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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




At a recent meeting of the Farmingdale Board of Education, school district superintendent John Lorentz discussed New York State’s proposal to invest $2 billion into districts statewide

through the Smart Schools Bond Act.


If approved by voters in the upcoming general elections, the act would allow the state to borrow $2 billion in the form of a capital bond to provide students with access to classroom

technology and high-speed internet connectivity, with the goal of equalizing opportunities for children to learn, adding classroom space, expanding pre-kindergarten programs, replacing classroom trailers with permanent instructional space and installing high-tech security features in schools. 

Over the weekend, thousands of Long Island residents flocked to the Village of Farmingdale for its 26th annual Columbus Day Weekend Fair and Fireman’s carnival. Running from Oct. 9

to 13, the five-day affair featured live music from Farmingdale’s own Electric Dudes and Long Island party band Superbad, a Fire Department barbecue, food vendors, a street fair, fireworks, carnival rides, games for kids of all ages and, of course, the Columbus Day parade. 


Last week, officials with the St. Kilian Saints baseball team inducted John Lombardi and Aaron Powell into their Hall of Fame. 


—Submitted by Farmingdale PAL and St. Kilian Baseball 

The 2014 Reilly Cup finals featured the two most successful OTHG teams over the last 9 years. Sal’s Place and Singleton’s have had 11 finals appearances and 7 championships between them during this period of time. They split 2 games during the regular season and Singleton’s became the winner’s bracket representative in the 2014 Cup by beating Sal’s deep in the tournament.


Sal’s took the first game 14-7. The game was close until the 8th inning when Sal’s broke it open with some timely hits and taking advantage of a Singleton’s miscue or two.  Sal’s held

Singleton’s to 7 runs with outstanding all-around defense, which was particularly impressive given that some of their significant contributors were visibly fighting through late-season injuries. 


Homecoming - October 24

Autumn Fair - October 25

St. Kilian Blood Drive - October 26


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