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Senator Schumer: Commuter Tax Break Could Expire at End of Year

Friday, 18 November 2011 00:00

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer announced last week that the federal mass transit tax break that currently saves mass transit riders over $1,000 per year, in pre-tax commuting benefits will expire at the end of the year, if it is not renewed and made part of the permanent tax code. The commuter benefit currently covers up to $230 per month from a person’s gross income to pay for their mass transit commutes and provides parity with a previous benefit extended to drivers’ parking costs. The $230 monthly benefit is an increase from the $120 benefit that was in place until 2009.

 

Supervisor Venditto Issues Carbon Monoxide Safety Tips

Friday, 11 November 2011 00:00

Known as the “Silent Killer,” carbon monoxide, commonly called CO, is the leading cause of accidental poisoning deaths in America, according to Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto, who urges residents to take an inventory of their home to ensure they are protected against this potentially lethal substance and outlined some simple steps residents can take to protect themselves and their loved ones.

“Carbon monoxide is colorless, odorless and tasteless, and it can kill,” Venditto warned. “This is the most dangerous time of year for carbon monoxide deaths because furnaces and heaters are being turned on for the first time and houses are closed up as the cold weather settles in. It’s now that blocked chimneys, defective heaters and other hazards can cause a deadly build-up of carbon monoxide, which, when inhaled by humans, causes confusion and lethargy, followed by a loss of consciousness and death.

 

Free Services for Veterans at ‘Veterans Stand Down’ November 21

Friday, 04 November 2011 00:00

Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, in coordination with the United Veterans Organization (UVO), has announced that a Veterans Stand Down will be held at the 1st Marine Corps District Headquarters, located at 605 Stewart Avenue in Garden City on Monday, Nov. 21. The Stand Down is hosted by the Nassau County Veterans Service Agency with assistance from volunteers representing all service organizations.

 

Nassau Bar Association’s Free Legal Mortgage Foreclosure Clinic

Friday, 28 October 2011 00:00

The next free Nassau County Bar Association Mortgage Foreclosure Legal Consultation Clinic is Monday, Nov. 14, 3-6 p.m. at the NCBA headquarters, 15th and West Streets, Mineola. Attorneys have volunteered to provide one-on-one guidance, advice and direction to any Nassau County homeowner who is concerned about foreclosure matters or is already in the foreclosure process involving property in Nassau County.

 

Send U.S. Military Holiday Wishes When They Are Far From Home

Friday, 21 October 2011 00:00

For a fifth year, the American Red Cross and Pitney Bowes Inc. are teaming up to deliver holiday cheer and greetings to service members, their families and veterans throughout the holiday season.

The Holiday Mail for Heroes program provides Americans the opportunity to send holiday greetings to our men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces, any of whom will be far from home over the holidays and to our nation’s veterans and their families.

 

Letter: Citizen’s Review Board

Friday, 07 October 2011 00:00

I read with interest the recent article in the Hicksville Illustrated News on the State Senate holding hearings on LIPA’s response to hurricane Irene. I would like to know when Long Island residents can hold their own hearings on the performance of our elected state officials and ask for accountability in regards to the lack of services that we pay for.

 

Letter: Sarah Grace Foundation Update

Friday, 30 September 2011 00:00

Good things have been brewing for the Foundation over the past few months!

To start off, we are proud to announce that The Sarah Grace Foundation was chosen as the 2011 Non-Profit of the Year by the Hicksville Chamber of Commerce! The Foundation’s efforts in helping children with cancer and their families were recognized at a dinner held on Sept. 20.

 

Poll: Don’t Allow Teachers to Grade Their Students’ Exams

Friday, 23 September 2011 00:00

(Submitted by the New York State School Boards Association)

A large majority of school board members–70 percent–responding to a NYSSBA poll believe that teachers should not grade their own students’ state assessments, but are more evenly divided on other test security issues.

Earlier this week, the state Board of Regents approved a series of measures to combat possible cheating on state exams. The board is set to consider additional proposals next month, including: barring teachers from grading or proctoring their own students’ tests; developing a centralized statewide scanning system; and distributive scoring, in which answer sheets are scanned and uploaded onto computers, and graded by other educators across the state.

 

Letter: ‘Hicksville Not a Beautiful Hamlet Anymore’

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

(Editor’s Note: The following letter is a response to a recent submission from Owen Magee, which cited lack of proper maintenance along Route 106/107 in addition to surrounding areas in Hicksville.)  

My wife and I are 46-year residents of what was a beautiful hamlet. It is no longer!

Mr. Magee talks about downtown and Route 106/107. How about the rest of Hicksville? Nassau County, the Town of Oyster Bay and the state – in addition to the residents – are all at fault because nobody cares!

 

Letter: ‘September 11 and The Common Good’

Friday, 16 September 2011 00:00

As we pass the 10th anniversary of 9/11, I can’t help recalling how long it took to pass the Zadroga Bill for first responders, which only now extends coverage to include cancer. Blame our politicians, but except that we did not hold their feet to the fire. But why should we? Perish the thought that we should pay to make things right.

 

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