Rebecca Alesia joined the Oyster Bay Town Board on Feb. 9, filling the vacancy created by Rose Marie Walker’s election to the Nassau County Legislature.
Alesia, an attorney, is a strong fiscal conservative with a background in planning, zoning and land use, both through her educational studies and job experience. She has a bachelor of arts in urban studies, which is the study of how planning, economics and sociology can build a better community.
“It focuses on how downtowns meet with suburbia, making sure one doesn’t infringe on the other,” Alesia said. “It incorporates the exact principles that Supervisor [John] Venditto undertakes when ensuring proper planning throughout the town, something in which I look forward to further participating.”
The last words from a 20-year-old resident came from a text message sent to his dealer. It read, “i’m diggin’ this —my dude, best I had in a while. 4 real. Save my number, peace.” That was sent before he was found by his mother dead in the bathtub.
“That is how his life ended and that must stop,” said Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano, who along with Nassau Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey, believe that heroin use has become a very serious problem in the county. The county executive and police commissioner declared war on the problem, which they said costs the lives of at least four residents a month due to addiction, on average.
Reacting to the increasing chaos competing cab companies create at the Farmingdale Railroad Station, the Farmingdale Village Board, at its last meeting, established designated waiting areas for cabs at the station.
Citing possible future environmental risks to existing wells and associated costs to ratepayers, the Town of Babylon has notified residents of East Farmingdale that it is moving forward with a plan to contract with the Suffolk County Water Authority to take over the management of the East Farmingdale Water District. Town of Babylon employees were previously managing the district.
United Way of Long Island has announced the launch of 2-1-1 Long Island, a health and human service telephone and Internet service for the Long Island region.
After facing a hail of criticism and a possible legal action, Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt has decided to ask that the pay raises for the Nassau County Legislature’s three top legislative leaders be rescinded. Schmitt had proposed the raises.
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.
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