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State Comptroller: Poor Budgeting Practices at Levittown Led to $6M Deficit

Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Thursday, 25 June 2009 16:42

District Agrees With Recommendations, Has Already Implemented Corrective Measures

Inaccurate estimates on revenue and spending over several years led to a $6 million budget gap and $15.9 million in excess reserve funds at Levittown Schools, according to an audit released by State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.

 

Island Trees Teacher Arrested on Child Pornography Charges

Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:20

Currently Being Held Without Bail

An Island Trees Memorial Middle School teacher pleaded not guilty on June 12 to federal charges of downloading videos of child pornography.
According to U.S. District Court documents, between Oct. 1, 2008 and June 11, 2009, Richard Hartig, 42, “intentionally received visual depictions…involving the use of one or more minors engaging in sexually explicit conduct.”

 

Levittown Board Holds First Regular Meeting Since Budget Vote

Written by Thomas Duffy Wednesday, 17 June 2009 16:16

Bus Transportation Eligibility Reduction

Prompts Debate

On the evening of June 10, the Levittown Public School District’s Board of Education held a public meeting at the Levittown Memorial Education Center.
It was the board’s first regular meeting – that is, a meeting that was not a hearing or a planning session – since the 2009/10 budget was voted on and passed on May 19.

 

Rescue Ink Takes Fight Against Animal Abuse to a New Level

Written by Thomas Duffy Friday, 12 June 2009 08:57

For nearly two years, Rescue Ink has been crusading to put an end to animal cruelty and neglect.

Rescue Ink, a nonprofit organization on Long Island, was formed in 2007 by several longtime friends who were united by their love and admiration of animals.

 

Government Consolidation Bill Passes Assembly, Senate

Written by Joe Rizza Friday, 12 June 2009 08:54

Gives Residents Power to Dissolve Special Taxing Districts

A bill that would streamline the process for local governments, including villages, towns and special districts to be dissolved has passed overwhelmingly in the New York State Assembly and Senate.
The bill, entitled the “New N.Y. Government Reorganization and Citizen Empowerment Act,” was unveiled by New York State Attorney General Andrew Cuomo.
The bill is designed to give residents the power to dissolve local governments such as special districts, towns and villages. School districts are not included. Proponents view the act as a way to streamline governments in favor of a more cost-effective way of delivering services to residents.

 

Suozzi Announces Bid to Run for Re-election

Thursday, 04 June 2009 15:07

Says It’s Time for A Property Tax Revolution

Nassau County Executive Thomas R. Suozzi has announced his bid to run for re-election to the post he has held since 2001. Suozzi will be running this November to continue as the Nassau County Executive in a time when residents are hurting financially from a national recession.

With residents of Nassau County particularly finding it difficult to continue their way of life in the communities they call home because of the property tax burden, Suozzi says it’s time for a property tax revolution.

 

Foreclosure Prevention Seminar Offers Free Information for Residents

Written by Debora Toth Thursday, 04 June 2009 14:56

Saladino Said Goal Was to Promote Help, Guidance and Counseling

In a home foreclosure prevention education seminar on Thursday evening, May 15 at the Farmingdale Library, Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino’s goal was to promote the fact that free help, guidance, and counseling are available for those who feel they are on the brink of foreclosure or in foreclosure of their homes.

 

GOP Announces 2009 Slate for November Elections

Written by Victoria Caruso-Davis Thursday, 28 May 2009 16:32

Edward Mangano to Challenge Suozzi for County Exec Seat

On May 14, County Legislator Ed Mangano (17th L.D. – Bethpage) was officially nominated as the Nassau Republican Party’s candidate of choice to challenge Tom Suozzi for county executive on Nov. 3.

Additional nominations, originally scheduled to take place at the party’s May 21 convention at Levittown’s Wisdom Lane Middle School May 21, were postponed, as was an executive committee meeting, due to swine flu precautions. A new date for the convention was not set as of press time.

 

New York Air Show Returns to Jones Beach

Written by Jaime L. Tomeo Thursday, 28 May 2009 16:28

Hundreds of thousands of spectators flocked to Jones Beach to watch the New York Air Show over Memorial Day weekend. The Air Show was sponsored by Bethpage Federal Credit Union.
This year the U.S. Air Force graced the skies in F-16s, performing a demonstration sequence that consisted of a series of formation aerobatics. This precision demonstration team treated local residents to fly bys and tricks the week before the actual Air Show, as they were based out of Republic Airport in Farmingdale.

 

Levittown Board of Education Hears Pleas of Budget Cuts

Written by Thomas Duffy Thursday, 21 May 2009 16:30

On May 12, at the Levittown Memorial Education Center, the Levittown Public School District’s Board of Education held a public meeting to discuss the district budget for the 2009/10 fiscal year. It was the final such meeting the board held before the proposed budget was put up for a vote on May 19.

The board had already held a series of public sessions this year to plan out and adopt the new budget. Faced with a potential budget deficit exacerbated by the conditions of the nation’s current economic recession, the board had mulled over a multitude of possible cutbacks among the district’s staff, programs, and services in an effort to save money. The board meetings often featured large public turnouts, with many people associated with the district – residents and staff members alike – expressing concern and even anger over many of the proposed cuts. Ultimately, the board chose to make carefully selected cuts to its sports, music and vocational education programs, which included reductions in staff for each.

 

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