Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel will be sponsoring a Senior Citizen Law Day in cooperation with the Nassau County Bar Association’s Elder Law Committee on October 3 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. The forum will be held at Clinton G. Martin Park, 1601 Marcus Avenue in New Hyde Park.
“In recent months, we have seen a significant increase in the number of constituents and their family members who have contacted my district office about various issues relating to elder care law. My Senior Citizen Law Day offers information on Elder Law and Estate Planning, Long Term Health Care and Planning for Someone with Special Needs,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel.
On Saturday, Sept. 11, I was fortunate enough to be able to attend two local 9/11 Memorial Services.
The first took place at Kelleher Field and was hosted by the Williston Park Little League. It was an honor for me to represent the village of Williston Park at this meaningful ceremony. This event began three years ago under the leadership of Williston Park Village Trustee Bill Darmstadt. A number of local elected officials, along with Deputy Mayor Terry Thomann, Trustees Barbara Alanga, Kevin Rynne, and Bill Darmstadt were there.
The speakers offered their thoughts regarding the history and events of September 11, 2001. It was a touching ceremony as the names of local families that suffered a loss were read aloud. As this happened, there was a respectful silence on the part of the attending crowd. This location, as noted by a few of the speakers, was appropriate as it was indicative of the American way of life. It was held at a baseball field with American Legion Members, Boy Scouts and Little League players as participants in the ceremony. These groups are to be thanked for helping to make this ceremony special. Thanks also to the Williston Park Public Works staff for setting up and ensuring that the facility was in excellent shape.
We had a very successful opening with our teachers greeting all our enthusiastic students on September 7. Our enrollment is up from what we closed school with in June, plus additional students are being registered. We will have an exact tally at next month’s meeting. In the meantime the following students have been registered:
Garden City Park 300
Manor Oaks 368
Hillside Grade 472
NHP Road 486
Total Enrollment 1,626
For most of the warm weather months, I have, as embarrassing as it was for my children, spent a lot of most days asking children on bicycles where their helmets were.
I have been given too many excuses to list and in some instances have been scared enough to call parents. New York State law requires that bicyclists and in-line skaters 14 years old or younger wear bicycle safety helmets. The parents or guardians of children who break the helmet laws can pay a fine of up to $50.
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello has joined with the Adelphi New York Statewide Breast Cancer Hotline & Support Program in their October breast cancer awareness campaign to urge women to get mammograms.
“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a significant time to remind women to get mammograms, “says Legislator Nicolello. “I hope that this month women will take the time to make an appointment for a mammogram. Approximately 95 percent of all mammograms prove to be normal.”
I’ve seen a couple letters to the editor in local papers asking Frank Scaturro to quit the Republican race for Congress, Then I received a piece of literature at my doorstep from Mr. Scaturro’s opponent, Fran Becker, personally attacking Mr. Scaturro. I have also watched last Tuesday’s debate, with all three of the Republican Primary candidates, which you can see on the Conservative Society for Action’s website under “Meet the Candidates” at http://www.csa-1776.org/.
I am appalled at the politics of personal diatribe that the Becker side is trying to employ. The literature I received had lies about Mr. Scaturro’s background, trying to make it sound as if Frank was Sen. Specter’s personal aide when in reality Frank served as Counsel for the Constitution on the Senate Judiciary Committee while Specter was the ranking Republican. The end result of Frank’s service was the successful appointment of Supreme Court Justices Roberts and Alito, who have provided the crucial margin in several decisions.
As this fine summer winds down, I encourage all to spend time with their family and friends before the hectic nature of fall arrives. There is still a little time left to head to the pool and/or nearby parks for outside activities for both young and old.
Tree comments/concerns: FYI: As comments/concerns come to Village Hall, a work order is assigned to that particular issue and depending on the nature of the concern, it is reviewed and placed on a schedule. Due to road work and other issues a response may take a little longer than normal to complete. However, all concerns presented, are promptly put into the system and assigned a work order number. The more serious safety issues are dealt with ASAP. It is advisable, but not mandatory, that requests be put in a written letter to help ensure that the correct information is obtained. Our village staff, both in the office and in the field, work hard to help make this system work effectively.
Nassau County Legislator Richard Nicolello, of New Hyde Park, co-sponsored a new local law to help protect children from registered sex offenders. The new local law, which was approved in a unanimous vote, requires youth agencies to search New York State’s online Sex Offender Registry with respect to its employees and volunteers.
The new law allows a parent or guardian to inquire of a youth agency whether there is a registered sex offender employed by the agency, whether full-time, part-time or as a volunteer. In response to inquiries, agencies must provide a disclosure statement that all principals, employees, volunteers, and independent contractors associated with the youth agency are not registered sex offenders pursuant to verification with the New York Sex Offender Registry.
I hope all our community is enjoying their summer in a safe and restful manner. We have been very busy as a school district this summer working hard to be sure we have the proper programs in place to meet the needs of our incoming students this September.
Schools across the state are currently being challenged to provide a more rigorous curriculum and raise our standards higher since the NY State Education Department has raised the “cut score” or passing grade on the NY State ELA and Math Assessments for the tests completed during the 2009-2010 school year. Simply stated, this means that a student who was deemed proficient by the state last year with a scale score of 659 at Level 3, is not considered proficient this year with the same score because the proficient scale score has been raised. We will not make excuses for our students’ results, but we will raise our own performance bar and provide them with strategies to meet that proficiency level.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman announced that legislation containing the funds he requested for two local hospitals has been approved by a key house panel.
The funds include $540,000 for the North Shore-LIJ Health System to treat veterans in Nassau County, Queens and Brooklyn who are arrested due to substance abuse and/or mental health problems and $100,000 for New York Hospital Queens (NYHQ) to expand its peri-operative tracking system.
The money was approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education and Related Agencies as part of the panel’s annual spending bill. The measure is expected to be passed by the full house in the fall. The funds are as follows:
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