Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.
(U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to Anton Newspapers on March 16.)
Having attended board of education meetings for the last eight months, dear neighbor, I couldn’t help but notice that you probably were not there. The meetings were sparsely attended, and the audience consisted mainly of persons from within “the system.” My purpose in attending was to understand why the Glen Cove School System continues to consume an ever-increasing amount of tax dollars yet, based on the results of standardized testing, ranks close to the bottom of the school systems in Nassau County.
The issue is an unaffordable Nassau County government, and the streamlining of one of the contributing factors – the Nassau County Police Department. Our new county legislator expends more words in her newspaper column arguing the pros and cons of the legislative process than she does the pros and cons of the issue. If you are going to write a weekly column, please tell us something we don’t know.
Nassau County Legislator Delia DeRiggi-Whitton claims there is a ‘rubber stamp’ majority that is going along with the county executive. No news there. Perhaps because she is a new legislator, she hasn’t observed the ‘rubber stamp’ minority also at work in our county legislature, and is unaware that they are themselves a former ‘rubber stamp’ majority. The difference between the two rubber stamps: one says “Accepted” and the other, “Rejected.” The two political parties simply exchange stamps every few years.
Three bright red SUVs, driven by the village building inspector and two code enforcement officers, patrol our streets. The building superintendent wears a gold badge, no kidding. Property owners seeking permission for home improvements are often treated with annoyance.
Independent candidate Anthony Losquadro, running on Row A under the Property Owners Party banner, wants to change this undesirable atmosphere. Residents wishing to improve their homes and thus raise their value are faced with rising costs and some outlandish codes to obtain village permits to proceed.
I would like the county to be able to lower costs in every area of the budget… without hurting the taxpayers I was elected to represent.
The problem in the case of Mangano’s police precinct plan, however, is that the county executive has spent more energy convincing the public that this plan will work than he has spent on putting together a complete and clear plan for legislators to vote on.
New York State recognizes Women’s History Month. In the month of March, the contributions of women around the world, both past and present, who have influenced culture, government, education, medicine, the arts, sciences and more are recognized. Many of the women and events that have shaped women’s history come from, or occurred in, New York State.
In July 1848, Elizabeth Cady Stanton, a native New Yorker, organized and executed the first Women’s Rights Convention in Seneca Falls, NY. During the conference, Stanton drafted the Declaration of Sentiments, shaping women’s rights for future generations. The declaration demanded equal rights for men and women in regards to the right to vote, the law, education and employment. Her efforts helped grant women the right to vote with the ratification of the 19th Amendment in 1920.
I was very happy to host a breakfast recently with most of the mayors in Nassau County’s 18th Legislative District.
In attendance at our offices in the Theodore Roosevelt Executive and Legislative building in Mineola were: Glen Cove Mayor Ralph Suozzi, Sea Cliff Mayor Bruce Kennedy, Bayville Mayor Doug Watson, Lattingtown Mayor Clarence Michalis, Upper Brookville Mayor Terry Thielen and Mill Neck Mayor Peter Quick. It was also helpful to be joined by former mayor Warren Tackenberg, who is executive director of the Nassau County Village Officials Association (NCVOA).
Thanks to the escalating price of fuel, more people than ever before are using mass transit and Assemblyman Michael Montesano (R, I, C – Glen Head) is co-sponsoring legislation to provide a pretax deduction benefit on commuters’ New York State taxes. The U.S. Congress failed to act at the end of 2011 and as a result transit commuters were hit with a tax hike. Assemblyman Montesano’s legislation would offset the costs of parking and mass transit, while promoting cost-effective options such as carpooling.
The county-owned Mitchel Athletic Complex in Uniondale is a 67-acre site used extensively by high school and college athletes. Yet few others, outside of their fans, have reason to visit this venue, which is located west of the Nassau Coliseum.
The Mangano administration wants the complex to become a ‘destination location’ and, with that goal in mind, is seeking a private-sector developer to build, and operate, an indoor facility at the complex, which could host “youth recreation, amateur sports, exhibitions and public events.”
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