At the last New Hyde Park/Garden City school board meeting, board trustee Tricia Rudd announced that from this day forward the state has exempted all school boards from the MTA tax they had previously imposed.
Rudd went on to say, “School districts will be reimbursed for payments made to date and then be free of the need to pay at all. BOCES and special districts will no longer have to pay the tax and to pay this we had to borrow money. This is effective immediately. This is a big win for all school districts This law should never have been put into effect, but at least they corrected the mistake. We got a few people out of office, especially the one person who pushed for this law.
At the beginning of the regular Herricks School Board meeting, president Christine Turner called for a moment of silence in honor of the recently, and suddenly, deceased Craig Laganese, president of the Herricks Teacher’s Association.
Assistant Superintendent for Instruction, Dr. Deirdre Hayes announced that Coach Joseph Caruso, who is the boys and girls Cross County Head Coach, was just named Coach of The Year by the Nassau County Track Coaches Association.
The Herricks School Board meeting was interrupted so they could meet with the members of the Herricks Middle School student government including: president-Christina Litos; vice-president-Chase McGahan and secretary treasurer-Randi Sarf.
The first student to deliver a message was president Litos. She praised the board and thanked them for their principal Joan Keegan and assistant principal Thomas Aird.
With the addition of contributions from generous area residents and businesses, to whom we extend our deepest thanks, Anton Community Newspapers was able to donate a large number of toys to the United States Marines Toys for Tots Program. Collecting the toys for the Marines is original coordinator on Long Island for the program, Major Chuck Kilbride, along with Sgt. Brian Gomez. Representing Anton Newspapers: Publisher Angela Anton and Kristen Anton, editors Karen Gellender, Cory Twibell and Dagmar Karppi, along with Martin Silver, CEO of Star Industries, of Syosset.
At the last meeting of the Village of New Hyde Park before the holidays, trustee Richard Coppola thanked the members of the New Hyde Park Auxiliary Police for doing such a great job of protecting the area. He said there was just one incident recently at Memorial Park and it was discovered that the incident was burning of garbage in the park.
However, he reminded residents if they see anything going on either in the parks or elsewhere to please call 911 so it can be checked.
Deputy Mayor Robert Lofaro thanked the members of the Beautification Committee, under the direction of Rich Pollisco, for doing such a wonderful job in decorating Marcus Christ Hall for the children’s magic show and for all the decorating outside of village hall. He added, “Rich always does such a wonderful job.”
At the regular meeting of the Williston Park Village members of the Standard Valuation Services were on hand to try and answer any questions residents had regarding the recent reassessment process in the village.
The meeting room on the upper floor of village hall was packed. At the outset Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar asked anyone with questions not to make them personal in the public session, but if they indeed had any questions as to why their property reassessment had been either increased or decreased, to put their name and telephone number on a list and a representative will call them back and speak to them in detail about their personal property.
The Village of Williston Park held three hearings prior to its regular meeting. The laws are as follows:
The first hearing was to discuss Local Law No. 6. The law was to amend Section 201-25 (A) of the village code to select the maximum exeptions allowable pursuant to Real Property Tax Law No. 458-a(2)(a), (b) and (c) regarding the alternative veterans exemption. The law would be effective immediately upon filing with the secretary of state.
On a relatively balmy Saturday afternoon for December, New Hyde Park Village residents gathered at Marcus Christ Hall to hold its annual children’s magic show performed by The Great Bellini, otherwise known as John Bellon, Jr. followed by the traditional tree lighting ceremony. The entire event was sponsored by State Bank of Long Island and New Hyde Park Branch Manager Richard DeMartino and State Bank First VP, Mary Durkin of New Hyde Park, were on hand to take part in the festivities.
Prior to the tree lighting, both the New Hyde Park Memorial Orchestra, under the direction of Noel Monat and the Memorial Show Choir, under the direction of Robert McKinnon performed at Marcus Christ. In the past both these groups have performed outside but it was the feeling of New Hyde Park Mayor Daniel Petruccio that it was much more effective, and warmer, to have the groups perform inside prior to the tree lighting.
Augie Carnevale has announced that he is running for re-election to the position of Commissioner of the Garden City Park Water-Fire Commissioner for a third term.
Carnevale said, “Using the knowledge I gained from my previous terms, I was able to ensure that the new fire headquarters building was constructed under budget.
“This year we have replaced all the fire department portable two-way radios proving a “mayday” button for all firefighters who are trapped and replaced all self-contained breathing apparatus (SCBA) with new state-of-the-art Drager SCBAs which allow firefighters trapped in a fire to buddy-breath to safety.
“Further, we have increased training for our firefighters and rescue personnel by utilizing professional, outside instructional services ensuring the highest level of emergency services by our volunteers.
Williston Park Village held its Annual “Mayor For The Day” meeting last Saturday.
At this meeting the fourth grade student winners from St. Aidan and the Center Street School are always designated as the mayor and trustees for the day as the result of the essays they wrote on the attributes of living in Williston Park.
Not only were the students presented with village citations, but each was given a gift certificate to Gee Whiz.
The students then, with the help of the “official” officials conducted a regular meeting.
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