Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced Aug. 18 that accused killer Harpal Hira has been indicted by a grand jury on charges that he attempted to hire a hit man from his Nassau County jail cell to murder his sister-in-law, who Rice said is scheduled to testify in Hira’s upcoming murder trial.
Finds Some Employees Not Paid Living Wage, Given Required Days Off
An audit by Nassau County Comptroller Howard Weitzman’s office of A&B Health Care Services of Hicksville for the year 2007 revealed that many employees were not given the proper number of paid days off per year and were not paid the proper amount per hour under the Nassau County Living Wage Law.
According to Weitzman, Nassau County’s Living Wage law was enacted in 2007 and is aimed at ensuring that employees of Nassau County contractors earn a decent hourly wage, receive health or child care benefits or a benefits supplement, and paid days off. In addition to auditing A&B Health Care Services, the Comptroller’s Living Wage Unit is currently conducting a review of almost all the 35 home health care agencies that contract with the county.
John Spring Arrested Following Federal Agent’s Hunch
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice and Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey announced that a joint investigation performed by their offices and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has led to the arrest of a former Hicksville teacher who authorities say possessed dozens of images of child pornography on a computer in his East Meadow home.
Arshad Majid of Farmingdale is the Democratic candidate for Nassau County’s Legislative District 17, which includes the communities of Bethpage, Hicksville, Island Trees, Levittown, North Massapequa, Plainedge, South Farmingdale and Syosset.
In conjunction with National Stop on Red Week (Aug. 2–8), Nassau County this week launched Phase I of its red light camera program. In April, Governor David Paterson signed the state legislature’s red light camera bill into law and authorized the installation of up to 50 cameras at various intersections. On Aug. 6 at 12:01 a.m. the first of three were activated.
Camden Maron is a true New York Mets fan.
As a newborn, his parents dressed him in team garb to celebrate Opening Day. At age 7, he auditioned to be a Mets “announcer for the day.” And, as a teenager, the bedroom he shares with younger brother Zach is decorated with Mets memorabilia, right down to the orange walls and blue carpet.
“I grew up rooting for the New York Mets, all the way, 100 percent,” said Camden. “The World Series run in 2000 was amazing and the 2006 playoff run was exhilarating.”
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice last week announced that 42 people, including a Hicksville man, have been charged as the result of a five-week investigation into unlicensed contractors in Nassau County conducted by the DA’s Office and the Department of Consumer Affairs. Four face felony charges, including grand larceny – 3rd degree, for allegedly stealing thousands of dollars from homeowners for improvements that were either not finished or never even started.
Now that the government consolidation bill has been signed into law by Governor David Paterson, New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has set up a website with instructions for citizens on how to go about dissolving or consolidating governments. The website, reformnygov.com, includes the method by which citizens of a government can dissolve that government through a petition and referendum vote. The site even contains sample petitions that can be downloaded.
In a tough economy, pet care may not appear to be the most pressing of concerns, but a lack of proper care has led to a staggering degree of overpopulation of dogs and cats. That’s why a new non-profit organization, “Helping Promote Animal Welfare” (Helping PAW) intends to provide low cost dog and cat spay and neuter services to Long Islanders with furry companions in need.
The MTA hasn’t exactly earned the trust of the public lately with its recent fair increases and a state bailout plan that includes a payroll tax to help fund the agency’s budget. The distrust of the MTA has also found its way to the state legislature as Republican lawmakers in the Assembly are planning on introducing legislation to create more oversight of the MTA.
“The commuters and residents have really had it with the MTA. The fare increases, the payroll tax and cutting of customer service are truly disgraceful. This oversight board will bring accountability to the people,” said Assembly Tom Alfano, a member of the Republican delegation who represents the 21st Assembly District.
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