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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.


Letter: I’m Voting for Elizabeth Kase for County Court Judge

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

My good friend Elizabeth Kase is running for Nassau County Court Judge this Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Liz and I have been friends for years now, and I count her as one of the warmest, smartest, and most honest people I know. Liz is originally from Great Neck and now lives in Port Washington with her husband and three wonderful children: Ben, Sam, and Lucy. She is family oriented and gracefully juggles mom-time with her flourishing legal career.


Letter: Women’s Club Thanks Farmingdale Community

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00
The Women’s Club of Farmingdale would like to say “Thank You” to the Farmingdale Community for their support with Art in the Park. Christy Hinko, editor of the Farmingdale Observer, was very instrumental in advertising, not only in Farmingdale, but with all the surrounding communities. Mayor George “Butch” Starkie supported this project from the onset along with Pat Christiansen, Deputy Mayor and Cheryl Parisi, village trustee and co-chairmen for Art in the Park, Bill Barrett and Ralph Ekstrand, village trustees. “Thank You” to Bob Westfall, a local artist and veteran, who donated a painting that was raffled by purchasing chances. 

Letter: Farmingdale Resident Responds to Town Supervisor Election Coverage

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to the Election Coverage feature that appeared on the cover to the Friday, Oct. 14 edition of the Farmingdale Observer.)

After reading your headline article, in your October 14, 2011 edition, about both Candidates for the Oyster Bay Supervisor I am compelled to comment.  

I was astounded to read candidate John Capobianco’s statement about the TOB Republicans whom he proclaims very strongly, “borrow,” “spend,” and “tax.” He even stated that Republicans need to demonstrate “fiscal restraint.” Wow, talk about hypocrisy.  


Letter: The Fresh Air Fund Thanks Local Volunteers

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00
This year, 31 New York City children found out once again just how special summer is in Nassau County. Fresh Air Fund hosts, volunteers and local supporters dedicated their time and efforts to help these inner-city youngsters experience simple summertime pleasures, including afternoons of swimming, fishing at sunset and roasting s’mores over a campfire.

None of this would be possible without Risa Procton, your local Fresh Air Fund volunteer leader, who works throughout the year to make sure host families and children have the opportunity to enjoy memorable summertime experiences together. I invite you to join Risa Procton and the local Fresh Air Fund committee to help spread the word about the wonderful opportunity of hosting next summer.


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.


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