With the help of 7th Senate District Senator Jack Martins, MHS will offer Portuguese to incoming eighth-grade students starting with the 2012-13 school year. Martins attained a waiver from the state education department (SED) to grant the high school permission to offer the class. The program will grow to ninth-through 12th grades over the next five years.
The New Hyde Park resident put the speculation to bed on Aug. 1. Standing on the steps of the Nassau County Supreme Court Building in Mineola, Scaturro, 40, announced his intention to run on the Conservative Party line against incumbent Democrat Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.
Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and the Nassau County Industrial Development Agency (IDA) announced the approval of an economic development compact for a proposed $93 million complex in downtown Mineola that will provide much needed housing for working young professionals and affordable housing for seniors on Aug. 1.
The compact, approved by the IDA board on July 23, will allow Mill Creek Residential Trust (MCRT) to construct a five-story, 275-unit, apartment building at Old Country Road and Willis Avenue in Mineola known as “The Winston.” In addition, Mill Creek will build a four-story, 36-unit, building on Front Street and Roslyn Road in Mineola known as “The Churchill” with 36-unit senior affordable apartments. These projects, close to the Mineola LIRR Station and bus terminal, will replace several functionally obsolete office buildings and vacant land.
Martins “tipped his hat” to Governor Andrew Cuomo concerning initiatives including the new 2 percent tax cap, a timely budget process, the states dealings concerning the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) and state school district issues, most notably unfunded mandates.
Maragos also said that County Executive Edward P. Mangano would be announcing a fresh round of budget reductions. And that is what happened at a press conference on Monday, July 23. There, Mangano, along with Maragos and Presiding Officer Peter J. Schmitt (R – Massapequa) outlined a $45 million deficit reduction plan, one that the county executive said would balance the budget without raising property taxes.
The Mineola School District adopted its Annual Professional Performance Review Plan (APPR) last week. The APPR has been the subject of much scrutiny and is still in its infancy of being utilized across New York State.
The state requires that every school district and BOCES negotiate and adopt an annual review plan that evaluates teachers and principals. District Superintendent Michael Nagler said it has to be negotiated in “good faith” and all parties have to sign off on a plan and submit their review through an online portal dubbed the “Review Room.”
As part of his tenure, Marchese said that he is looking to expand the membership, including bringing women into No. 349, a first since the chapter was founded in 1922.
Residents on the border of Mineola and Carle Place near Bruce Terrace and Fairfield Avenue have had hopes of dry streets for decades. Three municipalities have been working out the kinks to get a flood remediation plan on track. Actual construction work is just over the horizon.
Two representatives from DeJana Industries, a sanitation company for the Village of East Williston attended the board of trustees meeting on Monday, July 9. This follows their unintentional absence from the board’s meeting last month, in which the trustees were expecting them due to complaints from residents toward their services.
DeJana Executive Vice President Bill Wynperle explained that he came down with the flu in June and while he notified his assistant to inform the board, his assistant was out sick as well. Joined by Director of Business Development for DeJana John Mangano, they heard the boards concerns, which have started to affect Mayor of East Williston David Tanner directly.
The last puzzle piece of the Mineola School District’s reconfiguration plan after years of debate, planning and implementation is in the home stretch.
The Mineola School Board of Education approved the lease of the Willis Avenue School to Herricks-based Harbor Child Care on July 5. Dissimilar to the Cross Street School lease to Solomon Schechter Day School, a K-through 12 institution, Willis Avenue will be leased to a day care center, which caters to children from 12 weeks to 12 years of age.
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