Together with Governor Cuomo, we got important things done this past legislative session that will not only boost New York’s business climate, but will help individual families thrive in the great Empire State. As a result, North Shore families will benefit from numerous new laws that will reduce their taxes, support their educational needs and keep their communities safer.
In March, I helped pass the second consecutive on-time state budget, which closed the state’s $3.5 billion budget deficit without any new taxes, fees or gimmicks. This year’s budget included measures to boost the economy and create jobs, all while holding spending under 2 percent. I worked to make sure we funded programs that help hardworking families find good-paying jobs, while rebuilding our state’s crumbling infrastructure and supporting minority- and women-owned business enterprises.
Last Sunday, I spent the most peaceful, serene and pleasant time, sitting beneath a tree in my backyard. The temperature was a perfect 80 degrees Fahrenheit, the skies were a pristinely colored blue and the cool and gentle breeze was just blissful. There were no phone calls to make, no errands to attend to, and no traffic jams to fight through. I sat there with my feet up, reading on my tablet computer. If there truly can be paradise on earth, this was it. So scientists, I implore you, please find a way to extend the summer.
I know that climate change is a serious problem that many of you are working on to solve. Well, if you’re fixing it anyway, just don’t put things back to the way they were with colder winters and more snowy days. Instead, if you’re going to work on it, do it right. Let’s have summer extend from March until October. Please figure out a way to make this environmentally feasible.
Readers of this column may know that I enjoy some good TV, and even some bad TV. However, what you probably don’t know is that I won’t watch anything unless it’s been recorded, so I can fast forward through the commercials. It’s not that I don’t have the patience to wait out the commercial break, or even mind watching most commercials: it’s that I’m absolutely terrified that a certain kind of commercial will rear its insidious, anxiety attack-provoking head.
Delia delivered another no-hitter in last week’s Record Pilot applauding the Long Islanders who called for legislation aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse.
Delia is one of the few legislators in either county to go on record in a public way to expose the drug epidemic that is taking the lives of so many of our young.
On Tuesday, June 12, I was privileged to attend the PRIDE Ceremony at both Landing and Connolly Elementary Schools. The Peer Resistance Instruction and Drug Education program, also known as P.R.I.D.E., helps develop and enhance children’s ability to lead a drug free life. With the collaboration of school administrators and the Glen Cove Police Department, students participate in a 10 week training course that promotes student awareness of the negative affective of substance abuse and empowers them with the tools that will enable them to avoid and resist peer pressure situations that are common among today’s young adults. Congratulations to the students and a special thanks to Sergeant Jack McDougal and his fellow officers for helping to teach our children about making good choices.
There’s a show on the Food Network where pastry chefs compete for the title of “Sweet Genius.” Sweet Genius, hosted by cake maestro Ron Ben-Israel, challenges the chefs to make desserts with unusual ingredients like cactus, aloe vera, hot sauce and even baby formula. Nine times out of ten, the chefs try to hide the weird ingredients in some kind of batter or frosting, thinking they’ve beat the system, only to be devastated when Chef Ron says—with absolute, deadly seriousness—“I can’t taste the cactus in your cake….”
It’s incredibly silly and maybe even stupid, but I’m hooked: I love the show, and I even love watching Chef Ron stretch the concept of campiness to previously unheard of levels. It wasn’t always thus.
Can we really draw inspiration from a racehorse? In the movie Seabiscuit, which was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture, many people identified with the horse, who had been given up on by many, yet overcame his doubters to rise to the top. Those struggling through the Great Depression felt a connection with the underdog. After Union Rags victory in the Belmont Stakes on June 9, I feel that this colt could be the inspiration for today’s generation.
I didn’t wager on Union Rags in the Belmont. He did carry my hopes and dreams, as well as my two dollars, in the Kentucky Derby but finished a very disappointing seventh. So, when it came to choose a runner to back in the Belmont, my support went to Dullahan. And although I am quite disappointed by Dullahan’s effort in the Belmont, there is still something about Union Rags’ story, and perhaps how he got there that we can find hope in.
I am a member of the Glen Cove Senior Center and would like to share my thoughts on our wonderful nutrition program. We always have a choice of a hot or cold tasty lunch served by friendly staff and generous volunteers. The variety of food and cultures that are incorporated into the program make it a very colorful and enjoyable experience. The nutritious meals have helped lower my blood pressure and cholesterol. In addition, my weight is under control and I am confident that I have the proper nutrients I need to keep me healthy. After having lunch at the center, I no longer need to eat between meals. But just as importantly, I love the opportunity to socialize with friends.
Nassau County’s police and District Attorney Kathleen Rice have recently shifted their anti-drug efforts to focus on prescription drug abuse. This fast-growing epidemic threatens the health… and lives of many of our county’s residents, especially our youth. It also breeds heinous crimes like the Medford shooting.
I’d like to recognize the Long Islanders who traveled to Albany this week to speak to our New York State lawmakers, calling for legislation aimed at stopping prescription drug abuse. I applaud our local citizens for taking this initiative.
I attended this year’s Glen Cove Memorial Day commemorative ceremony and parade and I must publicly ask the following question since it relates to a public event. Why wasn’t the national anthem of our great nation sung at Monument Park? And who decided that the national anthem would not be included along with the two songs that we did hear: “America the Beautiful” and “God Bless America?”
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