The Nassau Interim Finance Authority (NIFA) made the announcement last week, citing a possible budget deficit this year of up to $100 million.
County Executive Edward Mangano praised the decision as a “stabilizing” force in the budget process.
Mineola School District officials have been in Albany hammering out what could impact local districts that implement new state exams in the coming years, District Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed. Assistant superintendent Patricia Burns spent the first three days of last week in the State Capitol in meetings with state officials to discuss the approach on new testing techniques.
“The state is in a constant state of flux about the new assessments and this new APPR [Annual Professional Performance Review],” Nagler said. “It’s amazing when [Pat and] I have conversations when she comes back and how it changes from meeting to meeting and some of the thought process.”
If you think government is a bit bloated these days, it has just been put on a strict “diet,” according to Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano, who delivered his official State of the County address on Wed., March 14, at the Cradle of Aviation Museum in Garden City.
During the speech, Mangano touted his administration’s accomplishments and equally stressed the challenge of dealing with the county’s ever-increasing property taxes, warning of a potential 13-percent property-tax hike in the future.
The Bruce Terrace flood project came to fruition after decades of flood mitigation problems in what’s considered the lowest part of the village. Since homes were built 60 years ago, in the area of and on Bruce Terrace on the border of Mineola and Carle Place, flooding has ensued during times of heavy rainfall. The area around Bruce Terrace is essentially the funnel of all the rainfall because of flow and gravity issues.
The Mineola Junior Fire Department held its 16th annual Pasta Dinner fundraiser at Village Hall this past Sunday. Inside the Mineola Fire Department, the junior fire fighters served endless pasta, salad and dessert to those in attendance. The food was catered by La Parma, Churrasqueira Bairrada, and included the over 3,000 meatballs supplied by Piccola Bussola.
Along with the dinner, there was a Chinese and a silent auction. The prizes included elaborate gift baskets all donated by the department’s families and friends. The money raised from the dinner and auction is used for the junior fire department’s events throughout the year, including their training, equipment, trips, and their donations to other organizations.
It’s that time of the year again; only now, there’s a cap on what can be done. School districts are in the mad dash to get under the inaugural 2 percent tax cap enacted by New York State. Mineola pulled out of the starting gate March 1.
Finance superintendent Jack Waters presented the first draft of the 2012-2013 school district budget at last week’s workshop meeting. Preliminary figures suggested that the Mineola School District could not exceed a 1.93 percent tax levy increase next year.
Current school district pupil personnel director (PPS) Matthew Gavin will take the position of Mineola Middle School principal effective July 1. MMS principal Mark Barth announced he’d be retiring at the end of the year in January.
Gavin’s position will pay $166,696 a year, according to school district officials. He will undergo a standard probationary period from July 1, 2012 to June 30, 2015.
Start times for the buildings in the Mineola School District may have to be changed once again for next school year. District administrators presented three options to the public at a board of education meeting at the Willis Avenue School.
It was with deep regret that the Chief’s office of the Mineola Fire Department announced that on Friday Feb. 17, ex-Chief William J. Mahoney answered his final alarm. Chief Mahoney fought a courageous battle against cancer and remained a proud firefighter throughout his ordeal.
Bill Mahoney was involved in the fire service for nearly forty years. From 1972 to 1976, Bill served as a member of Engine Company Three and the Rescue Squad of the Garden City Park Fire Department. During his time in Garden City Park he rose to the rank of 2nd Lieutenant. A seasoned firefighter, Bill quickly found a home in the Mineola Fire Department when he joined in April of 1976.
Mineola was hit with such a graffiti spree recently that if one were to draw a line across a map, a slash across the village would appear. Mineola and Chaminade officials are working with local authorities to erase that slash.
Mayor Scott Strauss announced last week that Mineola, along with Chaminade High School are offering a reward for any information regarding the graffiti attacks in Mineola. He called the acts intolerable.
The Third Squad is currently investigating aggravated harassment that occurred in Mineola between Friday, Feb. 10 at 11 p.m. and Saturday, Feb. 11 at 1 p.m.
“Mineola is a community of families and I’m outraged to see someone sink to such low levels and go against the grain of everything this community represents,” he said. “This was not simply a thoughtless act nor was it just about disrespecting the property of others. This type of crime is the acting out of hateful thoughts of those who have nothing but disdain for their fellow citizens.”
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