Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 28 September 2012 00:00
Mineola Chamber of Commerce President Bill Greene gave the opening speech, with founding member Lou Sanders introducing Strauss. He was elected trustee to the Mineola Village Board in 2010 and was elected mayor in March 2011. Strauss has lived in Mineola since 1964. He’s a graduate of the Mineola High School Class of 1981.
Strauss served for 20 years in the New York City Police Department. He retired as a detective in 2004. During his career, Strauss received numerous awards, including the NYPD’s Medal for Valor and the Medal of Honor, the NYPD’s highest award.
“It’s an honor to introduce Mayor Scott Strauss,” Sanders said. “The mayor and the village board are always finding ways to reduce the tax burden on the residents…as you know by now, he was a hero on 9/11.”
Strauss is a 29-year member of the volunteer fire department. He served as assistant chief, chief of department and as lieutenant and captain.
He was recognized twice as Company No. 2 “Firefighter of the Year” and received the Town of Hempstead’s “Firefighter of the Year” award in 2010. Before becoming a member of the fire department, Strauss was a junior firefighter.
“We have a great relationship with the village and I want to thank them for the great camaraderie and work-like ethics that we have together and being able to do a lot of great things,” Greene stated.
Strauss is an assistant Scoutmaster with Troop 45 of the Boy Scouts of America. He himself earned the rank of Eagle Scout, scouting’s highest award.
“The last 18 months as your mayor have gone by tremendously fast,” Strauss said. “To that point, I’m sure most of us can’t believe we’re already past the middle of September with the year 2013 rapidly approaching.”
The village recently refinanced about $1.1 million in serial bonds. Prior to the refinance, the average rate of interest on the obligations was 4.66 percent. That rate has been reduced to 2.46 percent. Mineola will save $1.3 million over the next 12 years.
“Last year, Mineola had its bond rating raised by Moody’s investors,” Strauss stated. “This year, it was reaffirmed. We have refinanced loans of prior administrations…this comes at a time when federal, state and county governments continue to face significant financial issues.”
Strauss noted that the village is on solid financial ground, but still faces health care costs increases and pension fund requirements in the coming fiscal year, as well as an unsettled employee contract.
“This administration will continue to make the tough, yet sound, financial decisions that are necessary to maintain the quality of life we have come not only to enjoy here in Mineola, but what we have come to expect from our local government.”
The mayor highlighted one of many ongoing projects in the village, including the development of a diabetes research center at Winthrop-University Hospital, the Winston Manor Residential Complex and the Bruce Terrace Flood Remediation Project. The .893-acre $60 million Winthrop facility was approved by Mineola in 2011. The Mineola American exclusively reported on Aug. 29 that the construction phase of the flood project would get underway, with an expected completion in Spring 2013.
“I ask you to consider this…what does it say about the state of our village in a time when other communities are struggling to revive their downtowns that organizations are investing hundreds of millions of dollars right here in Mineola,” said Strauss.
Saturday, 25 October 2014 00:00
Way before Home Depot or Ace Hardware came into existence, there were little mom-and-pop shops like Munder’s True Value on Hillside Avenue in Williston Park. The hardware store, which opened its doors in 1948, is somewhat of a suburban dinosaur having outlasted several other hardware stores in the area.
“My father, Charles, opened this store in 1948 after returning home from World War II,” said Bill Munder, who took over the store operation seven years ago. “His parents wanted to know his plans after he returned home from the marines and he decided to open this store on Hillside Avenue.”
Friday, 24 October 2014 00:00
The debate over New York State Common Core standards continues, with students from the Mineola School District showing a mild resistance to the exams.
According to the New York State Allies for Public Education, Mineola had some of the lowest numbers, with eight students opting out of the English Language Arts test. However, not a single Mineola student missed the math test. In East Williston, the opt out rates were 75 students in ELA and 60 in math.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
The New York Cosmos hosted the Mineola Athletic Association’s Soccer Club recently for its penultimate fall 2014 home game. More than 140 members of the MAA soccer club and their families came out on a chilly October evening to show their love of the game. Twenty-two Mineola boys and girls had the honor of escorting the New York Cosmos and Ottawa Fury players onto the field in the traditional “Walk of Champions.”
The Mineola spirit must have inspired the home team, as spectators enjoyed the exciting 2-1 Cosmos victory, with the game-winning goal coming in stoppage time.
Thursday, 23 October 2014 00:00
As a current member of the Mineola High School Varsity Soccer team, senior, Catherine Cunningham has been dominating the scoring for the Mustangs. She has 12 goals and two assists in the last seven games.
In her last week of play alone, she amassed six goals in just three games. As a captain for the last two years, Cunningham has been an All-Conference and All-Class player, leading her team to two victories so far this season.