How should the county solve its budget crisis? Should the police unions and the Civil Service Employees Association make contract concessions? Should county services be cut? Should there be a tax increase? Should the County eliminate its guarantee to refund other taxing districts’ (including school districts) share of property taxes paid in error due to County assessment errors?
We need a long-term financial plan that encourages economic development, government efficiency, and actively eliminates wasteful spending. To start, millions of taxpayer dollars could be saved overnight just by eliminating spending on politically connected consultants and patronage jobs. After getting our budget and spending under control, we can encourage economic growth through incentives to private industry that will help put people to work. This will help to preserve Nassau’s quality of life, and increase our tax base. Instead of promoting economic development, the Republican legislative majority raised county fees and shifted tax burdens to our towns, villages and school districts; this “solution” doesn’t solve our budget problem at all. It’s still money out of the taxpayer’s pocket.
What would you suggest the Town do to get back to an AAA bond rating?
To begin with, I have proposed a no tax increase budget for 2012. The concern of our bond rating agency is that the Town’s reserves have gone down. Those reserves will be replenished by cutting back on overtime and increasing user fees. Also, in light of the recent North Hempstead court decision, the Town is seeking to recoup funds from the Verizon settlement, which would be used to help build up the Town’s reserves.
Father Gerard Gordon, the Nassau County Police Chaplain, provided a brief invocation, and Alyse Skoller, accompanied by Gloria Elliot, performed the National Anthem. The Nassau County Police Color Guard Unit retired the colors before each of the 25 officers were honored with medals and certificates.
On Monday, Sept. 26 Kurt Brey, of Farmingdale, defeated Jeff Schaller of Concordia College in a 4-hole playoff to win the annual Dowling September Shootout held at Long Island National Golf Links in Riverhead. Dowling’s Golden Lions finished with a 3rd place team finish in the two-day tournament.
Dowling finished up the first day tied for third place with Adelphi University. Brey and Anthony Corsi led the Golden Lions, with Brey tied for first with Nick DeLango of Sparkill’s St. Thomas Aquinas College (STAC).
United States Senator Charles E. Schumer has called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Director Lisa Jackson to have the agency take the lead role for the clean-up of the toxic Bethpage chemical plume that threatens over 20 additional public drinking wells that serve over 250,000 Nassau County residents in the Massapequa, Bethpage, and South Farmingdale Water Districts.
Senator Carl Marcellino questioned LIPA and National Grid representatives last week, introducing a State Senate hearing with wording that many on the island might use at this point: “What the hell happened?”
After Tropical Storm Irene left many Long Island residents, municipal facilities and even emergency responders without power for days, and some for over a week, New York state senators held a hearing, first, to determine what went wrong in LIPA and National Grid’s storm preparedness plans and, second, to call for a delay in the renewal of the contract between LIPA and National Grid until an independent review can be done to see if Long Island could be better served by a different arrangement.
On Sunday, Sept. 25 the film adaptation of Farmingdale High School graduate (1985) Frank Nappi’s second novel The Legend of Mickey Tussler is set to air worldwide. The film, titled A Mile in His Shoes, airing on GMC TV, stars Dean Cain and Luke Schroder.
The weather could not have been better for the 7th annual Main Street Mile that was held on Saturday, Sept. 3. This great event produced a record turnout of 388 participants and great performances from the men’s and women’s field and record breaking performance from the wheelchair division. Since its inception in 2005, this Labor Day weekend tradition continues to grow each year.
Runner’s Edge owner Bob Cook, Melville-based law firm of Carter, Deluca, Farrell and Schmidt, and Cisco Systems presented this year’s event to benefit Companions in Courage Foundation. Other major sponsors included Croxley Ale House, B103 Radio, and Dr. Larry Lembo, all of Farmingdale.
For the past nine years the Farmingdale Community Summit has gathered together to commemorate the tragic events of September 11, 2001. This year, to mark the 10th anniversary, the Farmingdale Community Summit Council held a special gathering, a Remembrance Walk, from the Mazza Monument at Allen Park in Farmingdale to the Farmingdale Public Library.
The walk and ceremony were not only a remembrance but also a celebration of the human spirit of those whose lives were cut short. It also paid tribute to those who were first responders to 9/11 as well as those in the military serving overseas as a result of the attack.
At the recent public meeting of the Village of Farmingdale Board of Trustees on Tuesday, Sept. 6 Nassau County Legislator Joseph Belesi stopped by to present a check in the amount of $200,000 for the Environmental Bond Fund. The Board approved a resolution to approve the Village of Farmingdale entering into an Inter-Municipal Agreement (IMA) between the Village and Nassau County for the funding of projects in the Village Green, Main Street Triangle Park and new greenspace on Front Street at the proposed hotel site.
Trustee Ralph Ekstrand proposed to set a public hearing for proposed changes to Village codes to be held on Monday, Oct. 3 at 8 p.m. during the regularly scheduled public board meeting. All residents and business owners are invited to attend.
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