I am so pleased Georgiana Sena is running for Mayor of Farmingdale. She has been an advocate for the Village residents for years, especially devoting her time, energy and expense to write the Eye on the Village, a Village publication which informs the residents what is really going on in Village government.
There was a time when the Village of Farmingdale and its downtown was very vibrant; not so much any more. Main Street has been going downhill at an ever-increasing rate of speed.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo. Jr. recently voted in favor of “Tiffany’s Law,” which would ensure that individuals with prior convictions of operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated are treated as repeat offenders, regardless of the vehicle type. The New York State Senate recently passed the legislation.
“Drunk drivers endanger other people’s lives and safety, no matter what type of motor vehicle they operate. They shouldn’t be able to escape prosecution as a repeat offender just because they operated two different types of motor vehicles. This legislation would ensure that someone previously convicted of operating any type of motor vehicle while intoxicated is treated as a repeat offender if they commit another alcohol offense,” said Senator Fuschillo, Chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee.
The Village of Farmingdale has a problem. And is smart enough to do something about it. The rest of Long Island should take note.
Farmingdale’s problem is water. It’s gotten too expensive. Plus, the village lacks the infrastructure to accommodate future needs.
Earlier this month, along with Police Commissioner Thomas Dale, I submitted to the County Legislature a Community Policing (COP) Plan that reassigns 48 police officers from desk jobs to community policing positions. This plan includes the transformation of four current precincts into new Community Policing Centers to be located throughout the county, with a police presence maintained at all current locations. These Centers will have police officers posted 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and will have community rooms for residents to visit and for the police to host neighborhood meetings.
Keeping the families and senior citizens of Nassau County safe is my number one priority and this plan improves public safety, while increasing accountability and protecting our residents’ wallets.
2011 was the year the state Legislature was finally able to come together, put politics aside, and pass some of the most taxpayer-and business-friendly legislation in decades. Despite these accomplishments, however, from the property tax cap, a reduction in state spending, repeal of the MTA payroll tax, and a reformed tax code, there remains one piece of the people’s business left undone: Medicaid.
With an annual tab of nearly $54 billion, nearly a third of the total state budget, Medicaid continues to be one of the top cost-drivers in New York State. There are currently 4.9 million enrollees in our state, with every indication that this number will only continue to rise. Twenty-five percent of our state population is eligible to receive 33 percent of our state’s spending in 2012. That statistic alone is a bruising example of how poorly the Medicaid system is administered. What’s worse, New York currently spends $1 billion per week on Medicaid, with costs skyrocketing annually.
The Town of Oyster Bay is requesting proposals for the 22-acre expansion of Ellsworth Allen Park from community organizations and residents in Farmingdale. The town attorney, Len Genova, stated that 16 of the 22 acres are available for development (community center, athletic fields, etc.) The remaining six acres cannot be developed because the extensive EPA cleanup required the installation of underground groundwater recharge basins.
Those six acres that cannot be developed are perfect for a proposed dog park. The town can fence that section off, put no structures on that portion and give the community an excellent dog park. Utilizing these six acres ensures no other proposed ideas for the expansion of Allen Park are affected by the dog park as well as allowing every piece of available open space for the benefit of the community.
In the mid 1920s, the Pastor of St. Kilian Church, Rev. Fr. Joseph Haldmaier O.S.B. knew that the growing parish needed a parochial school of its own, believing in what he referred to as the “Domestic Trinity” – home – school – church, three required elements for a parish to continue to thrive. Hence the foundation was laid for what would eventually become St. Kilian School and later in 1992, St. John Baptist De LaSalle.
Each parish (St. James, St. Martin of Tours, St. Kilian, and St. Pius X) has been such an integral contributor to the success of our regionalized school over the past 20 years, and while we may be four separate parishes, we have evolved into one school family where our children are thriving.
In 2005, the U.S. Conference of Bishops identified a plan for developing strategies to keep Catholic elementary education accessible, affordable and available to Catholics of all income levels. The responsibility of our entire parish community is to carry this torch, providing Catholic elementary school education for future generations.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., along with Senator Owen Johnson (R-West Babylon) and Senator Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), called on the MTA to accelerate the proposed double track project, which would help create jobs, promote economic development, and improve LIRR service for thousands of commuters.
“The double track project would bring tremendous benefits: jobs for residents, revenue for local businesses, and better service for LIRR commuters. It’s also a critical component of the proposed Republic/Route 110 Corridor HUB project, which would help create additional jobs and economic development for Long Island. The MTA should do whatever it can to accelerate this project and make it a reality,” said Senator Fuschillo, chairman of the Senate’s Transportation Committee. Senator Fuschillo stressed to MTA Chairman Joe Lhota at a recent Transportation Budget Hearing the importance of accelerating the project and called on him to have the MTA do everything possible to expedite the project.
Medicaid is by far New York’s largest unfunded mandate. The total municipal share of Medicaid spending for the 2010-11 fiscal year alone totaled $8 billion. The high cost of Medicaid as well as the way Albany has chosen to fund the program is a major drain on the budgets of local governments and has led to the dramatic increase in Long Island property taxes over the past decade.
That’s why I was encouraged to see that Governor Cuomo included in his Executive Budget a proposal to freeze the local share of Medicaid’s growth rate at 2 percent, putting it in line with the cap on property taxes, which the Legislature passed last year. His proposal is a good first step in addressing the impact the state’s costly Medicaid program has on local governments’ budgets.
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