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.
At its Jan. 9 meeting, the Village of Massapequa Park board of trustees voted to override the 2 percent property tax cap, a piece of legislation that was enacted in Albany with bipartisan support during the 2011 session.
Mayor James Altadonna Jr. said the vote faced no opposition and that the village will remain consistent in its tax policies. Any increase over the state-enacted tax cap would be minimal. He claimed that the BOT “would adhere to a 2.3 percent tax cap. We won’t go over it.”
The final day of 2011 ended in tragedy for a Massapequa federal agent as John Capano was killed while trying to apprehend a robbery suspect at a drugstore in Seaford.
According to detectives, on Saturday, Dec. 31 at 1:54 p.m., the suspect entered Charlie’s Family Pharmacy, 3931 Merrick Rd. and announced an armed robbery demanding cash and drugs. The suspect, detectives said, received the proceeds and fled out the front door where three individuals confronted him. Two of those individuals were off duty law enforcement officers and one was a retired law enforcement officer, detectives added.
In 2011, the painful memory of the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attack on the World Trade Center was brought home again as the Massapequa remembered its local victims. The anniversary was marked by candlelight vigils, plus the unveiling of a 9/11 Memorial at Massapequa High School, one that was constructed from steel remains of the World Trade Center itself. The Plainedge School District also remembered one of its own as it unveiled a steel girder of the WTC, one constructed in honor of Kathy Mazza, the North Massapequa native and Farmingdale resident who was the first female from the Port Authority office to perish in the line of duty on 9/11.
The Massapequa area men who lost their lives on 9/11 are: George Cain, James J. Carson, Jr., Peter J. Ganci, Jr., Michael Healey, Thomas Haskell, Jr., Ronald Hoerner, Michael Iken, Anthony Jovic, Lester V. Marino, Henry Miller, Jr., Michael O’Brien, Michael Pascuma, Timothy Alan Roy, Sr., Frank G. Schott, Christopher R. Sullivan, David Wiswall, and Andrew Zucker. On July 15, 2011, Massapequa resident and FDNY member Steven C. Mosiello died of esophageal cancer. On Sept. 11, 2001, Mosiello was at the World Trade Center, serving as an aide to fellow FDNY member, Peter J. Ganci, Jr.
At its Monday, Jan. 9, 2012 meeting, the Village of Massapequa Park Board of Trustees will hold an important hearing, one in which they will take up the issue if the village wants to opt out of the 2 percent property tax cap.
The tax cap was enacted in Albany during the past legislative session. The legislation also came with the stipulation that local villages and municipalities could set the property tax levy in excess of the 2 percent limit. The Village of Mineola, for instance, did just that, even though village officials said enacting the override option was designed to give the village flexibility when the 2012-13 budget is debated and approved.
New York State Assemblyman Joseph S. Saladino announced the launch of his new Drug Awareness Tool Kit and Resource Guide available for families, parents, medical professionals, pharmacies and community organizations.
Assemblyman Saladino joined with Assemblyman David McDonough (R,C,I-Merrick), Assemblyman Ed Ra (21st Assembly District), T.O.B. Councilman Joe Pinto and the members of Assemblyman Saladino’s Heroin and Prescription Drug Abuse Relief Task Force at the YES Community Counseling Center, as well as the families who lost a loved one, to announce this breakthrough. The group also reminded parents that holiday time is an ideal opportunity to talk with their children of the dangers of experimenting with heroin and prescription drugs.
Mrs. Emmerich’s third-grade students from Birch Lane school visited the Starlab at the Massapequa High School. Raymond Hahn gave an informative presentation in an amazing inflatable planetarium. The children enjoyed sitting in a circle in the dark, looking up at the stars singing “Raining Sunshine.” They learned about stars, planets, constellations and many other things pertaining to space.
The Planetarium was co-purchased by the Massapequa School District and the Massapequa Teachers’ Center (M-TRACT) in 1990. Originally the planetarium was transported to each elementary school where teachers at those schools conducted presentations for classes. After much wear and tear, Raymond Hahn took on the responsibility the Starlab and found a location for the Starlab to permanently be at one location.
State Senator Charles Fuschillo (R.-Merrick) recently issued a statement regarding the toll increase by the Port Authority.
“As someone who strongly opposed the Port Authority’s toll increase plan, I am completely appalled that the Port Authority misled the public as to why these toll increases were needed,” the senator said in a released statement.
“One of the primary reasons the public was told an increase was necessary was to fund the World Trade Center completion. In an August 18 letter to the Port Authority Board of Commissioners, Governors Andrew Cuomo and Chris Christie noted that they would not oppose the toll hike plan in part because it ‘will allow for the completion of the World Trade Center.’ At least one Port Authority Commissioner publicly stated that he was voting in favor of the increase for exactly the same reason.
As reported in a recent issue of The Massapequan Observer, the Friends of Massapequa Preserve held a successful 11th anniversary meeting last Nov. 16. Discussed at the meeting were such issues as the status of the Stream Enhancement Project, which Friends President Richard Schary said should be completed by the spring of 2012.
Schary reiterated that Preserve members are “only volunteers” who should stay clear of duties that civil service employees are paid to do. Also at the meeting, Schary was asked about bikeway conditions, especially the problems of overcrowding and speeding bikes.
Returning to her hometown, Christine Petrullo has joined the Massapequa School District as Assistant Business Administrator/Purchasing Agent, bringing with her more than 12 years of financial experience.
Petrullo was welcomed into the district last October after serving Freeport UFSD in the same capacity for nearly seven years. Among her duties, Petrullo was responsible for supervising the operations of all accounting, accounts payable, accounts receivable, payroll, transportation, food service and data processing departments. She also prepared a $150 million school budget and worked closely with the assistant superintendent for business on all financial issues. Many of her responsibilities will remain the same in her new post.
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