For the first time in years, I attended the April 8, BOE meeting to determine for myself if the criticism I was reading and hearing from my neighbors about the BOE’s cavalier attitude towards taxpaying residents was true. It couldn’t be that bad, or so I thought.
In the March 25 edition of the Manhasset Press, a letter to the editor from Nancy Ferraris stated that her daughter was struck on Plandome Road by a Suburban. Also, she asked if it will take a death for our local officials to do what needs to be done to protect pedestrians on Plandome Road. The answer, sadly, is yes.
I enjoyed reading about the North Shore Alert system in the March 25 issue.
Based on statements from the article and the PWMEOM website I tried to sign up for the system as it seems like a great idea. The concept is simple yet effective.
March 2 was one of the most beautiful days of the year. It was the first day of spring—the sun was shining, there was a slight breeze, and as children played on the slides, swings, and jungle gyms of Mary Jane Davies Park in Manhasset, garbage and other refuse was overflowing from all the waste baskets in the park. As the kids played, some would step over the blowing fast food wrappers and paper cups. Others picked them up and turned them into impromptu toys. Pictured is a photo of the park and an overflowing wastebasket with garbage and refuse strewn about. It was taken that day. As you can see, the wastebasket in it is overflowing and the detritus from the can is scattered about the park, blowing in the wind.
I agree with Obama that improvement in our health care system has long been overdue. Few people (of either party) would disagree with that statement. But what concerns most of us is the inefficiency of non-profit (mostly government) groups to run programs. The following agencies, etc: Medicare, Medicaid, Social Security, the Postal Service, Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are all in deep financial trouble. Can anyone name a well-run efficient agency that we are proud of?
I recently received information that our lawmakers are considering changing the contingency budget law. If this data is correct, the proposed change will mean that a defeated budget will drive a “contingency” budget in its place, but instead of the contingency budget allowing for a 0.4 percent decrease from the prior year’s budget, it will necessitate a 3.07 percent increase.
I would like to comment on the article in the March 11 edition of the Manhasset Press, “How Can We Fix This Picture?” about the beautiful, bright and cheerful stop sign on Park Avenue at Nassau Avenue. I wouldn’t be patting anyone on the back.
I love the Manhasset Public Library. When we moved here in 1966, it was an important resource for my family.
I refer to the article in the March 11 Manhasset Press, Page 8, regarding the new signs at the intersection of Park and Nassau Avenues in Manhasset, and note that, in my experience, the new signs have probably made the intersection less safe than before.
Finally! All of the district’s obligations to the former bus drivers have been settled. Restitution to the bus drivers did not cost $7,925,000 as one letter writer asserts; back pay and benefits to which drivers were entitled totaled only $3,250,000. Buying the drivers out of their positions cost an additional $3,960,000 plus $715,000 maximum in FICA and ERS contributions.
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