I hope George Maragos is right. He insists that Nassau County isn’t broke and isn’t hurtling toward financial Armageddon.
“The sky is not going to fall,” the county comptroller told our editors during a recent visit to Anton Community Newspapers.
But for a resident who isn’t especially spreadsheet-savvy and who might see less money in a lifetime than Nassau has as a rounding error on its annual $2.8 billon budget, it’s tough to accept that statement on face value.
As development plans swirl around the county, with visions that include a renovated Coliseum in Uniondale, a soccer stadium in Elmont and a bio-tech neighborhood around Garden City’s Museum Row, I hear something in the background. Could it be the ominous kettledrum of a movie soundtrack?
I’m all for development, redevelopment and new ideas, but the more politicians get involved and take the reins of something that is supposed to be a financial success, the more I hear the beat of the kettledrum get faster and faster, until, suddenly, there’s a scream.
Srey Powers is a typical college student from one of Long Island’s high-achieving school districts. As a member of Garden City high school’s class of 2011, where competition in the classroom and on the field is imperative, Powers proved her grit. She was a fearless member of the school’s 2010 soccer team that captured both the Long Island championship and first-ever state championship. A junior at the time, she was named player of the state championship match by the NY State Soccer Association. Now a freshman at SUNY Oneonta, she’s still playing soccer and is pursuing a major in accounting.
These are notable achievements for any young American; even more notable considering Power’s roots. Until she was seven, she lived in an orphanage in Cambodia
Journalism isn’t easy. But often it’s simple — just ask the right questions, and keep asking them until you get answers. The responses usually will show the people involved to be saints or scoundrels or some gradation in between. And from that, action—ranging from commendations to indictments—can flow.
A superb example of the power of a journalist’s questions is Manhasset Press Editor Pat Grace’s inquiry into the trees cut down along Manhasset’s Shelter Rock Road.
As I stated in my first column, I’m dedicated to highlighting organizations that support worthwhile causes in our local communities. The two that I’m choosing to focus on in this month’s column are the Nassau Physician’s Foundation (NPF) and the Friendship Circle Luncheon, both founded and run by good friends of mine.
Founded by Dr. Belha Fish, the NPF is all about community and if there’s any doubt, look no further than its mission statement. “NPF exists to provide a stimulating environment for physicians who are drawing strength from their passion and who are willing to enrich each other’s lives. We are partners with the community in which we live and are committed to donating our time and expertise to educational and charitable endeavors. We raise money for medical education and research and pledge to be proactive in pertinent and current health issues.”
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