With March 19 approaching, incumbent trustees Larry Werther, George Durham, retired NYPD cop and newcomer Dennis Walsh are set for a three-way battle for two open seats on the Mineola Village Board. Mayor Scott Strauss is running unopposed for village’s top spot.
After Jack Martins vacated the mayor’s seat in December 2010 when he won a state senate bid, he appointed Werther who in turn tapped Strauss to fill the open trustee spot. Four months later, Strauss ran a campaign for the mayor’s office.
Though he has to contend with Tom Suozzi to challenge Ed Mangano for the Nassau County seat, Democrat Adam Haber said he knows what will happen.
“I’m not going to get the nomination,” the Roslyn resident said in a sitdown with Anton Newspapers last week. “I’m going to run a primary. I’m going to do exactly what Suozzi did against [Thomas] DiNapoli. He didn’t get the nomination. He ran a primary and I’m going to win the primary.”
The legislative council to State Sen. Tony Avella (D-Bayside), told a Town-Village Aircraft Safety & Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the legislator has submitted a bill that would require the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to conduct a noise and land use compatibility survey as outlined under federal aviation regulations as well as biennial public hearings regarding aircraft noise
Rebecca Sheehan, Avella’s council, told a Feb. 25 meeting of the Town-Village Aircraft Safety and Noise Abatement Committee (TVASNAC) that the bill, introduced on Oct. 26, 2012, stems from an influx of complaints into Avella’s office.
Ex-Chief Louis Santosus, a lifelong Mineola resident, is celebrating his 50th year with the Mineola Fire Department.
Santosus attended Mineola Public Schools, graduating in 1962 and joined the FD one year later. The department will honor Santosus on March 16 at the 50th Anniversary Ceremony of Company One.
He rose through the ranks of Engine Company 1 and has served as vice president, president, second lieutenant, first lieutenant and led the company as captain.
Santosus served as Second Assistant Chief, First Assistant Chief, and Chief of the Mineola Fire Department. He was awarded Company 1 Firefighter of the Year, Town of North Hempstead Firefighter of the Year, and Firefighter of the Year of the Mineola Fire Department.
Bravery in the face of a criminal is honorable. However, the best thing to do is find a safe place and call 911, experts say in the wake of a burglary at the Birchwood Court Apartment Complex in Mineola on Tuesday, Feb. 19.
According to Nassau County Police detectives, a 69-year-old female victim returned to her residence in Birchwood at 11:15 a.m. and observed an unknown Hispanic male in her apartment going through her desk. The man grabbed her, but he broke free and fleed on foot.
“I fought him,” the victim said, who asked not to be identified.
The East Williston board of trustees has scheduled a public hearing on re-bidding its garbage collection contract for March 11 at 8 p.m. The village is under contract with Albertson-based DeJana Industries, which was the lowest bidder, after Meadow Carting, of Carle Place.
DeJana bid with the option to continue rear-yard pickup, which according to Mayor David Tanner, would save an estimated $10,000, should the village opt for that company.
Choosing Meadow Carting would result in savings in the neighborhood of $6,000 per year, according to village officials.
“Everyone should keep in mind, had we not bid, the cost would have gone up another $7,000,” Tanner said. “Regardless of who we end up selecting, we have a nice savings.”
Knowledge could be the difference between life and death. Drastic thought? Not in Mineola resident Nicholas Ramos’ case.
The 9-year-old Jackson Avenue School student used every bit of his knowledge when he saved fellow student Steven Jones from choking to death on Friday, Jan. 25. According to Steven’s mother Laurain, he took a bite of a carrot and shortly after, Steven’s lips turned blue and he couldn’t breath.
Jones, 9, immediately started grabbing at his throat, the universal choking sign, before Ramos sprang into action. As Jones struggled with the carrot, Ramos raced around the lunchroom table and began hitting Jones in his lower back, dislodging the carrot in the process.
Oddly enough, it was Ramos’ carrot Jones began choking on. Ramos, who’s not fond of vegetable, handed them over to Jones during lunch. After that, Ramos didn’t have time to think, only react.
“He choked so I banged him on the back,” said Ramos after school on Feb. 12. “He did the choking signal.”
Honored, humbled, taken back…cherished. These were the feelings running through James Byler as he was lauded for serving his country Tuesday, Feb. 6 at Village Hall in Mineola. He was presented with more than $10,500, all through bottle and can donations from Mineola and area residents.
Byler, a first lieutenant with the U.S. Marine Corps, lost both of his legs in October 2010 in the Northern Helmand Province, one of the deadliest provinces in Afghanistan. While leading his platoon on a dismounted patrol of a narrow alley a month into his tour, Byler stepped backward on an improvised explosive device (IED) that was buried in the dirt.
Members of his platoon brought him to safety with a wheelbarrow. Byler was awarded the Purple Heart.
There are heroes and villains on both sides in the ongoing debate concerning the function of Nassau County. Is the old regime to blame? Are current leaders at fault? Discussions are constant, opinions on either side rarely align, but one group thinks a change is in order.
The Nassau County Young Democrats kick-started a “Draft Suozzi” campaign a few weeks ago at draftsuozzi.com to convince former county leader Tom Suozzi to run against current Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano, a Republican. More than 1,500 supporters have signed up on the site, a far cry from the hundreds of thousands of people Nassau currently call home, but nonetheless a gathering.
Can a Roslynite be elected Nassau County Executive? That’s a question that Adam Haber is willing to find out.
A member of the Roslyn Board of Education, Haber is now the only Democrat to officially announce his candidacy for the seat currently held by Edward P. Mangano.
Haber has been preparing for the run for several months. Since last year, he has been supervising his own website, which asks residents to respond to a “question of the week” on pertinent issues, both local and national. On Dec. 19 he held a fundraiser at his restaurant, Lula Trattoria in Mineola. According to published reports, Haber has more than $2 million in cash on hand, nearly equal to the amount raised by Mangano.
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