U.S. Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Queens/L.I.) will not seek re-election to the United States Congress next year. The announcement came late on Thursday, March 15, following the federal circuit court’s approval of Congressional district lines, a decision that Ackerman’s office called “extraordinarily favorable” to the congressman who is serving his fifteenth term in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Announcing his decision not to run for a sixteenth term of office, Ackerman added that, if he had chosen to run again, he would have run “with the primary-free backing of the Democratic Party virtually assured.”
Ackerman currently represents the Fifth Congressional District of New York, which encompasses parts of the New York City Borough of Queens and the North Shore of Long Island, including west and northeast Queens and northern Nassau County.
This Tuesday, residents in the Village of Flower Hill will elect a new mayor and new members of the board of trustees.
The upheaval on the board is due to the decision by Mayor Charles W. Weiss and other members of the board—-Deputy Mayor Bill Clemency, Trustees Norman Glavas and Avery Ryan—-not to run for re-election.
Two weeks prior to the March 20 election, Mayor Weiss presided over his final BOT meeting, one where he also delivered his final State of the Village address.
The monthly meeting of the Plandome Road Merchant’s Association was held on Feb. 27 and hosted by John Russo and Diane Harragan of Coach Realtors.
Ed Wassmer, of Young’s Fine Wines and member of the parking sub-committee, opened the meeting and an extensive discussion about parking ensued. With the help of Councilwoman Anna Kaplan, the new revised parking signs on Orchard Street have been installed. Hopefully, this change will alleviate some of the parking problems. Additional side street parking will be discussed at another meeting.
Elections in most Manhasset villages will take place on Tuesday, March 20 from noon to 9 p.m. Petitions to file to run for office were due by the end of the business day on Feb. 14. All elections are uncontested.
Elections will be held in June in the Village of North Hills.
In Flower Hill, incumbent Trustee Elaine Phillips is running for a two-year term as mayor. Incumbent Trustee Scott Siller is running for another two-year term. Randall Rosenbaum and Karen Reichenbach are running for two-year trustee positions. All are running unopposed. All are members of the Flower Hill Party.
(Submitted by the Manhasset School District.)
The Manhasset Union Free School District and the Manhasset Education Association (MEA), the union representing the district’s teachers, have agreed on a new two-year collective bargaining agreement to be effective for the 2012-2013 and 2013-2014 school years that will generate savings for the district of $650,000 over the two years. The board of education, district administration, and MEA worked cooperatively to reach an agreement prior to the board of education’s adoption of a proposed budget for the upcoming 2012-2013 school year. The timing of the agreement enables the superintendent to recommend a budget that meets the new requirements of the tax levy cap and would continue all current programs for students. The new agreement is responsive to budget pressures on multiple fronts that include restrictions resulting from imposition of the tax levy cap, the requirement to fund significant increases mandated by New York State in pension contributions, and higher health care premiums.
No vote was taken on Monday, Feb. 27, on the plan to close four Nassau County police precincts and convert them into Community Policing Centers.
The Nassau County Legislature’s Republican majority had hoped for such a vote, one that would close the First and Fifth and Sixth and Eighth precincts. However, according to a spokeswoman for Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R-Massapequa), County Executive Edward I. Mangano asked the legislature to delay the vote for at least a week, while his office remains in negotiations over unspecified issues with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA).
On the eve of a vote that could shut down four police precincts in Nassau County and convert them to community policing centers, officers with the Police Benevolent Association (PBA) once again presented their case against the proposal.
In a meeting with editors of Anton Community Newspapers, PBA President James Carver and his associates claimed that the proposed closures would result in less services at the community centers than what existed at precinct stationhouses. They also disputed claims made by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale that crime has decreased in Nassau County and in general, they made the case that precinct stationhouses are essential to combating crime and performing needed services.
Hugs Across America is an organization that has provided over 750,000 new teddy bears to children in traumatic circumstances around the world. Hugs now has over 200 chapters across the country all of which help children in many traumatic situations. But they are especially attentive to the needs of Long Island youngsters.
They also assist first response organizations including North Shore Hospital Pediatric ICU, Ronald MacDonald House at LIJ, Nassau County Family Court, Winthrop Hospital Cancer Care, Nassau County American Red Cross, as well as many local fire and police departments.
“I get the sense that dollars being cut, this savings, is the driving issue behind the police precinct closings,” stated North Hempstead Town Supervisor Jon Kaiman. In an interview with Anton Community Newspapers following a town-hosted meeting last week, where Supervisor Kaiman invited local officials to hear the county present its plan, the supervisor emphasized his concern that “we are sacrificing public safety for the wrong reasons.”
Supervisor Kaiman invited Nassau County officials to North Hempstead Town Hall to present the county plan to close four police precincts. The meeting, held last Wednesday morning, Feb. 8, at North Hempstead Town Hall, was an opportunity for the county to speak to its plan before a group of town and village officials. The supervisor said that local officials “had many questions and concerns about the controversial plan.” Over 20 villages were represented through their mayors and trustees, while state and federal legislators also sent representatives to the meeting.
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