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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

Audience members were treated to an evening of incredible singing by 10 extremely talented Wheatley students during the Tri-M Music Honor Society’s Wheatley Idol X on Friday, Nov. 7, in the packed Wheatley auditorium.

 

Nada Al-Okla, sang “Titanium” by David Guetta, Michaela Balboni sang “Safe and Sound” by Capital Cities, Alex Boubour sang “Love Song” by The Cure, Melanie Esquilin sang “At Last” by Etta James, Tessa Karikas sang “The Climb” by Miley Cyrus, Ben Lee sang “Sunday Morning” by Maroon 5, Lauren Levine sang “Drops of Jupiter” by Train, Ally Levy sang “A

Drop in the Ocean” by Ron Pope, Juliana Luber sang “Reflection” by Alan Menken and Morgan Misk sang “Valerie” by Amy Winehouse.

What Thanksgiving Means In Mineola

Thanksgiving is a holiday, a festival, celebration and food fest. Tradition says the first Thanksgiving feast was celebrated by pilgrims and Native Americans back in 1621 to give thanks for their harvest after a harsh winter. Over a century later, George Washington, the nation’s first president, issued a Thanksgiving proclamation in 1789.

 

Fast forward to 21st century—the modern day Thanksgiving has come a long way since then. What has not changed however is the shared elaborate meal consumed with family and  friends in the same spirit of celebration and giving thanks for the blessings.


Sports

Mineola High School student Mary Elizabeth Smith signed her letter of intent to attend Stetson University in the fall. She is receiving a partial athletic scholarship and will be a member of the Stetson Rowing team.  

 

Smith is an accomplished rower who has trained locally and competed nationally. She began her rowing career as a 10th grader and ranks 53 in her rowing classification. 


 

In their semifinals home playoff game, the 9-year-old Mineola Chiefs (7-2) shut out perennial power Seaford Broncos 21-0. 

 

The Chiefs defense, the strength of the team, was lights out, making gang tackles all over the field. The defensive line of Charlie Villa, Luigi Kaloudis, Michael Nygaard, Luke Ruiz, John Jochym, Zachary Bohringer, Johnny Kessler, Zakria Zulfiqar and Jack McCormack kept the pressure on Seaford’s offense all game long. The Linebackers John Viggiani and Nick Rios attacked the runners and finished off the Broncos.


Calendar

Rockinghams - November 29

Village Green Tree Lighting - December 2

Village Meeting - December 3 


Columns

1959: The Year The Music Stopped Playing
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com

The Eccentric Heiress Of ‘Empty Mansions’
Written by Mike Barry, MFBarry@optonline.net

Yellow Margarine And A Pitch For The Ages
Written by Michael A. Miller, mmillercolumn@gmail.com