Written by Betsy Abraham, firstname.lastname@example.org Saturday, 01 February 2014 00:00
A special election will be held Feb. 11 for the Nassau County Legislative District 2 seat, which oversees parts of Hicksville.
Robert Troiano previously held the title of District 2 Legislator until earlier this month, when he took a position as Director of Operations with the Town of North Hempstead. Up for the position now is Siela Bynoe, who was nominated by the Nassau County Democratic Committee, and Republican nominee Pepitz Blanchard, who lost to Troiano for the council seat in last November’s election.
“When there was a vacant seat, I thought it would be a natural fit for me given my public service,” said Bynoe, a Westbury resident. “I’m honored to have received the nomination, and if elected I’ll work hard to meet the needs of the entire district.”
Bynoe is currently the Executive Director of the Huntington Housing Authority. Much of her career has revolved around advocating for affordable housing all over Long Island. She previously worked at the Long Island Housing Partnership, and was involved in opening up their Nassau County Office. She is also on the Board of Commissioners for the North Hempstead Housing Authority. In addition, she is a trustee on the Westbury School Board. She says all this experience in public service has given her a good feel for issues throughout the district.
In addition to Hicksville, District 2 includes Westbury, New Cassel, Hempstead, East Meadow, Garden City, Malverne, Rockville Centre, Uniondale and West Hempstead. While all these communities are different, Bynoe says the issues are the same.
“Consistently throughout my travels, taxes have been the number one issue I’ve been hearing,” she said. “And also public safety and services.”
Bynoe graduated from Hofstra University and received a Master’s in Public Administration from Long Island University.
Blanchard says he wasn’t even thinking about the nomination, but is hoping this special election will give him a second chance to prove he can represent the community.
“I feel people will give me a better look than before because I was there trying to unseat Troiano before and then he just quit without explanation. They should consider giving me a chance,” Blanchard says.
Prior to last year’s campaign, Blanchard had no political experience. A New Cassel resident for almost 30 years, Blanchard says his experience campaigning helped him better understand the needs of the district.
“I know my community well,” he says. “Having done the campaign last time, I know a lot more than when I started and I’m sure I’m going to be a better voice for the concerns of the people.”
If elected, he says he will focus on increasing housing options, decreasing crime and making sure people are getting the services they need.
“I’ve become very involved in my community and have become a community leader,” Blanchard said, saying these are experiences he gained during his last campaign. “People don’t have representation and they feel let down. “I’m hoping to get the seat and make a difference for the people.”
Blanchard has served as an auxiliary policeman for the village of Westbury for almost 17 years. He majored in biology at Nassau Community College, with a minor in political science. At NCC, he was president of the college’s first Haitian club. He then went on to Molloy College, where he received a Bachelor’s degree in Respiratory Therapy. He is now working at Apria Healthcare and Holly Patterson.
The special election for the District 2 seat will be held Tuesday, Feb. 11. Find a polling place near you at www.voterlookup.elections.state.ny.us/votersearch.aspx.
Saturday, 18 October 2014 00:00
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.
Friday, 17 October 2014 00:00
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.”
Thursday, 16 October 2014 08:31
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
Thursday, 09 October 2014 08:47
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.