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Haber Takes On Martins

Calling it one the most closely watched state senate races in New York, Mineola business man Adam Haber officially announced his candidacy for the Seventh District last Thursday at an enthusiastic gathering at the VFW Hall in Albertson.

Before outlining his agenda, Haber briefly thanked his father, a former losing candidate for a school board seat as “[laying] the groundwork” for his desire to enter politics. Haber then listed four main planks to his candidacy.

 

The first was taxes, as he said that Nassau County remains one of the highest taxed counties in New York, “if not the country.”

 

Haber declared education to be a key plank to his platform. Although public schools on the North Shore are generally high performing, Haber said that there were schools in the Seventh District that need help. Later, on the topic of the moment, the Common Core curriculum, Haber said he could not support it “as it stands now.” Still, he believes such standards can be a positive good. 

 

Jobs and the economy, Haber continued, was the third plank of his platform.

 

He painted a dire comparison between Nassau County and a place “eight miles up the road” — New York City. Haber said that the city was in a boom period, while Nassau County continues to lose young people.

 

“Young people must move back [to Long Island] or we’re dying on the vine,” he said.

 

Haber touted his own business experience, namely creating up to 100 jobs through his two restaurants.

 

Finally, Haber said he would fight in Albany for passage of the Women’s Equality Act, an issue that he said he “[cares] passionately about.”

 

For their part, the offices of Senator Martins issued their own release on the occasion of Haber’s announcement. 

 

“Senator Martins promised to fight for our communities and get our state headed back in the right direction, and that’s exactly what he’s done,” the statement said. “He cut taxes for millions of middle class families, delivered a property tax cap, controlled state spending, and promoted economic development. He also secured additional state aid for our schools and local governments, fought for mandate relief, and stood up for our children by holding Albany accountable for the failed rollout of Common Core. That’s a record of proven leadership and proven results.”

 

Calling the battle for the Seventh District a “winnable race,” Haber ended his talk by calling on volunteers to help out his candidacy, joking that he was capable of writing “amazing” letters of recommendation for any interns who might work on his campaign.

 

“I don’t need this job. I want this job,” he said in his closing remarks. “When I come home at the end of the day, I want my children to ask ‘What did you do today?’ ‘Did you help the community?’ Let’s go get ‘em.”

 

Haber acknowledged that he could be “putting up a few bucks” of his own money into the race. He said that he would spend the equivalent of a state senate salary of his own funds, while noting that the campaign has fundraisers lined up in the immediate future.

News

In a typical Long Island community packed with houses and backyards, there are a couple of acres of open land of community gardens where people are growing basil and dahlias and roses and cabbages—people like Terry Dunckey of Westbury and Peg Woerner of Great Neck, tending their small plots and helping to promote sustainable and organic practices.

East Meadow Farm, off Merrick Avenue, is owned by Nassau County and operated by Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) of Nassau County. Previously it was a family-owned farm that was purchased by the county through the Environment Bond Act Program, a $150 million program that called for, among several mandates, the preservation of 400 acres of open space. In 2009, CCE of Nassau was awarded the lease to the land and in January 2012 took possession of the property. East Meadow Farm is a place where we can get the best advice on how to make our gardens grow without harming the earth. Part of the CCE’s original proposal was the establishment of a farmer’s market and, now, the market is open two days a week, a place to purchase organic vegetables and flowers during the growing season.

Drivers—get ready to slow down. Nassau County is currently in the process of installing school zone speed cameras in an effort to enhance safety by encouraging drivers to travel with caution, as well as support law enforcement efforts to crack down on violators and prevent accidents caused by speeding.

Nassau County officials say they’re still investigating locations in the Mineola School District, while leaning towards installing cameras near the North Side or Willets Road schools in the East Williston School District. Cameras could begin operation in September.


Sports

Nobody wants to make excuses, but sometimes when the injury bug hits, it’s impossible to overcome. Mineola Mustangs football head coach Dan Guido, entering his 28th season at helm, knows the injuries were the cause for their first-round defeat at the hands of the West Hempstead Rams last November.

“There was too many injuries on the offensive line last season,” said Guido. “It was supposed to be our strength and it ended up being a weak link by the end of the season.”

Even with those injuries, the Mustangs went 4-4 during the regular season.

The BU15 Mineola Revolution were crowned champions of the Roar at the Shore Tournament 2014 in West Islip on Aug. 10. After dropping the opener 2-0 against North Valley Stream, Mineola bounced back to beat Freeport Premiere 2-1.

The Revolution’s offense exploded in the third game as they beat West Islip 7-0. Mineola’s final game pitted them against Quickstrike FC, which entered the contest without a loss and within a point of winning the tournament.


Calendar

Zoning Meeting

Thursday, Aug. 28

Mineola Village Meeting

Wednesday, Sept. 3

School Board Meeting

Thursday, Sept. 4



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