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Letter: CSEA Has Nothing Left to Give

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Nassau County is heading closer and closer to its demise. Following a national Republican trend, the administration is targeting government workers and their unions as the main reason for the county’s financial collapse. It implies our county is being destroyed by overgenerous labor agreements, and if those aren’t amended, massive layoffs will occur.

But a lack of transparency on the county’s part clearly exists. The administration complains that Nassau has the second highest taxes in the nation, yet if the county got rid of all 6,000 of its Civil Service Employees Association workers, Nassau would still hold that regrettable status. In fact, in a $10,000 property tax bill, only $300 is for the services provided by CSEA members.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: September 21, 2011

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

This Sunday, New York’s overtaxed residents and businesses will be forced to pay more yet again when the Port Authority’s toll increase takes effect.

As I stated when the Port Authority first announced its plans to raise tolls, these increases are a step in the wrong direction for a state which led the country in the percentage of people who left for other states, has the nation’s worst business tax climate in the country, and the second highest state and local tax burden.


Letter: Residents Invited to a ‘Town Hall’ Civic Meeting

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

An open invitation for community residents to attend the Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 Civic Meeting being held at the Allen Park meeting room, 7:30 p.m.  The topic of this meeting will be a ‘town hall’ discussion. We plan on providing time for an open dialogue, a lively debate and hopefully some consensus to be formed on issues critical to your everyday life.

Long Island and the country continues to stall in a weak economy, higher taxes, higher costs for goods that impact our daily life, poor to little significant job growth, young people still leaving Long Island, a lack of any affordable housing plan and the continued aging of our population. These are all big challenges that continue to persist, with no solid solutions in sight locally or nationally. Where is the leadership that can put us on a better path forward?    


Historical Note: Farmingdale Theaters

Written by Alfred Continelli Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

The first theater in Farmingdale was called the Farmingdale Opera House. The opera house stood on the corner of Main and Richard Streets opposite the Main Street School.

Mr. Adam Heiselmann was the owner of the opera house. Stock companies performed here. At the same time the opera house was running the Unqua Theater was built by the Wardell Brothers of Amityville. The building stood farther north on Main Street than the opera house. Movies were shown here.


Letter: Daleview Thanks Those Who Cared During Irene

Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Hurricane Irene was truly a learning experience for all Long Islanders and so many communities along the East Coast.

After Hurricane Katrina, the NYS Department of Health required every healthcare facility develop a disaster plan. With Hurricane Irene coming to Long Island, we put these policies, written “just in case”, into action. I am writing to thank those who cared for the residents at Daleview Care Center and who helped to keep them safe during this emergency situation. My first thank you goes to Daleview’s staff and management team who helped prepare the facility for the storm. They made sure we had the supplies we would need if we lost power and that the building was secured.


From the desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: September 7, 2011

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 09 September 2011 00:00

Federal Disaster Assistance Available For Nassau County

Senator Kemp Hannon has announced that federal disaster assistance is now available for homeowners, renters and small businesses in Nassau County as a result of damages incurred by Hurricane Irene.

“FEMA has moved quickly to assess the damages to Nassau County from this storm,” said Hannon. “If you are a resident or small business and you sustained any losses, call FEMA’s toll free (1-800-621-3362) number to see if you are eligible for assistance. You must register with FEMA to receive assistance.”


Letter: Analyzing ‘The Recession’

Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to Maryann Sinclair Slutsky’s article The Recession that appeared in the “From Long Island Wins” column published on Friday, Aug. 19 in the Farmingdale Observer.)

This letter is in response to Long Island Wins latest article by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky entitled The Recession. Let’s review and analyze The Recession.

Of course, like all her prior pieces, Slutsky is selling her immigration reform and amnesty for illegal aliens, in her endless efforts to convince law-abiding U.S. citizens that illegal aliens/criminals belong here. A position, I clearly do not agree with, but here are some of Maryann Slutsky’s and Long Island Wins solutions to our financial troubles.  I use quotes to distinguish Slutsky’s own words and postulations.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: August 31, 2011

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 02 September 2011 00:00

Tips to Residents Who Need to File Insurance After Hurricane Irene Damage

With Hurricane Irene causing significant damage across Long Island, Senator Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr. is providing tips to individuals who need to file insurance claims.

“Hurricane Irene was a very damaging and destructive storm which will unfortunately result in many families and businesses having to file insurance claims. By following a few simple steps, residents will be able to better protect themselves and help the claims process go more smoothly,” said Senator Fuschillo.


Minute of History: August 24, 2011

Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

The Effect of WWII on Republic aviation and the airport operation

(Editor’s note: The following is a reprint of the Minute of History speech given at the Village Pops Concert on Wednesday, August 10 by A. Guenter Bier, Lead Docent, American Airpower Museum.)

Good Evening Ladies and Gentlemen!

What a wonderful evening to listen to such beautiful music which was created during trying times but I just wanted to make you aware that we all are currently on historic grounds with the former Republic Aviation factory not far from here and its Republic Airport alongside. In the factory’s place is now Airport Plaza and the airport has become one of New York State’s busiest non-commercial aviation operations.


From the desk of Senator Charles Fuschillo: August 24, 2011

Written by Senator Charles Fuschillo Friday, 26 August 2011 00:00

I wanted to inform you that Governor Cuomo has signed legislation I support to make our roads safer by strengthening the state’s law against texting while driving.

The law better enables police officers to enforce the state’s ban on using hand-held electronic devices while driving by elevating the offense from a secondary violation to a primary violation. Officers can now stop and cite drivers solely because they were texting, emailing, viewing webpages, taking pictures, or playing games on a handheld electronic device. Prior to the new law, drivers could only be cited for this violation if another violation, such as speeding, was also being cited.


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