Farmingdale High School graduate John Guzman, winner of the Arthur F. White Rotary Scholarship, was the guest speaker at the July 20 club meeting. Rotarian and granddaughter of Arthur F. White, Nancy White, was present to witness the student accepting her grandfather’s award.
On Friday, July 29 Nassau County held its first annual emergency services summit with over 500 police, firefighters, EMTs, and hospital officials to reduce wait time that occurs during emergencies.
Ellis Henican was the master of ceremonies, while Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Chair Dennis Dunne, along with County Executive Edward Mangano, and other local emergency officials and hospital staff authorities addressed the attendees and held panel discussions.
Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos released his Report on the County’s Financial Condition for the First Six Months of Fiscal Year 2011 at July 29 press conference in Mineola. The report projects that the county will end the year with at least a $42 million deficit if additional measures are not implemented by the Mangano administration and accepted by NIFA.
“The sluggish pace of sales tax revenue, Albany’s unwillingness to assist the county with new money generating opportunities, and a weak economy have created a financial hole that must be filled without raising taxes,” said Maragos.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
Board of Education President Shari Bardash-Eivers discussed the details of the new three-year contract proposal for the Farmingdale Federation of Teachers at Wednesday’s organization meeting in the Howitt Middle School Library Media Center.
“In this year’s budget, we had 2.5 percent allocated for step increases and no raise negotiated,” said Bardash-Eivers. “The first year of this contract is a 1.25 percent increase in the 2011-12 school year with a delay of step increases, which means that it’s the same 2.5 percent but it’s 1.25 percent as a negotiated raise and 1.25 percent in step, so it’s still the same money. In the second year, it’s a true zero increase or wage freeze for the school year 2012-13, with no increase in salary or step increase. In the third year, it’s similar to the first year, with a 1.25 negotiated increase in the 2013-14 school year and a delay of the step increase, so that’s again equal to 2.5 percent for the whole year.”
Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Committee Chair Dennis Dunne, along with Nassau County Director of Veterans Services Michael Kilbride and other elected officials, spoke outside the County Legislature building in Mineola to address the issue of veterans not receiving proper benefits after filing the requisite paperwork – most from 2008 to 2010, with a few from 2005 - with the Nassau Veterans Services Agency.
Dunne said that hundreds of claims have been filed involving veterans who never received benefits or services but took all the necessary steps to obtain them. He also said that he requested a federal investigation to uncover any possible wrongdoing at the agency during the above noted time period.
Village officials held a public hearing on Monday, July 11 at the Farmingdale Public Library to field questions and concerns from residents regarding the Village of Farmingdale’s proposed downtown revitalization efforts that would affect 60 acres of land. The hearing included an environmental analysis of their downtown revitalization efforts.
In recent years, Farmingdale’s downtown area has battled against inadequate property maintenance, high vacancy rates and shuttered storefronts. As a result, the Village, along with downtown interest groups, community residents and the Board of Trustees, embarked on a study to combat these issues, and provide for the future development of the area.
In the first of a series of information sessions planned to cover most of Nassau County, county officials held a public forum at the East Meadow Library on Wednesday, June 29 for residents in the Town of Hempstead regarding what is called the “Hub” area.
On hand to discuss the economic development and jobs creation plan for the Coliseum and the surrounding area were Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker, County Spokesperson Brian Nevin, and County Director of Governmental Research Eden Laikin.
As Nassau County continues to unfold layoffs and budget cuts as part of a $121 million deficit reduction plan for its 2011 budget, Comptroller George Maragos has announced that a recent audit revealed that the county actually ended 2010 under-budget, with a $26.6 million surplus.
Comptroller Maragos told Anton Community Newspapers that an outside audit by Deloitte & Touche LLP, an independent certified public accounting firm, discovered that the Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) withheld $15.3 million too much in sales tax that should have gone to the county.
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