Despite narrowly passing a 2.5 percent home energy tax earlier this year, the Nassau County legislature last week voted 13-5 in favor of repealing it. During a meeting Dec. 21, the 19-member legislature voted 13-5 in favor of eliminating the tax; Republican Nassau County Executive-elect Edward Mangano, who currently represents the 17th District, was not present for the meeting and therefore did not vote.
The home energy tax, approved by the legislature in February and implemented in June, was imposed on all residential home energy sources – including LIPA electric usage, oil, natural gas, steam services and even coal, propane and firewood.
Republican legislators were opposed to the tax since initially proposed but earlier this year the 10-member Democratic majority approved it. As a result, Republicans, specifically Mangano, promised elimination of the tax once in office and, as of Jan. 1, the GOP will have an 11-8 majority.
Former Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of The Nassau Illustrated News James DeGraff Carr died at age 84 at The North Shore University Rehabilitation Facility in Manhasset.
Carr started his publishing career in 1970 when he first bought and published The Queens Illustrated News. His editorial and production office was on Hillside Avenue in New Hyde Park.
From there he acquired The Nassau Illustrated News and centered it around the news in New Hyde Park, a place he loved,
At the last Herricks School Board meeting, held at the Herricks Middle School, the board took time out from its regular meeting to meet with the students of the Middle School.
Members of the student government were on hand, including president Sachit Singal, vice president Grace Macedo and secretary-treasurer Jillian Clark.
Student government president Singal gave the introduction and thanked the board for taking time to listen to the thoughts of all the students. He then turned the meeting over to activities committee presenter Jillian Clark.
The requests from Clark included: Eighth-grade graduation should continue to be at the Tilles Center.
Longer lunch periods would be preferred, as well as another server on the cold-lunch line, plus she requested that the “grab-and-go” line be open longer every day.
She also requested, on behalf of the students, that in addition to the sports drink vending machine, that a healthy snack vending machine also be included.
Further, she requested to add more intramural choices, such as ultimate Frisbee, gymnastic lessons and badminton.
Governor David A. Paterson signed into law last week pension reform legislation in North Hempstead Town Hall that is expected to provide more than $35 billion in long-term savings to New York taxpayers over the next 30 years. It will, he said, save $8.5 billion on Long Island and will provide much needed long-term property tax relief.
In introducing Governor Paterson, North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman said in difficult times leadership is needed to make hard decisions— do things that actually make a difference.
The New Hyde Park Village meeting was held at 7:30 p.m. last week for a hearing to amend various village codes and to change the fees of those codes.Village attorney John Spellman, who owns his own law firm in Garden City, presented the codes and the fees attached to them to the board. The proposed laws and fee changes are as follows:
Law amending Chapter No. 156 of the code of the village entitled
“Signage and Advertising” Section 156-5 entitled “Signs in Non-residential Districts”, increasing the vertical measurement of signs. This law states how many signs may be affixed to either the front or side of a building and this is the main sign and should conform to the dimensional requirements of the village code.
HSBC Vice-President Robert Valli and his trusty guitar have been entertaining the folks at AHRC (Association for the Help of Retarded Children) Day Care facility for the last 25 years.
He gathers a group of people who sing “back-up” for him and he then goes through an extensive repertoire of Christmas carols and Hanukkah songs, as the clients join in and have a wonderful time singing with the group. It is always a welcome event for the folks at AHRC and they look forward to it every year as they correctly remember the words to each and every Christmas Carol from year to year.
Third Precinct Inspector Kevin Canavan, in a packed auditorium of the Herricks Community Center, met with the residents of Manhasset Hills and surrounding areas to further discuss the rash of burglaries that have taken place in those neighborhoods.
At the meeting, sponsored by the Herricks PTA presidents, Inspector Canavan began by outlining his experience and education. He said he has been with the police department for 25 years. He has a master’s degree from Fordham University and is currently working on his doctorate degree.
He said, “On the practical side, I have been with the department for the past 25 years and I have four brothers who are all firemen, so I’m the black sheep of the family, being the only one in the police department. But, I have throughly enjoyed my 25 years with the department. I have worked in the patrol end. It’s rewarding. Right now I am the Commanding Officer of the Third Precinct and hopefully that will last for a little while. So, I’m here to talk about anything you’d like to talk about but I do know that burglaries are a big concern in this area.”
Last Saturday, for the first time that anyone could remember, the Village of New Hyde Park was forced, due to the heavy downpour of rain that turned to snow, to hold its tree lighting ceremony…inside. The switch was relocated at Marcus Christ Hall and at the appointed time it was thrown to light up the beautifully lit tree on the front lawn of village hall.
It was also suggested that a new window be installed in the refreshment house stand, so that parents working in that stand could see their children compete in the meets while they are busy selling refreshments.
Nassau County Executive Tom Suozzi announced on Tuesday, Dec. 1 that he will not challenge the election between him and Republican opponent Ed Mangano, ensuring that Mangano will become the next Nassau County Executive next month.
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