Bert Lance, President Carter’s Director of the Office of Management and Budget, liked to say “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. With New York State government there is no choice. It is broken and it needs to be fixed.
There are clearly many different ideas about how it should be fixed. Many are worthy of serious consideration, including ones which may have been viewed as too radical at other times. Hopefully, the discussion will be thorough, open and rational and, hopefully, it will focus on real solutions rather than ideological promises.
No one can guarantee that any solution will solve all problems for the foreseeable future but any plan worthy of serious consideration should actually fix something.
This letter is an endorsement of Barbara Alagna for Trustee of the Village of Williston Park. My husband Jim and I have known Barbara for more than 10 years. She served as secretary to the Board of Trustees of the Village when I was Deputy Mayor. Barbara was reliable, well organized and competent at her job. Through this position she learned about village government and the procedures needed to run the Village effectively.
Alan J. Reardon
Former Judge of Village of Williston Park
In this past week’s newspaper, a resident asked two questions in the form of comments regarding village performance/decisions. The questions are reasonable and a response seems appropriate as others in the community may have the same questions. Open dialogue is good, as it promotes worthwhile discussion.
The first question asked, questioned the village plow techniques during the recent snowstorms. The concern raised, indicated that it appears that the work crews have changed philosophy and no longer plow curb to curb but rather plows three feet away from each curb. While it appears that this may be the case, in actuality the plow trucks attempt to place the plow blade as close as possible to the curb, depending on weather conditions. The first storm, whose remnants remain, was a challenge to our experienced staff.
The embrace of President Reagan’s memory 100 years after his birth was hardly predictable in his time. In a 1976 episode of “All in the Family,” Archie Bunker’s revelation that he had cast a write-in vote for Reagan for president was a laugh line. During the first two weeks of his presidency, Reagan bluntly condemned the Soviet government as amoral, and the Washington Post in turn criticized his supposedly simplistic “good-vs.-evil approach” to the Kremlin. A 1987 article in American Heritage magazine entitled “Presidential Follies” juxtaposed the evolving Iran-Contra scandal with the most notorious scandals in American history. The article was punctuated by an Edward Sorel cartoon of our 40th president plummeting into hell with other presidents perceived as tarnished.
Such criticisms and caricatures, acceptable then, are conspicuously out of place today. Reagan had the vision and character needed to confront the great issues of his time, which equipped him to effect a sea change in policy while enduring the criticism that naturally comes when leaders steer a fundamentally new course. He entered the White House on the heels of several presidencies that had ended with some level of disappointment. Some questioned whether the office had become too much for one man. Those questions were laid to rest by the time of Reagan’s retirement.
I would like to thank the many merchants on Plandome Road who helped make the Valentines Day Weddings at Town Hall such a special celebration.
Because of the generosity of Manhasset Bagels, Buttercookie Bakery, Mykonos, La Bottega, Louie’s Manhasset Restaurant, Dunkin Donuts and Gino’s Pizza, we made each couple’s wedding day sweeter and more memorable.
These wonderful vendors showed us how much they care about our community. Let’s all thank them by shopping locally!
Town Clerk of North Hempstead
National Blood Donor Month has just ended, but that doesn’t mean that our region’s urgent need for an emergency blood supply is any less. Over four million Americans benefit from life-saving blood transfusions every year and with a winter season that has left our region in short supply, Rep. Carolyn McCarthy is urging Long Islanders to make an appointment to donate blood to help fulfill this critical need today.
Traditionally, blood is in short supply during the winter months. January, in particular, can be a difficult month for blood centers to collect blood donations, as approximately 15 percent of regional blood collections come from high schools and colleges, many of which have winter recess during this time. This month’s unusually high amount of snow in the area has also hurt local blood supplies, as more people stayed home than usual.
Good Luck to our good friend, former Mayor Jack Martins, as he begins his first term as our New York State Senator.
It’s been a slow, quiet week, although another snowstorm is predicted for tomorrow. Let’s hope it doesn’t materialize, as our resources have been stretched quite a bit. But if it does snow, now or in the future, please remember to drive safely and remove your cars from the village streets.
U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman the presumed Ranking Democratic member of the House Subcommittee on the Middle East and South Asia issued the following statement today:
“After learning of J-Street’s current public call for the Obama Administration to not veto a prospective UN Security Council resolution that, under the rubric of concern about settlement activity, would effectively and unjustly place the whole responsibility for the current impasse in the peace process on Israel, and—critically—would give fresh and powerful impetus to the effort to internationally isolate and delegitimize Israel, I’ve come to the conclusion that J-Street is not an organization with which I wish to be associated.
On January 8, 2011 The New York Times ran a story about California and Governor Jerry Brown. It talked about decisions made by Governor Brown when he was governor the first time and the ramifications of decisions he made 33 years ago in response to Proposition 13.
The last time Jerry Brown was governor of California, voters passed Proposition 13, drastically slashing local property taxes and constraining lawmakers from raising any other taxes. Mr. Brown first fought the proposition but then executed it with gusto and sent billions of dollars from the state to school districts and counties to help offset the lost revenues.
That may be the decision that Mr. Brown has come to regret, as his career has come full circle and taken him back to Sacramento 33 years later to confront yet another budget crisis.
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