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Maragos: Bonding Failure Increases Budget Deficit

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

NIFA, Democratic legislators targeted for criticism

Last week, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the 2011 unaudited budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. He added that the projected deficit for 2012 is set at $45 million. However, he placed the blame on both NIFA and the Democratic Party caucus in the county legislature.

Maragos said that the failure of both NIFA and the Democratic caucus to work with County Executive Edward P. Mangano and approve $43.1 million in bonding for property tax refunds caused the deficit to balloon. With such approval, he said the deficit for 2011 would be at only $7 million and the 2012 projected budget would be nearly balanced.

 

BOE Re-elects Bardash-Eivers, Wilson To Administrative Positions

Written by Jordan Lauterbach Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Board hears district’s APPR plan

The Farmingdale Union Free School District Board of Education administration will remain the same for the 2012-13 school year. Shari Bardash-Eivers was reelected as board president prior to the district’s annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, July 11 at Weldon E. Howitt Middle School. Steve Wilson will return as vice president.

Trustees Kathy Lively and Rick Morrison were also sworn in at the meeting, officially beginning new terms on the seven-person board. Bardash-Eivers was also reelected at the May school board elections.

 

Village To Hear From Public About Proposed Property Law

Written by Christy Hinko: farmingdale@antonnews.com Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Four public hearings set for August 6 meeting

At the July 2 meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees approximately 30 people were in attendance for the regular public board agenda.

Mayor Ralph Ekstrand said other villages within Nassau County have been passing legislation to make property owners responsible for maintaining their property. The board set a resolution to hold a public hearing on a new proposed property maintenance code for Aug. 6.

 

Youth Services Coalition Rallies To Restore Funding

Written by Joe Scotchie: jscotchie@antonnews.com Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Monies eliminated for numerous county agencies

With no budget agreement in sight and numerous agencies now defunded, the Nassau County Youth Services Coalition once again rallied on Friday, July 6, at the Theodore Roosevelt Legislative Executive Building in Mineola to both protest the lack of inaction and to seek the restoration of lost funds.

In June, numerous youth agencies received notice that their county contracts would be cancelled and funding eliminated on July 5 if Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano’s fiscal recovery plan was not approved.

 

East Meadow Fire Department Wins ‘BBQ Grilling Throwdown’

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Rockville Centre, Bethpage come in second and third place respectively

Firefighters were battling the flames on Friday, June 29, but of a different kind. The smoke billowing from the Nassau County Firefighters Museum emanated the aromas of grilled delight.

East Meadow, Bethpage and Rockville Centre fire departments battled in the 4th Annual “BBQ Grilling Throwdown” sponsored by Fairway Markets in Uniondale last week. The key message of the contest: holiday barbecue safety.

 

Comment Period For Bethpage Plume Remediation Ends July 30

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Local residents weigh in at public sessions

The Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has indicated that cleanup of the Bethpage area plume is predicted to take more than 30 years before “groundwater” standards are achieved.

“This is one of the largest plumes I have ever seen,” and one of the most vocal communities, said Jim Harrington. Harrington is currently the director of the remedial bureau in the Division of Environmental Remediation at the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC). He was on-hand for the June 21 public session that was held at the Bethpage Community Center.

 

DEC Outlines Remediation Plan For Bethpage Plume

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Schumer calls plan inadequate for the Grumman Aerospace site

On two separate days, the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) held public comment sessions in the local community. On June 12, the public meeting held at Bethpage High School drew more than 200 local residents and business owners who may potentially be affected by the clean-up plan proposed for the Northrop Grumman - Bethpage site (Former Grumman Settling Ponds).

Likely because of the overwhelming public turnout during the first meeting, the DEC scheduled a second public session that was held on June 21 at the Bethpage Community Center. More than 20 residents stopped by the June 21 public session for the opportunity to speak one-on-one with representatives from the DEC and the Department of Health (DOH), and have their concerns and comments entered into public record. During this informal session, DEC and DOH staff reviewed the proposal and answered questions.

 

Farmingdale High School Class Of 2012

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

On Tuesday, June 19, 480 students became alumni of Farmingdale High School. The commencement ceremony was held at Hofstra University in Hempstead. Photo courtesy of Farmingdale School District.

 

Marine Corps Sergeant Majors Cup At Jones Beach

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Nearly 90 Long Island Marine candidates compete

On Saturday, June 16 more than 600 United States Marines and candidates from 14 regional recruiting stations filled Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. Candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp, called “poolees,” arrived from across the New York City region, including Brooklyn, Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens for the Long Island-hosted competition. The competition has been held for more than 10 years, each station taking turns hosting.

Some of the boot camp-style events that the Marine candidates participated in included: pull-ups, the water jug relay, ammo can relay, stretcher relay, and tug-of-war.

 

Community Shows Support For Bethpage Fireman

Written by Christy Hinko: chinko@antonnews.com Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

Kevin O’Toole continues rehab at NUMC

On Saturday, June 16 the Bethpage Engine & Ladder Company 4 held a fundraiser, hosted by The Paramount Theatre in Huntington to benefit Kevin O’Toole, 22, a Bethpage Fire Department volunteer firefighter.

Sergeant O’Toole was critically injured in the line of duty, with second and third degree burns to more than 50 percent of his body while volunteering with the Bladensburg Fire Department in February of this year. He was one of several injured during a house fire at a vacant home in Riverdale, MD, including the fellow firefighter, Lt. Ethan Sorrell, 21, who suffered respiratory burns, down his esophagus and into his lungs.

 

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