The Department of Veterans’ Affairs (VA) has come under fire for delays with veterans’ benefits and care at their facilities. While I have already called for a criminal investigation into wrongdoing at the VA, I am writing to inform readers of my bill that would enact a common-sense solution to ensure veterans aren’t left waiting for claims.
Currently, New York veterans wait an average of 297 days to receive disability compensation and benefits, a time table that falls far short of the 125-day goal the VA has set for filling these claims. This is unacceptable.
I can imagine that here in Nassau County, where everything seems to go wrong, that the school zone cameras will become a reality. The ball however, is in the hands of the people who can either plan their routes so that they don’t pass by any schools or if it says 20 mph, creep through at 10 mph just to be safe. The streets have no minimum speed limit. Chances are 50 percent that the next light will be red anyway. What’s the rush?
It is up to us to insure that not one summons ever gets issued. Then, they would be saying “Those ‘creeps’ are scheming our scam.” After all the expense, they would not make a dime.
Those cameras would disappear fast. It is all about the money. The children’s safety has nothing to do with it.
— Charles Samek
I don’t know about you but my stomach is turning and it’s not from too many barbecues Memorial Day weekend. No, my stomach is turning because we, as a nation, are hypocritical in the treatment of our veterans.
That’s not easy to write and I’m sure it makes some of you uncomfortable, but someone owes it to these men and women to speak what’s truly on their minds. I spent Memorial Day weekend at numerous observances and I had the honor of spending time with many veterans and their families. In no uncertain terms, our veterans are unanimously disgusted by the recent Veterans Administration (VA) healthcare revelations that treatment delays and falsified records have led to the deaths of fellow veterans.
Memorial Day has passed, marking the official start of the summer season, a season that is above all about warm sunshine.
The sun is an astonishing presence in our lives. It is a primary, primal, life-giving force on this planet. Humans, like many species, are drawn to bask in its warmth. We miss it in winter, falling prey to sadness—officially called seasonal affective disorder—in the months when Apollo’s
chariot arcs low in the sky.
We all remember springtime in high school and how it wasn’t always the rising temperatures that made us sweat. Finals time is stressful for students from all grades, but especially for those high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors.
Just the thought of the math Regents exam sends algebraic chills up our spines, culminating in a Pythagorean Theorem-sized anxiety attack. We remember those long nights of last-week cramming, with a steady diet of Mountain Dew and leftover Easter candy keeping our minds lubricated in wide-eyed hyper-sensitivity.
Since the beginning of the year, the Village Board has been very busy with developing plans for three major capital improvement projects (2014 Road Improvement; South 14th & 6th Ave. Drainage/Village Hall Parking Lot Reconstruction; and Reconstruction of the Tennis and Basketball Courts at Memorial Park) working on the budget, proposing an offer for a new contract with the CSEA Union, developing reorganization plans for the Building Department and Clerk’s Office, and finally, continuing to manage the Operation Downtown (Jericho Tpke) Project.
Living a stone’s throw from the LIRR main line for 48 years has given me a front row seat of various iterations of the Third Track Project costing from $195 million to $1.2 billion.
In the same 30-year period various iterations of replacing the Westbury Ellison Avenue Bridge have been put forth. Thank goodness there will be a new bridge soon. But how soon? Hopefully sooner than it took to eliminate the Mineola Roslyn Road at-grade crossing—eight years.
The New Hyde Park-Mineola Running Club is having its annual 8K race, 2 mile community walk, and children’s 1/4 mile fun run will be held Sunday, June 1, rain or shine. We are hoping for a huge turnout again this year. This is our 37th year. We appreciate holding the event because it is a great community outing, it serves great causes, and, importantly, helps to add to and promote health and fitness within our local communities.
Thank you for coming out in what appears to be a resounding vote of approval for the Herricks School District’s budget and bond. On a sun filled spring day, so many came out to cast a vote of support for a Budget that met the financial requirements of the state, and a fiscally responsible bond that will continue to provide improvements in the structures and surrounding s of our buildings.
World War I: Frank Gully and Frank Kulesa
World War II: Edward Barchuk, Irving Barrington, Henry Becth, Hugh Biddick, James Brookens, Ben Cassmer, Robert Deutsch, Edward Hurley, Floyd Journay, William Kleisrath, Joseph Knight, Francis Langen, Eugene Linder, Gerard Linder, Charles Machik, Walter Mennel, Stephen Merz, John Moran, Eugene McGann, Robert Neumann, Mich’l Peleschak, Robert Rastelli, Robert Reesseque, Thomas Roche, Ralph Sabatelli, John Schaefer, Richard Schoen, Edward Smith, Paul Sochacki, Sterling Taylor, Alfred Tobin, William Tobin, Peter Turko, Stratis Vasilakos,
William Wahreitt and Willett Wallace.
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