All Long Islanders want dangerous criminals off our streets.
So the catchily-named Secure Communities immigration enforcement program, purportedly designed to go after serious criminal offenders, seems simple at first glance.
It’s a federal program that takes the fingerprints of anyone who is arrested and automatically checks those prints against a national immigration database. If immigration officials have questions about a person’s immigration status, that person can be detained by local authorities and eventually placed in deportation proceedings.
Conserving water throughout the year is important. Conserving water during the long, high-temperature summer days is critical. Saving water lessens the strains on the water-pumping system, saves electricity, ensures a plentiful water supply for all our needs now and for future generations and, most importantly, saves you money! The Long Island Water Conference urges you to conserve water this summer, any way you can.
In Nassau County, we are making concerted efforts to ensure the safety and well-being of you and your family in many different ways. Now that hurricane season is here on Long Island I would like to remind residents about the importance of assembling a “Go Kit,” in the event of a hurricane watch or warning.
Let’s be clear: a 2 percent tax cap on school districts fails to address the root causes of our ever-increasing tax burden.
Politicians and special interest groups can trumpet the tax cap all they want, but homeowners across New York will find their taxes continuing to rise unless their elected officials get serious about relieving local schools of millions of dollars of costs tied up in state mandates that do nothing to advance student achievement.
For too long, Nassau Coliseum and the property that surrounds it has laid to waste rather than generate revenue for the county that can help hold the line on property taxes. The Coliseum is no longer competitive with other sports complexes around the nation. Long Island’s only professional sports team, the Islanders, face the potential of having to leave Nassau in 2015 when their lease expires should a new arena not be built. A countless number of residents have contacted me with concerns over losing the Islanders. These residents do not want to see the Coliseum doors shuttered, people losing their jobs or the loss of economic benefits currently received from our hotels, restaurants and stores.
There are more than a million documented episodes of domestic violence in the United States every year. In Nassau County, over 16,000 domestic violence calls were reported to the police one year ago. Nevertheless, only 25 percent of domestic violence incidents are reported to the police, according to a 2009 report by the Children’s Defense Fund. The collateral damage in these violent encounters is three to ten million child witnesses who feel alone and vulnerable.
Flemming Hansen didn’t necessarily expect to be an entrepreneur. And he didn’t expect to be plying his trade here on Long Island.
Growing up in Denmark, he aspired to become a chef; decades later, he found success as a baker. Close enough.
But to his surprise, he ended up running a profitable business far from his native homeland: In 1998, Hansen opened Copenhagen Bakery in Northport, which has become one of the best-known and most popular cake shops on Long Island.
The true harbinger of spring comes on May 17. It is once again time to vote for school board members and school budgets.
You probably have a favorite tree-lined street in your community. Or a tree-filled neighborhood you’ve always admired. Or a favorite forest where you like to bask in the beauty of the trees.
It’s important to remember that those beautiful spaces aren’t here by accident. The forests we enjoy today – which give us both pleasure and environmental benefits – are here because of the vision, courage and hard work of generations past.
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