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Letter: School District Should Clean Its Act Up

Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00
And so the shenanigans at the Levittown School Board go on.  First, the board hires an individual, a history teacher, with no financial background as the assistant superintendent for business and then after two years of “mentoring,” at what cost we do not know, she is allowed to leave.  If the board of a publicly traded company the size of the Levittown School District, a $190,000, 000 budget, hired a chief financial officer (CFO), which is essentially what this position is, with no financial training or experience you can be quite sure the shareholders would revolt and the board and the CEO (school superintendent) would be seeking new employment.  Ah, but the taxpayers of Levittown sit back and take it and dig deeper into their already overtaxed pockets with each decision of the board.  People do not cry when a corporate CFO leaves because this person makes the hard financial decisions, hurts people but saves the corporation.  With the financial difficulties that face the taxpayers of Levittown and the district, we deserve someone who knows how to manage finances, who can find where the cost savings are and where the revenue opportunities lie.  Keep in mind, the superintendent blamed the fact that there are millions of dollars tied up in a sick day payout fund the district cannot touch on the mistake of a clerk in the finance office.  Is no one watching the candy store?  The prime candidate to fill the position is the “mentor”, Mr. Schissler, a retired “school administrator” who based on the tax rates and cost increases over the past two years has not shown he can do what is right for the Levittown taxpayer.  This is clearly not the individual needed to clean up the financial mess.

Letter: Discrepancies in Schumer Speech at MacArthur Graduation

Friday, 16 July 2010 00:00

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.


Letter: Still Time to Host a Fresh Air Fund Child

Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

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.


Levittown Community Council Calendar: July 9, 2010

Friday, 09 July 2010 00:00

This community-wide calendar is produced as a public service by the Levittown Community Council to keep the community informed of upcoming events and to avoid duplication of dates for organizations planning community activities. If you would like to add the date of an upcoming event to this calendar, please call Frank McKenna at 735-2264. Events must be open to the public. You do not need to be a member of the Levittown Community Council to add your event to the calendar. To have activities listed,contact the Levittown Community Council (LCC) at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or Levittown Community Council, P.O. Box 294, Levittown, NY 11756.


Letter: An Orange and Blue American Dream

Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

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.


Letter: Disappointed by Meager Showing at LCC Drug Meeting

Friday, 02 July 2010 00:00

On Monday, June 28 the Levittown Community Council sponsored a drug and alcohol seminar held at Levittown Memorial Education Center on Abbey Lane.  The presenters were Gene Gallagher and Lisa Kessler from Central Nassau Guidance of Hicksville, who have been providing services in mental health and substance abuse for over 38 years.  


Letter: Frustrated With Subsidizing School Districts With Taxpayer Funds

Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

(This letter was sent to State Senator Kemp Hannon and State Assemblyman David McDonough and printed here at the author’s request.)

Why is it that New York City and New York State subsidize the transportation costs for NYC schools? Why is it that on Long Island and the remainder of the state student transportation costs are covered by the homeowners and landowners in their school taxes? Why can’t these subsidies be passed along in the real estate taxes of the NYC resident-the same as the remainder of NYS? Where is my subsidy?

Thomas Caro


Letter: Arizona Needs Help With Its Illegal Immigration Problem

Friday, 25 June 2010 00:00

(This letter is in response to a column entitled “Frustrated With Broken Immigration System? Arizona Law Isn’t the Answer” in the June 18, 2010 issue of the Levittown Tribune.)

Once again I must pick up my pen and respond to an article of Maryann Sinclair Slutsky in regard to her recent column in your paper on June 18.

Everyone agrees that immigration needs fixing but all Ms. Slutsky advises is to boycott Arizona.

On the news tonight, Attorney General Eric Holder said he is bringing a lawsuit against Arizona to challenge their immigration law.

Arizona is overrun with illegal immigrants, their schools are crowded, their people are being kidnapped and they are close to bankruptcy.

Arizona has asked the government for help; that didn’t happen. This is how they help? We should boycott them? Let’s help our neighbors.

Winifred Larkin


Letter: Dissatisfaction With Voting Method in Levittown

Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

This just doesn’t seem quite right: I stood in line in Salk to vote on the revote. I was #4. After asking my name and giving me the little yellow piece of paper (#4) I was then asked to sign my name next to the #4 on a legal yellow pad. I asked why? “So that we know how many voted.” “But wouldn’t you know that by the end of the night when you counted the ballots?” “Yes, but they’re asking everyone to sign.” “Well, I’m not signing.” Faces and groans all around the table. My comment: “The only thing I have to do is vote”. Besides, at the end of the night the last number given out would be the number of people who voted! I thought our votes were private information. Now you can look up how #4 voted (I rejected the budget).


Around the Town: June 18, 2010

Written by Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray Friday, 18 June 2010 00:00

Senior Summer Beach Program

Throughout the year, Hempstead Town offers a variety of activities and events for its senior residents. One of the most popular programs is the Town of Hempstead’s Senior Summer Beach Program, now in its 43rd season. This year, the theme, “The Magic of Lido,” promises an exciting lineup of entertainment and is the perfect way for our seniors to spend warm summer days.


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