On Wednesday, Aug. 10, up to 40 protestors from MoveOn.org gathered by Rep. Peter King’s office in Massapequa to protest his recent support for legislation that raised the nation’s debt ceiling.
“We have a simple message: we need jobs, not budget cuts,” said Bob McKee, a local MoveOn.org member. “We’re here today to say ‘enough is enough’ and demand that Representative King stop his assault on the American Dream. It is far past time that Washington end the tax giveaways to corporations and the wealthy and use that money to revitalize our community and create good jobs that we so desperately need.”
Levittown’s shoppers may have noticed an unusual number of collection drives outside local supermarkets and inside Levittown’s Old Navy considering it is not the traditional holiday season. This whirlwind of midsummer collection drives over a four-day span led to a U-haul trailer and the back of a Suburban full of nonperishable food, toiletries, clothing, and furniture and an additional $1,100 heading from Levittown to Joplin for the victims of the May 22 tornado that devastated the Missouri town.
After several years of performing locally, Levittown-based quartet Patent Pending earned a spot on this year’s Vans Warped Tour, a punk rock music and extreme sports festival that hits 45 cities across the country each year.
The tour, which is now in its 17th year, has become a summertime staple for young music fans because it features a daily lineup of over 100 national touring bands and performances from world-renowned skateboarders.
On Friday, July 29 Nassau County held its first annual emergency services summit with over 500 police, firefighters, EMTs, and hospital officials to reduce wait time that occurs during emergencies.
Ellis Henican was the master of ceremonies, while Nassau County Legislator and Public Safety Chair Dennis Dunne, along with County Executive Edward Mangano, and other local emergency officials and hospital staff authorities addressed the attendees and held panel discussions.
“The development of the Hub is critically important to the Nassau County economy,” Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos said at a July 21 press conference. “It currently supports hundreds of jobs and has the potential to create thousands of construction jobs and permanent jobs as well as increase tax revenues.”
Maragos said that he conducted a review to determine the economic feasibility of the current proposal to develop the Nassau Hub and retain the NY Islanders hockey team. At this point in time, he said, a comprehensive analysis cannot be completed as the lease agreement with the Islanders is still under negotiation and several significant terms have yet to be resolved such as revenue sharing, revenue guarantees, cost overrun protections and the Islanders’ commitment to remain in Nassau County.
On Monday, Aug. 1 residents of Nassau County will be asked to vote on a bond referendum to reconstruct the Nassau Coliseum and adjacent areas, known as the “Hub.” The Hub plan includes a reconstructed sports arena for the Islanders hockey team in place of the present Nassau Coliseum, a new minor league baseball park, and a bolstered Museum Row complex.
Town of Hempstead Public Safety Officer Robert Core, 42, of Hempstead was arrested for Vehicular Manslaughter on Thursday, July 14 in East Meadow after striking and killing a pedestrian on Hempstead Turnpike, Nassau County Police announced.
At an official press conference given by Detective Lt. Kevin Smith of the Nassau County Police Department, Smith said Core was on duty for the Town of Hempstead, responding to a community complaint of kids trespassing at the Wolcott Road swimming pool in Levittown. Core was driving a 2004 Jeep Cherokee, an official, marked vehicle of the Town of Hempstead eastbound on Hempstead Turnpike, about 40 feet west of Franklin Avenue when he struck an unnamed 50-year-old male pedestrian.
Schools lunches were previously $2.10 for kindergarten through fifth grade and $2.35 for sixth through 12th grade students, but the new proposal calls for prices to rise by 15 cents at each level for the 2011-12 school year.
In the first of a series of information sessions planned to cover most of Nassau County, county officials held a public forum at the East Meadow Library on Wednesday, June 29 for residents in the Town of Hempstead regarding what is called the “Hub” area.
On hand to discuss the economic development and jobs creation plan for the Coliseum and the surrounding area were Chief Deputy County Executive Robert Walker, County Spokesperson Brian Nevin, and County Director of Governmental Research Eden Laikin.
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