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.
(Editor’s Note: The following letter is in response to the article “Island Trees Holds Town Hall Meeting” that appeared in the Friday, April 13, 2012 edition of the Levittown Tribune.)
As a parent in the Island Trees School District, I would like to comment on a recent article “Island Trees Holds Town Hall Meeting,” in your April 13th issue. The section of the article mentioning the students attempting the “cinnamon challenge” seems like an attack at CAPIT (Community Awareness Program of Island Trees) even though that may not have been the original purpose.
To begin with, I’m white. Not really. Fresh-fallen snow is white and I don’t resemble fresh-fallen snow. Ethnically and/or racially speaking, I’m Norman/Saxon/Celt/Teuton but the U.S. Census worker who arrived at my home in 2010 said there wasn’t enough room on the form for the tribes and peoples with whom I identify myself so she checked-off “white.” Being white, however, doesn’t predispose me towards any favoritism with respect to other people so designated. Quite frankly, there are white people amongst whom I am uncomfortable and, in a few cases, might be tempted to take advantage of Florida’s self-defense laws.
I urge my fellow residents to come to the library and vote for Howard Taylor. Howard has exemplary qualities that will make him an asset to this library, unlike any other of the candidates that are running. Throughout his life, Howard has served in important positions such as being a trial attorney and more. As of now, he is serving as deputy receiver of taxes.
I grew up in Levittown with my parents and nine siblings. I attended Abbey Lane grammar school and Levittown Memorial High School, class of 1970. I currently reside in the Houston, Texas area, but most of my siblings are still on Long Island.
A few years back I started a project of locating and copying the Levittown Little League yearbooks from 1960-64. These were the years that my brother and I and most of our friends played little league baseball. My purpose was to give the copies to my brother Bill, (who lives in Bayshore) as a gift. I finally finished scanning each page of each year and burned them to a CD.
The grades three through eight English Language Arts and Mathematics assessments will be given next week. In fact, the testing begins on Tuesday, April 17, a day after the students return from spring recess. The tests measure how well students have mastered the knowledge, skills and concepts incorporated in the New York State Learning Standards.
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.
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