This week, Nassau County Legislators and other officials have begun to look into the hard copy of the 2011 budget that was proposed last Wednesday by County Executive Edward P. Mangano, which he said was designed to deliver no property tax increases while also addressing a budget gap of over $340 million.
As the specifics are explored this week, and the debate begins to play out, his detractors remain skeptical about how realistic the plan is, relying on union concessions that might not work. Critics also accuse that the proposal simply takes costs out of the county budget that taxpayers will simply have to pay through higher school and local taxes. Finally mass transit advocates say the budget turns its back on the negotiations with the MTA that might have kept Long Island from losing bus service.
Ex-Chiefs Steve Dunn and Steve Schuman place a wreath before the monument bearing the name of Lieutenant Kevin Donnelly of Ladder Co. 3, F.D.N.Y. in front of Wantagh’s Station 2 on the morning of Saturday, Sept. 11. The placing of the wreath was in honor of Donnelly who was also a member of Wantagh Engine Co. 4. He gave his life at the World Trade Center. A second ceremony was held later Saturday evening at Station 1 for Firefighter Lee Fehling who was a member of Wantagh Ladder 1. Fehling also perished on 9/11 while assigned to Engine Co. 235, F.D.N.Y. Photo by Harry Loud
On Saturday, Sept. 11, the Seaford High School held its ninth annual Candle Lighting Ceremony to commemorate the lives lost in the 2001 attacks on the nation. Special honors were mentioned to the families of Thomas Haskell, Tomothy Haskell, John Perry, Robert Sliwak, and Michael Wittenstein. The Seaford Memorial Committee has established an annual Patriot Award and has given over $95,000 in student scholarships. The 2010 Patriot Award winners are: Stephanie Lebitz, William Kempner, Leonard DiBono, Michelle Bernshteyn and Jennifer Rodriguez.
Visit www.seaford911.org for additional information and upcoming events.
Declaring that his candidacy for the Republican Party nomination for governor was in “great shape,” former Long Island congressman Rick Lazio made another campaign stop in Nassau County last week, with a visit to the Massapequa Diner.
Although most of his conversation with the local media was about jobs and the economy, Lazio also gave some personal insight into why, after a 10-year absence, he is back in the political arena. In 2000, Lazio, then a four-term congressman from the Second Congressional District, lost a highly publicized U.S. Senate race to Hilary Clinton.
A tribute to the Battle of Britain took place over the Labor Day holiday weekend at the American Airpower Museum at Republic Airport.
The American Airpower Museum hosted a World War II British Lancaster bomber (pictured), one of the few still flying.
Levittown families will have to dig a little deeper in their pockets this fall if they want their kids to buy lunch or participate in the district’s driver education program.
At the last public special meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 25 at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, the board members voted to increase fees on both programs. In-district driver education will increase from $510 to $550 for the fall 2010 and spring 2011 semesters while school lunch prices will increase 10 cents for both K-5 and 6-12. The new school lunch prices will be $2.10 and $2.35, respectively.
On Tuesday, Aug 24, the Island Trees Board of Education held the final special meeting of the summer. Seven parents and community members were in attendance.
The five-year plan contract has been awarded to BBS Architects & Engineers of Patchogue. The contract award encompasses the building conditions survey, where BBS will identify the varying degrees in which aspects of the district’s buildings need repair and improvement.
The Nassau County Board of Elections has been doing a “trunk show” at venues all over the area to show voters how the new optical scanner machines work. Nassau County is following the new guidelines of the Help Americans Vote Act (HAVA) that was passed by the federal government in Oct. 2002 when then-President George W. Bush signed it into law.
The aim of the legislation was to enhance voter access, prevent fraud, and modernize elections. Each state was to set up its own system.
“The agreement reached in the joint conference committee represents the first major overhaul of New York State’s election process in over 50 years,” said Senator John Flanagan (R-East Northport), chair of the Senate Elections Committee.
Trains, trucks, baseball. Sounds like the list of a few things any normal 8-year-old boy would love and it is the list of things Jake Amato loves most. Jake is entering third grade this year at Northside Elementary in Farmingdale, but his plight with childhood leukemia keeps him from school and playtime on most days. He was diagnosed with cancer when he was only four years old.
His family had some relief last year when they believed it had gone into remission, but it has returned. Although childhood leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow, is the most common cancer among children and mostly curable, Jake is in the eight percent of all relapse cases. He is presently undergoing chemotherapy treatments at Cohen Children’s Medical Center (formerly Schneider’s) in New Hyde Park. The chemotherapy treatment could sustain him for two to three years and keep his leukemia in remission.
On Thursday, Aug. 12, Governor David Paterson held a news conference at the Nassau County Police Academy in Massapequa Park to announce a new provision to Leandra’s Law, requiring that all individuals convicted of a DWI, even first time offenders with, or without a child in the vehicle to install an ignition interlock system on any vehicle they operate. The provision went into effect on Sunday, Aug. 15.
This is a triumph for the advocates of ignition interlocks, including the local Long Island chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) who have lobbied tirelessly in Albany to remove it from judicial discretion, an optional condition assigned to those convicted of drunken driving.
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