Hicksville High School’s Class of 2009 Valedictorian is Brian Freire. Described by his guidance counselor as “one who does not just accept a challenge, but rather one who seeks it,” Freire is graduating with a GPA of 101.5 after finishing the most demanding course of study available at Hicksville High School.
As a display to inform and educate local residents, the Hicksville Water District (HWD) hosted its 6th Annual Public Town Forum on May 20 at the Hicksville Community Center. The program is designed to keep the community abreast of all ongoing projects within the district such as bonding and treatment plants, maintenance programs, notifications, general status of the district, water quality, and state legislation updates.
In the past three months, Carousel Day School, which has operated on West Avenue in Hicksville since 1956, has garnered a great deal of media attention.
Nassau County Legislator Roger Corbin entered a plea of “not guilty” before Magistrate Judge William D. Wall of the U.S. District Court in Central Islip on June 9. In doing so, Corbin, who was indicted June 2 by a federal grand jury after turning down a plea deal late last month, will stand a trial by jury. His unsecured personal recognizance bond remains in effect.
According to the indictment, Corbin, 62, is charged with three counts of fraud for allegedly filing false federal income taxes for years 2005, 2006 and 2007 and one count of lying to federal agents. The Westbury legislator was arrested May 6 following a federal complaint that he evaded taxes on some $226,000 received over the aforementioned years from a New Cassel housing project developer and lied to special agents from Federal Bureau of Investigation and Internal Revenue Service when questioned about the monies.
Earlier this month, Corbin passed a polygraph examination administered by Joel M. Reicherter, a specialist in the field who currently works as an adjunct professor at several institutions including the Academy for Scientific Investigative Training and the American International Institute of Polygraph.
A government consolidation law to streamline the process to dissolve villages, towns and special districts passed overwhelmingly in the New York State Assembly and Senate and now awaits Governor David Paterson’s signature.
The legislation, dubbed the New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act, was introduced by Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver at the behest of Attorney General Andrew Cuomo and sponsored in the Senate by Majority Leader Malcolm Smith. According to proponents, it is a “bipartisan legislative initiative” aimed at reducing costs for taxpayers by encouraging local government efficiency through consolidation.
According to Cuomo, the state’s overlapping governments saddle residents with the nation’s highest local taxes. The bill will not mandate consolidation but rather restructure the law to allow citizens, local officials and counties to make the decisions themselves. The bill states that “… the astounding number of local governments in New York has contributed to the rise of local real property taxes. Throughout the state there are large pockets of overlapping taxing entities ... Nassau and Suffolk Counties combined have over 340 special districts…”
For nearly two years, Rescue Ink has been crusading to put an end to animal cruelty and neglect.
Rescue Ink, a nonprofit organization on Long Island, was formed in 2007 by several longtime friends who were united by their love and admiration of animals.
“We met because we were all doing the same thing in our spare time: rescuing and finding homes for abandoned and abused animals,” the group explains in a statement on its official website. “None of us did it for money; we did it because we cannot stand by while anyone mistreats an animal!”
New York State in 2005 decided to do something few other jurisdictions had yet considered - re-open hundreds of pollution cases to determine whether new science could shed light on old cleanups.
The state took on the task of tracking down whether chemical vapors were lingering at these sites and posing threats to public health. Three years later, the Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has made significant progress in tracking down and evaluating more than 400 sites around the state, DEC Commissioner Pete Grannis said. And a leading vapor-intrusion watchdog has called New York’s program the “most systematic and proactive” in the nation.
Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi has announced his bid to run for re-election to the post he has held since 2001. Suozzi will be running this November to continue as the Nassau County Executive in a time when residents are hurting financially from a national recession.
With residents of Nassau County particularly finding it difficult to continue their way of life in the communities they call home because of the property tax burden, Suozzi says it’s time for a property tax revolution.
On May 14, County Legislator Ed Mangano (17th L.D. – Bethpage) was officially nominated as the Nassau Republican Party’s candidate of choice to challenge Tom Suozzi for county executive on Nov. 3.
Additional nominations, originally scheduled to take place at the party’s May 21 convention at Levittown’s Wisdom Lane Middle School May 21, were postponed, as was an executive committee meeting, due to swine flu precautions. A new date for the convention was not set as of press time.
However, the county has announced a preliminary list of candidates expected to challenge Democrats in the county and Towns of Hempstead, North Hempstead and Oyster Bay on Election Day 2009.
The anticipated candidates, as of press time, are as follows:
In Hicksville, residents voted 1,608 to 929 in favor of the school district’s 2009-2010 spending plan of $110,943,748. The approved budget, listed on the ballot as Proposition #1, represents a 2.32 percent or $2,515,788 increase over the current year’s spending plan.
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