Written by Joe Scotchie Thursday, 03 April 2014 00:00
Calling it one the most closely watched state senate races in New York, East Hills’ Adam Haber officially announced his candidacy for the Seventh District last Thursday at an enthusiastic gathering at the VFW Hall in Albertson.
Before outlining his agenda, Haber briefly thanked his father, a former losing candidate for a school board seat as “[laying] the groundwork” for his desire to enter politics. Haber then listed four main planks to his candidacy.
The first was taxes, as he said that Nassau County remains one of the highest taxed counties in New York, “if not the country.”
Haber declared education to be a key plank to his platform. Although public schools on the North Shore are generally high performing, Haber said that there were schools in the Seventh District that need help. Later, on the topic of the moment, the Common Core curriculum, Haber said he could not support it “as it stands now.” Still, he believes such standards can be a positive good.
Jobs and the economy, Haber continued, was the third plank of his platform.
He painted a dire comparison between Nassau County and a place “eight miles up the road” — New York City. Haber said that the city was in a boom period, while Nassau County continues to lose young people.
“Young people must move back [to Long Island] or we’re dying on the vine,” he said.
Haber touted his own business experience, namely creating up to 100 jobs through his two restaurants.
Finally, Haber said he would fight in Albany for passage of the Women’s Equality Act, an issue that he said he “[cares] passionately about.”
For their part, the offices of Senator Martins issued their own release on the occasion of Haber’s announcement.
“Senator Martins promised to fight for our communities and get our state headed back in the right direction, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” the statement said. “He cut taxes for millions of middle class families, delivered a property tax cap, controlled state spending, and promoted economic development. He also secured additional state aid for our schools and local governments, fought for mandate relief, and stood up for our children by holding Albany accountable for the failed rollout of Common Core. That’s a record of proven leadership and proven results.”
Calling the battle for the Seventh District a “winnable race,” Haber ended his talk by calling on volunteers to help out his candidacy, joking that he was capable of writing “amazing” letters of recommendation for any interns who might work on his campaign.
“I don’t need this job. I want this job,” he said in his closing remarks. “When I come home at the end of the day, I want my children to ask ‘What did you do today?’ ‘Did you help the community?’ Let’s go get ‘em.”
Haber acknowledged that he could be “putting up a few bucks” of his own money into the race. He said that he would spend the equivalent of a state senate salary of his own funds, while noting that the campaign has fundraisers lined up in the immediate future.
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The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from local school districts showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, 39 students in the Herricks School District opted out of the English exam, while 74 did not take the math test. For the New Hyde Park-Garden City Park School District, 17 students did not take the English test while 18 refused to take the math test.
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At the Oct. 17 meeting of the Herricks Board of Education, Superintendent of Schools Dr. John Bierwirth discussed the recent investigation of students who have been illegally attending school in the Herricks School District, despite living in outer areas. Bierwirth said that 14 prospective cases were investigated and eight students were forced to leave the district.
Board of Education President James Gounaris said weeding out students who are attending school in Herricks under false pretenses is boiled down to one fact: it takes away valuable resources from the children of tax-paying members of the community.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The Sewanhaka Indians varsity football team hosted Elmont Spartans on Saturday, Oct. 18 in its final home game of the regular season.
It certainly did not go as the Indians had hoped, falling 18-8, in a mistake filled game. Head coach George Kasimatis said the Indians had their chances, but kept digging themselves into a hole with mental mistakes on both sides of the ball.
Playing from behind, senior running back Brenton Mighty was able to break free for a long touchdown run, to put the Indians on the board.
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Sewanhaka Indians Head football coach George Kasimatis told his team to expect a dogfight in this weeks game against the New Hyde Park Gladiators, and he was right after its 35-21 victory last week.
“All the kids know each other really well, it’s always competitive when we play each other,” he said.