Thursday, 19 September 2013 00:00
(Editor’s Note: This letter to NYS Governor Andrew Cuomo is published at the request of the writer, Town Councilwoman Lee Seeman.)
The Town of North Hempstead is increasingly aware of how airplane (and helicopter noise) is affecting the peace and quality of life of the residents of our town. In many areas, aircrafts are either on take-off or on their final flight plan into our three major airports; flights coming into JFK Airport especially create excessive noise pollution for those living in all areas of our town. Constituents of our town and of other areas of Nassau County call our Town of North Hempstead 311 Call Center to report excessive noise create by low-flying aircraft during both daylight and nighttime hours.
I understand that Senate Bill 3841(Part 150 Noise Compatibility Study) is, and has been, on your desk and is awaiting your signature to become law in our great state. This bill would require the Port Authority to conduct a sweeping study of the cumulative noise levels and land use compatibility around these airports. This study could result in the positive rerouting of airplanes over our town and other areas and relief for all residents. It is time that the FAA and the airlines
respond to the needs of the residents of Nassau County and of Long Island.
Residents are entitled to peaceful enjoyment of their homes; instead, they are beleaguered from the barrage of constant window-rattling aircraft noise. The health and well being of the residents of both the Town of North Hempstead and of
Long Island are prime concerns of mine. On behalf of the constituents of the Town of North Hempstead, I once again ask you to sign Senate Bill 3841.
Lee R. Seeman, councilwoman, Town of North Hempstead, District #5
Saturday, 30 November 2013 00:00
The recent adoption the Common Core Learning Standards, a rigorous series of teacher and student assessment testing, and the potential sharing of confidential student information with third parties have resulted in a radical change in the educational landscape in New York State—one that many parents have been concerned about.
To address these growing concerns, the Great Neck School District’s United Parent Teacher Council recently hosted a question and answer session at South High School with New York State Regent Roger Tilles, a Great Neck resident who has been outspoken with both his support of content the Common Core and his disapproval in how the new set of learning standards have been implemented.
Friday, 29 November 2013 00:00
At a meeting last week, after almost four hours of back and forth between Clover Drive residents, the attorney representing builder Frank Lalazarian’s controversial Old Mill II project and members of the Village of Great Neck’s Planning Board, there was very little progress, no vote taken and far more questions than answers.
The subdivision plan, a project under discussion for the last five years and recently approved by the village’s Zoning Board of Appeals, calls for 11 houses to be built in the area behind the Old Mill Apartments, with sole access from Clover Drive. Complicating the builder’s efforts to gain approval to start building is the fact that one of the lots is within the boundaries of Great Neck Estates and will require that village’s approval also. Additionally, Lalazarian’s project must gain the approval of several Nassau County agencies, including its department of public works, department of health and planning commission.
Wednesday, 27 November 2013 15:23
The Bears team before a recent game at the Andrew Stergiopoulos Ice Rink with Coach Dan Marsella.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
Great Neck’s Ayal Hod is the proud coach of Great Neck’s winning Top Gun sixth grade team in the Island Garden Fall League. Hod puts together the team every season, mixing local youngsters from Great Neck and children son Dillon’s AAU Jamaica Queens team. The league is very competitive and challenging and it teaches the children many valuable lessons: “how to be great teammates by sharing the ball, how to compete hard on every possession and what you put in is what you get out.”
Hod says that the main challenge is for every child to bring their individual talent to the team and collectively they have something special. an ex-player, he says that “basketball was very good to me, it helped pay my college education and it paid my-bills for many years to come via several basketball commercials ... basketball also opened many doors for me and it helped me tremendously in my business career.”
Hod enjoys sharing his basketball journey background with his son and his friends and having them learn lessons too.