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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
(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/. )
I always read the Letters to the Editor. I was very disappointed in the cartoon that was in the paper. Here is a woman with five kids, looking for a babysitter, so she voted for the school budget. It is in poor taste. Our school is not a babysitting service.
I read your story about Canadian Geese. A large part of the problem is a man-made one. This is a migratory species that no longer migrates. I understand that geese were originally introduced into the area by hunters, and they never learned to migrate. Since there are very few predators in this area, the problem does worsen every year.
Thank you for writing about this problem,
Rich Cameron, Hauppauge, NY
On behalf of Peggy and myself—we wish to thank the Levittown community for re-electing us to serve the students and taxpayers of Levittown. As always, we will do our best to serve the community, as we have the last three years. Also, thank you for passing the budget; it was not an easy year to prepare a fiscally sound budget, insuring our children and taxpayers get the most for their money. We are excited to be part of the team to take Levittown to the next level. Thanks, again.
James Moran and Peggy Marenghi, Levittown School Board of Education
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