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Letter: For Fair And Transparent Redistricting

Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

In response to Susan Lerner’s opinion piece in Newsday on July 3, entitled “Voters Are The Losers In Nassau Fight,” The League of Women Voters of Nassau County believes in many of the same principles Ms Lerner proposes. As a nonpartisan organization, the league has repeatedly spoken before the county legislature and to the temporary advisory redistricting commission for a fairer and more transparent process for redistricting than is currently being considered by this advisory commission.

The league believes first that the advisory commission should conduct hearings to receive input from residents about how the process should occur and suggestions on how district lines should be drawn. Then, after the commission creates proposed districts, there should be additional public hearings to discuss them. These hearings should be in all three towns and two cities in Nassau County and should occur at a variety of times (day and evening) and at multiple locations in order to accommodate as many people as possible. Equally important is that all meeting locations be handicapped-accessible.


Editorial: Slow Down And Enjoy The Transit Through Eisenhower Park

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

On many days when a news assignment calls for me to travel from the Tribune’s office in Mineola to Levittown, I take the pleasure of using Park Boulevard to pass through Eisenhower Park from Merrick Avenue to Hempstead Turnpike.

Although I have never scientifically proven that the “pass through” saves time rather than traveling down Merrick Avenue to the proper intersection at Hempstead Turnpike, I just simply enjoy it more.


Letter: CPR In Schools Bill Should Have Passed

Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

It is difficult to express my disappointment that the Assembly did not pass our CPR in Schools bill (S2491/A3980) to ensure that all students learn CPR before graduating from high school. In August of 2006, my 14-year-old daughter, Leah, went into sudden cardiac arrest while trying out for the volleyball team at Bethpage High School. Thankfully, Leah’s life was saved by her coach. However, to think that her fellow teammates could have saved her life as well after a short CPR lesson is empowering.

I am truly thankful to my representative, Senator Kemp Hannon, for sponsoring and helping champion the passage of the CPR in Schools legislation in the Senate. He is well aware how important this bill is to saving lives.


From the desk of Senator Kemp Hannon: July 3, 2012

Written by Senator Kemp Hannon Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

“Prescription drug abuse is a growing crisis in this state and nation,” said Senator Kemp Hannon (R-Nassau). “We’ve seen armed violence, deaths by overdose and suicide, and increasing rates of addiction.”

While New York State has a pre-eminent program for combating prescription theft and forgery, current penal laws are not sufficient to deter the theft, possession and sale of blank official prescription forms. Current law forces authorities to wait until someone sells a stolen prescription form before law enforcement can act.


Editorial: Summer Reading At The Library

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

The summer reading programs at the local libraries have kicked off and are in full swing. While registration is still available, readers can still join their respective age-appropriate program online, as the public libraries have continued the popular paperless processing from last year’s success.

Readers can join at: and then clicking through to their home library. The Levittown Public Library is hosting a program for adults this year.


Letter: J. Fred Sparke Elementary School: An Example of Excellence

Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

I’ve made no stranger of my righteous indignation with respect to America’s system of public education; that the opportunities denied our young people are named legion for they are many and constitute a violation of human rights as extensive as that of any despotic regime.


From the Desk of The Nassau County Executive: June 28, 2012

Written by Edward P. Mangano Friday, 29 June 2012 00:00

Upcoming Summer Events In Nassau County (June 29 – July 8)

I am so very proud of our parks system and all we have to offer in our great county. This summer we have an action-packed line-up of quality entertainment and the best part is that most events are free for Nassau County residents.

My efforts to create tourism, coupled with the immense support from local business sponsors, makes it possible to bring top notch events like the TD fireworks spectacular to you at no charge.


Editorial: Volunteers Needed For Annual Lazy Days

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

This year marks the 15th annual Levittown Lazy Days of Summer Picnic hosted by the Levittown Community Council (LCC). The LCC works diligently throughout the year to plan and prepare this event. The organization seeks volunteers and sponsors to be able to pull this exciting event off, making it a truly memorable summertime experience for the community.

Volunteers are needed to help setup, beginning at 9:30 a.m. and also to help run many of the activities scheduled throughout the day, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festivities will be held again at the East Village Green on Jerusalem Avenue on Saturday, July 7. Some of the events include relay races, sand art, bubble table, tattoos, face painting.


Letter: Red Cross: Be Prepared For Hurricane Season

Friday, 22 June 2012 00:00

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.


Editorial: Marine Corps Sergeant Majors Cup Competition June 16

Written by Christy Hinko: Friday, 15 June 2012 00:00

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.


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