As representatives of many voices in the breast cancer community on Long Island, our coalition urges Governor Cuomo to ban hydraulic fracturing (fracking) in New York State since 25 percent of chemicals used in the fracking process have been demonstrated to cause cancer or mutations. Hydrofracking companies use products containing 13 different known and suspected carcinogens. Two of those carcinogens, benzene and ethylene oxide are linked with breast cancer as cited recently by a report released by the Institute of Medicine.
Moreover, 37 percent of chemicals in fracking fluids are endocrine disruptors which alter hormonal signaling and in doing so can place cells on the pathway to tumor formation. Exposure to endocrine-disrupting chemicals has been implicated in cancers of the breast, prostate, pituitary, testicle, and ovary.
I want to first thank my wife and family who took so much time out of their schedules to help with my election. To my wife who stood by my side through thick and thin. I have to be the luckiest person for the past 44 years. God willing it will last another 44 years.
I want to take this time to thank all who voted for me. I understand what the veterans were saying. Maybe I should have listened more; I know why few came out and voted. I felt that I could have done both jobs.
St. William the Abbot School in Seaford was established in 1954. When Hugh Diamond was elected to be president of the School Board this year, it was not his first time as president. He was voted commissioner general of the student council in 1980 when he was an 8th grader at St. William. His family has had 55 years’ worth of education from St. William and generation after generation walks the halls of the school.
When you ask Hugh why he chose to send his children to St. William he talks about how over the years the area around the school may have changed, but when you walk the halls of the school during the day it is as if you are pulled back in time.
Over the past several weeks, I walked the streets of Levittown knocking on doors, shaking hands, and asking for your support during my campaign for fire commissioner. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting so many of my neighbors and fellow residents.
We live in a remarkable community. Many of you opened your doors and invited me in to talk about the issues. Others of you were honest and told me you were supporting another candidate. Nevertheless, you listened to my message with interest and an open mind. That is the civility that makes Levittown special.
I would like to thank the residents of the Levittown Fire District for coming out and voting on December 13th. I’m honored to serve another term as fire commissioner. I can only promise to continue to work towards providing the highest levels of fire and EMS services to our community while making every effort to maintain our low tax rate.
I would also like to remind everyone to submit their emergency contact information for our dispatch system.
On behalf of the entire board, we would like to wish everyone a happy holiday season and a healthy new year.
Levittown Fire Commissioner
(Editor’s note: This letter is in response to an aid ad taken out by the Levittown Chamber of Commerce that appeared in the Levittown Tribune on Friday, Dec. 2.)
I am just disgusted, with this political correctness. I see the ad on page 19 of the Levittown Tribune. Who placed that ad? They should be fired.
The Christmas tree is a Christian holiday symbol and should be identified as such. Please someone tell me what other religion uses a lighted and decorated tree among the symbols for their holiday at this or any other time of the year?
If you want to have a “Holiday Lighting” and decoration do so, but do not use the Christian symbol as part of your twisted logic.
It is unfortunate that in the current political climate it’s popular to denigrate teachers. Teachers are not the enemy the politicians would like you to believe they are, but extended family, wanting and working towards the best for “our children.”
Each September teachers welcome into their lives a whole new family, their students, their ‘kids or children’. It is both a privilege and a very big responsibility. And, just as parents’ jobs do not end with putting food on the table, teachers’ jobs are not limited to teaching academic subjects. Our students are individuals with their own personalities and needs.
On Dec. 13, 2011, volunteer firefighter Matt Weinick is running for commissioner of the Levittown Fire District. I write to ask the community to come out to help get Matt elected. As an ex-Captain of the Levittown Fire Department and a Levittown homeowner for the past 23 years I know Matt is the candidate we need in the commissioner’s office.
I have been privileged to serve alongside Matt. He exemplifies what it means to be a volunteer firefighter. Matt gives completely and selflessly to this department and the community. Immediately upon joining, he worked to make the department the best it can be. As just one example, having many years of experience as an advanced level EMT, Matt organized a class to teach our members basic medical care. This class has been so successful that all probationary members are now required to take it.
In December 2001, while I was shopping at King Kullen in Levittown, there was a man in a firefighter uniform handing out cards for the election of fire commissioner. I asked this firefighter what this position was all about. He took the time to explain to me the duties of the fire commissioner and explained to me the reason he wanted to be a fire commissioner. He explained it was a nonpaying job, he didn’t get a company car to take home and he didn’t want the position for the prestige.
He also explained how the position was an elected position by the taxpayers and not the firefighters. He wanted the job because he wanted to make sure that our town had top notch training in firematics and medical emergencies, to have the best equipment to give the people of this town without over burdening them with big tax hikes.
My wife and I moved into Levittown from Whitestone, Queens, in the fall of 1976. It seemed like it would be a fine place to plan a family, and it turned out to be exactly that. Our two daughters attended the neighborhood schools and graduated from Island Trees High School.
I recently had the opportunity to sit with Mr. Andrew Booth and listen to him explain the workings of the Levittown Fire Department. I was very impressed with his knowledge on the subject. At the same time I was very impressed by Mr. Booth’s sincere dedication to Levittown and also to our great nation.
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