Our community faces significant and unprecedented challenges as we plan for the future of our schools and as we, your elected board members, work with our district administration to propose a school budget for the 2012-2013 school year under the new property tax levy limit laws recently enacted. With the passage of the 2 percent tax levy cap legislation, school districts across New York State are expected to propose budgets that do not require more than a 2 percent increase in the tax levy excepting a few allowable exceptions. An increase in the tax levy greater than 2 percent before the allowed exclusions will require approval of at least 60 percent of the voters. The 2 percent property tax levy cap comes at a time when Manhasset, just like every community throughout New York State, will be dealing with significant increases in pension and health care costs. Our Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) contribution will increase 12.5 percent; our Employees’ Retirement System (ERS) contribution will increase 18.9 percent and health care costs are expected to increase 8.25 percent. These increases will total $1.5 million.
(Editor’s note: This letter was sent to Matthew Falcone, commander, American Legion, Manhasset Post 304, and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
On Sept. 4, 2011, I responded to your earlier letter regarding two names missing from the Manhasset Gold Star Monument/Memorial – Lt. Commander Mossman and Captain Edward Miles. This matter had arisen when I discovered that the list of Manhassetites published in the Manhasset Press on Memorial Day 2011 was incomplete.
It’s that time of year again! It’s election time for the Manhasset Park District and I am writing to you, my neighbors, to ask you once again to support Ann Marie Curd (Fruhauf) and re-elect her as Manhasset Parks District Commissioner on Dec. 13.
For several reasons, I believe Ann Marie to be the best candidate for the position. Since taking office only 16 months ago, she has already created great changes in the way things run at the park district office. Updating filing techniques and archiving procedures, and working to improve services to the community are only a few of the initiatives that are the result of Ann Marie’s hard work.
My husband Mike and I are proud to support John Regan’s bid for Manhasset Park District Commissioner. On Dec. 13, we hope you join us in a vote for making Manhasset a better place to live. We believe strongly in John’s platform for change and improvement in our community. Having lived in Manhasset for most of his life, John has first-hand experience in the services provided by the Park District. His platform clearly outlines how Manhasset will benefit from his ideas—making an effort to improve the dangerous congestion and driving conditions caused by non-resident commuters; increasing the flow of information and access between the Park District and Manhasset residents; and continuing to better the beautiful parks that we are fortunate to have in our town.
(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to NYS Senator Jack M. Martins and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)
I write to you out of frustration with the poor services and damages inflicted upon the citizens of Long Island by LIPA. On Aug. 4, a clear day with little wind, there was a loss of power and then a power surge that destroyed well over a thousand dollars worth of appliances and equipment including a washing machine, a microwave oven, various TVs, etc. Upon checking with neighbors up and down Crabapple Street (I live on a corner house that fronts Port Washington Boulevard and Crabapple) virtually every house sustained damage.
We owe a huge measure of gratitude to our partners and donors who have shown a deep commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross. We owe an equal measure of thanks to our thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their tireless work makes it possible for us to respond to disasters throughout our area.
On behalf of the Kiwanis Club of Manhasset Port Washington, we would like to thank everyone who supported our annual Pancake Breakfast that was held on Sunday, Oct. 30. Thanks to Charles Cardillo, superintendent, for the use of the high school cafeteria, Manhasset High School Key Club and music department and their advisers.
Many thanks to our local businesses and individual supporters: Town and Country Flowers, Ridgeline Ski & Patio, Whole Foods, Molinari Jewelers, Carl Lalena, Linda Davison Mathues, Rita Eredics, Youngs Fine Wines, Heathers Hair, Advanced Skin Care Center, Raindew Family Centers, Villa Milano, Trapani Fine Art, Matty’s Toy Stop, Ayhan’s Shish Kebab, La Bottega, Mykonos Greek Restaurant, Little Shop Around the Corner, Bob Moulton, Louie’s Manhasset Restaurant and International House of Pancakes.
On Nov. 2, Congress voted to affirm our national motto, “In God we trust.” Since this has been our motto for many years and has been reaffirmed several times, why should yet another affirmation be called for? Unfortunately, many Americans still need to be reminded of what our national motto is. For example, it isn’t E pluribus unum (even though it’s true that we are “one out of many”). In fact barely a year ago the President himself made that very mistake in a world-received speech in Indonesia. One might wonder, then, why Congressman Ackerman (5 C.D.) chose not to join the 396 members of Congress who voted for the resolution–why he became one of the nine who voted against it.
Catherine N. Dillon
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