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From The Desk Of NY State Senator Jack Martins: August 29, 2013

Written by Jack Martins Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

How To Keep Your STAR Property Tax Rebate   

If you receive a STAR rebate check for your property taxes, please, please, read this column!  It’s vital news to Long Island homeowners.  

New legislation requires that ALL homeowners receiving a Basic STAR exemption re-apply with the New York State Tax Department in order to continue receiving the exemption in 2014 and beyond. This is part of an enormous effort to root out fraud in the $1.9 billion system and it was enacted to protect honest New Yorkers against those who are falsely obtaining the exemption. In the end, they are stealing from you – the taxpayer.


A Bipartisan Rebuilding Strategy for Long Island

Written by Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano and Suffolk County Executive Steven Bellone Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

A Republican and a Democrat standing together these days is rare. Even though we are from different political parties, partisan politics could not have been further from our minds on October 29, 2012 and in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy.

It was immediately clear that this was not just another storm and that the challenges it placed on our residents and businesses—and on the entire region—were enormous. That’s why President Obama established the Hurricane Sandy Rebuilding Task Force, chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary Shaun Donovan.

Last Monday, the Task Force released its Rebuilding Strategy to help guide federal investment in the region, marking an important new chapter in the region’s rebuilding effort.


Letter: Haber Can Fix Education

Thursday, 29 August 2013 00:00

As a long time Nassau County educator, I’ve seen a lack of interest at best, and some negligence to be sure, regarding fiscal management in some school districts in Nassau. The past County Executive administrations have done nothing to address these issues and have in fact exacerbated the situation by ignoring them.

We now have a candidate with a real plan. Adam Haber has effectively reversed a horrific situation in the Roslyn School District as School Board Trustee. He has proven there are ways to cut costs without loss of personnel and most importantly, to strengthen academic resources for students.


Letter: A Canon for WWII Memorial

Thursday, 22 August 2013 00:00

As a resident of Manhasset and a veteran of World War II, I was deeply touched when our town dedicated a World War II Memorial on November 11, 2011. It is a beautiful small pond surrounded by a low wall of stones with a waterfall. It is located on Shelter Rock Road at the southern end of a grassy strip behind Lord and Taylor.

Hundreds of cars and school buses pass the spot daily unaware that a memorial is located there. This lack of visibility is a serious problem that could be and should be corrected. A possible solution would be placing a cannon on top of a raised platform that would attract attention and the hundreds of people who pass the location daily would realize that something significant is located there. Additionally, school children would be attracted by a cannon at the memorial. It would encourage them to visit the site and to learn more about World War II and its impact on the world.


Letter: MLWD Litigation With Village of Plandome

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Submitted by the Manhasset Lakeville Water District’s counsel

The Nassau County Supreme Court has confirmed the fairness and reasonableness of the water rate charged by the Manhasset-Lakeville Water District to the Village of Plandome, rejecting a legal challenge to the way in which the Water District calculated the Village’s water rate.

“We are pleased at the outcome,” said Chairman Donald O’Brien of the Board of Commissioners of the Water District.  “The Water District was confident in its position through the litigation and was gratified to have the Court agree with it on each point before the Court.” The Village began the lawsuit in October 2012.  By decision dated August 1, 2013, Justice R. Bruce Cozzens, sitting in Mineola, ruled for the Water District.


Letter: Traffic Response

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

Letter to Diane T. O’Donnell, Traffic Technician Town of North Hempstead Department of Public Works.

Wow!  It looks like something will happen soon to remedy the backups at Manhasset Avenue and Plandome Road. I read in Manhasset Press that Manhasset Avenue would be widened and a dedicated right hand lane created. Wait! Did it really say RIGHT hand lane? Doing this will help a little, but it will not solve the major problem. The reason the backup is created is that the traffic has to wait for the LEFT turners.  They in turn have to wait for the traffic crossing Plandome Road going west.  

But I am happy that something will be done. Here is how it will work out: Imagine you are driving east on Manhasset Avenue approaching Plandome Road with the intention of crossing Plandome Road. Since you are not turning right onto Plandome Road, you must stay in the left lane along with the left turners. You are blocked by the left turners, so what do you do? The answer is clear: you move to the right hand lane (illegally, of course, and blocking the right turners). The bottom line is that the people will decide how the lanes are to be used; the left turners will use the left lane and the right turners and those crossing Plandome Road will use the right lane. But this can more easily be achieved, without causing people to violate the law, by making the left lane dedicated for left turns.


Letter: Inisfada’s Demise

Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00

The fight to preserve St. Ignatius is a compelling one. A rare jewel of a structure, St. Ignatius looks likely to be torn down, as so many beautiful structures have fallen in every section of my Assembly District. Every loss of architectural beauty in a neighborhood, in my opinion, weakens the aesthetic texture and stability of a community.

So too, the building serves as a retreat in a world where there are fewer and fewer retreats and refuge in a suburban landscape, and that to me, is even more troubling.


Letter: Farmer Market Advocate

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

As a Manhasset resident and Registered Dietitian/Nutritionist, I urge other Manhasset residents to check out the farmers market on Sundays.  There are two excellent farmers (one from out East and one from Putnam County) with a wide ride variety of healthy local produce who are at 125 Community Drive from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Prices are reasonable and everything is fresh.  Try one of the four or five varieties of vine ripened tomatoes.  Choose some fresh picked corn to have at your barbecue.  Other choices include greens, beets, potatoes, summer squash, multiple varieties of lettuce, etc.  You can also find other additional goodies such as farm fresh eggs and beautiful fresh flowers. that organizes and runs the market also does an interesting food demo each week and also sells a locally produced food such as honey, jam, etc.  Let’s support our local green market, eat delicious fresh food and get healthy at the same time.

Phyllis Trigg, R.D.N.


Letter: Respect for Mr. Penn

Thursday, 08 August 2013 00:00

I would like to applaud Mrs. Penn’s letter.  I admire anyone who defends something they believe in passionately. I hope that she might understand my previous letter to the editor in this context. I have spent two-thirds of my life in the Manhasset school system, over forty years as a student, and then, as a teacher. One of the proudest moments in my life was when I was informed that I been selected as a teacher and a coach. Long ago coming to work ceased to be a job to me and became, for a lack of a better term, my second home. The people I work with my extended family. So, when I see a term like there is “more fat” to trim I don’t envision a pork chop with a little bit of extra fat, I see a young woman who parked next to me during the school year and told me she had gotten her dream job and would finally make a dent in paying her student loans sobbing after she had been told her position had been eliminated or an administrator who had to go home and tell his wife and children that he had lost his job and his family would have no health insurance.  My family was being assaulted and to use such an antiseptic term like “trim the fat” offended my sensibilities. To me, it is like the military using the term “collateral damage” as a benign way of disguising human suffering.


Letter: Save Inisfada

Thursday, 01 August 2013 00:00

The ‘Save Inisfada’ group that Greater Council has been working with strongly and unanimously believe that the Inisfada sale contract closing is imminent due to recent site activity. It was verbally reported to us that the Jesuit staff at Inisfada have been notified their employment will cease effective August 1. A growing daily volume of trucks and workers (construction, demolition and moving companies) are seen entering and exiting Inisfada indicated the interior is being dismantled and vacated.


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