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.
I don’t want to go dance anymore…I want to quit lacrosse… I hate music lessons…. Often enough parents hear their children make similar statements. From time to time, our children decide that they want to quit their in-school or after-school activity. There are times when our children are just tired or caught up with another activity and they don’t want to attend at that particular moment. There are also times when our children really don’t want to continue with their extracurricular activities. They’re done.
An April 27th letter to the editor [published in Anton Community Newspapers] authored by Philip H. Smith, president of the United University Professions, leads one to believe that Mr. Smith does not closely follow the topics or institutions about which he writes. In his letter, titled “Let the Sun Shine on SUNY Foundations,” Mr. Smith states that The Research Foundation for the State University of New York (“Research Foundation”) is “largely led by government officials”; that it feels “no...compulsion to share information with the public,” and that it is an organization that “cloak[s] [its] activities in secrecy.”
All three statements are easily refutable and simply untrue. The Research Foundation is not led by government officials. Most importantly it is an organization that over the past year has demonstrated, and has been recognized for, its pledge to accountability and transparency.
Northside Elementary School has been fortunate over this year to have Mr. Frank Mortillaro as our interim principal. A product of Levittown education, he has served our community and our school in a manner that would make any parent, community member or taxpayer proud.
New York’s lawmakers and our many leaders outside government have a choice: stand up for public safety, or keep peddling division and fear.
Let’s start with what’s obvious: say “no” to State Senator George Maziarz (R-North Tonowanda) and his bill for a New York-version of Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” the one in the middle of the Trayvon Martin-George Zimmerman trial.
You would expect an organization created for public benefit that is largely led by government officials would be obligated to report to the public about its activities. Yet the Research Foundation of the State University of New York (SUNY) and its many campus foundations are not required to do so and apparently feel no such compulsion to share information with the public. Instead, these organizations often cloak their activities in secrecy.
As president of United University Professions – the union representing academic and professional faculty at SUNY’s state-operated campuses – I think it’s time to let the sun shine in. It’s time to require the SUNY Research Foundation and campus foundations to be held accountable and to be more transparent.
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