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
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.