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Desk of Herricks Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth: December 24, 2010

Written by Herricks Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth Friday, 24 December 2010 00:00

This past year a movie on the creation of Facebook was very popular and last week Time magazine selected Facebook’s editor as its person of the year. Clearly, social networking via the internet has come of age. It is more and more widespread and more and more mainstream. The opportunities it presents via Facebook and other social networking sites for staying in touch are both fun and valuable to many people.

There are, unfortunately, also some significant downsides. Many of the problems of the three-dimensional, physical world – theft, scams, sexual predators, etc. - have migrated to the world of the internet. In fact, some of these have found the internet to be an easier place to do business given the internet’s openness and anonymity. Bullying has also found a home on the internet.


Letter: But Again, “No!”

Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

We’ve all waited close to nine months for public statements from the Herricks Teacher’s Association and the Herricks administrators regarding a possible temporary freeze in salaries and benefits during these extremely difficult economic times. Nine months of silence ended at the last Herricks School Board meeting with the Teachers’ union president saying “no” to opening up contract discussions. He continued giving the usual and expected “spin” about the per pupil spending as compared to neighboring districts and we being the lowest although we remain one of the top districts on Long Island. Next was the line about how families continue to move into the district because of the excellent school system. Then came the “unfunded mandates” line from the state and local government as well as the New York State budget process. Although this all may be true, all these things can be said in any of the so-called neighboring school districts as well.


Letter: Open Letter to Jon Kaiman, Re Tully Pool

Friday, 17 December 2010 00:00

In regards to your recent statements that Tully Pool will be closed again to replace or repair the pool liner, which you stated will be done at no additional cost by the contracting company. My question is did the liner come with a warranty and/or is there insurance on the pool? If there is then the repair should be no problem.

How did the “liner” get damaged to allow moisture to seep through? Was the liner defective? Then it would be the company who made the liner’s responsibility. Is it the same liner as the old pool? How could the contractor be responsible for fixing the liner at no cost? Unless the contractor damaged the liner.

You stated that residents are spreading misinformation  for political reasons, I strongly disagree. Whatever is happening at Tully the end result is that the taxpayers foot the bill.  So if you could please answer the above questions, thus avoiding any more “rumors” about the pool sinking causing these problems, it would be greatly appreciated.

Michele Chambers

New Hyde Park


Letter: Years of Uncertainty

Friday, 10 December 2010 00:00

Can we break the cycle of uncertainty? The answer is ‘yes we can’ if we have the will. This same uncertain cycle has occurred before except we now have an overabundance of easy fix artists that ply a trade and tone that are not in the best interests of our nation, our state, and our very home towns. Fear not - the solutions will come from the people of our very own home towns.


Letter: Frank Scaturro Was on A Fast Track, But Was Derailed

Friday, 03 December 2010 00:00

Back in the summer of 2009, Frank Scaturro, a Republican and 30-plus year resident of New Hyde Park announced that he would be running in 2010 for Congress in the 4th Congressional District to oppose the incumbent, Carolyn McCarthy, who had fallen out of grace with many of the people who voted for her previously.

Scaturro brought qualifications we have never seen in a congressional candidate-a home-grown constitutional lawyer who served as Counsel for the Constitution to the Senate Judiciary and worked on the nominations of Supreme Court Justices Roberts & Alito; author of several books on history, a professor at Hofstra Law School and the list goes on and on highlighting the accomplishments of this young man.       

He put together a strong campaign that raised more money than any other Republican challenger in the history of this seat, and had supporters far and wide endorsing his decision to run.


Letter: Cuomo Letter to Chief Judge Regarding Election Litigation

Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

(Attorney General and Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo released this letter on Nov. 17 to Chief Judge Jonathan Lippman, requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving three undecided State Senate races be resolved expeditiously and fairly.)

Dear Chief Judge Lippman:

For reasons which follow, I write for the purpose of requesting that the New York State Unified Court System take appropriate steps to ensure that election-related litigation involving the three undecided State Senate races be resolved as expeditiously as possible.

Today, more than two weeks after Election Day, several lawsuits have already been commenced, and numerous courts, election workers and lawyers throughout the State are busily engaged in the process of resolving the elections at issue.


Desk of Herricks Superintendent Dr. John Bierwirth: November 26, 2010

Written by Dr. John Bierwirth Friday, 26 November 2010 00:00

Snow Days — School Closing and

Delayed Openings

As winter approaches, the thought of possible snow storms has reminded me of the importance of reviewing our practices regarding school closures and delayed openings.

• Snow Days

If weather conditions are such that it is difficult or impossible for district staff to clear driveways and paths at our buildings, for buses to be able to travel safely through the Herricks community in a timely fashion, for the vast majority of staff to be able to get to work on time or for students to be able to get safely from their homes to school either on foot or in a car, we will close school for the day. These decisions are usually made between 4 and 5:30 a.m. Included in the decision-making process are the Director of Transportation, the Director of Facilities and myself. We also consult with our counterparts in neighboring school districts and with the police regarding road conditions.


Letter: Assemblywoman Michelle Schimel Says “Thanks”

Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

Thank you for voting on Election Day. Participating in the electoral process is the cornerstone of democratic government and community action.

That being said, I am especially grateful for those who voted for me, recognizing that my actions as your Assemblywoman are driven by a love of community, a strong belief in our governmental system, and compassion for those in need –-which frankly cuts across all demographics.

I have always believed that hard work, some sacrifice, persistence coupled with patience will help us achieve the goals we want for ourselves, our children and our New York State. I will continue to work each day with you always in my thoughts.

Michelle Schimel

Member of Assembly

16th Assembly District



Letter: Fiscal Irresponsibility and the Special District Money Grab Cabal

Friday, 19 November 2010 00:00

In the last several local elections an expressed desire for fiscal responsibility and the preservation of local governmental control has come to the forefront of voter concern. There are several so called “do-gooder” groups who plan to go into villages, fire districts, water districts, and sanitation districts, that they do not live in or support with their tax dollars, with the express purpose of eliminating these local entities regardless of what residents prefer. At the same time, state officials from New York City want to raid the surpluses these entities have so they can continue to feed their reckless spending habits.

Local officeholders, who embraced tax and spend policies without regard to the negative financial consequences to be inflicted on future generations, were voted out of office. Some that survived will be voted out next time or they will not run for office again. Officeholders who have made it easier for outsiders to eliminate villages, fire districts, water districts, and sanitation districts, have been voted out of office. But the state law that allows outsiders easy pickings on local governments is still in effect. The Long Island Progressive Coalition is gearing up for action. So the fight continues.


The Mayor’s Corner: November 12, 2010

Written by Williston Park Mayor Paul Ehrbar Friday, 12 November 2010 00:00

Next Meeting Set for November 20, Saturday

The next village meeting is scheduled for Saturday,  November 20th at 10 a.m. The meeting, while considered a “regular” meeting with village business being conducted, is the annual “ Village Official for a Day”. Students from Cross Street, Center Street and St. Aidan’s schools have submitted essays to the village for review.

After careful consideration  students will be chosen to represent village officials for the meeting. Residents are encouraged to attend this meeting in particular, not only to participate in village government, but also, to provide support for our young officials. It should be an informative, enjoyable meeting.


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