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From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins: March 25, 2011

Written by Senator Jack Martins Friday, 25 March 2011 00:00

Revenue Is Not the Problem; It’s the Spending

Throughout the budget process this year we have remained true to our commitment – to address the over $10 billion deficit by cutting spending, not raising taxes.  New York State does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  To get our economy moving and create new jobs, we need to get government off people’s and businesses backs – hence spending cuts, not new taxes. 

We can’t tax our way out of this recession. Governor Cuomo gets it. I get it.  Unfortunately, there are others who don’t.

As we head into the final lap of budget discussions in Albany, it is increasingly clear that special interest groups plan to defend their stranglehold on New York State’s purse strings by stepping up their propaganda. These groups are committed to maintaining the historical status quo and will fight, tooth and nail, to block the change we were elected to implement.


Letter: Praise and Support For Teachers

Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00
I would like to take a moment to thank the wonderful teachers of the Floral Park-Bellerose Union Free School District. The residents, and most importantly the children, of Floral Park are fortunate to have a staff of teachers and assistants who excel at their craft. We have a group of professionals who are caring, kind, compassionate and creative. These educators consistently go above and beyond what is expected of them, despite the fact that they have continually been asked to do more with less. Thank you for all of your hard work.

Patsy Ann Joinnides

MA Childhood Education

Floral Park


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 18, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 18 March 2011 00:00

Does a Safer Society Come at the Price Of Progress?

The twin disasters of an earthquake and a tsunami have Japan in a desperate race against time to prevent large-scale radiation leaks in an unfolding nuclear crisis that has the world holding its breath. There is the usual chorus criticizing another nation’s lack of preparedness for a catastrophic event in addition to calls to shut down nuclear power plants altogether. These criticisms and demands are unrealistic since such things are bound to happen and they fail to take into account where the human race would be without technological advances.


From the Desk of Senator Jack Martins

Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

Updates from Albany

 It has been a busy week in Albany. We continue the process of examining the state budget. These are difficult financial times but working together, we will ultimately succeed in cutting expenses and providing a framework for real long-term relief. In order for us to improve our state’s fiscal health, we need to provide residents with property tax relief, create jobs and control spending.


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 11, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 11 March 2011 00:00

High-Speed Rail — A One Way Express To Deficitville?

In another blast of high stakes rodomontade, Vice President Joe Biden in one of his descending from the “mount of God” moments, augustly proclaimed that our nation needs a $53 billion appropriation to build a high-speed rail and it needs to get the job done in a hurry. These implorations may have been heartfelt, but Americans are not quite ready to come aboard this one-way express to deficitville. Nor does the history of American transportation justify Biden’s confidence about a rail-based America being the dominant mode of transportation. 


Around the Town - March 4, 2011

Written by Kate Murray, Town of Hempstead Supervisor Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal

And Shredding ProgramKeeping our planet healthy takes a joint effort. That’s why I am proud to announce that the Town of Hempstead will hold an “E-Cycling, Pharmaceutical Disposal and Shredding” Day on Sunday, March 13 in Levittown from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., rain or shine. This is your chance to get rid of your unwanted computers, televisions, DVD players and VCRs and help the environment at the same time. In addition, bring your outdated pharmaceuticals to the program for proper disposal and you can also bring old documents to be shredded while you watch. The event will take place in the Town of Hempstead municipal parking lot area, located just off Division Avenue behind the Tri-County Market (Hempstead Turnpike) in Levittown.


Phil-osophically Speaking - March 4, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 04 March 2011 00:00

The American Kaleidoscope

If the truth will set you free then our society is shackled by pretense, misconception and outright denial. Truth no longer thunders, it mumbles. There are moments when the verities prevail but truth is too often on guard about giving offense to speak its mind too freely. It is said the best counselors are often the dead; for books will speak plain when the living among us blanch.


Phil-osophically Speaking - February 25, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Thursday, 24 February 2011 12:45

Part II of My Top 10 List of Most Successful Presidencies

Last week, I began my list of the most successful presidencies with number 10 through 7, this week I conclude the article starting with number 6:


Letter: Floral Park-Bellerose School Board Trustee Robert Burke Resigns

Friday, 25 February 2011 00:00

I have resigned from my position as a Trustee of The Floral Park-Bellerose School Board of Education.  This was a very hard decision for me to make.  The deciding factor in making this decision is my health. 


Phil-osophically Speaking - February 18, 2011

Written by Phil Guarnieri Friday, 18 February 2011 00:00

My Top 10 List of Successful American Presidencies

I once wrote that I did not like the idea of “President’s Day” supplanting Washington and Lincoln’s birthdays because it was an equal opportunity program for presidents who were not equal. So this week, I thought I might have a little fun by listing the 10 most successful presidencies. I use the word ‘successful’ because I do not think there were 10 great presidencies in American history. In fact, I doubt there were even seven or eight. Being President of the United States, after all, is an impossible job.    


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