Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 16 November 2012 00:00
This time around the race, although tension-heightened from dark-horse Democratic challenger Daniel Ross, Martins (R-Mineola) came away relatively unscathed, winning his second term as senator on Tuesday, Nov. 6. Martins garnered 52 percent of the vote beating out Ross (D-Manhasset) 48,305-44,707.
In 2010, Martins’ nose-hair victory decided the senate majority, giving Republicans a 32-30 stronghold in the senate chamber in Albany. He attained the Republican, Conservative, Independent and Tax Revolt Party endorsements this time around, while Ross nabbed the Democratic and Working Family Party lines leading up to Election Day.
There were some technical glitches at a number of polling stations in Nassau County, with the Nassau County Board of Elections (BOE) stating about 4 percent of voters were affected. A similar situation occurred in 2010, when 1 percent was forced to fill out paper ballots.
BOE officials said the chance of the problems affecting this election were slim to none. The deadline to submit absentee ballots was extended to Nov. 17 because of Hurricane Sandy, according to the BOE website.
“Going into Election Day, it wasn’t about the election,” Martins said continuing, “it was about the recovery from the storm and the consequences of the storm and our efforts continue to this day. I’m very happy to have gotten re-elected; very pleased at the support I got. I’m looking forward to continue to work with my colleagues in addressing the issues that are affecting New York State.”
Martins stated he couldn’t compare this race to his tussle with Johnson.
“This election was far different than two years ago,” Martins said. “We didn’t go into Election Day [this year] campaigning, we went into Election Day responding to a natural disaster, which is where we should have been frankly. That’s where the priorities were. It’s hard to compare and contrast because with the Johnson race, there were real choices. There was some clear distinction and we each had a record to run on and a record we had to defend.”
Ross, an automobile sales manager, ran for commissioner of the Manhasset-Lakeville Water and Fire District. He lost the race last year to Andrew DeMartin.
“The senate race was a great experience and a hard fought race,” Ross said. “I want to congratulate my opponent on his re-election, but it was a hard fought race and has given me additional insight and experience I did not have prior so I was very thankful for the opportunity to run. I was excited at the prospect of serving the community as a state senator.”
Ross noted that this may not be his last run to elected office, however he would not indicate if he’d run against Martins in 2014 or seek other options. He called his run at the seat a “mutual interest” for himself and the Democratic Party in tapping him to seek office.
“This race was run to win,” said Ross. “Unfortunately it didn’t happen. We were very, very close. I appreciate the support I got from everyone. This was not just an experiment. We’re going to go back at it. I am exploring all options but certainly not ruling anything out at this point.”
Saturday, 07 December 2013 00:00
Eleni Pitzel has lived in East Williston since 1975, having raised five children. Prior to that, she and her family lived in Floral Park. Pitzel is a longtime club member, and served as corresponding secretary for two years.
Pitzel has been the club’s art instructor for four years; she also teaches art at St. Paul’s Orthodox Cathedral in West Hempstead. “My artistic skills are a gift from God, and from that gift I give back to others,” Pitzel said.
Friday, 06 December 2013 00:00
A new proposal by interim Town of North Hempstead Supervisor John Riordan seeks to hike pay for elected officials. Riordan's plan would have board members’ salaries jump by $15,000 to a total of $55,000, an increase of approximately 37.5 percent. Other proposed salaries would be $138,000 for the supervisor, $115,000 for the receiver of taxes and $105,000 for the town clerk.
Riordan introduced the proposal at the last town board meeting, on Nov. 19, requesting that a resolution be placed on the agenda setting Dec. 10 for a public hearing to consider the adoption of an amendment that would enable the salary increases for the 2014 calendar year.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
MAA Travel Soccer teams wrapped up their respective fall 2013 seasons recently. Two MAA teams won titles this season in the Long Island Junior Soccer League; the BU13 Mineola Empire went 9-0-1 and the GU14 Red Bulls enjoyed a 8-1-1 campaign to each win first place trophies. The GU11 Honey Badgers went undefeated (6-0-2) and finished in second place in their division, as did the GU15 Mini-Mustangs with a 7-1-1 season record.
Thursday, 05 December 2013 00:00
The Mineola 12U fall intramural baseball team celebrated their fall season and tournament championship with a pizza party/awards dinner on Nov. 20. In addition to celebrating a great fall season and tournament championship, the boys were treated to an inspirational talk by coach Ken Conrade, the 2013 New York State High School Coach of the Year.
Conrade, the Kellenberg Memorial High School assistant principal for academics and girls varsity softball coach, was the keynote speaker for the awards dinner. He presented a very talked about baseball and youth sports.
Conrade’s talk was framed around each inning of a baseball game. He used stories and examples from the first to an extra “10th inning” to drive home both a sports and life lesson. For example, as part of the seventh inning stretch, he had each player stand up, stretch their legs and then go and thank their parents for their support and commitment to their baseball playing.