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Martins Holds Roundtable, Press Conference

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Discusses budget, MTA, I-STOP and unfunded mandates

Coming into the final four months of his current term as senator of the 7th Senate District, Jack Martins sat down with Anton Community Newspapers editors on Wednesday, July 25. He will seek re-election in November, facing off against Manhasset Democrat Daniel Ross.

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.

 

County Executive Edward Mangano Outlines Budget Reductions

Written by Joe Scotchie Friday, 03 August 2012 00:00

Claims to balance budget without property tax increase

Recently, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos announced that the county’s unaudited 2011 budget deficit would reach $50.4 million. Maragos blamed the gap on failures to approve pending bonding legislation.

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.

 

Mineola School District Adopts APPR Plan

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Teacher contract negotiations still ongoing

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.”

 

New Commander Welcomed At Post No. 349

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 27 July 2012 00:00

Carl Marchese notes a particular history-making goal he wants to achieve during his tenure

Carl Marchese is the new commander of the American Legion Post No. 349; but he doesn’t want the focus on him…he wants to focus on making history.

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.

 

Bids For Bruce Terrace Flood Project Up For Grabs

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Construction phase to start once bids accepted for Mineola, Carle Place, Nassau County project components

What began as an idea culminated into a plan. The plan became a project, which has seen more ups and downs than, during heavy downpours, the rain-flooded streets it will affect.

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.

 

East Williston, DeJana Discuss Sanitation Concerns

Written by Michael Scro: mineola@antonnews.com Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

Village continues to negotiate with Williston Park over water rates

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.

 

Willis Avenue School Lease Finalized

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Harbor Child Care to open in September

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.

 

Concert And Fireworks Light Up Memorial Park

Written by Stephen Levine Friday, 13 July 2012 00:00

Mineola residents enjoy a night of music and entertainment

While the July 4th festivities may have been over for many after the patriotic holiday came to an end, Mineola residents decided to continue to celebrate just a few days later. On July 6, members of the community were treated to a free concert followed by the July 4th tradition of a fireworks spectacular at Memorial Park.

Mineola Mayor Scott Straus, president of the Habitat for Humanity of Nassau County Kay McKiernan and crowds composed of all ages were there to enjoy the night.

 

EPA Searching For Toxic Plumes In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Agency says it originated in New Hyde Park, water supplies for both villages not in danger

The Environmental Protection Agency is currently trying to locate a toxic plume of trichloroethylene (TCE) in Mineola, which originated in New Hyde Park. EPA reps indicated that the water supplies to Mineola, New Hyde Park and the surrounding areas have not been affected.

Project manager Kevin Willis said investigators for the agency would begin drilling holes east of Herricks Road into the month of July. He revealed that the plume was first located near Gold’s Gym on Fulton Avenue in Garden City Park.

 

North Hempstead Town Attorney Stepping Down In July

Friday, 06 July 2012 00:00

Since 2004, North Hempstead Town Attorney Richard Finkel has managed the town’s legal affairs, astutely representing the municipality in a variety of capacities from negotiating collective bargaining agreements to successfully suing Nassau County to repay more than $1 million in community college enrollment charge-backs.

Come July, however, Finkel, the town’s lead counsel and a fixture at every town board meeting, will be practicing in the private sector when he joins the Garden City offices of Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC as Senior Counsel. His practice will focus on labor and employment, municipal law, and land use and zoning.

 

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