(The following is a copy of a letter from State Senator Charles Fuschillo and the Long Island Senate Delegation to the LIPA Board of Trustees opposing LIPA’s rate increase proposal, printed here at the author’s request. The letter was read at a recent LIPA public hearing regarding its rate increase proposal)
We are writing to urge you to reject a proposal to increase LIPA rates as part of its proposed 2012 budget.
The Nassau County Legislature has scheduled a hearing next week on a contract between Veolia Transportation and Nassau County outlining the terms of a public-private operating partnership to operate Long Island Bus. The contract gives the county control over its own transit system for the first time, offering a significantly higher level of control and oversight than it has with the MTA as system operator.
The county negotiated significant oversight in its contract with Veolia to protect riders, workers and taxpayers. This contract stands in stark contrast to the relationship the County had with the MTA, in which the County had little to no control over routes, service levels or how funds were invested and service planned. The county’s contract with Veolia gives it control in numerous ways, including:
Year by year, Long Island loses ground, yet we seem to resist making changes. I wonder: What will it take to get us moving?
Back in 2004, the first Long Island Index uncovered the extent of the Brain Drain. The exodus of talented young people, and the underlying need for more affordable housing, received much public and media attention, and in a poll later that year, 72 percent of Long Islanders rated the lack of affordable housing as either a “Very Serious” or “Extremely Serious” problem. Yet in the years since, we’ve made hardly any progress.
The Nassau County Police Department Auxiliary Police Section Communications Unit is looking for volunteers to work one night every week at the new 911 center in Westbury, at Old Country Road and Wantagh Parkway. Volunteers should be: a U.S. citizen, able to drive, alert, able to speak clearly, and fluent in English. Work entails radio communication, telephone and paper work. Volunteers over age 55 are welcome and can start almost immediately. No experience needed, they will train you. Please leave a message for Sgt. Philip L. Franckel, Commanding Officer at 516-522-5375.
We owe a huge measure of gratitude to our partners and donors who have shown a deep commitment to the mission of the American Red Cross. We owe an equal measure of thanks to our thousands of dedicated volunteers. Their tireless work makes it possible for us to respond to disasters throughout our area.
New York State launched an initiative known as The Children’s Plan that focused on the promotion of mental health and the treatment of children with emotional disturbances. I was pleased to serve on the statewide work group that was engaged in the development of the Children’s Plan.
In any debate, it’s said, each party is entitled to its own opinion. But not its own set of facts.
That’s why it’s so exciting that there’s been yet another important step in establishing a single set of facts about the contributions of immigrants to Long Island.
On Sunday, October 30th, the Nassau County Legislature approved my budget for 2012 that includes the tough medicine needed to help our County to recover from decades of poor fiscal policies. Most importantly, the budget represents an opportunity to work cooperatively to achieve success for our residents. The budget, developed in consultation with NIFA, sets forth a comprehensive plan that makes Nassau County fiscally stronger each year over the next four years.
Despite the fact that the Democrat Minority Conference failed to support the budget, for a second consecutive year, I have been able to provide a budget that addresses Nassau’s issues without raising property taxes and I implore them to join me in working together to successfully implement the enacted solutions.
Nassau County Acting Commissioner for Health Dr. Lawrence Eisenstein, along with Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, are urging Nassau County residents to obtain a seasonal flu vaccination. Peak flu season is late winter in our region, but a flu shot now will help protect residents throughout the cold and flu season.
“All families should take an active role with their own preparation and prevention of the flu. It’s a responsibility we all share,” said Mangano. “The flu is a very serious disease and our best defense against it is getting vaccinated.”
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