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Letter: Take Care Of The Veterans

I see from a recent edition of the Mineola American that a decision on veterans tax exemptions has been tabled by the Mineola School Board. This is a very petty way to treat the veterans that put their lives on hold to serve their country in its time of need (just like the first responders) so why deny the veterans a small exemption from the crippling school taxes which in some cases doubled after reassessment.

 

How typical of those who never served to dismiss veterans as a bunch of old has beens. If not for the veterans most of them would not be in such a nice lifestyle today. Those who never had to serve will

never realize the sacrifice the veterans made so that everyone can have their freedoms in all things in this day and age. 

 

When the statewide reassessment of properties took place some years ago the adjustment left veterans in many cases with less of an exemption, but Ed Mangano corrected this on the county level when he was elected. I have personally thanked Ed Mangano for his recognition of veterans. 

 

I brought the subject up at a village meeting when Mayor Martins was presiding and he gave a speech about how he supported veterans rights but his hands were tied because the village followed statewide

guidelines. I told him I was not expecting any special favors only that the formula be brought up to date and in line with the re-assessments.

 

Mr Sal Cataldo at the same meeting got up immediately afterwards and said that as a veteran he did not mind the cut. How nice for him to be well enough off to be able to make this magnanimous gesture,

but it certainly did not help others less fortunate financially that he is supposed to represent in his veterans group.

 

Last year at village election time, I invited Trustee George Durham into my house and I explained that the adjustment by the village had not been made, he promised to discuss it with Mayor Scott Strauss, so far I have not heard a word one way or another, so much for campaign promises.

 

Nations have historically called on their young men to serve their country and afterwards casting them aside, it is rampant in this country with our present crop of returning vets, why can we not honor them and treat them fairly? We give tax exemptions to police, firemen and ambulance volunteers why not take care of those who  left home to defend your liberty and freedom, give them a fair shake is all I ask. If you are in charge, take command and look out for those who you are less fortunate than you, the Veterans stood up for you now look after us. 

I pray that the Board of Education and the Village of Mineola will see this and do the right thing.

 

— Peter Burnside

 

Mineola


News

The Village of Mineola’s Zoning Board last week approved Winthrop University Hospital’s plan to revamp the “Welcome to Mineola” sign atop the Station Plaza Diner at the Long Island Rail Road Station.

The village code prohibits rooftops signs, but the zoning board has relief powers.

 

“I spoke with the building commissioner and he said that he’s satisfied; that it’s structurally sound and stable,” Zoning Board Chairman John Macedo said. “If he’s satisfied, I’m satisfied.”

The Village of East Williston was recently ruled against in the second round of lawsuits with neighboring Village of Williston Park involving the latter’s water rates—establishing a 13 percent increase from $3.83 per 1,000 gallons of water to $4.33.

 

Village of East Williston Mayor David Tanner said that the lawsuit, “still does not resolve the underlying problem between the villages, which is we feel that we’re being charged too much for water—the cost is excessive.”

 

Tanner said the village is still calculating the financial impact will be, and that the village has been making payments in escrow for every water bill received.


Sports

Runners from all over Long Island came to run at the fourth annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5K on Sunday, June 15. The runner first across the finish line was Mineola resident Michael Mariotti, general manager, owner and host of the famous local restaurant Cafe Continental in Manhasset. 

 

The day was glorious as the runners and walkers began their trek through Flower Hill from the starting line at Flower Hill Park. Organizers of this year’s event made the race a USATF Certified 5K race, timed by Long Island Race Timing. 

Hurricanes Fall To Saints

Mineola Hurricanes lost a battle of the bats on Sunday, June 29, at St. Joseph’s Field in Kings Park, falling short in a 9-8 ball game against the St. Joseph’s Saints in the first game of a doubleheader.

The top of the first saw the Hurricanes take an early 2-0 lead. The runs came home for the Hurricanes when T.J. McManus scored on an error and Connor Eakin scored on a fielder’s choice. The Saints never surrendered the lead after the first inning, scoring five runs on two errors and an RBI single by Jonathan.


Calendar

Family Night - July 25

Satisfaction - July 26

Million Dollar Baby - July 29


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
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