Written by Steve Mosco, email@example.com Wednesday, 19 February 2014 00:00
After a report surfaced last week that the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is seeking to eliminate the state’s mute swan population by 2025, residents and elected officials joined together in denouncing the plan as foul.
Now, some elected officials have joined in drafting legislation against any such action against swans in Massapequa and beyond.
New York State Assemblyman Fred Thiele and State Senators Tony Avella and Steve Cymbrowitz have teamed up to co-sponsor legislation that would impose a two-year moratorium on the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s plan to declare mute swans a “prohibited invasive species” and to kill all of the 2,200 mute swans in the state by 2025.The new legislation would require the DEC to demonstrate the actual damage to the environment or other species that have been caused by the mute swan population of only 2,200 across the state.
Joining the elected officials, the Nassau County SPCA drafted a letter stating that residents should be outraged that taxpaper money will be used to eradicate the swans.
“Regardless of whether this enchanting bird is indigenous to the United States or not, our state’s population of mute swans peaked at more than 2,800 birds in 2002 and is currently estimated at about 2,200 swans statewide,” the letter reads. “Taken together with the agency’s admitted inability to thoroughly quantify species’ productivity, migration and survival rates, the draft plan is short-sighted, excessive and an unnecessary attack on a relatively stable mute swan population.”
Assemblyman Joseph Saladino said he would prefer to see the state opt for a humane solution to any issues related to swans in the state.
“I do not support the killing of swans,” said Saladino. “There are obviously species that pose a risk to health, and every parent whose child has used a sports field understands this. We must pursue humane methods of dealing with the issues of over-abundant species. I’m working with the DEC to pursue a smart and humane approach that embraces common sense.”
Many local residents have grown used to seeing the swans in the Massapequa Preserve. Richard Schary, president of the Friends of the Massapequa Preserve said he struggles to understand the DEC’s plan when swan populations are no where near a problem.
“This sends the wrong message to young people. It says that killing is the only way to solve problems,” he said. “This plan gives bad people an excuse to do bad things to these beautiful creatures. The swans belong on these lakes more than we do.”
In his public comment letter to the DEC, Massapequa resident Andrew Wangelin said the department’s claims about the swan populations harmful affects on the environment lacks hard evidence.
“As a former commercial shell fisherman I support the DEC’s mission to thoughtful and effective manage wildlife resources and environments,” he said. “However, I object to the culling of a species that I subjectively believe to be reasonably harmless and majestic.”
Friday, 07 March 2014 00:00
On Feb. 27, parents in the Levittown, East Meadow, Massapequa and Farmingdale school districts came together for an informal pannel discussion on the New York State Education Department and the implementation of the state Common Core Learning Standards. Panelists included New York State Assemblyman Thomas McKevitt, Jeanette Deutermann of the Long Island Opt Out Facebook page, and former public school teacher David Greene, who came to the Farmingdale Public Library to talk with local parents about key concerns and questions with the curriculum.
Outspoken parent and founder of the Long Island Opt Out movement, Deutermann, delved into some of the factors behind what led to the state’s adoption of the Common Core, and how the state education department cites High School graduation rates as its reasoning behind the curriculum.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:33
The iPad, the laptop, the smartphone; everyday instruments to many people all throughout the world, but to someone just being indoctrinated into the world of cutting-edge technology these tools might seem rather daunting. Unless there is a patient hand guiding the way.
Those guides were at the Massapequa Public Library’s Bar Harbour branch recently, where they offered a session of their ongoing Electronic Device Demonstration and Tutoring series, where community teenagers donate their time to turn tech-deficient adults into masters of the digital domain; free of charge and all within the span of one hour or less.
Thursday, 06 March 2014 09:47
One of Major League Soccer’s top front office executives has many fond memories of growing up in the Long Island Junior Soccer League (LIJSL). Bill Manning, the President of Western Conference champion Real Salt Lake and the club’s field, Rio Tinto Stadium, played for the LIJSL Select Team from 1979 to ‘83 as well as the Massapequa Soccer Club from 1972 to ‘83.
Manning’s Massapequa teams had virtually the same players from Under-10 to Under-19, but kept changing their name depending on who their coach was. He played for the Massapequa Flying Dutchmen (coached by Kurt Knoblauch), the Massapequa Bugs (Dick Roche), the Massapequa Cosmos (Jerry Lyons) and the Massapequa Bulls (coached by his father, also named Bill Manning). The Bulls might have lost in the Eastern New York Youth Soccer Association (ENYYSA) State Open Cup finals to B/W Gottschee in overtime in 1983, but his teams won the LIJSL division championship in 1974, ‘76 and ‘79 plus the Long Island Cup in 1980 and ‘83.
Thursday, 27 February 2014 10:58
If the games were played on paper, Massapequa would’ve had no shot. The Chiefs faced a tall order last week playing Elmont, which boasted a 12-3 record and four premier scorers. They gave a tremendous effort, but ultimately had their season cut short, 69-62, despite Alex Cosenza leading the scoring with 29 points.
“I can’t ask for anything else from these guys,” said Head Coach Matt Voigt. “I am so proud of them. I applaud their efforts,”