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Letter: Congressman Israel Calls For Common-Sense Fire Safety Measures

A few weekends ago, I was honored to take part in the Kerry Rose Foundation’s first ever 5K-trail run at Hoyt Farm Nature Preserve in Commack. The foundation was created to honor the memory of Kerry Rose Fitzsimons, a Marist College student and Commack High School graduate, who was tragically killed in 2012 in an off-campus house fire in Poughkeepsie. The event brought together community members and first responders to raise awareness of and promote fire safety.

 

Each year, 2,855 people lose their lives and an additional 16,500 are injured by fires.  The cost of a fire sprinkler system is between $1,700 and $21,000. But the cost of failing to making this investment is potentially far greater.

 

That’s why I stood with Kerry’s family in March 2012 at the Commack Fire Department to call for the passage of the Fire Sprinkler Incentive Act, which would provide a tax incentive for retrofitting properties with sprinkler systems. This is common-sense legislation that could help save lives. We just need Congress to bring it to a vote. 

 

 I am thankful that the New York State Legislature passed and the Governor signed Assemblyman Michael Den Dekker’s legislation, the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act, which requires public and private colleges in New York to provide a written fire safety notification to each student living in a college-owned or operated housing facility, both on- and off-campus. 

 

While I’m thrilled that New York has taken action, I recognize that our work is not done. That is why I will be introducing the Kerry Rose Fire Sprinkler Notification Act in the U.S. House of Representatives and will work to pass Kerry’s law at the federal level so all of our nation’s students can have the safety information they will be getting in New York.

 

Rep. Steve Israel


News

The smell of pine, wood and scented candles greet customers with a sense of home as they cross the wooden threshold to the Amish Craft Barn in Seaford. There they will find dolls, birdhouses, quilts, ceramic turkeys, hand-painted Christmas trees, oak furniture and other seasonal and holiday tchotchkes.

 

Massapequa natives Frank and Pam Hoerauf started The Amish Craft Barn & Gift Shoppe 20 years ago after an inspiring visit to Pennsylvania.

Holidays increase daily congestion 

While parking around LIRR train stations is typically a challenge, even on a regular work day, the holidays create more of a struggle for commuters in search of parking spots. LIRR spokesman Salvatore Arena said that ridership between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day increases by at least 10 percent; last year it was by 12 percent. Though the MTA is adding more trains to the schedule, that doesn’t ease the parking situation, which is operated not by the LIRR, but by individual municipalities in each town. 

 

“Every station is different,” Arena said. “A good part of our parking is in the hands of the locality. They set the rules essentially.”


Sports

The Island Trees Cross Country teams continue their improvement in 2014. This year the girls’ team has a record of 8-2 and with their victories over Clarke and Wheatley High Schools, they clinched the Division Championship for the first time in Island Trees High School history.

 

The girls are led by senior Captain Angela Brocco who has been rewriting the girl’s record boards. Brocco set the school record for the Warwick Valley 5000 meter course on Sept. 20. 

This season the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team at Division Avenue has the rare ability to fill every position on the field with a member of the senior class. All 11 seniors have made contributions to the success of this year’s squad.


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