It’s that time of the election year again when incumbents and challengers alike flock to local libraries care of the League of Women Voters to voice their views on current topics and issues surrounding the respective areas they hope to either continue to or to newly represent.
The League of Women Voters of Eastern Nassau played host to Meet the Candidates Night at the East Meadow Library last week. Incumbents and challengers from the 6th and 8th Senate Districts, 17th and 19th Assembly Districts were on hand to take questions from the audience in an effort to clarify their take on Albany, Long Island and more.
The Garden City Board of Education held their first meeting of the school year. The Superintendent of Schools Dr. Robert Feirsen explained the schools’ first week was off to “a smooth start,” he said. “We did quite a number of projects and a lot work over the summer on the buildings, inside and outside the buildings,” he said.
Joseph Chiarelli, construction manager of T.G. Nickel & Associates, updated the status of the middle school parking lot expansion project. “We were fortunate to have a great-weather summer and good contract. We were able to achieve what we set out to. We did substantially complete the parking lot. There’s just a punch-list remaining and remaining miscellaneous items to complete,” he said.
If you want to voice your opinion about the St. Paul’s Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS), time is running out. Residents will have one last chance to speak to the board of trustees during the second public hearing on the DEIS, which takes place on Thursday, Sept. 30 at 8 p.m. at Village Hall.
A packed crowd of Long Islanders turned out for the first public hearing on Aug. 19. While the majority of attendees spoke out in opposition of the demolition of the school, two residents stood their ground and said they were in favor of tearing down St. Paul’s.
The public hearing to address the MTA’s proposed fare hikes held at the Garden City Hotel on Sept. 16 was met with a literal “twist” of fate. As LIRR and LI Bus riders started shuffling into the hotel at 5 p.m. to register to speak, thousands of Long Island-bound commuters were about to be stranded in Penn Station. Two tornadoes ripped through New York City at the height of rush hour, causing the MTA to suspend all LIRR service.
Despite the interruption by Mother Nature, the public hearing proceeded as planned—and with no shortage of registered speakers. Concerned commuters, including public officials and representatives from United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc., spoke out against the MTA’s recent service cuts and proposed fare increase. Service cuts that took effect as of Sept. 13 impacted the Atlantic Terminal, Long Beach, Montauk, Port Washington, Ronkonkoma and Greenport. Perhaps the hardest hit was West Hempstead, which, as of Sept. 18, will no longer offer weekend service. Proposed fare increases vary, but the cost of most tickets could increase by as much as 14.3 percent.
After a slow summer, merchants across New York State are hoping to get a big boost in business from the New York Press Association’s (NYPA) “$25 on the 25th” marketing initiative. NYPA recently partnered with the New York State Conference of Mayors and the New York State Economic Development Council to launch a statewide advocacy campaign to encourage New Yorkers to spend $25 on the 25th of September at a local main street business.
According to NYPA’s website, “This special $25 on the 25th promotional event will provide an opportunity for community businesses to restore and expand their customer bases by reminding consumers about the diversity of their products and services, by redefining customer service and by providing a “green” shopping experience that reduces automobile use and pollution while providing access to the local farmers’ markets that frequent Main Street during the growing season.”
As it has every year, the Garden City Fire Department, community members and village officials gathered together for a solemn 9/11 remembrance service held at the Village Memorial on the Village Green last Saturday.
Garden City Fire Chief William Graham said the simple memorial ceremony pays tribute to the 23 village residents whose names are now etched on the black granite memorial monument. “I think today it is important that we commemorate the day, that we turn together as a community for those who are lost, for the families who are still with us. That’s something that needs to continue,” Graham said.
On Wednesday, Sept. 8, on the steps of the State Supreme Court in Mineola, Plainview businesswoman Francesca Carlow announced that she has received the endorsement of the Democratic Senate Campaign Committee (DSCC) in the race for the 6th New York State Senate District seat against 34-year Republican incumbent Kemp Hannon. A day later, her Democratic Primary opponent, Dave Mejias, who was recently arrested for allegedly stalking his ex-girlfriend, announced that he would drop out of the race.
Carlow made the following statement at her Sept. 8 press conference: “I am very pleased that the DSCC has embraced my vision for a better Long Island and for an honest, responsive representation in government. Unlike my Republican opponent, I am not a career politician. As someone who has never run for office before, I began this race because I am tired of the dysfunction and waste in Albany. I think we all are!
For Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy, abating aircraft noise, and stopping terrorists from obtaining guns are among the top priorities on her legislative agenda. The 4th Congressional District incumbent sat down with editors of Anton Community Newspapers last week to discuss various topics ranging from education to imposing legislation to deal with childhood obesity.
McCarthy started working on childhood obesity when she took over the chairmanship of Education and Labor Committee four years ago. She said that when she was considering the position, she researched the subject and it entailed everything she would want to work on.
As the Republican primary election looms on Sept. 14, there were plenty of fireworks to watch during a recent debate held at the Hewlett-Woodmere Library. The three Republican candidates seeking to take on Democratic incumbent Carolyn McCarthy in the 4th Congressional District race exchanged sharp words on Long Island’s struggling economy, campaign reform and how to tackle job growth.
The current Republican nominee Nassau County Legislator Francis Becker and challengers Frank Scaturro and Dan Maloney sparred and waged personal attacks on each other’s records, backgrounds and the issues themselves.
The Garden City Board of Trustees voted in favor of granting a second one-year extension of the final site plan approval for the townhouse development of the property located at 555 Stewart Avenue. This past June, the village board first granted a one-year extension through September of 2010 and advised the property owner’s attorney, Kevin Walsh, to return this August to obtain further extension.
During the most recent board of trustees meeting, Walsh formally asked the board for a second extension beyond September 2010. Walsh told the board that the owner of the longtime vacant property was in negotiations with a developer. “In terms of progress, it was only two months ago in the summer that I met with you but I will tell you that I indicated then that we were very close on a contract, we are even closer,” Walsh said. “I had hoped to have this resolved. I had expected that if we had met in the first week of September that we would be presenting a joint venture between the current owner and another developer.
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