Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano and his Republican Legislative Caucus have called for an August 1st referendum where County residents can vote on his plan to raze the Nassau Veterans Coliseum and replace it with a new structure, add a new minor league baseball stadium, appropriate parking and maybe some retail stores. If voters approve, Mr. Mangano will turn the mid-county area known as the HUB into a major sports entertainment complex. No matter how he spins it, Mr. Mangano is asking county residents to vote themselves a tax increase. Independent estimates say the increase could be 4 percent per household. That belief was echoed by board members of the Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) at their July 14 meeting.
Memorial Day and the Fourth of July have come and gone, and we are now heading into the popular vacation months. With so many people about to head off to a favorite holiday spot, we feel that it is important to once again take the time to address the importance of protecting your home while you are away.
Each year, when we ask our police officers at Nassau County’s 6th precinct for some tips, the answer is pretty much the same —- use some common sense and take the time to take the precautions that can make all the difference.
Nassau County Legislator Judi Bosworth (D-Great Neck) urges all registered voters to participate in the important Monday, Aug. 1 referendum which shall establish “the Nassau County Hub Area development program.” This referendum seeks voter authorization for the county to borrow and spend up to $400 million solely for the construction of projects in the Hub Area including a new Nassau Coliseum, a minor league baseball stadium and other projects. The borrowing of this money will lead to a property tax increase of $58 per household each year for 30 years.
This week, New York State Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, on behalf of generous people who thought they were donating money to a legitimate charity, filed a lawsuit to shut down and hold accountable the people who operated the Coalition Against Breast Cancer, Inc. (CABC) and the telemarking company, Campaign Center, Inc. This is the scam operation we reported on in February of 2010, Chumming for Dollars, Giving to Charity or Big Business?
The end of June, the time when all of our graduate students and college students have graduated, our high school seniors are just about to graduate, and all of our younger students have enjoyed their ‘‘moving up’’ days too. It is a time to celebrate, to look back and to look ahead.
Over the years, in covering countless public hearings, we would frequently quote the remarks of Barbara Zeller. When she rose to speak, we knew that her statement would be thoughtful, informed, articulate, concise...and often, brave.
She was a woman with vision. Her concerns for Great Neck were not just focused on her immediate neighborhood. She was a staunch believer in preserving and protecting Great Neck as a progressive, enlightened and integrated community. As we have become more multi-cultural, she believed that it was even more important to recognize our common bonds and needs.
Like so many of you at this time of year, I recently had the pleasure of watching one of my own children graduate from middle school. The auditorium was awash with the pure, unadulterated excitement of students, parents and even their teachers. As I sat quietly wondering where the years had gone, I got to thinking about this phenomenon. Exactly what were the ingredients of this energy? Was it pride in accomplishment? Was it a sense of relief? Or was it simply the prospect of summer vacation? While I think all of these things played a role, the conversations throughout the room made it clear. The reason was hope.
Drivers, heading north, cresting the LIRR bridge are jostling to merge from two lanes into one if continuing north. Drivers on North Station Road who are making a right turn onto Middle Neck Road do not have a view of the pedestrian traffic before making that turn and can be on top of the pedestrian crosswalk in seconds. Drivers attempting to make a left turn from North Station or from Cuttermill can get frustrated due to the delays there. And the use of cell phones for talking and texting on the part of both drivers and pedestrians is the crowning element in the mix —- making the area even more dangerous.
This past weekend (Thursday though Sunday) we had the opportunity and pleasure of viewing some very special movies thanks to the Gold Coast International Film Festival, Regina Gill, Great Neck Art Center and the Town of North Hempstead and Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman.
The movies were shown at several local theaters throughout North Hempstead, at Herricks, Roslyn, Port Washington, Manhasset and Great Neck cinemas. There were both foreign and domestic films, many being shown for the first time in the United States.
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