Everyone was out for the cause on May 3 at Jericho Terrace in Mineola. In conjunction with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Long Island (LLSLI), Night on the Town showcased sample cuisines from local restaurants.
Night on the Town began about seven years ago, when St. Aidan’s in Williston Park was looking to raise money. And then Mineola resident Harry Zapiti stepped in.
Nassau County Attorney John Ciampoli revealed at a press conference on April 26 that he asked District Attorney Kathleen Rice to investigate if all nine Democratic county legislators engaged in criminal activity. He cited the Democrats threat of refusing to vote on bond approvals if a compromise on redistricting is not reached.
The county attorney read a Dec. 15, 2011 correspondence from Democratic Minority Leader Kevan Abrahams, which was also signed by the other eight minority legislators, advising County Executive Ed Mangano that, “we cannot in good conscience consider any borrowing requests for any purpose until we arrive at a satisfactory resolution of legislative redistricting.” The county is looking to borrow up to $140 million, which requires a super majority (13 of 19) vote from the legislature.
Despite the tremendous pressures municipalities face in terms of increasing costs for health insurance and pensions, Nassau County Comptroller George Maragos reports that Nassau County has made “big strides in stabilizing” its finances. Speaking with the Anton Newspapers editors last Tuesday, April 24, the comptroller said that these increasing costs are coming in at “unheard of numbers.” He added that these increasing costs, unfunded mandates from the state, are “unconscionable.”
Mr. Maragos said that the county is facing an increase of 25 percent in Medicaid caseloads, and combined with more and more people losing health insurance, the result will be more people going to local hospital emergency rooms. And when that happens, the bill goes to the county. Combined with health insurance costs for the county rising 30 percent and county pension costs increasing by 60 percent, it is a tough road for the county, the comptroller said.
If there’s one thing a school district doesn’t need in the first year it must get a budget under a 2 percent tax cap, it’s looming teacher contract negotiations. The Mineola School District touted a tax levy increase of 1.93 percent for the 2012-13 school year, one of few districts that have showcased a levy of 2.5 or lower for the last five years. Whether or not the district goes unscathed after ongoing discussions with the Mineola Teachers Association (MTA) remains to be seen.
District Superintendent Michael Nagler revealed he met with Howard Edelman, an impartial mediator and go-between for the district and the MTA on April 17. Edelman has served as mediator for numerous contract squabbles, including deliberations for the Freeport School District and Hewlett-Woodmere School District.
The last time before Mineola approved a residential complex development realignment, a battle between Mineola, Garden City and developers of the Winston Manor project dominated the collective consciousness of both villages. Concerning the former Keyspan building on Old Country Road, it may finally get its ball rolling.
The Mineola Village Board will hold a public hearing concerning the former Keyspan Building at 250 Old Country Road on a proposed change from a condominium complex configuration to rentals on May 23. This project has been ongoing in the village, but a decision was never rendered, according to village attorney John Spellman.
The override puzzled residents and business owners alike, prompting questions if Mineola would finalize a budget in excess. The Mineola American first reported the tax levy increase was slightly over the cap.
Village attorney John Spellman announced that the village would commission a study to develop architectural, functionality, placement and financing options for a new gazebo in Memorial Park. The current structure, which has seen a share of battles with the weather and Father Time, will be demolished.
While last year’s election race for board of trustees seats in Mineola ended with one new mayor and one trustee, 2012’s tallies came and went without much of a fight, with two current staples on the board running unopposed, certifying their spots on the board for another term.
The Village of Mineola held its Organization Night on, Monday, April 2. With approximately 100 people in attendance, which included Legislator Rich Nicolello, State Senator Jack Martins, village justice John O’Shea, two familiar faces were sworn into the board, along with Acting Village Justice Richard M. O’Callaghan.
Lewis was appointed superintendent of the Plainview-Old Bethpage (POB) School District on April 2. The former East Williston (EW) School District helmsman will take over the 4,900-student POB district in August. East Williston enrolls approximately 1,800 students.
Mineola School District Board of Education Trustee John McGrath last week responded to recent comments made by school board candidate Artie Barnett. The two seats up for election for next school year are McGrath’s and board president Christine Napolitano. He and Napolitano said they would seek re-election.
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