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Letter: Second Grader Sends Letter to Bishop Murphy

Friday, 06 January 2012 00:00

I’m in second grade at St. John Baptist de LaSalle Regional School. It would be great if you could give me my school back. I’ve been there since pre-k and I want to graduate there. I’m afraid to lose my best friends. And I love all my teachers so much.

Because of my school I learned so much about God I decided to be a nun or a Catholic schoolteacher.

I’ve learned so much and I don’t want to leave.

 

Letter: Open Letter to LIPA Board of Trustees

Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: The following is a copy of a letter from Senator Charles Fuschillo and the Long Island Senate Delegation to the LIPA Board of Trustees opposing LIPA’s rate increase proposal. The letter was read into public record at a LIPA public hearing on Tuesday, Dec. 6 regarding its rate increase proposal.)

December 6, 2011

Members of the Board of Trustees
Long Island Power Authority
333 Earle Ovington Boulevard
Uniondale, New York 11553


Dear Ladies and Gentlemen:

We are writing to urge you to reject a proposal to increase LIPA rates as part of its proposed 2012 budget.

LIPA ratepayers already pay some of the highest utility costs in the country.  On top of that, they pay some of the nation’s highest property taxes and are dealing with some of the worst economic conditions since the great depression. They cannot afford to keep paying more.

Families and small businesses have been making tough choices and doing more with less in this economy. New York State has done the same, closing a $10 billion budget deficit without raising taxes.

However, LIPA is planning a 5 percent spending increase on salaries and benefits over the 2011 approved budget. In addition, LIPA is also increasing spending on outside consultants, according to a November 10th Newsday story. LIPA should follow the example of their customers and work harder to find internal savings and efficiencies.

With over 94,000 Long Islanders unemployed, and every family feeling the effects of the current economy, now is not the time to raise their bills even higher.  We strongly urge you to reject a rate increase because of the effect it will have on LIPA ratepayers.

Sincerely,
Senator Charles J. Fuschillo,
Jr.Senator Dean Skelos
Senator Owen Johnson
Senator Kenneth Lavalle
Senator Kemp Hannon
Senator Carl Marcellino
Senator John Flanagan
Senator Jack Martins
Senator Lee Zeldin

 

Letter: The Nassau-Veolia Partnership

Friday, 30 December 2011 00:00

Last week [This letter was received Dec. 20], the Nassau County Legislature unanimously approved a contract that is the basis for a public-private operating partnership between the county and Veolia Transportation to operate the new Nassau Inter-County Express, or NICE, bus system. But, of even greater significance is that Nassau took a key step toward forming a true county transit system.

Prior to voting, the legislature worked closely with the county executive to insert numerous amendments to the original contract that create more public involvement on proposed future adjustments to the system. The contract spells out how the county will for the first time assume control over its own bus system, including fares, service levels, service plans, and annual operating budget.

 

Letter: A Message of Thanks

Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

On Friday evening, December 2, this year’s Holiday Lighting of the Village of Farmingdale’s Tricentennial Tree took place on the Village Green. This blue spruce tree was planted following the community’s Tricentennial of Settlement observance in 1987, which commemorated the 300th anniversary of the arrival of the first settler Thomas Powell in 1687. The Farmingdale-Bethpage Historical Society has been one of the co-sponsors of the Tree Lighting event since the first was held in 1989. Incidentally, we will reach the community’s 325th anniversary of settlement next year, 2012.

This year’s event was the first in its 23-year history to be postponed due to unfavorable weather. The original date, November 29, was a very wet day. We appreciate the decision of Mayor George Starkie and the Village Board to move the program to Friday evening, which was a perfect night weather-wise, clear and seasonably cool.

 

Letter: Farmingdale Village Green Tree Lighting

Friday, 16 December 2011 00:00

The 23rd annual Tree Lighting Ceremony on Farmingdale’s Village Green, on December 2 was truly a community endeavor. So many contributed their time and talents to ensure that this holiday tradition remains a part of the fabric that is Farmingdale.

First, a round of applause must be given to the Beautification Committee for their work decorating the Green so professionally in time for the event. The excellent Third Grade Chorus represented the Farmingdale Public Schools from the Northside School.

 

Letter: Responding to Sinclair’s ‘Fairy Tales’

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter to the editor is in response to the column “From Long Island Wins” by Maryann Sinclair titled One Set of Facts, One Unavoidable Conclusion that appeared in the Farmingdale Observer on Friday, Nov. 18.)

I cannot wait to get my weekly edition of the Farmingdale Observer to see if there is a new fairy tale in there from Maryann Sinclair.

This week’s [Friday, Nov. 18] “once upon a time” story again tells us how lucky we are to have people that contribute to society here on Long Island. Since all people (excluding Native Americans) are immigrants and/or descendents of immigrants we are only complimenting ourselves.

 

Letter: Glaring Difference Between Legal and Illegal Immigrants

Friday, 09 December 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter to the editor is in response to the column “From Long Island Wins” by Maryann Sinclair titled One Set of Facts, One Unavoidable Conclusion that appeared in the Farmingdale Observer on Friday, Nov. 18.)

There is a glaring and important difference between legal immigrants who have established themselves properly and within the confines of the law here in the United States, and illegal immigrants. To mix the two into one study was clearly done with intent to fog the issue of illegal immigrants in our towns and villages. This distinction is clearly important, but seemingly not so for Long Island Wins latest opinion piece.

Here are the facts that were not stated loudly and clearly in Maryann Sinclair’s article espousing the contributions of immigrants on Long Island. The immigrants cited in this study were a deliberate mixture of both legal and illegal immigrants. This skewed study purposely includes illegal immigrants in a clear effort to fudge the distinction between the two groups of immigrants.

 

Letter: American Red Cross Offers Thanks to Community

Friday, 02 December 2011 00:00

During this season of hope and thanksgiving, the American Red Cross on Long Island reflects on the generosity of those who helped us bring comfort and assistance to our neighbors in need this year.

We owe a huge measure of gratitude to our partners and donors who have shown a deep commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross. We owe an equal measure of thanks to our thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their tireless work makes it possible for us to respond to disasters throughout our area.

 

Letter: LIPA’s Hurricane Irene Response Efforts Failed—Miserably

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

I’m appalled at the lack of LIPA’s response to Hurricane Irene. I lost power at 7 a.m. on Sunday, Aug. 28 and didn’t regain power until 3 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 2. That’s six days without power!

What really aggravated me was the news broadcast I saw at 5 a.m. on August 28th, stating that emergency crews were coming in from Ohio and Pennsylvania, to be stationed at Republic Airport. Republic Airport is two streets and one highway across from me, yet I never saw one linesman come to fix the downed wire that affected four blocks of electricity, including my own.

 

New York to Seek NCLB Waiver, Improve Test Security

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Statement of the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer

Today’s decision by the state Board of Regents to seek a federal waiver from the strictures of No Child Left Behind (NCLB) is welcome news for school districts across this state that were facing unrealistic expectations, such as requiring 100 percent proficiency in English/Language Arts and mathematics by 2014.

 

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