On Monday, Jan. 25, at the first meeting of the Nassau County Legislature, that body voted to give pay raises to its three legislative leaders: Presiding Officer Peter Schmitt, Deputy Presiding Officer John Ciotti and Minority Leader Diane Yatauro. The pay raise vote went along party lines, with 11 Republicans voting for the raise, and eight Democrats in opposition.
In Farmingdale and throughout the Town of Oyster Bay, there are several parcels of land that have sparked discussion regarding their purchase, zoning, development and revitalization.
Be it a new matter or an issue that has been around for many years, people voice their opinions either at heated debates at civic and government meetings or at quiet gatherings and during their everyday life as they quietly discuss the land’s fate.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano announced that the county plans on sending aid to Haiti, which was devastated by an earthquake. Mangano set up a phone number for people to call to ways in which to help the people of Haiti, many of which have ties to residents of Nassau County.
Many Farmingdale residents expressed their dissatisfaction when Suffolk County officials recently teamed up with sympathetic Nassau County officials and declared the defeat of a proposed homeless shelter for sex offenders a victory.
The pitched battle between two competing cab companies is playing out not only in Nassau County Supreme Court in Mineola but also in Farmingdale Village Hall, as LI Yellow Cab’s Vice President Steve Dash vented his increasing frustrations at the last Village Board meeting on Jan. 4.
One week after Farmingdale School District residents were told that Suffolk County Executive Steve Levy had his eye on three locations within their school district as a potential location for a homeless shelter to house sex offenders, officials announced the plan’s cancellation.
Heralded as the salt of the earth, honored as David victorious over Goliath, and lauded as an honest working man, proud to have been a janitor who put himself through law school, Edward P. Mangano was sworn in as Nassau County Executive on New Year’s Day to a crowd of supporters and a stage full of dignitaries who called for this very different county leader to embody the start of a new era for Nassau.
The ticket that County Executive Edward P. Mangano rode to victory was the same one that Republican candidates used in Nassau County to regain a majority in the legislature this November – lower spending, fees and taxes.
MSC Industrial Supply Company of Melville has been supporting The Ronald McDonald House of Long Island since 1995 and on Dec. 10, MSC came to the House to drop off their latest gift totaling over $15,000.
“Our friends at MSC have a very special place in our hearts,” said Executive Director Joanne Reda. “Their loyal and very generous support has helped many families over the years, and we are eternally grateful to them for their commitment to our mission”.
Despite narrowly passing a 2.5 percent home energy tax that took effect earlier this year, the Nassau County Legislature last week voted 13-5 in favor of repealing it. During a meeting on Dec. 21, the 19-member legislature voted 13-5 in favor of eliminating the tax; Republican Nassau County Executive-elect Edward Mangano, who currently represents the 17th District, was not present for the meeting and did not vote.
The home energy tax, approved by the legislature in February and implemented in June, was imposed on all residential home energy sources – including LIPA electric usage, oil, natural gas, steam services and even coal, propane and firewood.
When first presented, Republican legislators opposed the tax but the 10-member Democratic majority approved it. As a result, Republicans, including Nassau County Executive-elect Ed Mangano, promised to eliminate the tax once in office and as of Jan. 1, the GOP will have an 11-8 majority.
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