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Walker Sworn In For Third Term

Legislator Rose Marie Walker was recently sworn in for her third term at the Nassau County Legislature.  Walker represents Legislative District 17 which includes parts of Hicksville, Bethpage, Farmingdale, Massapequa, North Massapequa, Old Bethpage, Plainedge, Plainview, Seaford, Wantagh and Westbury.  

At the legislative meeting on Jan. 6, Walker was also elected to hold positions on four legislative committees. She is the Chair of the Health & Social Services Committee, Vice Chair of the Veterans and Senior Affairs committee, and a member of the Minority Affairs and Finance Committees.

Walker’s goals for this term include completing the steps necessary to fix the county tax assessment system and making government more accessible.  Legislative District 17 recently changed to include new communities, and Walker says she looking forward to getting to know her new constituents.

“I am excited about getting to know the residents, local officials, and business owners in Farmingdale, North Massapequa, Seaford and Wantagh,” said Walker. “We have many projects underway locally, including road projects in Bethpage and Hicksville, that I will continue to monitor through completion. As a caucus, we will continue to focus on Nassau’s fiscal recovery including the final fixes to the county’s property tax assessment system and fighting tax increases.”

Walker was first elected to represent the 17th district in 2009, and was then re-elected again in 2011. Prior to her election to the Legislature, Walker served as a Councilwoman in the Town of Oyster Bay from January 2004 through December 2009.  While on the Town Board, she proposed legislation to create a Veterans Service Division and expanded services and programs for seniors.  

A lifelong resident of Hicksville, Walker attended both private and parochial schools.  She earned a BA in Education from Belmont Abbey/Sacred Heart College in North Carolina. Upon graduation, she worked for the Diocese of Rockville Centre, St. Stephen’s Nursery School in Hicksville, and the Hicksville Union Free School District. In addition, she has also served as a trustee on the Board of Education in Hicksville, as president of Dutch Lane PTA, Hicksville Middle School and High School PTSA and PTA Council.

She remains an active member of the community, involved in numerous civic organizations including the Hicksville Community Council and Chamber of Commerce, Order Sons of Italy Capt. Kathy Mazza Lodge, and Joseph Barry Columbiettes, and is the current President of Irish Americans in Government.

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.


Calendar

Board of Education Meeting

October 22

Oktoberfest

October 25-26

Pancake Breakfast

October 26



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