While experts have predicted a near-normal hurricane season, it’s important to remember that normal means the possibility of 9-15 named storms. After Hurricane Irene last August, I don’t need to remind Long Islanders that it only takes one storm to force evacuations, damage homes, and leave nearly a half-million homes in the dark—many for days. And to think, Irene was downgraded to tropical storm when it made landfall here.
In preparation for Irene, the American Red Cross opened shelters from North Carolina to Maine—including 31 of them on Long Island. When the storm passed, Red Cross volunteers provided food, water and other emergency supplies to those affected.
Marines and potential recruits, “poolees,” will fill Zach’s Bay at Jones Beach on Saturday, June 16 for the annual Sergeant Majors Cup competition. More than 600 marines, from more than 14 New York State recruiting stations, will participate in the competition held each year for all Marine Corps candidates waiting to deploy to boot camp.
The event is a physical competition, giving candidates a preview of some of the grueling demands of boot camp once they arrive at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in Parris Island, SC.
“Every new job created helps our state’s economy,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “Job creation helps strengthen communities and neighborhoods, and helps families improve their quality of life.”
Hannon supports legislation to implement the “2012 New Jobs-NY” Job Creation Plan, which will help to create thousands of new private sector jobs by delivering tax relief to small businesses and manufacturers, reducing energy costs, and enacting major fiscal reforms to make New York State more economically competitive.
This weekend marks the 144th running of the Belmont Stakes, the third jewel of the Triple Crown in horse racing, and it’s held right here on Long Island, about one of the only times when the worldwide sporting news spotlight shines bright on Nassau County.
I am not discouraging off-track betting establishments, but this particular event is right here in our backyard and has the potential to make world history again this year when “I’ll Have Another,” the three-year-old colt, jockeyed by Mario Gutierrez, attempts to become the 12th horse in history to secure the Triple Crown victory and a purse of $1 million. This hasn’t happened since 1978, when “Affirmed” won all three jewels of the Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, and Belmont Stakes.
The League of Women Voters of Nassau County is a non-partisan organization, which encourages the informed and active participation of citizens in government.
We are greatly distressed by the actions of the presiding officer of the Nassau County Legislature on Monday, May 21, regarding the hearing and sub-sequent unexpected vote on Proposed Local Law No. 2012, “a local law authorizing the County Executive to take any and all actions he deems necessary to create forty-million-dollars saving for the County.”
Doctors and public health experts agree that birth control is a basic and essential component of women’s preventive health care. Following the medical community’s recommendation, the Obama administration mandated that employers provide health insurance, including birth control, for its employees. An exception for religious organizations was made, exempting them from providing birth control coverage, subsidizing the cost of birth control, or referring for birth control. Employees of these organizations were ensured access by requiring the employer’s health plan to provide birth control coverage directly to these women free-of-charge.
Spring means a number of changes here in New York. There’s baseball on the diamonds again, the sound of children on the swing sets, and the first pay check that you’ve been able to keep in your wallet. Now, I know that the last one might seem a little odd to you, but in 2012, Long Islanders had to work 121 days (until May 1) until they earned enough money to pay all of their combined taxes.
In 2009, Congress increased the maximum mass transit benefit to $230 per month, but these benefits need to be renewed on a yearly basis. Unfortunately, the federal government’s inaction has resulted in these benefits being reduced to the pre-2009 level of $125 a month. New York also provides mass transit tax breaks for commuters that mirror the federal benefit. Consequently, because of the actions of money-hungry politicians in Congress, your tax bill will go up this year if we fail to act quickly.
I want to commend Ronald Scaglia on an excellently written and well researched three-part series “Just One Pill” that appeared in three consecutive editions through May in the Anton Community Newspapers and is available online. As a former journalist and editor, I consider the series representative of excellent journalism and a contender for award recognition.
On behalf of the Levittown Board of Education, I would like to take this opportunity to thank the community for the overwhelming support of this year’s budget, passing it by the widest margin in most people’s memory. We thank you for the renewed confidence you have shown to our central office staff, especially our new superintendent, Dr. James Grossane. We thank you for your continued confidence in your board of education. For two years in a row the open seats have been uncontested.
Thank you for your continued support of the educational programs in the Island Trees Union Free School District. We are grateful that our residents have continued the tradition of support to the children in our school community.
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