‘You can’t cap what you can’t control,’ was the mantra of a delegation of mayors from across New York State, who recently descended upon Garden City’s Village Hall to discuss recommendations of New York State Conference of Mayors and Municipal Officials (NYCOM) Mayors’ Task Force on Mandate and Property Tax Relief.
Earlier this year, NYCOM formed a working task force of 20 mayors to come up with a set of mandate relief proposals that they say must be adopted by the state legislature prior to considering any form of a property tax cap. During a press conference, Sam Teresi, NYCOM president and mayor of the city of Jamestown, NY, explained that the task force’s recommendations focus on first reforming the cost drivers that lead to high property taxes in New York, in particular the many mandates on local governments pertaining to collective bargaining and managing workforce costs.
Teresi stated that the report entitled, You Can’t Cap What You Can’t Control, was built on a series of fundamental and simple foundations; namely, that property taxes in the State of New York are too costly. “Whether it is in the 62 cities, the 555 villages, the 900 towns, the several hundred school districts, special taxing jurisdictions, property taxes are simply too high in New York State and are one of the leading causes for taking what I believe is the greatest state and the greatest country in this world and making us unattractive and uncompetitive for business development,” Teresi said.
Hicksville native and relationship consultant, Annie Zirkel, LPC (licensed professional counselor) has made it past over 15,000 other applicants to become one of 20 finalists from around the country for Good Morning America’s new position of Advice Guru.
Zirkel, who currently lives in Michigan, came a long way to get on this short list. Growing up in Hicksville, and earning an Associates degree from Nassau Community College, she is now making a bid to give advice to America on topics ranging from parenting to marriage to work dilemmas and friendship woes.
The Advice Guru’s job will be to answer Good Morning America audience questions on-line and do on-air segments for the show.
On the bitter cold, sun-drenched Friday the week before Christmas, the warmth of human kindness embraced the Hicksville United Methodist Church.
The pantry was open and people in need had come for food and clothing. Men and women; from teens to seniors; single mothers and children, unemployed fathers – all struggling to get by, all residing nearby, all calling Nassau County home – were making their weekly visit. This day was special. Children, who accompanied their mom or dad, received a gift of a toy or puzzle courtesy of a drive by two fifth-grade classes at Trinity Lutheran Church on West Nicholai Street.
Peter Cornelis is a man on a mission.
Driven by his passion to educate, comfort and serve both people who have suffered strokes and people who care for them, this six-time stroke survivor is working tirelessly to take his message to the masses. Hope for Stroke, a non-profit he co-founded with Joseph Foley, also a stroke survivor, recently held a seminar at the Hicksville Community Center that brought together experts in the field, caregivers and stroke survivors. The group’s message of positive energy and optimism filled the room, despite grim statistics that stroke is the third leading cause of death and a leading cause of adult disability, according to the National Stroke Association.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice has announced that Robert Feder was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Nassau County judge after pleading guilty to killing a Nassau County Deputy Attorney in a Westbury car crash last May while under the influence of cocaine.
According to police, Feder, 51, of Huntington Station, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs on Oct. 29.
Amy Palmeiro-Winters is a runner; she will not stand still for anything. Eagerly making a mark in the sport, it seemed that her running career would be cut short when, at 21, a motorcycle accident claimed half of her left leg.
In spite of expert opinion, she began running again after 27 surgeries over a three-year span. The surgery attempts ended with the decision to amputate from just below the knee. She has since experienced tremendous success. The sheer fact that Palmeiro-Winters kept motivated through so much adversity is something few can do.
She returned to running, but ultimately with a prosthetic leg, setting new world records for her running class, and competed successfully in myriad races, including ultra marathons (50k, 50-mile, 100k, 100 mile and 24 hour races), triathlons including the Ironman, half-Ironman, and Olympic distance races. She says that putting her prosthetic in place every day is like putting on a pair of eyeglasses.
Just as electricity coursed through the colored lights lining the branches of the tall tree in Kennedy Park, energy surged through the crowd gathered for the annual ceremony Friday evening.
Several hundred Hicksville residents and friends packed into the tiny park to welcome Santa Claus and the Christmas season.
A new year will dawn in Hicksville without one of its most beloved residents. In the final days of its goodbye, after 71 years of distinguished retailing and service to the community, Goldman Bros. becomes a casualty of the changing times, a challenging business climate and an uncertain economy.
With the county’s fiscal woes dominating the headlines, it’s hard to be optimistic about Nassau’s future. However, the tone of the Nassau County Planning Commission Public Hearing on the draft of the 2010 Master Plan, which makes policy recommendations to attempt to guide the county towards economic growth and prosperity, was hopeful. In fact, most of the speakers at the Thursday, Nov. 18 hearing spoke in praise of the plan, with few, if any, caveats.
While ostensibly a five-year plan, the Master Plan offers suggestions for the county through 2030. One theme that runs through the entire plan is Nassau’s great need for affordable housing; in the five-chapter plan, only chapter 4, Infrastructure, does not prominently feature the need for the creation of new residential units to suit the paradigm shift in Nassau’s population. The single family home, the dominant form of housing in the county that was once desired for traditional nuclear families with 2.3 kids and a dog, is now too big and too expensive for seniors, a large and growing portion of Nassau’s population. It’s also not feasible for young people, who currently struggle to find affordable rentals- if they stay in the county at all.
This past year has been a whirlwind of activity and exciting events for Forgotten Friends of Long Island (FFLI) Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation. With continued support from its donors, members and volunteers, FFLI has been able to expand its mission of rescuing the most disadvantaged animals from local municipal shelters.
Dogs and cats suffering from illness, injury, disability, abuse or neglect, or who continue to be overlooked and are consequently scheduled for euthanasia, are the animals of greatest concern to FFLI. Through the efforts of FFLI and its supporters, the animals in its care receive necessary medical treatment and therapy as well as the love and dignity that many of them have never before experienced. Through its careful and conscientious adoption screening process, FFLI is dedicated to matching each animal to its ideal “forever home.”
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