The Mineola School District’s 2014-15 draft budget is $87.5 million, a 1.65 percent increase from the 2013-14 budget, which was $86.1 million when it was certified last May.
The budget also includes a 1.46 percent increase in the tax levy, the maximum allowed by the state. The 2014-15 levy sits at $79 million.
District officials said pensions, salaries and special education costs drove the increases. Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler estimated salaries and pensions would total $400,000 each; special education, $300,000.
After two denials by John and Theresa Muzio, the Village of East Williston finally inspected 8 Sumter Ave. recently, officials confirmed. The property has been the subject of controversy and public criticism, resulting in numerous hearings and court proceedings.
The village tried to inspect the house on Jan. 14 and 31. The Muzios thwarted their entry each time, calling the police.
“They’re persecuting me,” Muzio said. “They’re harassing me and they destroyed my house. My house froze up since it’s had no heat since 2009. They need a court order before [demolishing the house].”
CBS drama Person of Interest filmed in Mineola on Tuesday, Feb. 25 near the Nassau County Legislature.
The show was shooting at the corner of Franklin Avenue and 15th Street in Mineola at around 1:45 p.m. Nassau County police were diverting traffic north and east away from the set.
The Mineola School District Board of Education disbanded its finance committee last week. Mineola is not required by law to have a finance committee. They are only mandated to hold an audit committee in place, officials said.
“I felt that we were asking the committee to stay in place without any real purpose, at least from my point of view,” School Board President Artie Barnett said. “I think we could have a discussion and see if they are needed or not.”
Citing changes in the budgetary process, district trustees feel crafting a budget, although fiscally challenging, is pretty cut and dry due to the 2 percent tax cap.
In 2012, Howard Kroplick was named town historian for the Town of North Hempstead. Now, two years later, he has published a pictorial history of the town, simply titled North Hempstead, a volume brought out by Arcadia Publishing as part of its extensive Images of America series.
“As town historian, it was the logical thing to write such a book,” Kroplick said. “This is the first published book on the town.” The volume, he added, is “long overdue” and also a publication that coincides with the 400th anniversary of the town’s discovery by the Dutch explorer, Adriaen Block.
The 127-page volume has a generous selection of photos chronicling the history of the town from Native American times to the original Dutch and English settlers and its steady evolution to one of the 100 “Best Places to Live in America.”
The Mineola Village Board enacted the 2 percent tax cap override at last week’s board of trustees meeting, voting 3-0. Trustees Paul Cusato and George Durham were absent from the vote. This will give the village the ability to exceed the tax cap if needed.
“We’ve done this every year since the 2 percent cap law has been put on the books,” Mayor Scott Strauss said. “We have no intention this year, just like last year, of going over the cap.”
Budget hearings have not been scheduled yet. This is the earliest the village has enacted the override. Last year, Mineola activated the override in April.
Joyce Rhim, Mineola High School senior, has been named a finalist in the 2014 National Merit Scholarship Program. With approximately 1.5 million entrants each year, the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test is what enables High School students to enter the National Merit Program. Rhim is one of only 15,000 students in the nation to reach finalist standing and is now eligible for one of the 8,000 Merit Scholarships.
The National Merit Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships. The next phase of this competition is underway and Joyce should receive final notification of her status in March.
The Village of Mineola announced that it purchased a bandshell 73-feet wide and 38-feet deep last week. The bandshell is part of the ongoing revamp of Memorial Park, which is set for significant upgrades in 2014.
Built by Michigan-based Porter Corporation, the bandshell cost $78,185 and will be paid for by development incentive bonus funding, which consists of monies Mineola has received from other projects.
The bandshell would be built on the south end of the park near the Mineola Memorial Library and stand 22 feet high at its peak. Lighting will be installed for security, according to officials.
Girl Scout cookie lovers all across the country can see the faces of two sisters from Albertson on two different cookie boxes. Madeleine Jex, 14, from Troop 1100, is featured on the Samoas, and her younger sister, Bailey, a Brownie from Troop 53, is featured on the
Savannah Smiles. The sisters are excited to be selling cookie boxes with their faces on them, and they are very grateful to have this memory to hold on to forever.
The Jex sisters were chosen to be on the boxes after they submitted an essay about the skills that they learned in Scouts. Several girls were chosen to go on a photo shoot in 2011; however, only the best photos were chosen.
Mineola High School: What is success? What does success mean to you?
“Success often comes with large amounts of dedication and effort, as it usually means achieving goals set far in the past. It is the feeling of content when everything turns out the way it was intended to, or sometimes even better than planned. To me, success would be following my dreams to build a career in the fashion business, becoming a better athlete, and having stronger relationships with my friends and family.”
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