This year’s contest for Nassau County Executive is not going to be a battle of Big Ideas. It’s a pretty safe bet that the campaigns will not be waged along the lines of the Federalists vs. the Democratic Republicans, with Ed Mangano cast as Alexander Hamilton, and Tom Suozzi or Jon Kaiman or Adam Haber in a Jeffersonian role. Or maybe the other way around.
Instead, this will be an election about spending, taxing, home assessing and the big ugly reality that one of the wealthiest places on this planet is a financial basket case.
Recently, while we editors were giving the newspapers one last look before sending them to press, I received a call from a man with frustration in his voice. He heard we would be publishing an article about a neighbor who was arrested in the Long Island Railroad copper-wire scandal. Charged with conspiracy, the defendant is one of 17 men indicted in the theft and sale of $250,000 worth of copper wire from the railroad.
“Could you pull that article out of the newspaper?” he asked. “To have that in his hometown paper will really hurt him and his family.”
A concerned mother walked up to the entrance of a massage parlor. She had a suspicion that illegal activity was being conducted inside – a suspicion that was reinforced by having to ring a doorbell just to gain entrance. When the door opened, a woman rushed toward her, acting nervously.
“There’s nobody here for services,” the woman gasped to the mom.
Recent turbulent weather and high winds in the New York area have presented “a real big challenge” to efforts at noise abatement at Kennedy Airport, said Delta Airlines’ chief pilot and regional director of Northeast flight operations.
Capt. Eric Ohlwiler told a Jan. 28 meeting of Hempstead’s Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that noise abatement efforts at Kennedy’s Runway Left 22 are “problematic.”
If you begin attending law school today, you probably will be far enough along in your legal career to make a killing when the Long Island Railroad gets to the next phrase of its ambitious capital plan and the lawsuits clog the courts.
You might remember the hue, cry and political fireworks in 2005 when the LIRR proposed adding a third track to the main line from Floral Park to Hicksville. This 10-mile stretch of ties and steel would have required building an elevated track alongside the current structure in Floral Park. Village residents struck back at plans for a massive infrastructure project in downtown. Farther east, in New Hyde Park, worries of the railroad slicing away chunks of residential properties and even seizing homes by eminent domain helped put the kibosh on the third track.
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