vacations are in full swing, the Town of Oyster Bay decided that this would be the best time to hold a public hearing, at 10am on a Tuesday, on piercing the tax cap. If you wanted to minimize public involvement to the extreme and slip by authorization to pierce the town tax cap for the second year in a row, this would be how to do it.  If John Venditto pierces the town tax cap he will forfeit the town property tax rebates for residents promised by Governor Cuomo to towns that stay below the cap. While neighboring town residents are receiving rebate checks in the mail, TOB residents will once again be left out to dry. 

 

Let me be the first to tell him - the well is dry. We have no more tax dollars to send to Oyster Bay and we cannot afford to borrow any more money and increase our debt.  Do not override the tax cap Mr. Venditto. 

 

Brendan Mahoney

 

Farmingdale

News

Bring your four-legged friends—in costume if they’d like—to roam Old Westbury Gardens during ‘Dog Days.’ Twice a year canines are welcome to accompany their (leashed) humans around the grounds of the mansion, and this is Fido’s last shot until spring. On Sunday, enjoy exhibits from rescue groups and animal welfare organizations from 1 to 4 p.m. A dog costume contest and parade takes place at 3 p.m. All activities included with admission: $8, $5 for seniors and $3 for children ages 7 to 17. At 71 Old Westbury Rd., Westbury, Saturday, Oct. 25 and Sunday, Oct. 26 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tel: 516-333-0048.


Mentorship is one of those goals rotary clubs strive for, particularly when it comes to grooming future community business leaders. Nowhere was this more important than when the most recent Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary meeting’s guests were Stanley Pelech, director of Integrated Academic and Technical studies and Jodi Haniquet, advisor of the Farmingdale High School (FHS) Interact club. Interact is Rotary International’s service club for young people. The Farmingdale Breakfast Rotary is the sponsor of the 75-plus student strong high school club. Advisor Jodi Haniquet reported to Rotary club members what  fundraising events the Interact Club will participate in for the 2015 school year. The service group will once again team with FHS student government in a food drive – donations collected for Island Harvest pantries. They will also participate in Ronald McDonald house dinner program – cooking and serving meals on the premises in New Hyde Park for the many families staying at the residence while their seriously ill children receive treatment at nearby hospitals.


Sports

The Farmingdale State College Women’s Volleyball team earned a three-set victory of York in a non-conference match on Oct. 8. 

 

Tied 4-4 in the opening set, Farmingdale State freshman defensive specialist Gina Giacalone served for 14 consecutive points to extend the advantage 18-4. The Rams cruised to a 25-8 victory in the first set. 

Farmingdale team wins annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Race

On Sunday, Sept. 28, the Farmingdale-based Runner’s Edge team earned first place overall in the 29th annual Bethpage Ocean to Sound Relay. The team, representing the Runner’s Edge running and multisport specialty store located at 242 Main St. in Farmingdale, consisted of Boyd Carrington, Andrew Coelho, Nick Pampena, Tim Lee, Shawn Anderson, Ryan Healy, Kevin Galante, and Brandon Abasolo. It completed the 50-mile course from Jones Beach State Park to Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park in Oyster Bay in 4 hours, 41 minutes, 58 seconds. The runners won by a margin of more than 10 minutes over the runner-up team from the Sayville & Smithtown Running Company, with much of the difference supplied by the strong Leg 2 performance by Andrew Coelho. Runner’s Edge Teams also took second place honors in the Mixed Open and Men’s Masters Divisions of the Relay. The Relay was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union (“Built to Give You More”), with new Race Directors Glen Wolther and Keith Montgomery managing the event for the host Greater Long Island Running Club.


Calendar

Women's Club of Farmingdale - October 16

Board of Trustees Work Session - October 20

Jack O'Lantern Extravaganza - November 2


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com