Approaching New Year’s Eve last week, many people might have feared starting 2011 with a hangover, but for County Executive Edward P. Mangano, it was the prospect of a takeover, of the county’s finances by New York State agency Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) on Jan. 1, that became very real.
The NIFA Board of Directors held its last meeting of the year on Dec. 30, at which time, many believed the authority would vote to enter what is called a “Control Period,” which enables the group to step in and take a leading role in Nassau County’s financial affairs. This is one of the functions of the watchdog agency that was created by New York State in 2000 due to the county’s poor fiscal situation. The group has served first, to restructure the county’s debt, and second, to oversee its financial operations, mandated to assume control of them if the county ever misses debt payments or if its major operating funds, the budget upon which it functions, suffers from a deficit of larger than 1 percent.
Sophomore Christina Merrill has the most assists of any player on the Women’s Soccer Team at Farmingdale State College and was named Player of the Year at the Skyline Conference.
Merrill, a Levittown resident, started playing soccer when she was 5 years old and hasn’t stopped yet.
She’s the college’s midfielder, leading the team in points with 29 and 13 assists in a single game. She is ranked 11th in the nation in assists and 23rd in Division III.
Wednesday, Dec. 8 brought about two more incidents of drunk drivers speeding the wrong way down major Long Island highways, which has led to a total of five such occurrences happening within a month’s time and yet another tragic unnecessary death. Drunk driving is no laughing matter, but laughter can be a key ingredient for people wanting to make a change for the better.
The Long Island based comedy group Recovery To Go (RTG) has decided to stage its first major event as an alcohol free New Year’s Eve celebration to benefit MADD Long Island.
The accomplishments of two staff members opened the most recent regular meeting of the Levittown School District’s Board of Education on Wednesday, Dec. 15.
Dowling College and News 12 recognized Levittown United Teachers (LUT) member Judy Ascher as Long Island Educator of the Month. Twelve teachers were selected from 50 applicants to be recognized for this honor.
Dr. Clyde Payne, Dean of Education, presented the award to Ascher last month in her fifth-grade classroom at Summit Lane Elementary School.
Declaring that by 2013, the county’s finances will be “back on track,” a confident Edward P. Mangano announced $23 million in new budget cuts in anticipation of the 2011 fiscal year.
The announcement was made at a press conference in Mineola last Thursday. The county executive was joined by Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos and Majority Leader Peter J. Schmitt, as all three stood under a banner worded with an anti-big government quotation from Republican Party icon Ronald Reagan. The county executive touted the achievements of his first year, including the elimination of a home energy tax and achieving a small budget surplus. Most of all, he claimed that the new round of budget reductions would help keep the county budget balanced throughout the 2011 fiscal year even in the face of funding mandates from Albany.
Less than 24 hours after the public town hall meeting in Hempstead ended on Tuesday, Dec. 7, the three volunteers who have been banned from entering the Town of Hempstead Animal Shelter in Wantagh since late October, filed a lawsuit against the Town of Hempstead, Kate Murray, Bruce Hallbert, Jill Schuster, Patricia Horan, Vincent Napoli, Joanne Miranda, Russel Davis, and Ashley Sheridan.
In the lawsuit dated Wednesday, Dec. 8 Diane Madden of East Meadow, Lucille DeFina of Merrick, and Frances Lucivero-Pelletier of Levittown allege that they were banned from the shelter after making claims of animal abuse and neglect. They are seeking an unspecified compensation and to be restored to their volunteer duties at the shelter.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice announced recently that Robert Feder was sentenced to 16 years in prison by a Nassau County judge after pleading guilty to killing a Nassau County Deputy Attorney in a Westbury car crash last May while under the influence of cocaine.
According to police, Feder, 51, of Huntington Station, pleaded guilty to Aggravated Vehicular Homicide, Attempted Murder in the Second Degree, and Driving While Ability Impaired by Drugs on Oct. 29.
The students and staff at Jonas E. Salk Middle School congratulate Ryan Clifford on a remarkable high school cross-country season. He’s only the second eighth grader in the history of MacArthur High School to fully participate on a varsity cross-country team. Clifford proved himself consistently throughout the whole season. Clifford’s best time for a 5k this year was 18:38 and he also set the school record for the boys’ freshman 1.5-mile run.
On Monday, Dec. 6 the Levittown community gathered at Veterans Memorial Park at Shelter Lane and Hempstead Turnpike, in front of the Levittown Public Library for its annual tree lighting celebration, hosted by the Chamber of Commerce.
Hundreds of kids, young and old, anxiously waited for Santa’s arrival while listening to the holiday songs performed by several community youth groups including the St. Bernard’s Children’s Choir, the PAL Twirlers, and Island Trees student orchestra.
The Island Trees BOE approved the extension of insurance coverage to volunteer firefighters and ambulance workers at its most recent meeting held at the Stephen Karopczyc School in Levittown.
According to the provisions of the New York State Health Insurance Program or NYSHIP, eligibility would be extended only to active volunteers and the total cost of participation in the program by volunteers and their families would be the responsibility of the volunteer.
Current annual costs for coverage under the program are $7,495.08 for an individual and $16,290.60 for a family.
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