Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice just recently named a team of recognized law enforcement, legal and social science experts to work alongside the District Attorney’s office, as prosecutors begin their review of a high-profile sex crimes conviction from more than two decades ago.
The experts include a co-founder of the renowned Innocence Project, a former police chief and veteran of the NYPD, a criminal justice professor and victims’ advocacy expert, and a nationally-recognized former federal prosecutor and criminal defense attorney. The panel will serve as an advisory body overseeing the investigation and offering suggestions based on their individual expertise. Members of the panel have each agreed to serve on a pro-bono basis at no expense to taxpayers.
An over-flow crowd angrily challenged MTA/LIRR representatives at a meeting at Thomaston Village Hall last Wednesday evening, Nov. 10. A handful of residents whose homes are near the railroad tracks received letters from the MTA explaining that a meeting was to be held Wednesday evening. The letter stated that the MTA/LIRR wanted to meet with homeowners with property adjacent to the bridge and to the LIRR’s right-of-way to discuss their working with the village “to replace this aging bridge and improve drainage and train service reliability.”
Be aware that birds collide with windows all year long. Spring and fall migration seasons, however, see dramatic increases in fatalities. Extra precautions taken during the migration periods may be very beneficial and well worth the effort. Basically, anything that cuts down on the reflective, see-through qualities of your windows may make your home or business more friendly to migrating birds. Scientists call attention grabbing designs on windows, “visual noise,” that cry out, “Watch out!”
Quietly, unobtrusively with no more than a gentle thud, millions of birds fall to the ground from the impact of flying into windows. Many die instantly from head trauma while others, dazed from the impact, are susceptible to predators or may be too injured to continue a strenuous migration.
Dead and dying birds usually only make the headlines of newscasts during oil spills when dramatic and disturbing photos are taken of oil laden birds. But the silent deaths of millions of birds every migration season, not caught by cameras and replayed endlessly on television, do not generate an equal measure of public alarm.
The Great Neck Arts Center will celebrate the organization’s 17th year in the community on Sunday, Dec. 5, at a Gala at the DeSeversky Mansion on the campus of the New York Institute of Technology, Old Westbury.
The Gala will honor Great Neck resident and long-time Board member Jerry Sloane by naming him the Arts Center’s “Man of the Year.” Also being honored at the Gala is Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth, who will receive the Arts Center’s Inspiration Award, and Arts Center Vice President of Operations Dohn Samuel Schildkraut, who will be given the Outstanding Service Award.
New York State’s new digital voting machines are up and running, but there are many issues involving the machines and many problems as well, according to William Biamonte, Democratic commissioner for the Nassau County Board of Elections. Mr. Biamonte addressed local public officials at the Oct. 27 Great Neck Village Officials Association meeting, bringing voting machines and voting machine technicians.
Mr. Biamonte, the sole commissioner since the county’s Republican Board of Elections commissioner recently retired, explained that the county believes that the new machines provide “a giant possibility of fraud.” He said that Nassau County is currently in court fighting over the forced use of these new machines. And he noted that the fight against these electronic voting machines is bi-partisan, with support from the Nassau County Legislature.
Over the past months, the Great Neck Park District Commissioners have held public work sessions to hammer out the budget for 2011, which will go before the Town of North Hempstead Council for a final public hearing on Thursday, Nov. 4 at 7 p.m. The proposed 2011 budget weighs in at $15,353,160 up from the 2010 budget of $13,554,327.
The budget anticipates that revenues derived from various fees will generate a total of $3,065,850. Further, $1,000,000 in the fund balance will offset the expenses as well. Hence, the total amount to be raised by taxation is $11,287,310. The budget for this year, 2010, raised $10,134,412 by taxation.
The Village of Great Neck is in the process of reassessing all of the properties within the village, both residential and commercial, for village real estate tax purposes. Within a few days every taxpayer in the village will receive their preliminary assessment for next year. In addition, the mailing will include details on how taxpayers can question, discuss and possibly change that assessment.
Behind the scenes, there is a flurry of activity as various entities within the community plan for replanting trees. The following is an update on the major groups at work:
The most immediate concern of the park district was to ascertain the safety of the remaining trees on the Village Green Park where community events are held and numerous people enjoy the park’s many assets on a daily basis. The commissioners engaged Richard W. Gibney, the principal at Gibney Design Group based in Wading River to assess the damage, determine which trees may safely remain, provide oversight for safe tree removal and assist the district in creating a design and plan for replanting. The firm provides landscape design and consultations with certified arborists on staff.
Every year millions of migrating birds hit glass windows in office buildings and homes and die. On Sunday, this reporter received an email alerting us to an array of dead birds at 111 Great Neck Road next to the entrance to the Citibank ATM. Upon arrival, the above photo is what we found. Someone had placed the dead birds at the entrance.
As we walked around the empty parking lot, we noticed other dead birds as well. We counted a total of 65 birds, mostly tiny warblers and one woodpecker. On Monday morning, the birds had been removed.
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