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From Long Island Wins: June 17, 2011

Written by Maryann Sinclair Slutsky Friday, 17 June 2011 00:00

Suspending Secure Communities,

Cuomo Moves in the Right Direction

All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.

So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.

It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.

 

Letter: Now Is the Time to Get Behind the Tax Cap

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

Now is the time for all Manhasset residents to get behind the tax cap. Local grass roots organizations, such as MPSA and Lifer have worked with organizations throughout New York State to bring a measure of relief to overburdened New York taxpayers. In the final analysis these organizations successfully challenged the forces of the status quo through voluminous statistical data. The statistics are irrefutable. New York has the highest taxes in the nation resulting in an out migration of business and people. One out of three residents under the age of 30 intends to leave the State. One out of four residents over the age of 30 intends to leave the state. Close to two million people have left in the past decade. Something had to be done and these grassroots organizations led the way with the tax cap.

 

Letter: Thank You Town of North Hempstead

Friday, 10 June 2011 00:00

(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to Jon Kaiman Supervisor, Town of North Hempstead, and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)

We wish to thank you for having the crosswalks painted on Plandome Road for the safety of all our pedestrians, and especially, the safety of our children.

 

Letter: Justice

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00

We Americans feel, with justification, that we live in a great democracy. But we have some nagging thoughts concerning fair play. Much of this has to do with the application of the law regarding serious crimes, especially those involving heinous acts such as murder or rape. Our misgivings usually involve cases where the defendant is rich or famous. Either rich or famous will do as they are interchangeable when it comes to hiring a high priced defense attorney. Top attorneys will defend even poor celebrities for the exposure the trial provides.

 

School Boards: No Tax Cap Without Mandate Relief

Friday, 03 June 2011 00:00
(Statement by NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy G. Kremer)

Let’s be clear: a 2 percent tax cap on school districts fails to address the root causes of our ever-increasing tax burden.

Politicians and special interest groups can trumpet the tax cap all they want, but homeowners across New York will find their taxes continuing to rise unless their elected officials get serious about relieving local schools of millions of dollars of costs tied up in state mandates that do nothing to advance student achievement.

 

Letter: ‘Reg’s Rock’ Lacrosse Contest Becomes a Tradition

Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

We at the Lead the Way Fund wish to thank all the lacrosse fans, supporters and contributors who made our recent lacrosse event at Manhasset High School such a success. May 7 was a great day for attendees as well as the Army Rangers and families that we support.

We also wish to thank two great lacrosse teams and their coaching staffs. On that Saturday evening about 2,300 lacrosse fans were treated to a hotly contested game between Manhasset HS and Chaminade. The fourth annual Reg’s Rock exhibition game was held this year on Manhasset’s turf. Lacrosse lovers witnessed a tight defensive battle that ended with a 3-2 Manhasset win.

 

Letter: Student Attends School Board Meeting

Friday, 27 May 2011 00:00

I am an eighth-grade student at Manhasset Middle School. On April 27, I attended the school board meeting at Manhasset Secondary School as part of my Boy Scout communication merit badge. The parents were not happy about students being tested to be able to enroll in the advanced science research class. They think the test is unfair and there are things on the test that the students haven’t even learned yet. The board says it’s necessary to cut out one class due to budget cuts and attrition. I suggest that the school should keep the same amount of classes and when students start dropping out of class due to scheduling issues, they can combine a class with the other classes to save money and all students will have the chance to take the advanced science research class.

Domenick Naccarato

 

Letter: Shop Local—Glad My Daughter Did

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Our local merchants provide a great service to those who live in the Manhasset and Port Washington communities. I found this out personally today.

As a surprise my daughter sent me flowers for Mother’s Day from the Manhasset Florist to be delivered on Saturday. She knew the local florist name since we had lived in Manhasset for 30 years before moving to Mill Pond Acres.

 

Letter: Comments on Holding a Street Fair

Friday, 20 May 2011 00:00

Last year’s Street Fair met with chagrin from many of our local merchants, doctors and other professionals, who happen to have had office hours that day, when they found that the entrances to their establishments were impeded by vendor canopies, tables and vendor overflow inventory on the sidewalks along Plandome Road.

 

Letter: Re: 2011-2012 School Budget

Friday, 13 May 2011 00:00

(Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Manhasset Board of Education, Manhasset Public School District and to the Manhasset Press for publication.)

The Citizens Advisory Committee on Finance (CACF) supports the adopted Manhasset School District Budget of $85,592,098 for the year 2011-2012. The budget represents an increase of $2,079,421 (or 2.49 percent) over the prior year.  The largest factors in the increased expenses is a $1,340,620 increase in mandated pension contributions to the New York State Retirement System and a $940,530 increase in healthcare contributions, which by themselves would have increased the year-over-year budget by $2,281,150.  The net impact of all other budget line-items was a reduction of $201,729.

 

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