On Thursday, March 1 the Levittown Tribune sat down with Levittown Schools Superintendent Dr. James Grossane and Assistant Superintendent for Business and Finance Mark Flower for an informal chat about the upcoming school budget.
Dr. Grossane said he plans to have Flower explain the tax cap at each public budget planning session. He feels there is a lot of confusion and misconception about the tax cap and what it means for residents. It’s his goal to have enough people understand the tax cap before the budget is presented, so the community can focus more on the budget rather than the “fear of not understanding a tax levy.”
Within an hour of the doors opening at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City on Sunday, March 4 a three-hour line stretching down to the children’s museum formed with chocolate lovers excitedly waiting to enter the Chocolate Expo’s first Long Island event.
Inside the museum, more than 50 vendors displayed a wide variety of products, mostly chocolate, some offering items that pair with chocolate, and some things were just a fun addition to the “farmer’s market” appeal of the expo.
On Monday, Feb. 27 James A. Slattery, Jr. of Levittown was laid to rest at St. Margaret’s Cemetery in Plainview. Dozens of friends, family, and community members gathered at Thomas F. Dalton Funeral Home to pay their final respects over the weekend and share their memories of a man, known to many as a regular “Mr. Levittown.”
Whenever people would ask Slattery’s wife, Nancy, what her husband’s hobby was she would say, “It’s Levittown; he loves Levittown.” She said her husband began suffering from dementia about five years ago, but he never completely forgotten the memories he made and the friends he met along the way.
No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward P. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
Dr. Francesco Ianni, principal of Division Avenue High School (DAHS) is proud to announce the Valedictorian and Salutatorian of the Class of 2012. Both young men are exceptional students whose academic achievement is equaled by their athletic, cultural, and philanthropic pursuits.
Evan Rosati, with an average of 101.93, is the class Valedictorian. He is an AP (advanced placement) scholar with distinction, an RPI medalist, president of the Science Olympiad, vice president of the Student Council, vice president of the Math Honor Society, captain of both the Mathletes, and the Long Island Challenge team. While following a schedule entirely consisting of AP coursework, he is a member of the National Honor Society, the World Language Honor Society, the Mathematics Honor Society and the Science National Honor Society.
On Valentine’s Day, love was a many splendored thing for one Levittown couple who renewed their wedding vows during a romantic ceremony performed by Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray at the American Airpower Museum in Farmingdale.
Standing among a collection of vintage American aircrafts and fighter planes, a group of Nassau County GIs with compelling wartime love stories gathered together to renew their commitment to each other in front of a large crowd of friends and family.
The Wantagh-Levittown Volunteer Ambulance Corps (WLVAC) is in its 56th year of service to the Levittown and surrounding communities this month. The organization was founded in 1956 by Homer K. Moore, a local plumber, who wanted to provide a free ambulance service to residents.
In 1981 WLVAC began providing Advanced Life Support through the 911 emergency response systems. This enabled WLVAC to begin treating critical injuries and medical emergencies with state-of-the-art life-saving equipment and techniques in addition to continued ambulance services.
WLVAC responds from its headquarters at 129 Balsam Lane (adjoining the ambulance garage on Hempstead Turnpike) with in-house crews, which enables the team to guarantee fully-trained assistance with what WLVAC boasts, “one of the fastest response times in the county.”
In a gala celebration held Saturday, Feb. 11, Wantagh Fire Department installed its line and administrative officers including Chief of Department William R. Allen. In addition, the department honored Donald E. Snyder for 60 years of service to the district.
Ten members of Ladies Auxiliary were sworn in, followed by the department administrative officers. This was followed by the line officers consisting of 12 lieutenants, 11 captains, 3 assistant chiefs and the Chief of Department William R. Allen. Allen was accompanied by his wife Kelly and his five children, Will, Megan, Ryan, Matthew, and Shannon.
Service awards were presented for “Years of Service,” in addition to honoring Commissioner Don Snyder with proclamations from Nassau County and Town of Hempstead officials.
There are easier tasks than the one facing Kevan Abrahams. As a Nassau County Legislator, he will be grappling with the issues facing the cash strapped county and in particular will be deliberating on a budget which may call for more layoffs of county workers, reduction of services and changes for Nassau police precincts. As the Democratic Minority Leader in the legislature, he will be one of the more prominent figures as those discussions take place, a position that requires he walk a political tightrope as he leads the opposition to some of those proposals while also trying to get Republican County Executive Ed Mangano and the Republicans in control of the Legislature to give consideration to his party’s suggestions and input. And, he will also do so while getting a feel for his new role as he has just taken over the position of the Minority Leader in the Legislature after being chosen by his party last November. Yet, despite all of this, there is a calmness and confidence about him as he takes this all on, something that he attributes to many years of experience in both politics and finance.
Numerous Long Island lawmakers, joined by both the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives, plus Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos were out in force last Friday, calling for further reductions in the MTA payroll tax.
The press conference, held at the Nassau County Executive & Legislative Building, introduced state legislation (S-6206), one co-authored by State Senators Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Lee Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley). The bill would exempt villages, towns, and counties in New York State from the MTA payroll tax. Municipalities in New York State, both lawmakers said, currently pay a .34 percent tax per $100 of payroll to pay for the MTA.
“Property taxpayers paying for village, town and county services should not have their hard-earned tax dollars diverted to subsidize the MTA through this payroll tax,” Senator Martins said. “We need to alleviate some of the burdens placed on our local governments. This legislation does that and the result will be relief for our taxpayers, something we desperately need.”
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