County Executive Edward P. Mangano reflects on his first term and looks at what’s ahead.
Edward P. Mangano is sworn in by Supreme Court Justice Thomas Feinman using a makeshift iPad Bible. Mangano’s son Sal, wife, Linda, and William F. Murphy, bishop of the Diocese of Rockville Centre, look on.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech, abridged due to space limitations.
Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today.
In spite of what federal law says and in spite of what a federal court says, helicopters are still flying right over New Hyde Park and other residential parts of the north shore, harming citizens and the town with excessive and unlawful aircraft noise.
New Hyde Park Village trustee Donald Barbieri is among many residents and officials who are frustrated that local helicopter operators continue to flout a U.S. Court of Appeals ruling from late 2013, which states that helicopters in the New York metro area must fly over water one mile out from the north shore of Long Island, to minimize noise pollution in residential areas. Barbieri has even reached out to Congresswoman Carolyn McCarthy to press the Federal Aviation Administration to enforce the ruling.
Joe and Debbie Lindner, co-founders and owners of Colorfully Yours, are used to hearing about people voting for County Executive Ed Mangano. But this time the vote is for them.
It’s all part of a campaign to help get their business $250,000 in funds from Chase Bank’s “Mission Main Street Grant.”
“We had a company Facebook page for people to vote. We couldn’t believe one of the votes came from the County Executive himself,” Joe says.
The New Hyde Park Fire Department was among the companies present last week, when a living room, complete with gifts under the decorated tree, turned into a roaring inferno that enveloped the Cape-style home in a matter of minutes.
While usually springing into action to save lives and property, in the case, the firefighters just stood by, taking it all in.
This was part of a training exercise at the Nassau County Fire Academy in Bethpage.
The lesson: While there is nothing more beautiful than a real fir tree decked out with lights, ornaments and tinsel, there also is nothing more deadly.
Elizabeth Selfridge has found the perfect way to spend a day with her 3 1/2-year old daughter, Beth. She takes her little one to the Center Stage Dance Studio at 102 Jericho Turnpike in New Hyde Park every Wednesday morning for a little dancing and jumping in a
“Zumbini” program. The program is taught by Linda Byrne, a former physical education teacher at Floral Park-Bellerose School.
“Zumbini is a great way for moms and kids to get together for a little rhythm and dancing and getting all of our energy out,” said Selfridge, who has participated in the program with her daughter since it started in early October. “It is a nice bonding experience and really is a whole lot of fun.”
Christmas trees, poinsettias and tinsel. All three are signs that the holiday season is here and while they provide stunning visuals, they could pose harm to your furry little friends, says one Garden City Park veterinarian.
Pet safety during the holidays is crucial, according to Dr. Keith Niesenbaum of Crawford Dog and Cat Hospital in Garden City Park. For him, the leading cause of increased trips to the vet after the holidays is vomiting from eating too much table food. He has worked for Crawford since 2001.
“The big thing is people tend to feed pets from the table,” said Niesenbaum. “That can cause gastrointestinal upset and if they’re having poultry, you don’t want them getting into the bones or something like that. Chocolate is a definite no-no.”
For Frank Lazzaro, getting into floral design was an accident, a stroke of luck. What started out as a makeshift Christmas decoration in the Army eventually landed him in the Oval Office at the White House serving as Christmas decorator for three presidents.
The former Floral Park florist was serving at Fort Bragg, N.C. during the Vietnam War as supervisor of medical supplies in Womack Army Hospital when his boss made a request. He recently held a talk at the Hilliside Library in New Hyde Park.
“I was in the military and my commanding officer needed a Christmas tree and some decorations,” Lazzaro said. “We had no money so we used Army socks and beer cans. We decorated a four-foot tree. My commanding officer said I should be decorating the general’s tree.”
If you live in New Hyde Park and your house was damaged in Superstorm Sandy, you may still be eligible for government grants from New York Rising. Even if you have received storm damage repair money already (following paperwork and inspections) you might still be able to acquire additional funding, if you total repair work is above any grants or loans already received. The total amount an individual may receive (from any sources (FEMA, insurance and SBA loans) is $300,000.
According to Jon Kaiman, a special advisor to Governor Andrew Cuomo’s New York Rising storm recovery project, as of mid-October, 4400 applications have already been filed for Long Island, with three-quarters of these applications from Nassau County.
Ellen Birnbaum plans to “hit the ground running” next month when she is sworn in as the Nassau County legislator for the 10th legislative district, which represents North New Hyde Park. With a long history of working for the Democratic party, local government and many years working for the Town of North Hempstead, she is now busy getting her office set up and already planning her agenda.
First off, Birnbaum is determined to take a “good look” at the Nassau County Police Department and try to discover if the consolidation of the Sixth Precinct into the Third Precinct has negatively impacted her local constituents. She is concerned about daily reports, believes there is “a lot” of overtime hours, has questions regarding increased salaries and is quite concerned about the lack of police reporting daily incidents to local officials.
A hot topic in New York State is the controversy around the state education department and its recent policy of sharing of personal student information with third party data collection company InBloom; a topic that dominated a large portion of the Herricks School
Board of Education meeting on Thursday, Dec. 12.
The board unanimously voted at the meeting to reject InBloom, and demanded that the data of Herrick students not be transmitted to any third party provider. Superintendent of Schools John Bierwirth said that while this vote wasn’t legally binding, it represents the first step in what he hopes will become a series of sweeping changes in New York.
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