Back in the summer of 2009, Frank Scaturro, a Republican and 30-plus year resident of New Hyde Park announced that he would be running in 2010 for Congress in the 4th Congressional District to oppose the incumbent, Carolyn McCarthy, who had fallen out of grace with many of the people who voted for her previously.
Scaturro brought qualifications we have never seen in a congressional candidate-a home-grown constitutional lawyer who served as Counsel for the Constitution to the Senate Judiciary and worked on the nominations of Supreme Court Justices Roberts & Alito; author of several books on history, a professor at Hofstra Law School and the list goes on and on highlighting the accomplishments of this young man.
He put together a strong campaign that raised more money than any other Republican challenger in the history of this seat, and had supporters far and wide endorsing his decision to run.
(Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo released this letter on Nov. 17 to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving three undecided State Senate races be resolved expeditiously and fairly.)
Dear Chief Judge Lippman:
For reasons which follow, I write for the purpose of requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving the three undecided State Senate races be resolved as expeditiously as possible.
Today, more than two weeks after Election Day, several lawsuits have already been commenced, and numerous courts, election workers and lawyers throughout the State are busily engaged in the process of resolving the elections at issue.
As winter approaches, the thought of possible snow storms has reminded me of the importance of reviewing our practices regarding school closures and delayed openings.
• Snow Days
If weather conditions are such that it is difficult or impossible for district staff to clear driveways and paths at our buildings, for buses to be able to travel safely through the Herricks community in a timely fashion, for the vast majority of staff to be able to get to work on time or for students to be able to get safely from their homes to school either on foot or in a car, we will close school for the day. These decisions are usually made between 4 and 5:30 a.m. Included in the decision-making process are the Director of Transportation, the Director of Facilities and myself. We also consult with our counterparts in neighboring school districts and with the police regarding road conditions.
Thank you for voting on Election Day. Participating in the electoral process is the cornerstone of democratic government and community action.
That being said, I am especially grateful for those who voted for me, recognizing that my actions as your Assemblywoman are driven by a love of community, a strong belief in our governmental system, and compassion for those in need –-which frankly cuts across all demographics.
I have always believed that hard work, some sacrifice, persistence coupled with patience will help us achieve the goals we want for ourselves, our children and our New York State. I will continue to work each day with you always in my thoughts.
Member of Assembly
16th Assembly District
In the last several local elections an expressed desire for fiscal responsibility and the preservation of local governmental control has come to the forefront of voter concern. There are several so called “do-gooder” groups who plan to go into villages, fire districts, water districts, and sanitation districts, that they do not live in or support with their tax dollars, with the express purpose of eliminating these local entities regardless of what residents prefer. At the same time, state officials from New York City want to raid the surpluses these entities have so they can continue to feed their reckless spending habits.
Local officeholders, who embraced tax and spend policies without regard to the negative financial consequences to be inflicted on future generations, were voted out of office. Some that survived will be voted out next time or they will not run for office again. Officeholders who have made it easier for outsiders to eliminate villages, fire districts, water districts, and sanitation districts, have been voted out of office. But the state law that allows outsiders easy pickings on local governments is still in effect. The Long Island Progressive Coalition is gearing up for action. So the fight continues.
The next village meeting is scheduled for Saturday, November 20th at 10 a.m. The meeting, while considered a “regular” meeting with village business being conducted, is the annual “ Village Official for a Day”. Students from Cross Street, Center Street and St. Aidan’s schools have submitted essays to the village for review.
After careful consideration students will be chosen to represent village officials for the meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend this meeting in particular, not only to participate in village government, but also, to provide support for our young officials. It should be an informative, enjoyable meeting.
Historically governors in New York State – in most states, in fact – have presented very tight budgets in the first year of their term. The presumption is that they do so in order to be able to present more upbeat budgets in their second, third and fourth years. In the case of Governor Cuomo this year, that history is irrelevant. New York State’s finances are clearly in trouble. The only real debates between experts are about how deep the hole is and how likely a recovery is and when it will occur. In light of this there is a strong assumption that the school aid picture for 2011-12 is likely to be quite bad.
What has received relatively little attention is the fact that aid for the current school year, 2010-11, has not been firmed up and that over the past few months the Governor’s office or the State Education Department has been tinkering with or talking about tinkering with the school aid formula. We expect to receive several hundred thousand dollars less in aid for the current year than we had anticipated. The Board provided for this in August by setting aside a reserve to deal with a potential shortfall in order not to impact the tax level. That shortfall is still a potential one since the New York State Legislature has yet to approve the final aid formula. The expectation is that this will happen sometime in the next several weeks now that the election is over and the legislature is more likely to reconvene.
On behalf of the students in the New Hyde Park-Garden City School District, we would like to thank you for your support in passing the Capital Reserve Vote. During the process, we listened to our constituency regarding the fact that they wanted additional opportunities to offer input in financial matters. As a result, we will be exploring new ways to gather community input regarding the creation of the school district budget. The district’s goal is to obtain small group input/recommendations regarding budget building. We began this process last year at the Public Input Budget meetings by asking the following questions:
What is it in terms of programs and services which you feel you cannot live without to offer our students a well-rounded education?
A few years ago at the request of a couple of local papers I began writing a weekly column. The experience gave me an even deeper appreciation for professional news people who write columns for a living. I had always known that it was a tough job, particularly if one was committed to producing columns of a consistently high caliber, but I found that it was even tougher than I had realized.
On Friday morning I attended the Nassau County Chamber of Commerce Annual Breakfast. Our own Marilyn and Ron Doughty,(Williston Plumbing and Heating), were honored as Chamber Persons of the Year. It was a nice affair with many of our elected officials in attendance. But, the highlight of the morning was the announcement of the honorees. Congratulations Marilyn and Ron.
Saturday, Deputy Mayor Terry Thomann, Trustee Barbara Alanga , former Mayor Doreen and myself attended the grand opening of the East Williston Village Hall. The event was only overshadowed by the building itself. Mayor Nancy Zolezzi, Trustees David Tanner, James Daw, Mike Braito and John Ferro are to be commened for their efforts to bring an updated, fully functional facility on line. While designed to match the old charm of their original village hall the building is a modern marvel. Congrats to the residents of East Williston and hats off to all those involved in the planning and construction, especially architect Robert Campagna.
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