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What Every Long Islander Should Know

Written by Nancy Rauch Douzinas Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

A Big Step Toward a Smaller Carbon Footprint

“Greenhouse” gases: pleasant-sounding name for carbon dioxide, methane, and other carbon-based gases that threaten to destroy ecosystems, play havoc with weather patterns, raise sea levels worldwide, and inundate much of Long Island.

We know we’re producing way too much of these gases. We know we need to cut back. And we even have a slew of programs designed to do so. State programs, county programs, town programs, programs from the utility companies.

So, “How’re we doin’”?

This is the problem: we simply don’t know.


Letter: Strange Odor in Hicksville

Friday, 05 November 2010 00:00

When we got up to go to St. Ignatius Church in Hicksville on Sunday, Oct. 17 there was a very strong smell of something burning (plastic?). We smelled it all around Hicksville and Jericho. I talked to the cashier at Waldbaum’s in Jericho who said she lives in Levittown and she smelled it and it gave her a sore throat. I am still a little dizzy from it. I called the Hicksville Fire Department and they said they didn’t know and where should they send the fire trucks. It was very potent and dizzying. I wish someone could tell us what it was. Thanks for taking the time to read this as everyone in church smelled the odor outside. It wasn’t burning leaves either. A few people at 7:30 mass said it made them gag. Thanks for taking the time to read this and maybe you could shed some light on this.

Darren Sadowski



Letter: Twin County Recycling Plant

Friday, 29 October 2010 00:00

I am writing to you in hopes of getting our voices heard concerning the Twin County Recycle Plant, 385 W. John St., Hicksville. I work for Sam Ash Music, 278 Duffy Ave., Hicksville. We have made numerous complaints regarding this plant to the NYS DEC. We are constantly being rained on by asphalt, dirt and dust. We cannot see out of our car windows; we have to change window wipers often because of the tar on our cars. Just imagine what we are breathing in through our air intake ducts. The smell inside our building is sometimes unbearable. Yesterday I used half a bottle of Windex to get the soot and debris off of my windows before I could drive home. We at Sam Ash Music are subject to this for nine to 10 hours a day and I can only imagine what the families in this community are going through and what are the long-term effects of this pollution. I understand Twin County Recycle Plant is planning on opening another plant. I can’t believe this is acceptable and nothing is being done to stop this. Please look around and see if you would live or work here. Any help would be greatly appreciated by the workforce and people of this community.

Beverly Hughes


Letter: Tribute to Hicksville’s Unsung Hero

Friday, 22 October 2010 00:00

Being a teenager in the ‘60s was truly an unforgettable experience. The sound of the neighborhood basement bands was on every corner and most of us were teenage wannabe rock and roll stars. There was a band called the Commandoes, which led the pack, and this was Howie Blauvelt’s band.

This group of young musicians was way ahead of the rest of the area bands at the time. They won the Nassau County Battle of the Bands and also appeared at the New York World’s Fair.


Letter: Public Buses, a Better Deal

Friday, 15 October 2010 00:00

There are pros and cons to privatization. The pro is the supposed efficiency of the free market. The con is that price becomes “what the traffic will bear” with profits for stockholders a necessary consideration.

Public utilities and services cannot raise their rates without external review and scrutiny. A bus line cannot be eliminated simply because a CEO deems it not cost effective. While nothing is perfect, a public utility can, at least, be held accountable for service and rates.


Letter: Operation Wounded Warrior

Friday, 08 October 2010 00:00

The members of Locust Valley Fire Department are set to host their 3rd Annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser to benefit the Nassau County Fire Fighters Operation Wounded Warrior (NCFF-OWW).

The dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 9, from 4 to 8 p.m. at the Locust Valley Firehouse. Admission is $10, children under 12 are free.

Also this year, we are very honored to have as our guests, the family of Navy Seal, Lt. Michael Patrick Murphy from Patchogue and Gary Williams, the author of the recently released book Seal of Honor about the life of Lt. Michael Murphy.


Nassau Is Sinking Under the Waves

Written by Howard Weitzman Friday, 01 October 2010 00:00

(Howard Weitzman is the former Nassau County Comptroller.)

No matter who won the last county election it was clear the County would be going down a tough financial road. A difficult economy, falling tax receipts, an increasing structural gap along with the political difficulty in raising additional revenues have combined to create a perfect storm for all local governments. But the new Mangano administration seems to be drowning in a fiscal tsunami, without a tree to climb. His rescue plan is based on an old copy of Tom Gullota’s guide to County government – borrow, over estimate revenues, under estimate expenses, sell property, and if that’s not enough borrow more.

The budget press release heralds a no-tax increase budget without the use of one shots – and then, in a shocking and frightening return to the past, proceeds to call for the biggest revenue one shot of all - $350 million in new borrowing for real estate tax refunds. When added to the $86 million borrowed for early retirements and the 2010 capital plan, the County Executive will have borrowed or proposed to borrow close to $500 million – a half a BILLION in new borrowing in his first nine months in office, over 85 percent of which is for operating expenses. This is like borrowing on your credit card to pay for your living expenses. Even for Nassau County this is a huge amount to be repaid by our children and grandchildren, and will certainly earn a negative reaction from the rating agencies, increasing Nassau’s cost of borrowings by millions.


Letter: LIPA’s Storm Preparation

Friday, 24 September 2010 00:00

Hurricane Earl has raised some concerns about how LIPA prepares for major, forecasted weather events that impact our area. Like any responsible utility, LIPA and its service provider, National Grid, prepare for hurricanes and other major storms based on various sources of information, including forecasts provided by national weather services, local and regional government entities, media outlets, and prior operating experience.

When a major weather event is forecasted, such as Hurricane Earl, LIPA will activate its storm procedures to secure the appropriate level of resources and manpower it needs so that if outages occur, LIPA can respond swiftly and safely to mitigate the number and length of those outages. In order to achieve that objective, it is imperative that LIPA secure linemen and tree trimming crews while they are available and before they are contracted to other utilities, and then deploy those resources to the potentially impacted areas in a timely manner.


Letter: Earl Missed LI, But Red Cross Was Ready (& Still Is)

Friday, 17 September 2010 00:00

Fortunately, Hurricane Earl veered away from our shores and his damage was contained mainly to Long Island’s fragile beaches. Yet when he passed, those of us working in emergency services all wiped our brows and collectively let out a sigh of relief—because if this storm had veered only a few degrees to the west, Long Island would have felt its fury.

Sadly, most Long Islanders would not have been prepared for a direct hit. Many don’t believe a hurricane will ever come and others have forgotten just how bad it can get when one does. At the American Red Cross though, we know better. During the summer of 2007, we, the Nassau and Suffolk County Red Cross Chapters, re-examined our sheltering plan and identified 50 locations that could serve as evacuation centers. Working with state and local officials, we then pre-positioned the cots, blankets and other supplies we would need at these locations—greatly reducing the time it would take to open shelters if ever needed. And we’ve drilled, constantly, to make sure the plan will work.


Letter: ‘Support Robert Germino for NYS Assembly’

Friday, 03 September 2010 00:00

While the mainstream media continues to function more and more like a U.S. version of Pravda, the American people are waking up to the out-of-control and unsustainable spending, and government intrusion into the lives of its citizens that, if not corrected, will enslave our children and grandchildren with a debt from which they can never recover.

We need to be concerned with these issues on the national level, but we should not forget that this same misguided agenda is present much closer to home. Our New York State Legislature is a poster child for lack of fiscal control. Rather than acting responsibly to reduce government, they cater to special interest and seek to impose even larger government spending programs. When they do talk about cuts, it is teachers and police they mention. Is there nothing else to cut, or is this designed to scare us into supporting yet more unsustainable spending? If one of us lost their job perhaps in order to cut expenses we would eliminate our cable TV or gym membership as opposed to dropping our health insurance or discontinuing fuel oil deliveries. Our legislature, however, can only suggest the opposite.


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