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Letter: Tax Cap Is Really A Budget Cap

Governor Andrew Cuomo and our state legislators have stated that with the passage of the 2 percent tax cap, Long Island homeowners finally have what they wanted: A means to control exorbitant property taxes increases.

What we have is an imbalance between those who have, taking from those who have not. As reported recently, the Qualcomm CEO received $35 million in 2011, an increase of $24 million more than he received in 2010. The Starbucks CEO got $41 million in 2011 and “only” $29 million in 2010. The take home pay of CEO’s grew at least 10 percent in 2011.

Why are we punishing the teachers and rewarding the Wall Street “greed is good” executives? The recession of 2008 decimated the pension funds of government employees. Unethical tactics by the market manipulators caused the pension fund problem. Legal action should have been taken to recover the loss of pension funds from those responsible for the stock market meltdown. Instead, we punish the employees who are invested in the fund and have no input on how it is operated.

Not just teachers on Long Island are being penalized. All government employees in counties, towns and cities have been adversely affected.

Current government and teacher retirees are typically self sufficient and rarely need social services. However, future government and teacher retirees, because of reduced pension and health benefits, will need the assistance programs. Those government employees who have recently been laid off immediately impact social services. This simply causes further budget cutbacks in the counties, towns and cities.

The 2 percent tax cap is not a tax cap. It is a 2 percent budget cap that determines the tax levy. When many of the Long Island homeowners receive a school tax bill of more then 2 percent, they will realize that is not what they wanted or deserved.

Tony Mignone

News

Two hundred business students from high schools across Nassau County, including Massapequa High School, competed for scholarships and cash awards—more than $33,000 in all—from various sponsors at Nassau County’s annual Comptroller’s Entrepreneurial Challenge.

The events on Sept. 11, 2001 had a profound effect on nearly all in the tri-state area, but for first responders, the effects were overwhelming. Long-time Massapequa resident Michael Smith, a member of the New York Fire Department, experienced those effects firsthand.

“While I’ve always been a person that could appreciate life, after 9/11 I became so distraught,” he said. “I realized I need to do something I want to do — something I love to do.”

A 30-year veteran of the fire department, Smith retired in 2002. He and his wife of 33 years, Teresa, began to look for a place they could enjoy life. This mindset brought them to the East End of Long Island, where they often went for day trips. They settled down in a home in Orient Point in 2004; in a home that needed quite a bit of work. And when it was time to landscape the property, a new idea took root — a vineyard.


Sports

Massapequa athletes recently received honors from their coaches at Kellenberg Memorial High School.

Each season, the coaches of all of the Kellenberg teams choose one member of their team who stands out as an athlete that has worked hard to improve themselves in their chosen sport.

The Farmingdale State women’s lacrosse team won the first game of their Spring Break trip to North Carolina with a victory over Greensboro College. In wet and muddy conditions, the Rams (8-1) held an 8-5 lead at the half and took the eventual 13-10 win.

In the first half and tied 2-2, the Pride (7-5) pulled ahead 4-2 with two unassisted goals by junior attack Nadya Fedun. Farmingdale State answered with four straight scores for a 6-4 advantage, on goals by juniors Alyssa Handel, Nicole Marzocca and Massapequan Jackie Kennedy.

Sophomore attack Ashlynn Parks put Greensboro within a goal at the 7:03 mark, but the Rams scored two more to lead 8-5 at the halftime break.

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Massapequa Memories

Tuesday, April 29

Spring Fashion Show

Wednesday, April 30



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