Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano was sworn in to a second term on Jan. 2 at Bethpage High School. When a paper Bible couldn’t be located, he took the oath of office with his hand on an iPad that had the Bible on-screen. Here is his speech,
abridged due to space limitations.
Allow me to start off by saying thank you, Governor Cuomo, for taking time to join me on this special day. I am deeply honored by your presence. Colleagues in government, reverend clergy, distinguished guests, family and friends: Thank you for celebrating with me today.
The Mineola Village Board held off making a decision on an application by Jeremiah O’Carroll, owner of O’Carroll’s Recovery Room, to open a store selling shakes and smoothies in Station Plaza North. The store would sit next to the Recovery Room, a local bar, if approved.
O’Carroll has called Station Plaza home for five years. He feels the shake shop would bring more consumers to the train station.
“The reason why we plan to build a shake store there is the foot traffic,” he said. “It would be a nice thing to bring people to the plaza and Mineola.”
Two Mineola men were arrested for assault in Massapequa on Friday, Dec. 20 at 11:32 p.m.
According to detectives, Mineola residents Nicolas Russi, 19 and Santiago Orrego, 18, were driving and exited a 1999 Audi at a traffic light located at Louden Street and Sunrise Highway so they could confront a 20 and 28-year-old man who were driving a 2005
Cadillac. Police said the four were involved in verbal dispute while driving.
Town of North Hempstead Supervisor-Elect Judi Bosworth announced the appointments of four individuals to senior management roles in her administration, which took office on Jan. 1. Bosworth commented, “I am pleased to announce the appointments of these experienced, highly-qualified public servants to senior management positions in North Hempstead government, as I continue my effort to build a leadership team that will reflect the integrity, accomplishment, diversity and responsiveness I intend to be the hallmarks of my administration.”
The nation’s new Affordable Care Act (“Obamacare”) has a provision that could put local fire departments—as well as local governments—at considerable financial risk. Fire-fighting departments with 50 or more members could be forced to provide health insurance for their volunteer firefighters or else pay substantial fines.
The health care law has specific insurance requirements for employers with 50 or more employees. While the U.S. Department of Labor terms these firefighters “volunteers,” the Internal Revenue Service classifies volunteer firefighters as employees.
Members of Congress are aware of this issue, though so far, no changes have been made at the federal level.
The Mineola School Board is currently reviewing options if parents elect to keep their kids home once the next round of “Common Core” testing hits the district. But leaders have indicated Mineola is in a holding pattern. Trustee William Hornberger broached the subject at a recent business meeting.
He asked if steps are being taken to address possible opt-outs, a tactic parents across Long Island are threatening to resort to.
For Frank Lazzaro, getting into floral design was an accident, a stroke of luck. What started out as a makeshift Christmas decoration in the Army eventually landed him in the Oval Office at the White House serving as Christmas decorator for three presidents.
The former Mineola florist was serving at Fort Bragg, N.C. during the Vietnam War as supervisor of medical supplies in Womack Army Hospital when his boss made a request.
“I was in the military and my commanding officer needed a Christmas tree and some decorations,” Lazzaro said. “We had no money so we used Army socks and beer cans. We decorated a four-foot tree. My commanding officer said I should be decorating the general’s tree.”
The end of year holiday is the season of giving, when we are infused with the spirit of generosity, empathy for those in need and “good will to all” (not to mention a Dec. 31 tax deadline for deductions).
Unfortunately, this year the peak giving season is shorter than usual. The late Thanksgiving holiday truncated the number of fundraising weekends leading up to Christmas. That’s on top of a challenging macro-economic environment, and it is putting the squeeze on charities. Some local fundraisers have quietly indicated that they are worried about meeting year-end objectives.
The Mineola law firm of Meltzer, Lippe, Goldstein and Breitstone gave back to two Freeport youths this holiday season through the Family & Children’s Association’s “Adopt-a-Family” program. Supervisor of Office Services Stacey Harris and Office Manager Karen
Goldberg have worked with their colleagues at the firm and organized adoptions for the past several years.
The program matches donors with youth, families, and seniors in need of support both during this holiday season and throughout the year. Family & Children’s in Mineola has helped about 800 families over the past seven years of running the “adoption” program.
FCA’s Director of Marketing and Communications Joyce Mullen says “it’s heartwarming for both the donors and families benefiting from the program.”
A construction crane working on the new Winthrop-University Hospital diabetes research facility tipped over on Mineola Boulevard on Wednesday, Dec. 18 at 12:40 p.m. The driver of the crane escaped as it fell between the rising building and Souvlaki Stop, according to village and fire department reps.
He suffered minor injuries to his legs and back as he fled the cab and a bruise to his head, according to Winthrop officials.
Mineola Boulevard was closed from Old Country Road to Harrison Avenue all day. Authorities said the Mineola Fire Department, which was on call for a dumpster fire prior to the crane fall, arrived within minutes of the incident.
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