As residents probably know, the Feb. 8 bond vote failed by 366 votes which would have kept the fifth and eighth grade in their respective schools. Now those grades will move to the middle and high school. What residents didn’t know is there was a petition before the board of education at its workshop meeting before the vote to have no change come to the district at all.
The future configuration of the Mineola School District became clearer last Tuesday, Feb. 8 after the $4.4 million bond vote, which failed by 366 votes. Over 1,782 district residents visited the polls last week, with 1,074 voting no, while 708 voted yes.
On Friday, Jan. 28 in Plainview, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand detailed a new proposal to expand, simplify, and make permanent the Research and Development Tax Credit. The senator’s proposal would expand the current credit by changing the formula to provide greater incentive for companies to increase investment; simplify the current credit, which is highly complicated and confusing; and make the new credit permanent, which would provide private companies with the confidence they need to make significant future investments in R&D.
Remember those finicky new voting machines? Well, they will not be available for the upcoming village elections throughout New York State. However, this doesn’t necessarily mean the trusty lever machines will be put back into action, unless a new freshman senator from the 7th Senate District and a seasoned 16th District Assemblywoman have their way.
Superintendent Dr. Michael Nagler joked that he had no idea what her project was about and needed an abstract in English just to get the basic concept. He stated that it has been the district’s goal to produce an Intel semi-finalist for three years.
A hero by certain standards could be a fictional character, a professional athlete or a TV actor. But a true hero thinks of others before himself, exhibits a passion for helping others and uses kindness as his or her strength. Mineola resident and honorary Fire Chief Bill Gresalfi fits that bill.
The Town of North Hempstead selected Bill as its Mineola Hometown Hero last week. Town Clerk Leslie Gross was on hand to commend Gresalfi and his accomplishments.
A heart attack can be a painful, life-changing and frightening thing. Just ask North Hempstead Town Clerk Leslie Gross and hospice nurse Nancy Black.
Don’t pencil in Larry Werther on the ballot in March just yet Mineola. As Bob Dylan said, ‘the times, they are a changin.’
In an exclusive interview with the Mineola American, current-mayor Larry Werther said he would not run for mayor in March when his term ends. Werther had been deputy mayor under current 7th Senate District Senator Jack Martins since 2003. Werther was sworn in as mayor on Dec. 15, 2010.
As the calendar pages turn, the Mineola School District is getting closer to the Feb. 8 bond vote and a clearer picture of next year, when schools will begin to close.
District Superintendent Michael Nagler stated at the last school board meeting that he met a newly formed Committee on the Hampton Addition Project (CHAP) on Jan. 5. The committee is comprised of parents, teachers and some “interested residents” and principals from the school district.
The gift of giving has become the norm lately, especially in Elmont and Mineola. And for 11-year-old Elmont resident J.P Iacona, it’s just practical.
“I was always taught to give if the cause was right,” he said. “And I think this is.”
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