Thursday, 14 August 2014 00:00
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.
Saturday, 27 September 2014 00:00
As I tried to make my way through the unforgiving monsoon season, rain pouring as far as the eye could see, dodging puddles I rushed inside the school building. The guard yelled in the background for the children to come in quickly before they dragged in even more mud inside. Trying hard not to slip on the wet dirty floor, I pondered to myself what
exactly I was doing here. The words of Mahatma Gandhi resonated inside my head, “The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.”
Here I was at a school in Mumbai India, 7800 miles from my home in Mineola, volunteering with “Aseema,” a non-governmental organization whose mission is to empower and educate the under privileged children. Children living on the streets or in slums and in inhuman conditions.
Friday, 26 September 2014 00:00
East Williston resident Brian Advocate-Ross addressed the Village of East Williston Board of Trustees earlier this month about an alleged drug problem at 386 Roslyn Rd. Advocate-Ross lives next to the house, and alleged to the village that there is “abundant drug use going on there—they’ve got people coming and going all day long, parking all over the place, and I have a little museum of drug paraphernalia that they throw over the fence.”
Advocate-Ross, who said a school two blocks away from the house, is primarily concerned about the safety of his four young children, and said he has called the police at the Third Precinct numerous times and expressed disappointment.
“I’m tired of calling them, they do nothing,” Advocate-Ross said. “My 6-year-old is finding what they throw over the fence and bringing them to me. I’m not going to tolerate it.”
The Third Precinct declined to comment.
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.