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Editorial: Exploring the U.S. Open

Written by Denise J. Nash Thursday, 25 June 2009 11:06

The U.S. Open is coming to Bethpage. Great! Oh wait – more traffic, closed roads, a longer commute to work and more people on an already over populated Long Island. Uhhh.

Golf Digest is hosting a U.S. Open Challenge prior to the event. Justin Timberlake, Michael Jordan, Ben Roethlisberger and a contest winner will be in Bethpage to play the Black Course and take part in the challenge. Again, more traffic and congestion. Wait – I can go? Great. Media credentials for myself and another Anton Newspapers editor – priceless.

 

Letter: LI Will Benefit fromChange in Senate

Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:11

The good news is that Long Island Republicans are coming back into control of the Senate and will have the ability to stop bad legislation, as well as having the leverage to force more State money (our fair share) to our schools, towns, and villages. We saw this when our school districts received record State school aid during the last five years. The MTA bailout legislation, which was passed this May, is a payroll tax that is unfair and devastating to Long Island businesses, taxpayers and consumers. This legislation never would have passed if the Republicans controlled the New York State Senate these past five months. This is an example of the checks and balances that a Republican-controlled Senate provides. The MTA bailout (which I voted against and which the Democrats forced upon us) makes it even more difficult and expensive for businesses, school districts, towns, villages, municipalities and even not-for-profits to operate. I am disappointed that the New York City Democrats, who control the Assembly and the Senate, knew that this would further increase already unsustainable property taxes and yet they still went ahead with it anyway. It is only one example of bad legislation, tax and fee increases, and other expensive measures that Long Island has been forced to endure. If you ever needed a reason to support a change in New York State to Republican leadership, this is it.

 

Letter: LIRR Parking Restrictions For U.S. Open

Thursday, 18 June 2009 11:10

Upon learning that, for the duration of the U.S. Open, the Long Island Rail Road parking lot in Farmingdale was going to be closed to the people who pay to park there so as to allow the people from the U.S. Open to park, I wrote a letter complaining that the people traveling to Bethpage for the Open are more important to the Village of Farmingdale than the people who live in the area and pay for the “privilege” of parking near the train station. The response I received in no way addressed my concerns.

 

Letter: Upset Over Revised TAP Regulations

Written by Donna Duffy Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:48

We are dismayed to learn that Governor Paterson has passed a law to retroactively cut a college student’s grant, and to do so without even alerting the family of the change. NYS revised TAP regulations (NYS Educational Law section 663 Part F) require applicants to add state, local and federal pensions to determine a student’s college grant to the state form. This change took back a promise of $4,300 in college grant money from just one year of our daughter’s college education.

 

Letter: Upset Over Revised TAP Regulations

Wednesday, 10 June 2009 10:45

We are dismayed to learn that Governor Paterson has passed a law to retroactively cut a college student’s grant, and to do so without even alerting the family of the change. NYS revised TAP regulations (NYS Educational Law section 663 Part F) require applicants to add state, local and federal pensions to determine a student’s college grant to the state form. This change took back a promise of $4,300 in college grant money from just one year of our daughter’s college education.

In mid-April my daughter was notified that she would be receiving TAP award close to the maximum of $4,866 for the upcoming school year. However, the award letter stated a new requirement that all pensions must be included to the NY State TAP Form (the pension monies are already on the FAFSA forms). After again adding my husband’s pension from over 20 years service in the NYPD, our daughter’s TAP award was cut to just $500.

My daughter must not be the only college-bound student affected by this effort by the governor to trim budget costs at the expense of our children’s future. In an era when politicians, educators and business leaders alike recognize and applaud the importance of an advanced education, it is inconceivable for the state to rip educational opportunities away from its future leaders.

 It is important that all college-aged students and their parents be aware of the governor’s actions to stymie their education and forestall the improvement of their lives.

Denise Turetsky, President,
Farmingdale High School PTA
Detective (ret.) Mark Turetsky, NYPD

 

Strehl Discusses Flag Day

Thursday, 04 June 2009 11:33

The May 29 edition of the Farmingdale Observer contained two well -written and informative articles, the first by Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, gave an accurate and interesting account of the observance of Flag Day in America. The second piece by Oyster Bay Town Councilman Anthony Macagnone offered the public an Etiquette Guide for the American flag. Both timely issues as Flag Day fast approaches next week on Sunday, June 14.

It should be noted in 1989 the United States Supreme Court struck down more than 200 years of laws protecting the flag from physical desecration in a 5 to 4 decision in the Texas vs. Johnson case, thus making such acts not criminal, By the way, damaging a mail box or defacing a dollar bill are still federal crimes. The only way to right this inequity is a constitutional amendment, i.e., “The Flag Amendment.” The language is simple enough. “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”

 

Letter: Fuschillo Upset Over Proposed New Law

Thursday, 04 June 2009 11:32

The state budget passed last month includes a new law that will put our children, the elderly and other vulnerable New Yorkers at great risk. I voted against the budget measure which will allow courts to seal the criminal records of certain drug felons when they complete drug court, so there will be no record of their conviction when they apply for employment.

This means that convicted drug dealers with extensive criminal histories could be taking care of children at a day care center or as a nanny, teaching at a school, or working at a nursing home or at some other position of trust.

 

Celebrate Our Nation’s Flag on Flag Day

Thursday, 28 May 2009 10:38

Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto urges residents to remember what he calls “America’s most unique holiday,” Flag Day, June 14, and to take the occasion to celebrate our nation’s most glorious symbol.

“To my knowledge, the United States is still the only country that has a special day set aside to celebrate its flag,” Supervisor Venditto said. “Unfortunately, many Americans don’t know that we have a special day, designated to celebrate our nation’s flag. Being a history buff, I always like sharing the genesis of Flag Day because it brings the occasion into focus.

 

Farmingdale Board Members Thank Residents for Re-election

Thursday, 28 May 2009 10:37

Farmingdale BoardMembers Thank Residents for Re-election

We would like to take this opportunity to thank the Farmingdale community for its continued support in our re-election as trustees on the Board of Education. It has been an honor and a privilege to serve this community for the past three years and we look forward to serving responsibly as your representatives for the next three years.

 

From the Desk of Mayor Butch Starkie: May 22, 2009

Wednesday, 20 May 2009 11:18

(Editor’s Note: The Mayor’s Column will run occasionally as submitted by the village.)

I am pleased to report that applications have been filed by our village residents for all of the grant money in the Residential Rehabilitation Program. This will enable people to get much needed repairs done to their homes. In fact, we have a waiting list of people who will file applications when we secure additional grant money from Nassau County. The board of trustees and I appreciate your help in spreading the word to your neighbors about the merits of this program.

 

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