I read with great interest, and then with dismay, the letter to the editor from my friend Norman Gersman, attacking long time Great Neck resident Howard Weitzman who is a former mayor of Great Neck Estates and former County Comptroller. It is important for readers to understand that Norman was one of George Maragos’ campaign operatives in 2009 and has held a series of County jobs ever since. Also, Norman refers so glowingly to the column by Mike Barry praising and defending Comptroller Maragos’ record … without indicating that Barry is a well-known and consistent supporter of Republican officials and candidates.
I read with interest about the panel discussion on the pros and cons of so-called “hydrofracking.” The debate as framed makes good points, however, it also misses a few key points.
When I was an exploration and development geologist for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, for all the majors I worked with the preferred industry standard practice for both oil and gas well completions was called an “acid frac,” or an “acid job.” Based on my understanding, this is still the preferred method for non-horizontal wells, not hydrofracking.
I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.
Full disclosure: I kind of enjoy reality TV. Storage Wars and Pawn Stars are among my guilty pleasures. So the idea of watching a reality show taking place in my own backyard wasn’t so far-fetched. I knew little about the show before sitting down to watch the season premiere.
I agree with John Owens’ article, “School: Testing Mania Has Gone Too Far” [Anton Newspapers, June 21]. Continuous testing is turning off both students and teachers. Go back to basic goals: an informed citizenry with a moral compass and a skills oriented curriculum like BOCES offers. Then those who are truly academic will opt for college and those who aren’t will be our hairdressers, sales people, plumbers, electricians, etc.
Recently when we had torrential downpours a motorist was trapped in a flooded car on Merritts Road, a little bit south of Hempstead Turnpike. This problem recurs frequently at that same spot because of the big dip in the road.
Why not do something? The village should put up warning signs at that point saying, “Major flooding ahead in heavy rain. Your car may be trapped.”
Better still as a local resident suggested to me, the village could install a mechanism that would measure the water in that dip and flash a warning sign when it rises above two inches.
Editor’s note: The following is an open letter from the Mayor of the Village of Farmingdale to Chief Operating Officer John D. Mc Mahon of the Long Island Power Authority, dated June 10, 2013.
Dear Mr. McMahon,
It is a recent memory when Super Storm Sandy bore down on us and caused us so much havoc.
We met with former LIPA COO Michael Hervey after Tropical Storm Irene. That was encouraging as we offered our highway department resources to work at removing downed trees that were both entangled in LIPA wires and blocking roads. That worked marginally during Sandy as we were not able to get the needed LIPA personnel to tell us what was safe and what was not. However, I must commend LIPA during Sandy for their efforts to get our water district back ASAP. That worked like it was drawn up in a textbook with the coordination of LIPA and the Village Highway crews working together to get our residents water thereby averting a potential health emergency.
I enjoyed John Owens’ article “When The Goose Poop Hits The Fan.” In England (I am English), this is a problem that has been dealt with humanely for many years by feeding corn or other feeds treated to interfere with the egg laying; a form of birth control.
Something similar is available here: www.idausa.org/ida-offers-free-birth-control-for-geese/
Gavin E. Pike
I read your story about Canadian Geese. A large part of the problem is a man-made one. This is a migratory species that no longer migrates. I understand that geese were originally introduced into the area by hunters, and they never learned to migrate. Since there are very few predators in this area, the problem does worsen every year.
Rich Cameron, Hauppauge
The Farmingdale School District Board of Education would like to thank the community for its support throughout the 2012-13 school year. Even though our region is facing challenging economic times, we are proud to have worked together with our residents to propose a sound budget that the community approved. With much appreciation, we thank you for coming out and taking the time to vote.
We would like to congratulate Russ Catanzaro on being re-elected and welcome Michael Goldberg as the board’s newly elected trustee. We look forward to working with Mr. Catanzaro and Mr. Goldberg to ensure that our students will continue to receive the highest quality education possible.
I must take exception to Mike Barry’s recent column trumpeting the County Office of Legislative Budget Review’s (OLBR)’s “verdict” that the County Comptroller’s office sought and received adequate backup for payments to Super Storm Sandy contractors. Nothing could be further from the truth.
The OLBR report clearly stated that their review was limited in scope and not meant as endorsement or criticism of the FEMA funding and approval process in totality (pg. 3). In fact, payments to the largest vendor, Looks Great Services, which totaled over $34 million, were approved for payment based upon an Excel spreadsheet without adequate documentation (pg. 5).
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