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Schaefer Seeks Seat

Laura Schaefer is running for Nassau County Legislature for the 14th District. Schaefer is a first time candidate, running on the Republican, Conservative, and Independence lines in the general election this November. The 14th Legislative District is composed of the communities of Garden City, Carle Place, Westbury, Old Westbury, Hicksville, and Bethpage.

Schaefer is a lifelong resident of Westbury. She grew up in Wheatley Hills riding bikes, playing kickball and going to the movies.

“It was a nice neighborhood and there were a lot of kids. I have fond memories of it,” Schaefer said.

Now, she feels that growing up and currently living in Westbury has given her a better sense of the community’s needs.

“I know the community really well. I know the people there and have a sense of the communitiy,” Schaefer said. “It’s getting tougher to raise a family there, but it’s still a nice place to raise a family.”     

She graduated from Our Lady of Mercy Academy High School in Syosset and received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Communications from Adelphi University. She later went on to earn her Juris Doctorate from Hofstra University School of Law in 2009. Prior to entering the legal field, Schaefer worked for the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. She continued her career by working at Sullivan Papain Block McGrath & Cannavo, P.C., a law firm in Garden City, while attending Hofstra School of Law at night. After she was admitted she worked as an associate at Sullivan Papain prior to working at Pena & Kahn, PLLC, in the Bronx where she currently practices personal injury law. Entering the political arena is something she’s been wanting to do for a while.

“I’ve always been interested in politics. It’s something I’ve had in the back of my head that I wanted to do at one point. Once I got established as an attorney, and (got) to know the people, I wanted to help the community more,” she said.

In November she will face off against Democratic candidate Jeffrey Griffin, who is from Carle Place. If elected, her focus will be lowering taxes and bringing new businesses to the area.

“I’m excited about the election,” Schaefer said. “I’m excited to be doing this and to work for the people and keep things moving forward.”

News

A group of like-minded local residents banded together and saved more than 200 area trees from the chopping block — for now.

A state judge ordered Nassau County and the Department of Public Works to stop cutting down trees along South Oyster Bay Road, granting a temporary restraining order to a group of residents spearheading an effort to save the trees.

State Supreme Court Judge Antonio Brandveen scheduled a hearing on Thursday, Oct. 16 for the county to address complaints from residents, in particular a group called Operation STOMP (Save Trees Over More Pavement) founded by Hicksville native Tanya Lukasik.The Public Works department had planned to removed more than 200 30-foot trees in communities ranging from Plainview, Bethpage, Hicksville and Syosset.

For the past 16 years, Lucia Simon has walked from her home in Hicksville to her job at the Hicksville Public Library. She enjoys her job as a librarian and says that the staff has become like family to her. But for the past three years, Simon and 56 fellow co-workers have been frustrated at what she says is the library’s board refusal to negotiate a fair contract.  

“We have had no contract in three years. They refuse to bargain with us. Every time they come back to us it’s not fair,” says Simon.

However, the board of trustees disagree, saying that it has made a “fair offer.”


Sports

The Girls Varsity soccer team, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, wore pink uniforms and pink socks in their game on Oct. 8 against MacArthur whom they defeated 1-0. The girls and boys soccer programs at Hicksville High School are selling pink ribbon car magnets with a soccer ball and HHS on it with the words “Kick Cancer” on the ribbon. All the money raised will go to the Sarah Grace Foundation, which is a local foundation trying to beat pediatric cancer. The players plan to raise $1,000 for this organization

— From Hicksville High School

Hicksville native progressing through Mets system

The Mets minor league system is enjoying a rare period of prosperity. For years, it was barren due to trading off high-ceiling players for major leaguers, or neglecting the draft in favor of the free agent market. Since General Manager Sandy Alderson took over, the organization has reversed course and put a much greater emphasis on player development. During his second-to-last season, however, former GM Omar Minaya took a chance and drafted a local catcher, Cam Maron, out of Hicksville High School in the 34th round.


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