The sponsors call it, the “Empowerment Act” for short, but local governments are calling it, the “Disenfranchisement Act” because the sweeping legislation passed this June, going into effect in March 1020, requires voters to vote to dissolve or consolidate local government before they know whether such actions would save money, or not.
“There’s a lot of confusion about the Act and it’s up to you to educate your residents so they’ll know that signing a petition for dissolution sets into motion a complicated, expensive process where the cart is before the horse,” said Wade Beltramo, special counsel for the New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) to a roomful of mayors and village officials from Nassau, Suffolk and Westchester Counties at a NYCOM meeting held at Mineola High School on Oct. 29. Mr. Beltramo spent the evening giving a quick course in the new act, which is summarized below.
Residents flocked to the Clinton Martin Park meeting hall last Sunday because of their concern regarding the rash of burglaries in the New Hyde Park affluent area of Manhasset Hills, most particularly on Knolls Drive.
Dr. Binod Verma, a resident, with a dental practice in Queens, organized the meeting and reached out to elected officials and police to attend the very informative meeting.
Dr. Verma opened the meeting with a welcome message and then turned the meeting over to former inspector of the 3rd Precinct, who is now the Nassau County Chief of Patrol Robert Turk.
He explained that since the rash of burglaries in the area several new technologies have been installed, one being “plate detectors.” This is a new technology that reads every license plate that enters the area and puts it in a database so they can then track anyone who is not from the neighborhood, in the area. He said that in four days 17,000 plates have been registered. Plus, if any car is a stolen vehicle, that will be traced as well.
Democratic incumbent Jon Kaiman is seeking re-election to his fourth two-year, term as Town of North Hempstead Supervisor. Challenging him this year is Albertson resident and Republican candidate Lee Tu. The election is being held on Tuesday, Nov. 3.
Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader.
Incumbent Richard Nicolello, of New Hyde Park (R, I, C) and Dolores Sedacca, (D, WF) of East Williston are running for the 9th Nassau County Legislative District seat, which encompasses Bellerose, Bellerose Terrace, Carle Place, Floral Park, Floral Park Centre, Garden City Park, Mineola, New Hyde Park, Westbury and the Willistons. The candidates were asked to make statements on: what they feel is the major issue facing the district, the home energy tax, the Lighthouse project and consolidation.
On Tuesday, Nov. 3, residents will go to the polls and cast their vote for North Hempstead Town Clerk. This year, Democrat incumbent Leslie Gross is seeking re-election. She is being challenged by Republican Jon Wicks. Town Clerk is now a four-year term. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information, their platforms and to state what they would bring to the office of town leader. The following profiles were compiled from information provided by the candidates:
Republican Angelo Ferrara is seeking re-election to the Town of North Hempstead 3rd Councilmatic District. Democrat Matthew George is challenging him. The 3rd District encompasses Garden City Park, Mineola, Williston Park, Garden City, and parts of New Hyde Park. Both candidates were asked to submit biographical information and to submit responses to questions.
Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey held a press conference at police headquarters in Mineola on Friday, October 9 to describe a sexual assault that occurred in New Hyde Park at the “Stop and Shop” at 653 Hillside Avenue, on Oct. 8 at 10:50 p.m.
According to police detectives, two witnesses parked in their vehicle outside the shopping center reported seeing a man wearing a ski mask acting suspiciously and they called 911. The subject was observed by the witnesses confronting a woman who exited the store and forced her, apparently at gunpoint, into her vehicle, detectives said. The detectives went on to say that the subject ordered the female victim into the passenger seat as he entered the driver’s seat.
Police said the witnesses then indicated that the Honda drove around to the rear of the shopping center and parked with its lights off. A short time later, the witnesses observed the Honda drive away from the shopping center and stop at the traffic light that leads onto Hillside Avenue.
Herricks School Superintendent, Dr. John Bierwirth gave a summary of the 2009 AP Results and College Acceptances Report. In 2008, within the district only 974 exams were given in AP History. In 2009, that three-year plateau was broken with 1,100 exams having been given.
This includes the total number of students involved in the AP History exam, which shows a 23 percent increase from the previous school year, with 544 students attempting the exam. The percentage of a grade 3 or higher was lower than in previous years, at 76.6 percent, but Dr. Bierwirth noted the results were still above most districts nationally and on Long Island.
Bierwirth said, “Our students did significantly better than the national percentages despite the fact that they were 10-graders where as most of the students across the country would have been 12- graders, maybe 11graders.”
The last meeting of the Williston Park Village Board was dominated by a public hearing, but not before there was a moment of silence in memory of former mayor Thomas Muldoon.
The proposal was for a special permit by International Ventures Group, Ltd. for a restaurant to be called Uncle Pepe’s at 29 Hillside Avenue, Williston Park.
The restaurant is to have approximately 112 seats, including a bar area, dining room and party room with off street parking spaces of approximately 40 spaces to be located in the municipal parking lot. Plans and specification for this application are on file at Williston Park Village Hall, 494 Willis Avenue, Williston Park.
Recently, the Long Island Riding for the Handicapped Association, Inc. (LIRHA) held its Annual Walk-a-Thon at Jones Beach in memory of New Hyde Park resident Jack Garofalo, Jr. He was a longtime worker in AHRC’s Vocational Training Center, a resident of AHRC Nassau and a student of the LIRHA program.
The Garofalo family, staunch supporters of AHRC and LIRHA and friends of Jack, Jr., walked in celebration of his life while raising needed funds for LIRHA’s program.
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