One of the most important services any community enjoys is its public library. You wouldn’t think so judging by the actions Governor Paterson and the New York State Assembly have taken on funding libraries and library systems in the State’s 2010-11 state budget plans. The Governor has recommended that state aid to library systems and their member libraries be reduced by $4.2 million. The senate has rejected this recommendation, but the assembly is still debating it.
The New Hyde Park-Garden City Park Board of Education collaborating with the Superintendent of Schools, Robert Katulak, and our district’s administrators have put forward a budget, which is fiscally responsible in these difficult times in which we live, and maintains all essential programs for our students. We have worked hard to come up with a series of budget reductions that respects the financial needs of our taxpayers, and at the same time, continues to provide rigor and excellence for our children’s education.
I have been writing Parenting Plus since February 2007. Sometimes I include personal details about my life. I strive for universal appeal but I never know for certain if I reach that goal. Although I try to make points to be helpful to parents and other community members that care about kids, sometimes I think what I make are “rounds” that are less hard-edged and softer than points.
Last week, Governor Paterson put forth legislation that included a temporary freeze on projected state employee raises while the budget is under negotiations.
It’s been a very busy two weeks since our village election; it’s also been very exciting. I’m looking forward to both April 5 when I actually take office and April 6 when I am sworn in as mayor of Williston Park. I also look forward to serving the village as mayor and want to express my sincere thanks to all of you who worked so diligently to help get me elected. It took a large number of supporters to make this happen, with many reaching out to their friends and neighbors on my behalf. I also want to thank my opponents who stepped up and offered the residents a choice. On behalf of our residents I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Lud and Alan for their years of service to the village. I congratulate Terry Thomann, Kevin Ryne and Kevin Kiley and thank both Sue Redding and Bill LaRusso.
On March 16, the voters of Williston Park decided that they did not want me to be their mayor. I admit I was disappointed, but there was more than enough of that to share. Prior to that election day a great deal of effort went into my Citizen Party’s campaign. My running mate, Bill Lorusso and I take this opportunity to thank everyone who did vote for us, those who contributed time, energy and money to the campaign, those who circulated and signed petitions, put our signs on their lawns and fences, read our releases and wrote lovely letters of support. Also thanks to the merchants who allowed our material in their windows. Williston Park now has a new mayor and two new trustees who are not affiliated by party. We should give them time to adjust to their new positions so they can focus on the needs of Williston Park. They join two party affiliated veteran trustees. They are all entrusted with the guidance of the village. The entire village board has my good wishes for success through the next several years. Years that will probably be difficult because of the economics of our time. During the campaign candidates made many promises. It is now time for them to keep those promises without inane excuses.
Alan J. Reardon
Senator Craig M. Johnson, and Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel announce common-sense amendments to the New York Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act.
This legislation (S.7238/ A.10432) was introduced after consultation with the New York Conference of Mayors (NYCOM), the Association of Towns, the Firemen’s Association of the State of New York (FASNY), and the Association of Fire Districts of the State of New York.
The 2010 Census is under way and those working on it urge residents to return their forms as soon as possible. The bureau hopes to receive as many back in the mail as possible prior to April 12. For those who do not mail back the form, a Census enumerator will begin knocking on doors after to record the information personally.
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