Thursday, 10 October 2013 00:00
The Republican party has a well known problem connecting with minority voters. In light of that, I cannot think of anything more catastrophically stupid than a Republican official disenfranchising them. But that is exactly what the Manhasset Republican Committee, led by Donald O’Brien, has done. Every two years, each Election District (precinct) elects two Committeemen to the county Republican party. This is a formal election carried out by the Board of Elections. The newly elected members in a given area then meet to elect a “Leader.” The Manhasset area includes Spinney Hill, whose largely minority voters duly elected Samantha Jackson and me. However, O’Brien didn’t like the result. So he called an impromptu meeting to reelect himself and excluded us. His rationale was that our election was contested and the result was not “certified.” This is a clever ruse because the Board of Elections does not “certify” individual races, they certify the entire election. This applies specifically to unopposed races as well. O’Brien himself was not “certified.”
The result is that a group of largely minority voters cast official ballots, elected two representatives, who were then excluded from taking their posts. Indeed the salient part of voting is not the ability to cast a ballot, but to have it count. If a group elects a candidate who is then prohibited from representing them, the right to vote means nothing. You would think this kind of voter suppression couldn’t happen in Manhasset, that it was left behind in the Deep South of the pre-Civil Rights era. Voter suppression is a felony in New York and I have filed a criminal complaint.
It is fundamental to democracy that once the vote is done, we all live with the result. This should be particularly known to O’Brien, an elected official of the Fire/Water district. Politics inflames passions; maybe he made a rash decision in the heat of the moment. In any case, O’Brien he should take responsibility for his actions and resign from all public and party offices, immediately.
Friday, 17 January 2014 00:00
Negotiations are currently underway between the Village of Farmingdale and members of the local CSEA labor union. After a closed door executive session meeting, on Jan. 6, village trustees met with members of the labor counsel to iron out terms of a new contract proposal, which they said will hopefully meet the fancy of union leaders.
“We have sent our proposals out there,” said Farmingdale Mayor Ralph Ekstrand, “we are just waiting for the CSEA membership to approve it.”
Thursday, 12 December 2013 00:00
A new Child Care Centerfor children ages eight weeks through Pre-K—opened at Farmingdale State College this week, which will be open to the community and the college campus.
“The College owes a great deal of thanks to everyone involved in this project,” said Farmingdale State College President Hubert Keen. “This center provides a safe and nurturing environment for the children of our students, faculty and staff.
Especially for our students, the availability of quality child care can determine whether or not they are able to complete their education.”
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
On Saturday, November 9, the MHS Girls Swim Team competed in the Nassau County Team Championships. After a strong preliminary performance on Friday, the girls had their sights set on swimming even faster on Saturday at the finals. On Friday, Manhasset qualified 14 individual swims in the top 10 and all three relays. The team also had an additional 7 swims in the consolation finals (places 11-20). On Saturday, the top 20 individuals and relays compete in each event, all finishers scoring points towards their team total.
In the championship’s opening event, the 200 yd. medley relay team from Manhasset set the tone for what turned out to be a historic day in Manhasset Girls Swimming. The relay team of Grace Kenlon, Allegra Sodi, Megan Smith and Meredith Johnson finished third and set a new school record time of 1:51.96, also qualifying for the New York State Championships.
Thursday, 28 November 2013 00:00
The Indians' regular season came to a close recently, but not before the boys locked up several more post-season honors to complete a highly successful campaign that brought an undefeated season as well as Division and Conference Championships. Manhasset headed into the post-season with high aspirations and battled it out with rival Wantagh High School for two weekends in a row—at both the Class Country Championships and the State Qualification race—coming up just short on both occasions, but achieving many milestones along the way.