Thursday, 15 August 2013 00:00
This year’s county executive race is heating up with former executive Thomas R. Suozzi seeking to make a return after his defeat to County Executive Ed Mangano in 2009, along with his rubber stamp mate Howard Weitzman to serve in his capacity as comptroller. Both Mangano and Maragos entered office in 2010 after defeating Suozzi and Weitzman. They entered office when there was uncertainty with the direction the county was going in, and both Mangano and Comptroller George Maragos answered the call.
Currently, the county’s structural deficit is half of what is was in 2009 when Howard Weitzman left office, and spending is down by $200,000,000, under the Mangano administration. The achievements both Mangano and Maragos achieved in bi-partisan accolade resulted in Governor Cuomo awarding Nassau County with a $5,000,000 award for its cost cutting initiatives. Even under the NIFA prescribed presentation method, the County is expected to end 2012 with a negative $85.5 million result, which is a 54 percent improvement compared to the negative $184.3 million recorded in 2009, the final year of the previous administration, and down from the negative $173.4 million in 2011. The reason why the county has a surplus today is in part to significant spending reductions. Impressive and worthy of re-election!
A zebra cannot change its stripes, and we all know what will happen if Suozzi and Weitzman are re-elected: high taxes with no end in sight. What taxes you ask? If they are re-elected expect the energy tax to make a comeback along with the fast food tax proposed under the Suozzi administration. Suozzi and Weitzman have to realize that Mangano and
Maragos are working to fix the fiscal problems. I believe in electing them a second time and I leave voters with this: bond ratings agencies are not rating current financial status, but looking at future status down the road. Re-elect Mangano and Maragos.
Scott D. Diamond
Thursday, 02 October 2014 00:00
The Village of Williston Park Board of Trustees passed a local law last week that establishes the authority for legal action on water bills that are $25,000 or greater.
According to Village Attorney James Bradley, if a water bill remains unpaid for 90 days, he is authorized to commence legal proceedings for collection, and charge attorney fees for prosecution. Fees would be added to the unpaid bill and subject to non-payment penalties
“The person or entity responsible for paying the unpaid bill will be liable for the attorney fees,” Bradley said, while noting that the bill is an amendment of existing code.
Wednesday, 01 October 2014 00:00
The founders of the popular Facebook group “Massapequa Moms,” a ‘virtual living room with 6,700 people,’ are leveraging their social media power to create a new discount loyalty card good all over Long Island—including, they hope, in Mineola.
With a hugely popular Facebook community, co-founders Dawn Boyle Kostakis and Stephanie Hartman wanted to “figure out a way that we could help the consumer and the business owner at the same time; keeping commerce going, keeping it all local and having the people get a little bang for their buck,” said Kostakis. They wanted to serve more than just Massapequa, too, and the Long Island Loyalty card was born.
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Mustangs varsity football team defeated the Roosevelt Roughriders 47-38 on Saturday, Sept. 20.
Senior quarterback James Gerstner led the Mustangs (2-0) to victory by rushing 212 yards and securing five touchdowns on 23 carries. He also completed 11 of 13 passes for 229 yards and one touchdown.
“This was a big game—we were ready and pumped up all week,” Gerstner said. “We came in ranked third but we knew we could beat them.”
Thursday, 25 September 2014 00:00
The Mineola Varsity Football team’s defense dominated Valley Stream South, winning 21-0 on Sept. 13. The Falcons never got further then Mineola’s 30 yard line. The defense was lead by senior linebackers Eric Guardado (8 tackles 6 assist), Ed Hincapie (6 tackles, 5 assist) and safety John Clancy (tackles, 3 assist).
Defensive linemen Anthony Sarno, Luigi Athan, Victor Tineo, Matt Lafaye and Chris Brenes controlled the line of scrimmage. Defensive backs Peter McCormack and Chris Lockwood played very well as they combined for eight tackles and only allowed two pass completions. Linebacker Kyle Dunleavy, Ben Carbone, Matt Kosowski and Brian Smith also played very well.