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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

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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