Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 11 April 2014 00:00
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.
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.