As I take the helm from the previous editor, Rachel Shapiro, I want to thank everyone for the warm welcome. The community members have no shortage of pride and enthusiasm for Levittown and its surrounding neighbors, which makes me excited to share the commitment in being a collective voice. The abundant support is much appreciated; I encourage each person to help me continue to tell the stories that shape the Levittown community.
With the deadline for paying the second half 2010 General Tax approaching, Hempstead Town Receiver of Taxes Don Clavin reminds taxpayers of the convenient payment options offered by his office including extended hours, satellite offices, mobile tax office, drive through payment window and online payments. Payments for the second half 2010 General Taxes received or postmarked by the August 10 deadline will be penalty-free.
“Take advantage of our drive through payment window, where you can pay your taxes from the comfort of your car, or pay your tax bill electronically using e-check,” said Clavin. “Our mobile office brings town government to local neighborhoods, while satellite offices in Hicksville and Lawrence serve communities some distance from Town Hall.”
(This letter is in response to a letter printed in the July 16, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune, entitled “Discrepancies in Schumer Speech at MacArthur Graduation.”)
Washington critics often joke that, “the most dangerous place to stand in our nation’s capitol, is between Senator Charles Schumer and the nearest television camera.” Tune into the evening news, on a hot and sultry “slow news night,” and you’re bound to see Schumer expounding on any issue that will gain him media coverage. The man is obviously a media hound, yet, over the past decade has risen to become one of the most powerful and influential members of the United States Senate.
No urban myth seems more pervasive and troublesome than the myth of “white flight” to the suburbs in the post-WWII years. Unlike other urban myths - UFOs, ghost sightings, JFK conspiracy theories, Bigfoot, creationism, a Republican-orchestrated 9/11, and President Obama as a foreign-born national - the myth of “white flight” has been perpetuated by journalists, academicians, and civil rights activists who know it’s a myth.
Too, over the years, Levittown has become to “white flight” what Roswell, New Mexico is to UFO buffs. Consider the facts:
On June 19, 2010 Senator Schumer spoke at the MacArthur High School graduation ceremony and during his commencement speech, stated that anyone with an income of less than $200,000 will receive a federal tuition tax credit of $2,500. This is totally incorrect. The information can be verified online by looking up American Opportunity Education Credit. One will find that the correct information states that married couples filing jointly and making less than $160,000 will receive the $2,500 tuition credit but it phases out between $160,000 and $180,000. For a single filer, the income must be below $80,000 and phases out at $90,000. Most importantly this credit expires after 2010.
Summer vacation, that special time of year for all children, is upon us and members of the local community still have the chance to make it memorable for a child from New York City! Thanks to the many families in Nassau County and throughout 13 Northeastern states and Canada, more than 1.7 million New York City children from low-income neighborhoods have enjoyed free summer experiences in suburban and small town communities through The Fresh Air Fund. The Fund is currently seeking more families to give inner-city children a two-week experience this summer. By volunteering as a host family for the Friendly Town program, a child can have a break from the heat and noise of the crowded city streets.
I’ve been thinking a lot, of late, about the shape of things to come with respect to the whole American Dream thing here on suburban Long Island; what it’ll look like a generation hence and/or what I’d like it to look like - and the reality that will fall somewhere betwixt. I always think of these things in summertime because seeing block parties, barbecues, and people lovingly tending their patch of earth makes me think of the American Dream.
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