Deputy Superintendent Alan Adcock had been warning that the district faced a $5.9 million shortfall, due in large part, to increasing pension costs and the loss of High Tax Aid from New York State. According to Adcock, next year’s student enrollment will continue a pattern of decline in students. Although reducing teachers will significantly reduce the potential shortfall, Adcock said that the cuts are necessary regardless of the budget because of the enrollment situation. According to the deputy superintendent, Massapequa’s enrollment in 2005 was 8,376 with next year’s enrollment projected to be 7,450. The drop between the current school year and next is expected to be between 200 and 300 students, based on next year’s kindergarten enrollment.
Recently, Nassau County Executive Ed Mangano gave a State of the County speech for the fourth time. However, for Michael Venditto it was a first, as it was the first State of the County that he attended as a Nassau County Legislator, having being elected to the position last November. While that alone is significant for Venditto, so is the topic of helping the county recover from Hurricane Sandy, which Mangano spoke of in his speech.
“The 12th Legislative District was among the most, if not the most devastated area on Long Island,” Venditto recently said while speaking to the Massapequan Observer. “One step at a time, one resident at a time, we are trying to restore the area that we all love.”
Nassau County Police are reporting that two women were arrested for prostitution at Healthy Spa, located at 185 Jerusalem Avenue. According to police, Mei Ying Ding, 49 and Jia Hiu He, 20 allegedly each performed massage therapy with out a license to an undercover detectives. In addition, they both allegedly also offered to engage in a sexual act for an additional amount of money. They were both placed under arrest and are charged with one count of prostitution and one count of unauthorized practice of a crime.
“Peter was a good friend and colleague,” said Mangano. “He led the Legislature with decorum while serving as an outspoken leader for the residents of the 12th Legislative District. Peter had a passion for making his constituents’ voices heard. He maintained order and dignity as Presiding Officer and made significant advances in environmental preservation as a Legislator.”
“The comptroller is there to protect the taxpayers.”
That is what former Nassau Comptroller Howard Weitzman says is the job of a comptroller. It’s something he says he did during his eight years in the position, and it’s something that he wants to do again. Weitzman was elected to the position in 2001 and 2005 before being narrowly defeated by current Nassau County George Maragos in 2009.
In order to exceed the tax cap, a municipality must first pass a law, enabling it to do so. It is quite common for municipalities to pass such a law in case it is necessary to do so, even though the tax cap ceiling is not superseded. However, Mayor James Altadonna seemed to indicate that the village might indeed be doing so.
There’s cause for concern, like possibly $5.9 million worth of concerns.
That’s the message delivered by Massapequa School District administrators about the upcoming 2013-14 school budget that will be presented for the community’s approval in May.
The United Cerebral Palsy Association of Nassau County, Inc. (ucpn) Ninth Annual “Polar Bear Plunge” benefit fundraiser was held recently at Theodore Roosevelt Memorial Park, Beach and Marina in Oyster Bay. The day’s event featured brave souls taking the plunge into Oyster Bay Harbor to raise money for ucpn and its many outstanding programs and services. Oyster Bay Town Supervisor John Venditto has served as an Honorary Co-Chairman for the event since its inception.
When gardeners begin shopping for spring flowers, they may notice a familiar staple missing: the impatiens.
Impatiens walleriana, which are beloved globally for their wide selection of color and low maintenance, have been affected by a fungus called downy mildew. The fungus first causes tiny spots, then yellowness on the leaves. A few weeks later, all that’s left is the flower’s stem and a frustrated gardener.
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