Albertson resident Gerald Magaldi has withdrawn his petition as a Mineola school board candidate. District Superintendent Michael Nagler announced the withdrawal during last Thursday’s meeting of the board of education at the Willis Avenue School.
Magaldi had spoken to District Clerk Donna Martillo and submitted a letter withdrawing his candidacy last week. No reason was given at the meeting for Magaldi’s withdrawal.
(Editor’s note: As of press time, Gerard Magaldi has withdrawn from the race. His comments will still be presented in this story.)
The Mineola School District Council of PTA’s held Meet the Candidates Night last Monday. Cindy Velez and Robin Bischoff hosted the event. Village trustee Paul Cusato moderated the panel.
Preliminary traffic study findings near the Cross Street School were released during the April 27 Mineola School District Board of Education meeting at Willis Avenue School. The traffic study was ordered by the Village of Williston Park to gauge the congestion issues that could occur after Cross Street closes and the building is leased to the Solomon Schechter Day School (SSDS) of Nassau County in Glen Cove.
Amid the rampant rumors about the future structure of the Nassau County Police Department, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano attended last Tuesday’s Mineola Chamber of Commerce meeting at Piccola Bussola. He detailed the current economic “structure” of Nassau County, highlighted happenings in the county and responded to recent rumors of the changes coming to the NCPD.
The board of trustees of the Incorporated Village of Mineola unanimously approved the village budget during the April 20 work session. The tax increase discussed on April 13 has seen a decrease from 3.65 to 3.5 percent. The village budget is approximately $18.5 million.
Mineola School District Finance Committee Spokesperson Doug Schumacher reported to the board of education the committee’s findings on the adopted 2011-2012 budget at the school district’s most recent meeting. Schumacher stated that the limitations on administration left little time for the six-member volunteer group who analyzes the district finances and the proposed budget every year.
The Mineola School District adopted its 2011-2012 district budget at its last meeting on April 7 at the Willis Avenue School. The proposed budget for the next school year is $84,221,638 with a budget-to-budget increase of $4,093,065 (5.11 percent) with a tax levy increase of 2.37 (74,798,377) percent. The current 2010-2011 district budget is $80,128,573.
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Mineola presented its tentative budget for the 2011-2012 fiscal year at the April 13 board meeting. The approximate $19 million budget represents a 3.65 percent tax increase. The budget must be adopted by May 31, the end of the current fiscal year.
Mayor Scott Strauss stressed that the budget presented was in “real numbers” and that this is pretty much what the village was going with for the next year. He estimated that the tax increase was about $5 more a month per household.
The Mineola Chamber of Commerce (COC) presented a revamped Mineola Fair to the board of trustees last Wednesday. Origin Press owner and COC President Ray Sikorski as well as Willis Hobbies owner/past president Steve Ford, Piccola Bussola owner/chamber board member Tony Lubrano and chamber treasurer Linda Doerbecker pled their case, stating that to bring the fair to the doorsteps of the business owner was an advantageous thing to do.
This past election season, Mineola saw one of its own take a senate seat, another local resident become mayor and now a new village board come to fruition in front of a packed house at its community center.
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