After all the protests and disagreements, after all the proposals and changes, New York State has an on-time budget for the first time in 15 years and just a third on-time budget in 28 years.
New York State passed its $132.5 billion budget on March 31 around 1 a.m., just in time for the April 1 deadline. Overall spending will be cut $3.5 billion (2 percent) from the current year and closes a $10 billion deficit without raising taxes.
The budget included steep cuts in education aid ($1.3 billion or about 6 percent), Medicaid ($1 billion or about 2 percent) and state operations (10 percent).
In the midst of this difficult budget season, the Farmingdale School District has proposed a budget decrease of $1,075,886 for the 2011-2012 school year. This represents a 2.96 percent tax levy increase. The dire circumstances that face this state’s economy have forced the district to make program cuts to accommodate these fiscal challenges.
On Monday, March 21 Legislator Joseph Belesi honored Ellen Krammer of Massapequa as Nassau County’s “Trailblazer of the New Millennium” in honor of this year’s Women’s History Month. This is the ceremony’s 13th year, held at the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative Building Chambers of the Nassau County Legislature in Mineola.
On Sunday, March 13 Jackie Reilly’s Irish Pub and Restaurant in Bethpage hosted the local St. Baldrick’s Foundation charity event. To kick off the event, members of American Celtic Pipe Band played for charity participants. Nearly 150 local residents volunteered to be shaved, collecting close to $12,000 for this year’s event. The Bethpage pub has now raised over $85,000 to date for pediatric research.
St. Baldrick’s Foundation is a volunteer organization that hosts events throughout the country to raise money to fund pediatric cancer research. Volunteers agree to shave their heads in solidarity and support of kids who lose their hair due to the harsh after-effects of chemo treatments.
After many years of contention, Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel have received acknowledgement from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that it does not have the authority to demolish the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport in Farmingdale as part of its runway safety program. The FAA has also conceded that federal dollars can be used to save the museum and investigate relocation, as opposed to tearing it down.
Senator Charles Schumer and Congressman Steve Israel announced at a press conference on Monday, March 21 that the American Airpower Museum, housing vintage aircraft in a 35,000 square foot hangar, attracting nearly 40,000 visitors annually, has been saved from demolition.
Tragedy struck last Saturday night in Massapequa Park as a Nassau County police officer was killed in what police term as friendly fire as officers responded to a robbery incident that took place in the Front Street area.
Reaching “across the aisle” to preserve the integrity of upcoming village elections, New York State Senator Jack Martins, a Republican, and New York State Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel, a Democrat, fought hard, together, to bring forward an amendment to state law that allows villages to use the old lever voting machines in this year’s village elections. The March 15 local elections, and the upcoming June elections, would have proved an extremely costly affair for villages as the new Nassau County machines are not available and without the law, villages would have been forced to either rent scan machines at an exorbitant cost or hold their elections by using paper ballots which cost $.55 each.
It has been one year since Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice created Long Island’s first-ever Animal Cruelty Unit, and during that time, prosecutions of these crimes have more than quadrupled, Rice announced at a press conference on March 2 at the Animal Lovers League in Glen Cove. In addition, she stated that the Animal Cruelty hotline – 516-571-ACHL (2245) – has received over 700 complaints of suspected abuse. Staffed by specially trained prosecutors and investigators, Rice explained that the Animal Cruelty Unit operates with one goal: to protect vulnerable pets and animals.
On Thursday, Feb. 24 the South Farmingdale Fire Department began its meeting with a special introduction, to honor two of its junior volunteer members with honorable service awards for performing CPR on patients that were in critical situations.
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