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A Pair Of Pauls Entrusted With Two More Years

New Line Party member Paul Pereira and Hometown Party mainstay Paul Cusato may be from different sides, but the two were clearly of the same mind last Tuesday, March 18 on Election Day. The two incumbents were unopposed in the at-large election for two open seats on the board for a third consecutive election cycle.

 

Pereira and Cusato garnered 306 and 275 votes respectively. Village Justice John O’Shea also ran without a challenger as the top vote-getter with 336 tallies.

 

“I think tonight demonstrates just that we’re breaking bread together, we’re working together. There really isn’t teams here,” Pereira said at Heart of Portugal last week. 

 

Contested elections in Mineola grab at least 1,500 voters in past years. Turnout was low this year and Cusato pointed to two sides of that issue.

 

“It’s a double-edged sword,” Cusato stated. “You can say people are happy with how the village is going and don’t vote, or maybe people don’t know an election is going on and they forgot to vote.”

 

The two are looking forward to continuing projects currently in pre-production phases and tackling new ones. Mineola is planning to revamp Memorial Park. The village purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep last month.

 

“The renovations are going to create a new park,” Cusato said. “New pathways, new lighting, refurbishing the tennis courts.”

 

Mineola will also build a new gazebo on the northeast corner of the park near the intersection of Jackson Avenue and Marcellus Road. The previous one was damaged by Hurricane Irene and demolished. Repairing park tennis courts is also planned, but is still in an early phase.

 

“We’d also like to see [our athletic] fields improved, possible field turfing and the park come to fruition,” Pereira said. “Paul and I have coached a great deal and we always seemed our facilities like our pool, parks and fields need care. We also need to look at infrastructure like curbs, paving, our water wells. Those things go without saying.”


News

The Mineola School Board will hold a public hearing on the much-debated New York State veterans exemption on Thursday, Nov. 6 at 6:30 p.m. in the Willis Avenue School. It is expected the board will either approve or disapprove the tax exemption during its regular meeting at 7 p.m.

When votes go to the polls next week on Tuesday, Nov. 4 to vote on the Town of North Hempstead’s 2nd Council District seat, candidate Bonnie Parente feels her stance on the building department is what voters will remember when casting their choice. The 2nd council district post is currently held by Peter Zuckerman, a former East Hills trustee. He was appointed to the seat in January to replace Thomas Dwyer, who resigned last year.

 

“That’s the major issue I heard about when I knocked on doors,” she said. “No matter where I am, I could be at the Herricks Community Center or the Albertson Pasta Dinner and

predominately what people ask about is how to fix the building department.”


Sports

Samantha Pastore

Samantha Pastore, senior and third-year varsity player, is also co-captain of the currently undefeated (11-0) Mineola Girls Varsity Volleyball team. She is an outside hitter and is often recognized in games by starting rallies with her quick thinking and nimble feet. She earns 20 percent of the team’s points and averages four aces per match.

The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team fell to the Seaford Vikings last week 27-21, missing their chance to tie the top seeds Locust Valley and Roosevelt’s 6-1 Nassau conference IV record.

 

After tying the game in the second half and having the opportunity to capitalize on Seaford’s failed extra-point kick on their final touchdown, the Viking’s senior wide receiver/defensive back Bobby Buell knocked away a pass from Mineola senior quarterback James Gerstner to senior wide receiver Brian Smith in the end-zone with 57 seconds left


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Cultural Arts Series - November 1 


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