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County Signage Program Promotes Safe Haven Law

Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

Nassau Ambulances to Join List of ‘Drop-Off’ Sites

Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano was joined Feb. 17 by Timothy Jaccard, president of the AMT Children of Hope Foundation/Baby Safe Haven Program, to announce that Nassau County will be the first county in the nation to implement a new program identifying ambulances as official “baby safe haven” drop-off sites. The ambulance signage program is part of a national campaign to raise awareness about the program, which allows for mothers to legally and safely relinquish their babies at certain locations.


Governor’s Budget Would Cut Services At Jones Beach and Bethpage Parks

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 26 February 2010 00:00

Proposed Budget Calls For Closing Six State Parks in Suffolk, None in Nassau

Governor David A. Paterson’s proposed 2010-11 executive budget calls for several state parks on Long Island to close and others to cut their hours and services due to a state budget shortfall.

The state’s Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation recently created a list of recommended park closures and cuts in an effort to operate on a smaller budget as the governor tries to close the budget gap.


Oyster Bay Town Welcomes New Councilwoman

Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
Rebecca Alesia Appointed To Town Board

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.”


Mangano Declares War on Heroin

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 19 February 2010 00:00
At Least Four Die a Month to Use, Officials Say

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.


Village Board Moves to Limit Taxis at RR Station

Written by Alan Krawitz Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

Traffic Congestion at Station

A Problem for Commuters

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.


Babylon Town Eyes Management Change for East Farmingdale Water District

Written by Alan Krawitz Friday, 12 February 2010 00:00

Bellone Spokesman: We Just Don’t

Have the Expertise to Deal With

Major Contamination Issues

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 LI Announces Launch of 2-1-1 Service

Written by Donna Duffy Wednesday, 03 February 2010 12:20

Health and Human Services for Long Islanders

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.


Schmitt Advises Legislature to Rescind Pay Raises He Proposed

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 05 February 2010 00:00

Yatauro: Timing for Raises Was Out of Line

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.


Democrats Blast Pay Stipend Increase Approved By Republican Legislators

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00

Overall Salary Increase for Top County Leaders

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.


Concerned Citizens Association Invites Residents to Speak Up

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 29 January 2010 00:00

Gosline: We Need More Voices With Opinions

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.


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