If there is a fire, do you first put out the flames or try to find their source? Most agree in Nassau County that the current system by which property taxes are assessed and grieved is a crisis of “fire” proportions – with a quarter of a billion in taxpayer dollars wasted each year and well over $1 billion in existing debt - but officials and interest groups have begun arguing heatedly over how to fight it before the whole county goes down in the blaze.
In week three of the Village of Mineola partnering with Omni of Babylon in a 10-year garbage disposal agreement, the transition has been up and down according to the Department of Public Works. However, it’s working with Omni to better the delivery of the garbage and the performance of the garbage trucks.
In case anyone was wondering about the jackhammering and cement pouring that has been going on in the plaza of the Mineola Train Station, it will all be very clear soon. Construction is under way for the revitalization of Station Plaza North.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mineola revealed at its May 12 meeting that it has decided to reach out to a consultant to assess the noise issues at the Verizon Plant in Garden City to come up with a solution. Lally Acoustical Consultants was contacted by the village last Wednesday.
Mayor Jack M. Martins revealed that Mineola and Garden City officials met at the Verizon plant last Wednesday to hash out the issues that have been inconveniencing the residents of 13th Avenue since last December. He also disclosed that Garden City met with the senior vice president of Verizon who is authorized to have substantive discussions regarding screening and putting sound attenuation around the objects on the roof that are making noise.
Mineola School Board Trustee Laraine Salvatore is suing the school district for legal costs she incurred to bring action against the district because it failed to defend her during a defamation lawsuit filed against her by former district superintendent Dr. Lorenzo Licopoli. Salvatore will not be running for her 2010 board position.
Nassau County District Attorney Kathleen Rice formally announced her candidacy for New York State Attorney General in a video posted on her campaign’s new website at www.kathleenrice.com on Monday, May 3. A written statement to the press Monday morning reads, “In the four-and-a-half minute video, Rice, a Democrat, outlines her record as a tough, innovative, and progressive career prosecutor who vows to fight for ethics reform in Albany, improved Wall Street regulation and a renewed focus on local ‘kitchen table’ issues affecting communities across the state.”
At a recent board of trustees meeting, the Village of Mineola approved its settlement of a lawsuit which it had brought against major oil companies for actual and potential damages to the village’s water supply as a result of a gasoline additive known as M.T.B.E. (Methyl Tertiary Butyl Ether).
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