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:
I was visiting my granddaughters in Texas at the time of the drug bust that went bad on Willis Ave. last Friday. However I was alerted quickly by our Village Clerk Julie Kain and in touch with the 3rd Precinct, NCPD, almost immediately after the situation was under control. Building Inspector Kerry Collins contacted St. Aidan’s as their summer program was in session. School personnel at Herricks closed down Center Street School (Summer Rec. Program in session) quickly as word of the incident spread. Drugs and crime are blight throughout this great country but when an event takes place in your own community it becomes more realistic and frightful. Thanks to the officers of the Nassau County Police Department there were no injuries and this situation was brought under control in quick fashion. The location of the event, while taking place in Williston Park, is not indicative of our neighborhood.
Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel is pleased to announce that the Assembly passed legislation that will reform the state’s antiquated divorce laws, allowing the state to offer no-fault divorce if a relationship has broken down irretrievably for a period of six months (A. 9753-A). Currently, New York is the only state that mandates a divorce be obtained by alleging fault.
“Presently, the law is written that someone must be at fault for a marriage to fail. But family relationships are complicated, and government doesn’t need to be in the middle of it,” said Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel. “Sometimes it is best for both parties to end the relationship in an amicable way. There is no benefit in keeping two people locked in a marriage when they both want to move on with their lives separately.”
I hope everyone is enjoying this fine summer. It seems that one beautiful day is followed by another. While it has been hot, rain has been very limited to the demise of plants, grass, vegetables, etc.) allowing for varied outdoor activities.
Due to the above average temperatures, a decision was made to open the facility at 11 a.m. on Tuesdays as opposed to the traditional 2 p.m. opening. The various work crews have begun the cleanup operations earlier than normal on Tuesday morning, to allow for the earlier opening. This policy has been put into effect for July with a review for August. I encourage all those able to take advantage of this opportunity, to do so.
Assemblyman Tom McKevitt will be hosting his Fourth Annual “Women of Distinction” ceremony to honor outstanding women from the 17th Assembly District.
The ceremony is an opportunity to tell these women that their tireless work and unwavering commitment to family, friends and neighbors has not gone unnoticed. Deserving women can be nominated in the fields of business, community and civic affairs, education, government, health services, volunteer, humanitarian and veteran and military services.
The Assembly Republican Regional Forums on Volunteer Firefighters and Emergency Services is traveling the state to address the needs of volunteer first responders and encourage more citizens to donate their time to help keep their communities safe. On July 12, we traveled to East Meadow where I hosted a roundtable discussion at the East Meadow Fire Department. I heard testimony from volunteer firefighters, emergency responders, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York and the State Emergency Management Office about key challenges facing the industry on Long Island and statewide.
Senator Craig Johnson is cautioning seniors who are receiving the $250 rebate for Medicare Part D prescription drugs to be aware of a fraudulent phone scam.
We completed our school year on June 25 sending all our students and staff home for a safe and healthy summer. Many of us had the privilege over the last few weeks of school, myself included, to attend four kindergarten graduations, four awards day ceremonies and four sixth-grade moving on ceremonies. Each event was touching and put together with class and emotion by the teachers and building principals at each of the four elementary schools. A special thank you to each of the PTA groups for providing the refreshments at each of these events.
The Williston Park Fire Department once sponsored a celebratory parade through the village. The streets were lined with folks who were on hand to give thanks to this valued group of individuals as they passed by. Their worth to this village is immeasurable.
It’s been a short week due to the Fourth of July celebrations. I was glad to march in this year’s parade sponsored by the Williston Park Fire Department. The Grand Marshal of the parade was Park Avenue’s own Phil O’Donnell, a fifty year member of the department. Phil appeared quite proud of the honor and was cheered loudly by his “groupies” as they followed him through the course of the parade route. Congratulations to Phil and his lovely wife Diane.
This parade is one of the few that is still conducted in the area commemorating the independence of the USA. It is a shame that this is not more widely celebrated as it seems to have developed into more of a sale day for many of the retail stores rather than a holiday honoring America.
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