Written by Matthew A. Piacentini Thursday, 21 May 2009 15:45After attending Glen Cove and North Shore’s elections Tuesday night, one Record Pilot writer was gladdened to return home and see on the local news channel that budgets were mainly passing all over Long Island. That is not an endorsement of the line-by-line spending decisions of these districts. Simply, in a time when each dollar seems harder and harder to part with, it is encouraging in many ways to see voters embracing the future and working on the present. In this area, people are working to provide young people with what they need to grow into their role as our future; and voters acted to support school administrations and boards that seem right now to be legitimately trying to do a lot with a little. Both Glen Cove and North Shore have taken conservative actions to access funds at a low impact.
Looking at the bigger picture, it is also encouraging to see people maintaining a decent level of day-to-day spending and continuing the regular, non-panic-mode functioning of society. Many experts say that is the best way to work through a recession – and the banks and major companies that have cut too much spending and too many jobs could learn a lesson.
The staff here wishes all boards and administrations the best. Their jobs will clearly continue to demand creativity, flexibility and an open ear to the community.