Health care legislation was a primary subject of a Sept. 1 debate between the two Republican Party candidates vying for the 5th Congressional District seat.
With the Sept. 14 primary fast approaching, the Manhasset Republican Club hosted a debate between Great Neck attorney Liz Berney and Dr. James Milano, a physician at St. Francis Hospital in Roslyn. Both are running for the seat currently held by the incumbent Democrat, Gary Ackerman, who is facing a primary challenge of his own on Sept. 14 from East Meadow resident Patricia Maher.
The debate was attended by up to 70 people and was held in an auditorium in the basement of the Manhasset Library. Candidates were allowed to introduce themselves and then give their views on issues important to club members. During several exchanges, Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment that one should not speak ill of another Republican was sorely tested as the candidates sparred over the particulars of the recently approved health care legislation.
On Monday, August 30, about 70 puppies and dogs arrived at the North Shore Animal League in Port Washington after being rescued from a puppy mill in Arkansas. North Shore Animal League America (NSALA) said that the puppy mill had been shut down and the dogs were most likely destined for death.
According to NSALA, the rescue began with National Mill Dog Rescue (NMDR) removing these dogs from the puppy mill in Arkansas, at which point NMDR sent an urgent request to NSALA for help. NSALA’s Rescue Team was immediately dispatched to rescue these dogs, NSALA said, and the animals traveled in the safety and comfort of NSALA’s Mobile Rescue Unit, also known as “Rescue Rover.”
This summer the Nassau County Board of Elections have been doing a “trunk show” at venues all over the area to show voters how the new optical scanner machines work. Nassau County is following the new guidelines of the Help Americans Vote Act that was passed by the federal government in October 2002 when then President George W. Bush signed it into law. The aim of the legislation was to improve and enhance voter access, prevent fraud, and modernize elections across the country. Each state was to set up its own system.
New York State Senator John J. Flanagan (R Suffolk) worked on the state’s system. “The agreement reached in the joint conference committee represents the first major overhaul of New York State’s election process in over 50 years,” said Senator John Flanagan (R-C, East Northport), chair of the Senate Elections Committee.
In the “old” days, police would receive a 911 call about shots fired in an area and respond to the scene with possible fatalities or severe injuries. For one year now, police have been able to respond within seconds of a shooting occurring.
Aug. 23 marked the one-year anniversary of the first arrest due to the ShotSpotter System at the Nassau County Police Department. The system is currently in full operation in Roosevelt and Uniondale. County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey said the department is looking to expand the system’s use to other communities in Nassau County.
The department said that it would most likely expand the system to Lakeview. What other communities are being considered for the ShotSpotter System is unknown at this time.
Submitted by the Manhasset Community Fund
In July 2003, the Greentree Foundation, founded by the late Mrs. John Hay Whitney of Manhasset, established the “Greentree Good Neighbor Fund” to address priority needs in the Town of North Hempstead. Since then, Greentree Foundation has made substantial annual donations to this fund totaling over $1,150,000.
The 2010 Greentree Good Neighbor Grant recipients were recently announced and Manhasset organizations Adventures in Learning, Manhasset / Great Neck EOC, Manhasset SEPTA, and St. Ignatius Retreat House will all receive funding. In addition, many groups serving our neighbors throughout the Town of North Hempstead also received awards to support their efforts in a wide range of areas including educating at-risk children, promoting affordable housing, fighting hunger and providing assistance for the infirm and our seniors.
In addition to the Republican Party primary for the 5th Congressional District, the Democrats will have their own primary for the same seat on Sept. 14 as East Meadow resident Patricia Maher will challenge incumbent Rep. Gary Ackerman (D-Roslyn Heights).
An Aug. 17 decision by an Appellate Division of the State Supreme Court has placed her name on the ballot for the Tuesday, Sept. 14 primary. That ruling reserved an earlier lower court decision that had invalidated petition signatures. Ms. Maher said that during the process a number of her volunteers had been subpoenaed to appear in court. Petitioners in the case were Nicholas DiMartino and Rep. Ackerman.
The proposal by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano to merge the administrative functions of the 6th and 2nd Police Precincts has been both a moving target and an extremely fluid plan that has undergone many critical changes since it was first leaked to the press on Aug. 6.
At a hastily convened meeting by Supervisor Jon Kaiman at the Town of North Hempstead last Tuesday, local, county and state elected officials and PBA officers and members crowded into town hall to learn the details of the plan from Nassau County Police Commissioner Lawrence Mulvey who tried to assure skeptical mayors and county legislators that a reduction and redistribution of personnel resources would not result in a diminution of services to the public.
Attorney General Andrew Cuomo addressed Long Islanders this week, speaking at the Glen Cove Senior Center about health care-related credit card schemes targeting seniors and vulnerable patients. AG Cuomo said he has subpoenaed health care clinics and credit card companies including Chase Health Advance, Citi Health, and GE Money’s CareCredit.
The attorney general was joined in Glen Cove by a young woman named Miriam Simon, who said she was the victim of a $14,000 scheme relevant to this investigation. Simon said that she went to the dentist for an examination and her dentist told her she needed extensive work. He offered her a payment plan for the $14,000, but she said she had to go home and think it over.
Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano is proposing to consolidate administrative functions of the Sixth and the Second Police Precincts and move the Sixth Precinct headquarters to the Second Precinct location in Woodbury. The county executive says that the plan would save over $20 million and would not diminish police service. However, many local public officials are firm in their view that residents would suffer. Additionally, there is still the question as to whether or not Mr. Mangano can order this consolidation without approval of the Nassau County Legislature.
In a lengthy conversation with Anton Community Newspapers, Mr. Mangano said that he is working to decrease the county’s $286 million deficit. So far, he said he has reduced this deficit by $39 million, but “more needs to be done … it’s time to fix structural problems … and we can save by consolidating management and duplicities.” The goal is to “maintain services and reduce costs.”
A full-time job that is “billed” as a part-time position, the Assembly work, both up in Albany and here in her home district, keep the assemblywoman busy 24/7. Most important, she emphasized, is reaching out to her constituents. Two staff members are available at her district office in Great Neck. “Their job is to be sure they are accessible and available to constituents,” Schimel said. “People need a lot in these times, with canceled flood insurance, people needing jobs … we get calls on anything related to government.” And they are there to help.
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