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Special Election For District 2 Seat

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.

News

When life hands you lemons, make lemonade. That’s just what a Hicksville baker is doing, except in her case it isn’t lemons, but a gluten-free diet. Her lemonade stand of choice is her brand new gluten-free eatery, “Jac’s Bakeshop and Bistro,” which held its grand opening on April 12.  

“I’m a baker who can’t even eat wheat or eggs,” said owner Jaclyn Messina, chuckling at the irony.

There’s a lot you can do in 99 minutes. You could cook dinner, play a non-stop soccer game, watch a romantic comedy or hang out with Odysseus, Achilles and Hercules. If you chose the last option, Hicksville High School’s upcoming theatre production of The Iliad, The Odyssey, and All of Greek Mythology in 99 Minutes or Less  is the place for you.

The mouthful of a title says it all. The cast will take on over 80 characters as they speed through all of Greek mythology, including popular tales such as The Iliad and The Odyssey, in a little over an hour and a half.


Sports

Vito Sciascia was recently named Hicksville Soccer Club’s Volunteer of the Year at the 2014 Long Island Junior Soccer League 2014 Kick-off Convention.

Sciascia started coaching travel soccer in 1998 for a boys team, the Flash, who later changed their names to the Muddogs. He could always be found at various sporting fields trying to recruit new soccer players. He would make each of these boys feel important and there was always room for another player. He tried to never turn a child away and when other coaches were having trouble with a boy he would take them on his team, no one was ever too much for him. Sciascia found the good in all those boys and they in return respected him. He took them to many tournaments and solicited enough sponsorship so that it was never a financial burden on their families.

Cantiague Park Senior Men’s Golf League had its first tournament on Thursday April 4. Twenty golfers came out on on a crisp but sunny morning. Charlie Hong was the only man to score under a 40, with a 38 and won for low overall score. Jim O’ Brien  scored a 41, and won low overall net in a tie-breaker with Mike Guerriero.

Competition on the nine-hole course is divided into two divisions. Flight A is for players with a handicap of 13 or lower. Flight B is for players with a handicap of 14 or more. The league is a 100 percent handicap league. Any man 55 years or older is eligible for membership. We have many openings for this year, and you can sign up anytime throughout the the season.


Calendar

American Legion Meeting

April 21

HS Theater in the Round

April 24-26

Science Fair

April 26



Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com