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Maragos Calls For End To Unfunded Mandates

Written by Wendy Karpel Kreitzman: wkreitzman@antonnews.com Friday, 04 May 2012 00:00

Nassau County comptroller finds county moving ahead in stabilizing finances

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.

 

Teachers Contract Negotiations Ongoing In Mineola

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

No timetable set for agreement between MTA, Mineola School District

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.

 

Public Hearing On Old Keyspan Building Set For May 23

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 27 April 2012 00:00

Developers want to change configuration from condos to rentals

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.

 

2012-13 Village Budget Approved

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Tax increase set at 2.18 percent

Municipalities and school districts are struggling to stay under the inaugural 2 percent property tax cap enacted last summer by Governor Andrew Cuomo as budget conversations commence across the state. The passage prompted many villages, including Mineola, to activate a cap override, so the village would not incur heavy fines if it pierced the threshold.

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.

 

Mineola To Demolish Memorial Park Gazebo

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 20 April 2012 00:00

Village to explore financing, reconstruction options for a new structure

After falling into disrepair and almost being split in half by a mammoth tree limb during Hurricane Irene, the Memorial Park gazebo just received its last rites…to be followed by a new beginning.

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.

 

‘Two Pauls’ Sworn In At Mineola Organization Night

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Trustees Pereira, Cusato grab seats for third and fifth consecutive terms

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.

 

East Williston Superintendent’s Resignation Effective July 31

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 13 April 2012 00:00

Lorna Lewis tapped to head POB schools

Usually, when one door closes, another opens. For Dr. Lorna Lewis, it’s walking out of one school district and into another one…a much bigger one.

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.

 

McGrath to Seek Re-Election for Mineola School Board

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Artie Barnett vying for one of two open seats

School election and budget votes are more than one month away, but that doesn’t stop barbs from being traded among incumbents and challengers.

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.

 

Uncle Louie G Sets Sites On Mineola Boulevard

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 06 April 2012 00:00

Ices/ice cream shop to open April 6

Uncle Louie G’s reach spans a continent and now Mineola is lucky to fall within that reach. “Feel like a kid again” is his motto and serving delicious treats to kids and that little “kid” in every adult.

Mineola residents John and Lisa Sandler of JTS & JBS Corp. will open an Uncle Louie G’s ices and ice cream store at 254 Mineola Boulevard. Cartridge World previously called that corner near Washington Avenue home.

 

Mineola Village Board Rejects 7-Eleven Proposal

Written by Rich Forestano: rforestano@antonnews.com Friday, 30 March 2012 00:00

Mineola cites traffic conditions, resident impact as reasons for denial

Déjà vu anyone? Mineola officials may be suffering a case of it.

The last time the board of trustees denied 7-Eleven Inc. the chance to plant its flag in the village, court proceedings ensued en route to the store finally opening on the corner of Mineola Boulevard and Jericho Turnpike.

 

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