Nassau County Executive Thomas Suozzi recently announced the formal opening of the 40-acre property formerly known as the Old Mill Horse Farm and newly named the Equestrian Center at Old Mill, located at 62 Route 106 in Jericho, just north of the Long Island Expressway.
The property, which was acquired by Nassau County in October 2008 for $12 million under the $150 million Environmental Bond Act, incorporates a comprehensive and affordable equestrian center designed for use by the general public.
“Old Mill Horse Farm is another excellent addition to the portfolio of properties we have acquired that will benefit the public for generations to come,” said Suozzi. “Importantly, the creation of a public-private partnership at this property helps relieve the burden of renovation, maintenance and management from the public purse while still allowing for public oversight.”
Over the past year, the property, including eight structures, has been renovated by John Russo, president of the Nassau Equestrian Center at Old Mill, which is managing the facility under agreement with Nassau County. The county has no financial obligation to the property and private funding from the Nassau Equestrian Center at Old Mill, Inc was used for renovations, maintenance and upkeep.
The Equestrian Center offers a range of public programs, including pony rides for youngsters, riding lessons for all age groups and summer camps. The facility incorporates two miles of riding trails but also has access to the riding trails in the 550-acre county-owned Muttontown Preserve through a path that runs along the edge of Nassau County Board of Cooperative Educational Services property separating the two locations.
The property is open to the public. In addition to offering a number of equestrian services, parking is free on the property and residents are encouraged to park their cars and walk around the beautiful trails.
“We are very excited about the opportunity to work with the county to make this property a premier equestrian facility and bring the experience of horse riding to the public,” said Russo, whose family has run equestrian centers in Suffolk County since 1964.
Russo has spent the last year renovating the Old Mill property, which has been a horse farm since the 1940s but had fallen into disrepair in recent decades. After the county purchased the land, the remainder of the financial responsibility was turned over to Russo and the county has not paid anything further, according to Bradford Tito, director of Environmental Coordination for Nassau County.
After addressing the press, Suozzi mounted a friendly horse named Chester and explored the property. “I love riding and have not had the opportunity to do it recently,” said Suozzi, who showed that riding a horse is the same as a bike – you never forget. Suozzi rode the horse, trotting at times, and enjoyed the property.
After his ride, Suozzi was given a pin from Commander William Uhlinger from the Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen’s Association and Rough Riders making Suozzi an honorary member of the Horsemen’s Association.
The Environmental Bond Act, passed by voters in 2004 and 2006, is a $150 million program through which the county is purchasing and protecting open space, renovating parks, improving storm-water quality and cleaning up Brownfield properties. The county has preserved 240 acres of farms and ecology sensitive lands throughout Nassau County under the bond act.
Suozzi and Russo were joined at the opening by Nassau County Legislator and Presiding Officer Diane Yatauro, Kathleen Kleinman of the Muttontown Horsemen’s Association, Bill and Virginia Uhlinger of the Nassau-Suffolk Horsemen’s Association, Lisa Ott of the North Shore Land Alliance and Matt Meng of the Long Island Drinking Water Coalition.
For information about the Nassau Equestrian Center at Old Mill, visit www.nassauequesteriancenter.com.
On Oct. 9, New York State Assemblyman Rob Walker (R, C, I, WF-Hicksville) hosted a special event to honor 14 local “Women of Distinction.” The honorees, chosen by a review committee and recognized for their dedication and the impact they have made on their respective communities as business, military, civic, education, health care, volunteer and/or government leaders, were honored at an awards ceremony held at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library.
The voters of Nassau County have spoken.
Residents headed for the polls on Tuesday, Nov. 3 - Election Day 2009 - to vote for their candidates of choice and while some familiar faces will return to the Nassau County Legislature, some will not.
Twenty-one-year-old Michael Sanchez of Hicksville is the new millionaire-on-campus at Nassau Community College where he’s enrolled as a liberal arts major with dreams of becoming a nurse. The El Salvador native is Long Island’s first-ever $1,000,000 winner on the New York Lottery’s new Sweet Million draw game.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced that an Islip Terrace man has been convicted of manslaughter and other charges after he crashed his car into several trees off the Wantagh Parkway in September 2008, killing his girlfriend, 59-year-old Mary McInerney of Hicksville.
Facts on Consolidation, Dissolution of Local Fire and Water District to Be Discussed
The Long Island Special Districts Association (LISDA) will host a forum on “The Facts on Consolidation and Dissolution of Your Local Fire and Water District.” LISDA representatives will speak at the Town of Oyster Bay’s William P. Bennett Community Center in Hicksville on Wednesday, Oct. 28, starting at 7:30 p.m.
This presentation has been expanded to include the residents of Bethpage, Plainview, Jericho and Westbury. LISDA has extended invitations to the political representatives from the affected areas to provide their insight on special districts.
On Nov. 3, residents of Nassau County’s 17th Legislative District will elect a new representative to the Nassau County Legislature. Rose Marie Walker and Arshad Majid are vying for the position, which is being vacated by Ed Mangano, who is running for County Executive. The district includes Island Trees, Bethpage, Hicksville, Levittown, North Massapequa, Plainedge, South Farmingdale and Syosset. The candidate’s stories are listed below in alphabetical order.
The same questions were asked of all candidates running for the Town of Oyster Bay Board, which is a four-year term. In the event a council member leaves office prior to completion of a full term, the Town Board appoints a replacement. That person serves until the next regularly scheduled election, at which time the voters elect an individual to serve the remainder of the term. There is no limit to the number of terms council members may serve.
Incumbent Republican councilmembers Chris J. Coschignano, Elizabeth A. Faughnan and Joseph G. Pinto are being challenged by Democrats Matt Meng, Erin Reilley and Doug Watson. Election day is Tuesday, Nov. 3. Their stories appear below in alphabetical order.
Arthur A. Gianelli, president/ CEO of NuHealth (formerly the Nassau Health Care Corporation), announced the 2009 senior seasonal flu vaccination campaign, offered in conjunction with the Nassau County Departments of Health (DOH) and Senior Citizen Affairs, will be held at multiple locations. The program is open to seniors age 60 and over at no out-of-pocket expense at easily accessible locations within the vicinity of the East Meadow-based Nassau University Medical Center and includes opportunities for multiple health screenings and referrals for complete physical exam appointments.
The swine flu or H1N1 virus took hold during the last school year and remains a serious concern as flu season approaches.
While it’s natural during the fall and winter months for some children and staff members to become “under the weather,” that doesn’t necessarily mean they contracted the H1N1 virus; “Type A” flu, the common cold or other maladies may be to blame.
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