Assemblyman James D. Conte (R,I,C,WF-Huntington Station) announced that local libraries will receive over $183,000 in construction grants to support the continued efforts of public libraries to educate and enlighten. The grants are supported by a $14 million capital-fund appropriation in the 2011 state budget, which Assemblyman Conte helped to pass.
I was horrified this week to see, on TV, former soldiers chucking their military service medals over barricades, in the direction of the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago, during the scheduled NATO summit. Their decision to return the medals was a message to NATO leaders that they detest U.S. troops in Afghanistan, and the U.S. participation in foreign wars. They are disappointed with how they have been treated, both within the “system” and by the general public, since returning home.
The Farmingdale School District would like to thank the community for passing the 2012-13 school budget and for their engagement throughout the process. We worked hard and diligently to put together a sound budget that the community could support.
John Lorentz, Farmingdale School
District superintendent of schools
The missions of today’s soldiers continuing to fight overseas remain a travesty back home. On Armed Forces Day it’s appropriate to acknowledge, and celebrate those who are serving, as well as those who have served. There is certainly reason to observe Armed Forces Day on Long Island, home to more than 250,000 veterans and hundreds of troops presently serving locally and abroad.
New York State Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. announced that the New York State Senate passed legislation he sponsored to increase penalties for people who impersonate attorneys in New York State.
“Phony lawyers deserve real punishment for defrauding innocent consumers. People hire lawyers to carry out some of their most important personal and financial wishes, such as wills, home purchases, and marital separations. All of these important matters can be jeopardized if a licensed attorney does not carry them out. This legislation would ensure that scam artists who pretend to be licensed attorneys face higher penalties,” said Senator Fuschillo.
An April 27th letter to the editor [published in Anton Community Newspapers] authored by Philip H. Smith, president of the United University Professions, leads one to believe that Mr. Smith does not closely follow the topics or institutions about which he writes. In his letter, titled “Let the Sun Shine on SUNY Foundations,” Mr. Smith states that The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (“Research Foundation”) is “largely led by government officials”; that it feels “no...compulsion to share information with the public,” and that it is an organization that “cloak[s] [its] activities in secrecy.”
All three statements are easily refutable and simply untrue. The Research Foundation is not led by government officials. Most importantly it is an organization that over the past year has demonstrated, and has been recognized for, its pledge to accountability and transparency.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. (R-Merrick) announced that the New York State Senate has passed a legislative resolution designating May as “Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month” in New York State.
“Skin cancer is the most common form of cancer, but it is also one of the most treatable if it is detected early. Indoor tanning or even one bad sunburn can greatly increase the risk of developing skin cancer, which is why it’s so important for residents to be safe and get screened. With summer only a few short weeks away, now is the perfect time to remind residents about the importance of protecting themselves from skin cancer and being safe while in the sun,” said Senator Fuschillo.
This past weekend marked a grand celebration on Main Street, the reopening of Bollinger’s Family Restaurant. I knew this to be true when I saw several friends post pictures on their Facebook pages, marked with the location “Bollinger’s” and tagged photos of beaming faces of the kids enjoying ice cream and one enjoying his soup. I am thrilled, and a real cheerleader to see its fortunate return.
Although empty storefronts are an infectious blight of many of Long Island’s once-busiest retail stretches, Bollinger’s resurrection should serve, on a smaller scale, as assurance to existing and would-be Main Street shop owners that business is going to be OK and thrive again in the village; not even bumps in the economy could truly kill a determined decades-old establishment.
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. has announced that the New York State Senate recently passed legislation to help prevent teen driving deaths and crashes.
The legislation (S3546) would create a Teen Driver Safety Commission to examine ways to improve driver education and training programs so that teens are better prepared to handle the challenges they will face on the road.
You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy.
As president of United University Professions – the union representing academic and professional faculty at SUNY’s state-operated campuses – I think it’s time to let the sun shine in. It’s time to require the SUNY Research Foundation and campus foundations to be held accountable and to be more transparent.
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