The Easter season is here and it could not have come at a better time. There seems to be so much anger among us. I was told angry people would not read this letter; I pray this is not true.
Many LI residents were taken by surprise by last weekend’s storm and had no plan for their pets when they evacuated. This is a wakeup call given the predictions for a more active than normal Hurricane Season. Now is the time to make family evacuation plans including your pet. Most shelters will not accept pets so you must make the plan keeping in mind a companion animal is happiest in a familiar, safe environment. Teach pets to be accustomed to crates, making him a more welcome guest in a friend or relative’s home.
This past Friday morning, three immigrant worker advocates left the parking lot of the Hempstead Home Depot and started walking toward Queens.
When they reached Queens, they continued walking to Brooklyn. From Brooklyn, to Staten Island. On foot. And they didn’t stop there.
I am writing to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation to everyone who helped make this year’s soldier collection drive a great success. While I am saddened by the fact that such a drive is necessary, I believe it is critical that we do our part to boost the morale of our soldiers. This program serves as an important reminder that the daily sacrifices made by our uniformed service personnel are not taken for granted.
On behalf of the South Farmingdale Water District, I felt it was important to issue a clarification and response to recent reports about dramatic differences in water costs in adjacent communities.
South Farmingdale Water District is a public utility, run by local commissioners. The district runs a fiscally sound operation and is held accountable to the community it serves. Because it is a local government, non-profit entity, there is no profit motive. Rates are set by actual operational expenses.
It is troubling to imagine that Long Islanders could lose some of the most family-friendly park venues in this state and that a patriotic event, like the Jones Beach July 4th fireworks celebration, could be discontinued. This, while Governor Paterson proposes denying Long Island school districts, public colleges, health facilities and hospitals their fair share of the state budget. These and many other fiscal problems are a result of wasteful and unnecessary state spending, which is not the fault of the Parks Department. In fact, our parks and recreational facilities are proven economic engines, generating more financial benefit to our communities than they cost the state.
Our new County Executive Ed Mangano appointed former Judge Carnell Foskey as the new parks commissioner but is still keeping the old parks commissioner as deputy commissioner and they will each earn the same $130,625 a year salary.
The show must go on! There is talk that the Jones Beach 4th of July fireworks show will be canceled due to budget cuts.
I fear that people will take matters into their own, untrained, sometimes drunk hands! The hospital ERs are already overcrowded on that day and night. With thousands more thinking they can put on their own show, the ERs will not be able to handle this.
Has anyone ever wondered why Nassau County Legislators have never received a pay increase? There was one legislator that had always stood in the way. He balked his own party twice. He was punished for this but Dave Mejias believed that it wasn’t right to increase his own salary when so many families in Nassau County were suffering. That was then. Now we have a county legislator who, after being on the job for only a few days, blindly supported the party bosses and voted for pay increases. We assume that he knows the dire state of our economy, yet Joe Belesi’s first act in office was to line the pockets of his fellow Republicans. Have buyer’s remorse? You bet. Joe Belesi is going to end up costing us.
Thomas J. Lavan
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