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Letter: Pension Amounts Outrageous

As I read an article in Newsday last week, it became apparent to me that we have reached a real milestone. The system is so flawed that we, the taxpayers of Long Island, are paying 19 of the 20 people…all former school superintendents… named in this article, about $5 million a year to do nothing. And nobody seems to care. So, to use another allusion to an old movie called History of the World Part I, it’s good to be the superintendent. 

 

Now I realized that these esteemed individuals have worked hard for the money and as Ronald Friedman is quoted as saying, “My colleagues who worked for 40 or more years have steadfastly improved education for children on Long Island, and helped make Long Island one of the most desirable places for people to live.”

 

Well, in that case why not make it $400,000 a year? These guys are really worth it. They need to maintain the lifestyle they have grown accustomed to. The rumpled old tweed jackets are being replaced by a smoking jacket and ascot. I can almost hear the conversations around the Ex-Superintendent’s Club, “I say old chap, you only make $20,000 a month? What was the problem? Wrong attorney?”

 

Our very own former Mineola superintendent, Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli, is one of the lucky winners of the higher education sweepstakes. I dare say he’s certainly worth the dough.

 

But the folks in the Commack Union Free Schools, Comsewogue Union Free Schools, and Sawanhaka Central Schools should be honored because they have two lucky winners each on the list. How did they get so lucky? Only the Lord knows. But, they are worth the money.

 

So, back to Friedman’s quote. I wonder if the topic of egregious, out of this galaxy pensions and their effect on tax rates and home prices, and their effect on the lives of the children he claims that he and his colleagues have educated, have ever been discussed in the classrooms of any of their former school districts?

 

I would guess not because if they were, the students, though young and inexperienced would be appalled. These people who claim to have their best interests at heart are lying to them.

 

It’s like being invited to a very expensive dinner by someone you trust and they run out and leave you with the check. That has to be paid over and over again.  It’s shameful to say the least.

 

John Napolitano

 

Williston Park

News

Senator Jack Martins discussed education, business and drug use among other topics in a an exclusive interview with this newspaper and FiOS 1 News. He’s currently seeking re-election in November, being challenged by Democrat Adam Haber. Pointing to what he called “key legislation,” particularly the tax cap legislation passed in 2011 and prescription drug bill he helped shepherd to enactment, Martins feels New York State is on track to continue fiscal responsibility.

 

“In these last four years, we’ve had four balanced budgets, we’ve cut taxes working together, we have paid off debt, streamlined government, kept spending below 2 percent each one of those years,” Martins said.

A contingent of 80 Mineola runners embarked on their first trek to lower Manhattan last year for the Tunnel To Towers 5K Run through the Brooklyn Battery Tunnel toward the World Trade Center site. This year, the United Mavericks, a networking group of local business people that support local charities and causes, are gearing up surpass that number.

Mavericks reps say they’re half way to gathering 1,000 people to run in the event’s 13th year on Saturday, Sept. 28.

 

The run honors a fireman Stephen Siller, who was enjoying a day off planning to play golf before he learned the Twin Towers were hit by two airplanes during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks. He was one of the 343 firefighters who died when the towers collapsed.


Sports

Though it had already hosted the series of lacrosse games during the regular season this past spring, Chaminade High School’s new Gold Star Stadium was officially christened on Saturday, Sept. 6, named in honor of the 56 alumni who had perished during combat.

 

“Tradition holds that when one dies in the service a gold star is given to the family,” said Chaminade President Bro. Thomas Cleary. “Our 56 Gold Star Alumni are honored for their selflessness, courage, and integrity.”

Although the expectations for the 2014 Mineola Mustangs boy’s varsity soccer season may be somewhat measured, the team enters the season with the goal of a berth in the Nassau County playoffs. The team is young and inexperienced but there is light at the end of the tunnel.

 

There is considerable talent on the horizon. There are only four starting seniors and five sophomores on the roster. Four year starting senior forward Daniel Pardo returns (19 goals in three seasons) as does senior standout goalkeeper Andrew Pereira.


Calendar

Town Zoning Meeting - September 17

International Night - September 18

Bereavement Support Group - September 19


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