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Editorial: The Next Mexico

Remy International is closing the Bay Shore auto parts plant it purchased less than eight months ago. “USA has an outstanding reputation with strong product distribution and a diverse product line,” the acquiring CEO said back then. But the short gap between purchase and closing suggests Remy never intended to keep USA’s plant or its 271 workers, just its customers. 

 

The loss will surely have a ripple effect. Add in the 32 LI employees being terminated by Microsoft, and it’s roughly $12-$14 million in annual salaries that won’t get spent at businesses on Long Island or generate any taxes for schools and cops.  

 

It seems there’s more at issue than the corporate tax rate — recently cut from 7.1 percent to 6.5 percent. Born in a garage in Indiana, Remy now does its manufacturing in countries such as Mexico,

Hungary and China, where wages and regulations are low.  

 

Many online commenters believe that only by lowering taxes and wages will we be able to “compete.” But that seems to us a race to the bottom. It’s not our ambition to be the next Hungary or Mexico. 

 

What do you think?  Will cutting wages and taxes be the shot in the arm Long Island needs? Or just take us further down the rabbit hole? Vote or comment at www.liweekly.com.

News

Despite the national media attention about Ebola in recent weeks, there is one virus that is actually affecting Long Islanders, Enterovirus D68 (EV-D68), with one of the first cases identified in North Hempstead on Sept. 18 and a recent case on Oct. 15 in Suffolk County, which school officials called for the closing of school, as a health precaution. 

 

The Levittown School District has been vigilant with the increase of cases in general. “We are continuing to implement the precautions provided by the health department and the CDC,” said Levittown School District Assistant Superintendent for Administration and Personnel Darlene Rhatigan. “We are also reminding students and staff to be mindful of the importance of proper hygiene including frequent hand washing.”

Audrey Zhang, a sixth grader at Island Trees Memorial Middle School, took home first place in the Long Island Arts Alliance (LIAA) on Sept. 17. Zhang was honored at the Cradle of Aviation Museum for her work and was presented with a $500 check and an iPad Mini. Many dignitaries were on hand, including State Education Department Regent Roger Tilles.


Sports

 

Four Division Avenue High School seniors have signed national letters of intent to play baseball at local universities next fall. All four players were instrumental in winning the 2014 Nassau County Championship. 

The Island Trees Squirts Rockets U-6 team met with town officials, Supervisor Kate Murray and Councilman Gary Hudes at the 2014 Island Trees Soccer Club Opening Day Parade and Ceremony held at Stokes Elementary School. Pictured also with the Rockets U-6 team is President Joe Badolato, Event Coordinator Keri Cinelli, Equipment Commissioner Chris Blum, Travel Commissioner Mike Rich, Vice-President Brian Fielding and Rockets U-6 Coach Gina Weyland.



Calendar

Board of Ed Meeting - October 22

League Of Women Voters Talk - October 23

Lecture - October 24


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
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Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com