Weitzman: Aviation Museum Audit Discovers Lax Management, Absence of Internal Controls
A recent audit of Garden City's Cradle of Aviation Museum at Mitchel Field, which is operated under an agreement with the county by Museums at Mitchel (MAM), a not-for-profit organization, revealed a "distressing lack of financial controls and management oversight across the board," according to Comptroller Howard Weitzman, whose office scrutinized the museum's operations and finances between July 2003 and April 2006 at the request of Nassau County Presiding Officer Judy Jacobs and Craig Johnson, the Legislature's Finance Committee chair. The legislators sent letters to Weitzman's office last April expressing concerns about the museum's financial operations.
Historical Society Holding Fundraising Campaign for New Museum
The Floral Park Historical Society is having a fundraising campaign for its new museum, which is expected to open in 2007. Local artist Mary Gosden (left) has donated a 12x15 inch hand-painted tray decorated with flowers based upon the turn-of-the-century seed catalogs of John Lewis Childs. The tray will be raffled off in December. Former mayor, Ann Corbett, Society vice president, holds a special 9.5x18 inch print of flowers, which was sold years ago by the Childs Company, copies of which are now available from the Historical Society. Looking on are Village Historian Walter Gosden and Society President Peter Fleig. For more information on purchasing raffle tickets or the flower print, call Society Treasurer Bernice Hayes at 354-3212 or President Fleig at 437-5084.
From the Desk of Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy