Rep. Carolyn McCarthy, who has made protecting public health and safety during a tough economy a hallmark of her work in Congress, announced the opening of the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA’s) Assistance to Firefighters Grants (AFG) Program application period for local fire departments today. The FY 2011 application period will open on August 15. All applications must be submitted by September 9 at 5 p.m.
“During tough times like these when local funding is at record lows, these grants can help Long Island fire departments get the equipment and staffing they need to keep our communities safe,” Rep. McCarthy said. “I encourage every fire department in my district to take advantage of this opportunity.”
If you could afford only one, would you pay for heat, your rent, or buy groceries?
If that seems like a rhetorical question to you, be thankful, because for thousands of less fortunate Long Islanders, it is not. The disturbing truth is we have neighbors right here on Long Island, in our very own towns and villages, who struggle with questions like that every month.
At the last Village Board meeting I reported on the water rates of Williston Park and East Williston. I was disappointed with the reporting of my statement and will use this column to help explain the water rates.
As families continue their vacations this summer, we are extremely busy here in the district with the many initiatives, state mandates and changes that will be required of all school districts across the state this coming school year. It is the intent that all of these mandates and requirements will have a positive effect on student achievement. This is an exciting time in public education and our district is ready for the challenges and the accountability we are being held to. The following list highlights changes this year:
When I write these columns, I find it helpful to think about the friends and neighbors that I’ve met throughout our district. I envision this column as sitting together over a weekly cup of coffee and having a healthy, steady exchange about what’s happening in Albany. To be sure, so much of what I have carried upstate about good governance was born of these everyday sessions. Sharing this particular week’s column is indeed a pleasure.
It’s been a month since the end of the 2011 Legislative Session in Albany and it has already been recognized as “historic,” standing as one of the “most productive in New York’s history.”
According to Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, “The legislature unanimously approved the 2011 Nassau County Capital Plan. Capital projects include maintenance and rehabilitation of county roads, preservation and redevelopment of county parks, enhancement of technology to improve government efficiency, and much more throughout the county and in our neighborhood.”
Nicolello said, “This year’s program is two-pronged and includes the Sewer and Storm Water Plan which will provide for vital upgrades and improvements to the county’s ailing sewer infrastructure, as well as the General Capital Plan which advance projects that will include enhancements to County facilities, rehabilitation of roadways and parks, drainage improvements and numerous other necessary maintenance projects.
(This letter was sent to County Executive Edward Mangano and the County Legislature.)
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County strongly objects to the August 1 scheduling of a Nassau County referendum on the proposal to permit the county to borrow up to an additional $400 million for a proposed “Nassau County Hub Area Development” construction project, which would include a new Nassau Coliseum and minor league ballpark. Our reasons include the following:
The cost of doing this as a special election, projected to be approximately $2 million, is not necessary and would come at a time when Nassau County is already experiencing serious financial difficulties. Though the cost would be picked up if the vote is “Yes,” if it is “No,” the voters would have to bear this unnecessary burden. This risk can easily be avoided by scheduling the vote on the same day and on the same ballots as those for the general election in the fall. Most bond issue votes have been done that way in the past.
The proposed coliseum project is critical to Nassau County’s economic revival. It will create jobs immediately: 1,500 construction jobs and more than 3,000 permanent jobs. It will help Nassau County get back on its feet economically by generating development in the area and injecting much needed cash into the County’s coffers.
With almost 3 million Long Islanders living above their water supply, the concern for groundwater contamination is real.
Flushing unwanted prescription drugs and medications was once the acceptable, and even recommended, method of disposal. However, in recent years, it has been found that this practice is dangerous to the environment. To ensure the safety of our environment and groundwater systems, the Long Island Water Conference wants to remind you not to flush unwanted or expired medications.
(This letter was sent to Senator Jack Martins and to this paper for publication.)
Yesterday evening, hundreds of residents of the Herricks and New Hyde Park area along with folks outside the area lined up at Park Circle in anticipation of the annual July 4th fireworks display.
Much to our dismay, all we saw were droves of Nassau County’s Finest cruising around and through the park making sure the festivities didn’t go off. When we asked why the heavy police presence and why the fireworks show would not be permitted, we were told that because one person wrote a letter complaining about the fireworks display last year there would be no further shows permitted.
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