It started out simple enough. Since taking office I’ve had a small but steady stream of constituents who seek help with various mortgage and foreclosure problems. I regularly connect them to appropriate state agencies and having heard back about a number of successful resolutions, I decided to host a local seminar for anyone experiencing similar issues. I invited the New York Attorney General’s (AG’s) Office, the State’s Department of Financial Services, and even some of the larger lenders.
I thought booking a large meeting room at the Elmont library was overkill as we had only 25 constituents RSVP, but when I arrived that Saturday morning my jaw dropped. More than 420 people were waiting. Entire families were there, lined up against the walls, waiting in the hall, some even sitting on the floor between rows of chairs. My stomach sank as I looked into what I could see were desperate faces.
If the multi-colored Skittles were a clever planted prop, I’d have to say the all natural Snapple was a masterful addition. And even if the hooded sweatshirt was pure white and angelic like snow, it would have done very little to mask those eyes; yes, those deep menancing eyes, which were only a shade lighter than his dark intimidating skin. The eyes peering from that oversized hood betrayed any facade of innocence, possibly afforded by youth.
As a Town of North Hempstead councilwoman, I am writing to you on behalf of the many constituents and groups, who over the past few months, have contacted me regarding the increased aircraft traffic and noise. In addition, they have also notified our 311 call center about aircraft flying at very low altitudes more frequently, often over hospitals, schools, as well as residences.
The administrators and teachers completed the last session of the Danielson Training for Teacher Evaluation and Professional Growth and the district will be ready to implement this program in September.
Administrators continue their training on a monthly basis regarding the new APR regulations.
Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.
The New York State Senate passed a series of bills, with the support of Senator Jack M. Martins, increasing penalties for people convicted of sex crimes against children.
The Senate passed legislation (S.1541A) that would increase criminal penalties for sexual contact between a child and a person in a position of trust, which includes any adult responsible for supervision of children when they are not with their parents. Currently, there are no additional penalties for sexual contact with a minor by persons in a position of trust.
On March 20, the Village of Williston Park will hold an election to fill two trustee seats.
It is the expectation that village trustees will work cohesively as a board to maintain the quality of life in our great village with fiscal responsibility and a passion for the job.
Thankfully, our residents have a choice during this year’s Williston Park village election on Tuesday, March 20 for the two open trustee positions. Three candidates interested and willing to work for our village have come forward for these seats and whichever two have the greatest number of votes will be on the board.
Each one has contributed to our quality of life and would like to continue on that track. Each one is neighborly and has worked with our youth in varying capacities. I commend each one for coming forward and I look forward to working with the two who succeed as elected trustees.
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