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Island Trees High School Named Among Top Schools

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Newsweek magazine has named Island Trees High School among the top 2,000 secondary schools in America for 2013 These selected schools have proven to be the most effective in turning out college-ready graduates. This year, Island Trees High School jumped from 885 to number 779. Criteria included the four-year, on-time graduation rate, the percentage of students accepted to college, Advanced Placement Tests taken per student, the average of students enrolled in at least one AP course, the average AP score and the average SAT score. Check out www.thedailybeast.com/BestHighSchools for the full list and related content.

 

Letter: Walk Safe Program

Thursday, 18 July 2013 00:00

Thanks to County Executive Mangano the “Walk Safe” program is a great idea. I have seen so many who do not know how to properly cross a main street and no doubt this will save lives.

 

Beyond that though Hempstead Turnpike is a New York State controlled road, yet the state will do nothing about the unsafe and incorrect timing of the cross walks. It is not possible for a reasonably active person (never mind a mother with children, a person in a wheelchair or a slower person) to cross Hempstead Tpke (clockwise around any

intersection at least in Levittown) even with properly using the crosswalk; yes, it does have a countdown timer but that is only an indication that the cars now have a green light.

 

Letter: A Work of Fiction?

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:05

Earlier this month Comptroller George Maragos mislead the public during his announcement of the county’s 2012 year-end financial results. Publicly releasing the County’s year-end fiscal results is one of the primary responsibilities of the Comptroller and typically occurs in February or early March. Every year Maragos has been in office he has delayed the release — this year pushing it to June — in effect creating his own timeline. This raises serious doubts about the County’s financial condition and represents an abdication of responsibility by the Comptroller. It is my firm belief that Maragos’ announcement of the year-end financial results is a work of fiction.

 

Letter: Facts Over Opinions

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:05

I read with great interest, and then with dismay, the letter to the editor from my friend Norman Gersman, attacking long time Great Neck resident Howard Weitzman who is a former mayor of Great Neck Estates and former County Comptroller. It is important for readers to understand that Norman was one of George Maragos’ campaign operatives in 2009 and has held a series of County jobs ever since. Also, Norman refers so glowingly to the column by Mike Barry praising and defending Comptroller Maragos’ record … without indicating that Barry is a well-known and consistent supporter of Republican officials and candidates.

 

Letter: My Friend Norman

Wednesday, 03 July 2013 11:02

Most people grow up in a neighborhood; for Norman A. Murray, the neighborhood grew up around him. We lost a giant in the Levittown community recently, as Norman Murray took his place in the heavens.

In many ways, Levittown was built for Norman Murray. Part of the “greatest generation,” he served in the WWII and continued his service in J. Edgar Hoover’s FBI. He was exactly the kind of person that William Levitt wanted to have move to his new development. Norman moved from his native Quincy, MA to Levittown after earning his degree from Boston College under the G.I. Bill. At the time, Levittown was younger than he was. He never left.

 

Letter: A Real Shame: Princesses: Long Island

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

I’m proud to represent an area of Long Island that has been the location for many famous movies and TV shows, including Citizen Kane, Annie Hall, and the hit television series Boardwalk Empire. It’s even the setting for The Great Gatsby. Shamefully, it’s also now the location for a show whose characters are disgraceful, misleading, and fuel anti-Semitic stereotypes: Princesses: Long Island.

 

Letter: Why I Am Standing Firm

Thursday, 27 June 2013 00:00

Now that we have a clearer version of events leading to Board of Education Vice President Terence Hale’s resignation, I am being pressed to withdraw my petition to the State Department of Education—supposedly to save the district the cost of responding. I will explain why I will not.

 

Mr. Hale implicated me in those emails. He either implied or stated that I and others are liars. He stated many other things improper for a school board member.

 

Letter: Treading Water: Pros And Cons Of Fracking

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

I read with interest about the panel discussion on the pros and cons of so-called “hydrofracking.” The debate as framed makes good points, however, it also misses a few key points. 

When I was an exploration and development geologist for a Fortune 100 oil and gas company, for all the majors I worked with the preferred industry standard practice for both oil and gas well completions was called an “acid frac,” or an “acid job.” Based on my understanding, this is still the preferred method for non-horizontal wells, not hydrofracking. 

 

Response to Weitzman’s Letter

Thursday, 20 June 2013 00:00

I am writing in response to Howard Weitzman’s letter to the editor dated May 31, 2013 wherein he disputes the highly respected journalist Mike Barry’s commentary “Quietly Vindicated” which complimented the Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos, published on May 17, 2013.

 

Let’s remember that Mr. Weitzman is the former Comptroller who left the County nearly bankrupt with a $250 million structural deficit. He is now a candidate for Comptroller attempting gain attention with misleading statements. He is wrong in every allegation.

 

Letter: The Education Of State Senator Jack Martins

Thursday, 13 June 2013 00:00

(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to From The Desk Of Senator Jack Martins’ column titled “Stupid is as Stupid Does” which appeared in the April 26 printed editions within Martins’ district, and online at http://www.antonnews.com/mineolaamerican/opinion/28866-from-the-desk-of-ny-state-senator-jack-martins.html/. )

 

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