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Legislators Join Together and Repeal Home Energy Tax

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 01 January 2010 00:00

 

Despite narrowly passing a 2.5 percent home energy tax that took effect earlier this year, the Nassau County Legislature last week voted 13-5 in favor of repealing it. During a meeting on Dec. 21, the 19-member legislature voted 13-5 in favor of eliminating the tax; Republican Nassau County Executive-elect Edward Mangano, who currently represents the 17th District, was not present for the meeting and did not vote.

The home energy tax, approved by the legislature in February and implemented in June, was imposed on all residential home energy sources – including LIPA electric usage, oil, natural gas, steam services and even coal, propane and firewood.

When first presented, Republican legislators opposed the tax but the 10-member Democratic majority approved it. As a result, Republicans, including Nassau County Executive-elect Ed Mangano, promised to eliminate the tax once in office and as of Jan. 1, the GOP will have an 11-8 majority.

 

Senator Fuschillo: Driving Drunk With a Child Is Now a Felony

Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00

Leandra’s Law “One of the Strongest DWI Laws”

Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. joined with state and local officials, law enforcement, and victims’ advocates last week to remind people that Leandra’s Law, an anti-DWI law, is in effect. Lenny Rosado, the father of the 11-year-old girl for whom the law is named, joined with Fuschillo in urging New Yorkers not to endanger the lives of children by putting them in a car and driving drunk.

 

Tom Suozzi’s Legacy As County Executive

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 25 December 2009 00:00

Time Will Tell Its Story

On Wednesday, Dec. 16, Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi held a farewell party at the Garden City Hotel. He reflected on his years as county executive in front of staff members and supporters.

“Never forget you were part of something positive that made people’s lives better,” he told his staff members and supporters.

 

Yellow Cab Suing Village Over Licenses Awarded to Checker Cab

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00

Mayor: Village Acted Within Its Rights

Yellow Cab Company has filed a lawsuit against the Village of Farmingdale.

In a paid advertisement in this week’s Observer, Yellow Cab states, “In a lawsuit filed last week in the Nassau Supreme Court, Yellow Cab charges that after it won the right to be the exclusive taxi service for the Village by offering the lowest fares in the competitive bid, the Village ‘arbitrarily and capriciously’ awarded the losing bidder-the Checker Cab Co.-the right to compete against Yellow.”

 

Town Supervisor, Clerk, Council Members Granted Raises

Friday, 18 December 2009 00:00

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, the Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray and Town Council members granted themselves pay raises after holding a hearing at town hall.

 

Mangano: Budget and Job Cuts Will Be ‘Surgical’

Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00

Suozzi and Mangano Announce Transition Plans

Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi and Executive-elect Edward P. Mangano met this week in front of the press and county department heads to announce that they are jointly planning a process for a smooth transition, with Suozzi explaining that he has met with his successor on budget and personnel details and is working to supply Mangano with the information he needs to execute his new plan for Nassau County.

 

Officials: Deficit Reduction Plan Won’t Cut School Budgets

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00

Saladino and Hannon Call for Less Spending

The State Senate and Assembly recently passed a Deficit Reduction Plan that does not include cutting school budgets mid-year to close the gap in the state budget.

But some legislators are unhappy with the temporary nature of the measure and are calling for more permanent actions.

 

Legislator Mejias Concedes to Belesi

Written by Rachel Shapiro Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

After weeks of recounting votes and challenging findings from the Nov. 3 election, Joseph Belesi has been declared the winner in the 14th Legislative District.

Democratic incumbent Legislator Dave Mejias conceded to Republican contender Belesi on Monday, Nov. 30, and Belesi will take his seat in the County Legislature in January.

 

Suozzi Concedes Election to Mangano

Written by Joe Rizza and Victoria Caruso-Davis Friday, 04 December 2009 00:00

Says He’s Proud of Accomplishments

Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.

 

Local Firms Band Together to Help Farmingdale Charity After Arson Blaze

Friday, 27 November 2009 00:00

New Features Offer Educational Resources and Updated Service Information for Communities   

The South Farmingdale Water District (SFWD) recently announced the launch of its new and improved website at www.sfwater.com. The revamped and revised site offers a host of new online features that provide customers with the most up-to-date services and information available.

 

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