During the budgetary process this year, the district fielded a number of questions about the increase to our “school election” budget line. For next school year, the state has mandated that all school districts use the new paper ballot system similar to what is now used with local, state, and federal elections.
Annually, the budgetary process ebbs and flows in many different directions before the board of education formally adopts the proposal for the community referendum. The 2012-13 budget development process followed this traditional pattern – rising and falling – until the Island Trees Board of Education adopted the final proposal on Tuesday night.
Although we had very serious concerns about meeting the 2 percent tax cap when the process first began during the summer of 2011, the board met the challenge and was able to get under the tax cap with a tax levy of 1.99 percent.
Over the past several months, there has been much speculation and criticism about the future of Nassau’s eight police precinct buildings. Though critics of this plan have expressed skepticism on realigning the current eight precincts into four, it is important to remember that all eight buildings will remain open and accessible to the public. The realignment of the precincts only affects the boundary lines of administrative paperwork and criminal processing, not the locations in which officers are located on the streets as some critics have stated.
(U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand sent the following letter to U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack and to Anton Newspapers on March 16.)
With the warmer weather upon us, the activity on our playgrounds and fields increases tremendously. We have hundreds and hundreds of children participating in youth sports programs and many other kids playing on our playground equipment each week. This speaks volumes of our community – we have kids who really enjoy recreational activities. This is exactly how our fields and playgrounds should be utilized.
A couple of points of note.
Spring Athletics. A new season of athletics is now under way. We have the schedules for badminton, baseball, lacrosse, softball and track on our website, http://www.islandtrees.org/pdfs/athletics/sss.pdf. We hope you’re able to come out and support our teams!
Providing transformative relief to millions of taxpayers, creating tens of thousands of new jobs, and ensuring a stronger, more prosperous future for many years to come are the cornerstone of the Senate’s ‘2012 New Jobs – New York’ plan. Nassau County residents will greatly benefit should this plan become law.
In 2011, I and my colleagues successfully reduced state spending, cut income taxes (bringing middle class rates to the lowest level in 58 years), rolled back the MTA Payroll Tax, and provided a 2 percent cap on local property taxes, all of which were particularly onerous for Nassau residents.
On behalf of the family of Matthew T. Walsh, who passed away unexpectedly, we want to express our heartfelt thanks to our friends and families in the Levittown community for their overwhelming support during our time of grief. Your hugs and tears helped us more than you will ever know.
Two recent house fires, one in New Jersey and one right here in Levittown has prompted me, in the interest of fire safety, to review both of them. The fire in South Plainfield, NJ two weeks ago took the lives of four young children and one adult. It scarred the lives of the members of that volunteer fire department’s members. They witnessed horrors there that they will long remember.
The other house fire took place in Levittown on Feb. 24. In that fire, three children and one adult escaped with very minor injuries. The Levittown Fire Department volunteers responded quickly and extinguished the fire.
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