The Nassau County Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) has officially rejected Nassau County’s mid-year financial plan and ordered some specific actions for County Executive Edward P. Mangano as he prepares a multiyear plan that includes next year’s budget as well. The NIFA Board of Directors met on Friday, Sept. 2, at the Nassau County Bar Association in Mineola to vote on a resolution regarding the two financial plans, but had already made their wishes clear to the county on these issues.
Director Robert Wild was not in attendance. It was the first meeting for new Director Dermond Thomas, a Valley Stream lawyer who was recently recommended to fill the vacant seat on the board by House Speaker Sheldon Silver and appointed by Governor Andrew Cuomo, NIFA Chairman Ronald Stack said, as he presided over the meeting.
Hicksville volunteer firefighters responded to over 40 storm-related calls for assistance during Hurricane Irene as numerous trees took down utility poles and wires.
Depending on location and amount of damage, officials estimated it would take a week after the initial outages were reported for power to be fully restored.
The Second Squad reported the arrest of a Hempstead man on Monday, Aug. 29 at 1 a.m. in Oyster Bay.
According to detectives, a Second Precinct police officer observed the defendant, Brandon Pasker, 21, operating a 2010 Chevy Equinox northbound in the southbound lanes of Rte 106/107 in Hicksville. The police officer attempted to stop the vehicle when the defendant’s vehicle struck a 2001 Acura in the vicinity of North Broadway and Jericho Turnpike Jericho, said detectives. The defendant exited his vehicle and aggressively approached the officer while disobeying his commands, police explained.
Hicksville High School senior Cynthia Lau has been selected as the first-place winner in the Nassau Center for Health Initiatives’ (NCHI) logo design contest. The opportunity to design a logo for this newly created not-for-profit organization was offered to all aspiring Nassau County student-artists.
NCHI is aligned with the Nassau County Department of Health and is dedicated to improving the health of Nassau County residents through collaborative programming, pilot initiatives, and innovative planning. NCHI is not a government agency and so hopes to better pilot health initiatives by seeking additional funding and partnering with the community.
The Michael Magro Foundation, a Hicksville-based organization helping children and families face the challenges of pediatric cancer, will be hosting their annual Evening of Tasting and Giving on Oct. 4 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at The Woodlands (1 Southwoods Road in Woodbury).
The evening will feature food from several restaurants throughout Long Island as well as raffles and silent and live auctions. Proceeds will benefit the Cancer Center for Kids at Winthrop University Hospital and help with scholarship funds.
Lillian Anderson was born on Sept. 10, 1911 (9/10/11) and this year marks her 100th birthday – quite a milestone!
Anderson was born in Brooklyn to Norwegian immigrants and was one of six children, all of whom have passed on. When she was 10, her family moved to Hicksville, where she still resides to this day.
On Friday, Aug. 5, County Executive Ed Mangano honored local heroes, including Hicksville’s Joseph Ingino, at the 24th Annual Salute to Veterans ceremony at Eisenhower Park’s Harry Chapin Lakeside Theater. This year’s event was dedicated to the Tuskegee Airmen, America’s first black military airmen serving during World War II.
Ingino is past president of Nassau County Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 82, where he facilitated visits to returning wounded at Walter Reed and Bethesda Naval Hospital in Maryland.
Optical Heights (opticalheights.com), a leading provider of top brand collections including Tom Ford, Robert Marc, Tom Davies, Oliver Peoples and Alain Mikli, will host a silent art auction on Aug. 20 from 3 to 9 p.m. to raise funds for The Sarah Grace Foundation.
The Foundation, a Hicksville-based non-profit organization, is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children with cancer and to provide comfort and support to their families. Roslyn Heights-based Optical Heights will also donate 20 percent of its profits from the sale of all sunglasses and eyeglasses from the day.
On Thursday evening, Aug. 5, approximately 30 individuals representing various organizations throughout Hicksville met at the Town of Oyster Bay’s Public Works Building in Syosset to say thank you to Val Pakaluk and wish her well as she relocates to Florida.
Hosted by emcee Joel Berse, the evening featured many speeches from various politicians as well as community leaders and representatives of a variety of community organizations.
Hicksville firefighters were dispatched to a reported house fire on Friday, Aug. 5 at 9:21 p.m. Upon arrival, they found two homes side-by-side ablaze on Heitz Place off Park Avenue.
A total of five alarms were transmitted for firefighters and equipment to control the fast moving flames. Units from seven neighboring departments for manpower were called in. Twenty-one occupants were displaced by the blaze. The Red Cross was called to the scene to assist the residents. The fire started in the rear portion of house #79 and quickly spread to the house next door at #81. The Nassau County fire marshal was on scene to determine a cause along with the Town of Oyster Bay Building Department inspector. Hicksville Assistant Chief Richard Diaz, the incident commander, reported the cause was believed to be an air conditioner plugged into an outlet strip. There also was evidence of an extension cord running under a rug that may have contributed to the fire as well.
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