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Letter: Crossing The Aisle

Last year, I was selected as a Nassau County Senior Citizen of the Year. When I was in in Albany receiving my award, I was told that Jack Martins, my state senator, wanted to meet me in the Senate chamber. He was very courteous, gave me a tour of the room, and told me the history of the chamber. In all fairness, Michelle Schimel did the same in the Assembly, but she already had my vote; Jack Martins didn’t. The extreme partisan politics in both Albany and Washington make it very difficult for any of us, voters as well as legislators, to cross party lines.

 

Lately, however, it seems that in New York State there is much being done across the aisles. The budget has been passed on time four straight years, and passed virtually unanimously this time around. It seems that I, and a lot of others, should judge our state representatives by the quality off their minds, rather than the color of their banner.

Back to Martins: Last week, there were two op-ed articles in this newspaper. Jack Martins had one, as did his opponent for state senator, Adam Haber. Martins made a strong case against representatives who want everything their way, with no compromise.

 

He said that the Women’s Equality Act has 10 points, and that there is universal agreement on nine of them. He wants them separated, and an up or down vote be taken on the nine, and an other vote on the tenth. Martins was pleading for votes to be taken.

 

Back to Haber: After reading what Martins wrote, I read what Haber wrote, “That is why I find it especially offensive that Senator Jack Martins and his Republican colleagues blocked the WEA from coming to a vote, killing any chance it had of passing.” Also, “Today, Jack Martins and his extremist GOP colleagues will not allow a simple measure establishing a woman’s basic right to choose to come to a vote.”  I find it especially offensive that Adam Haber lumps Jack Martins with the group that Martins blasted six inches from Haber’s remark. 

Jack, you have my vote.

 

— Fred Harber


News

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.

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.


Sports

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. 

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. 


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