An overflow audience packed into the Nassau County Legislative chambers on Monday, Feb.13 as that body held a public hearing on a proposal to close four police precincts in the county and transform them into community policing centers.
The hearing focused on public safety issues. It featured a long presentation by Acting Police Commissioner Thomas Dale who maintained that the plan would not compromise public safety, while noting that certain usages of advanced technologies have helped to reduce crime in the county.
Dale said the consolidation would result in a “more effective and efficient” police department, while also addressing the county’s budget situation. The precincts in question are the First, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Precincts.
On Friday, Feb. 17 at 12 noon, a rally to Save Tackapausha Museum and Preserve will take place at the museum, located at 2225 Washington Ave., Seaford.
Tackapausha Museum, located on 84 acres of a nature sanctuary and preserve, offers unparalleled environmental education programs, which teach children about the unique environment and ecology of our area, and has well served the community for 65 years.
According to Richard Suhary, president of Friends of Massapequa Preserve, local residents are outraged by the current complete closure of Tackapausha Museum in spite of the county’s promise to reopen it in January 2012. In December, the director of the museum was laid off, and the museum was closed indefinitely, notwithstanding the fact that hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars were spent to repair and renovate the museum and pond.
Numerous Long Island lawmakers, joined by both the Nassau and Suffolk County Executives, plus Town of Hempstead Supervisor Kate Murray, and Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos were out in force last Friday, calling for further reductions in the MTA payroll tax.
The press conference, held at the Nassau County Executive & Legislative Building, introduced state legislation (S-6206), one co-authored by State Senators Jack Martins (R-Mineola) and Lee Zeldin (R,C,I-Shirley). The bill would exempt villages, towns, and counties in New York State from the MTA payroll tax. Municipalities in New York State, both lawmakers said, currently pay a .34 percent tax per $100 of payroll to pay for the MTA.
“Property taxpayers paying for village, town and county services should not have their hard-earned tax dollars diverted to subsidize the MTA through this payroll tax,” Senator Martins said. “We need to alleviate some of the burdens placed on our local governments. This legislation does that and the result will be relief for our taxpayers, something we desperately need.”
This past December, Neil Diamond reached another pinnacle in his career, earning the Kennedy Center Honors, the highest American accolade given to any performer. But his rise to the top began right here in Massapequa.
When I first wrote in 2009 about Neil Diamond living on Frankel Road in the Biltmore Shores section of Massapequa in the 1960s, my story was about his early days. Getting started in show business wasn’t as easy as it is today. It seems like a few guys or girls get together, make some noise, and first thing you know there’s another band listed on television and radio billboards.
That was not the case when the young Neil Diamond was struggling to make a go of it. He did a little music writing for rock ‘n’ roll bands, composing lyrics for a few singers and for himself, hoping to catch a break and get a songwriting or singing career under way. If only he had a crystal ball and could see what was ahead for him, how different his early years may have been.
At its January meeting, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees honored one of the village’s most dedicated public servants.
Mayor James Altadonna presented a citation to Frank Flood recognizing his years of service as Commissioner at the Massapequa Water District.
“Frank Flood was recognized for his dedicated service as Commissioner of the Massapequa Water District; and is honored for his years of service since 1995 when he was first elected to the Board of Commissioners of the Massapequa Water District,” the citation read.
A graduate of Manhattan College, Flood moved to Massapequa in1962. Before that, he had already gone to work at the Department of Health of Nassau County and later at the Department of Public Works, where he served as the director of Environmental Engineering from 1975 until he retired in 1992.
When Brunswick Hospital in Amityville closed three years ago, it left the Massapequa area in dire need of a having a nearby hospital that could treat, above all others, those patients in need of emergency care.
But that situation may be changing so, as the village officials are working with the Town of Oyster Bay, the offices of State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R.-Merrick) and two other hospitals to construct such a facility in the village.
Both North Shore LIJ and Catholic Health Services are interested in expanding to Massapequa, Mayor James Altadonna, Jr. told the Massapequan Observer. Both institutions, he said, are doing due diligence studies and the village may receive prospects from both hospitals in the next few weeks.
David Lerner Associates (DLA) and the Greater Long Island Running Club recently presented a donation of $2,500 to the Special Agent John Capano Memorial Fund, dedicated to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) officer and Massapequa resident who was accidentally killed when he attempted to prevent a pharmacy robbery in Seaford.
The presentation was attended by several ATF agents, along with several police officers currently serving on the board of the Nassau County Police Running Club. David Lerner, owner and president of David Lerner Associates, thanked the assembled law enforcement officials for their contribution to Long Island communities and lamented the loss of an outstanding individual such as Special Agent Capano.
Longtime Massapequan Harold Brown, a legendary teacher, conductor, composer, and trailblazer in American music, died in 1979. But his admirers hope to introduce his work to a new generation of music lovers. This spring, Albany Records will release String Music of Harold Brown, a recording of Brown’s original work, one that made him an influential figure in the world of New York music.
Brown’s most loyal disciple is Sigmund Rosen, a Manhattan resident and also a member of the Renaissance Chorus, a music group that Brown founded in the 1950s. Harold Brown was a native New Yorker, who briefly lived in New Haven, CT in his youth before moving with his family back to the city. Among his many projects was the Renaissance Chorus. When Rosen auditioned in 1964, Brown immediately recognized his New Haven accent, eventually learning that Rosen had lived in the same house once owned by Brown’s grandfather. And so, a long friendship began.
The 7th Squad is investigating larcenies that occurred in North Massapequa between Monday Jan. 9 and Thursday, Jan. 12 at 9:21 a.m. and one in Wantagh on Tuesday, Jan. 17 between 2 and 6 a.m.
According to detectives, an unknown person(s) removed all four tires and rims from 28 new vehicles parked in the lot of Merrick Dodge, 3614 Sunrise Highway during the Jan. 17 larceny.
The vehicles were left lying on top of bricks, detectives said. The estimated value of loss is $26,000 dollars. There is no description of the suspects, detectives added.
In a scene that has become all-too-familiar to Massapequa area residents, another hero law enforcement agent was laid to rest last week.
On Friday, Jan. 6, a funeral was held for John F. Capano, a Massapequa resident and federal agent who died while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect at an incident in Seaford.
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